“Cyberpunk” is a unique name in cybernetics. As one who works within that milieu, I find it challenging to use the term with affection. CDPR keeps fiddling at the edges of Cyberpunk’s doomed world. I want to think of Cyberpunk as “aesthetic cybernetics,” but that seems to be too literal, and it doesn’t capture the full sweep and breadth of the genre. So, let’s play the word games and apply them to their true meaning.
What is Cyberpunk to you? CDPR keeps fiddling at the edges of Cyberpunk’s doomed world. Their recent commercial plays right into that idea as they advertise CDPR: Cyberpunk’s premiere ISP. In the game Cyberpunk, the world is a maze of constant danger.
The basic premise of Cyberpunk is the Net, a giant spinning mass of information that flows through every nook and cranny of cyberspace, accessible by the human mind, cell phone, or even something as simple as a flash drive. The Net world is constantly under assault from those who seek to intrude upon the orderly system. Some are seeking power, others wish to control the flows of information, and others wish to tear down the walls of the Net and make it worthless for whatever use they want to put it to. This constant conflict leads to the crux of cybernetics, the fight between good guys and bad guys called CDPR.
So, why is CDPR always playing at the edges of the trouble? The answer is simple: each time the game is running, they’re putting up a front. They’re playing the game for the illusion of control. It’s a kind of psychological operation, but it works. The more they play it, the more they think, the more they act, the more they try to get things right.
In other words, CDPR is playing the game to keep the player involved. They want you to stay interested long enough in making an effort to figure out what’s going on. After all, one of the most enjoyable aspects of Cyberpunk is uncertainty. In the good guy/bad guy scenario, the uncertain elements are deeply compelling.
In The Wounded Healer by William F. Urbain, there is an intense preoccupation with the ultimate fight against the terrible darkness. The city is under attack, and as it slips into night, people begin to die. When the city is restored, the wounds that remain are hideous. In the future, humanity has learned to live in harmony with its cyborg overlords, but there is still a danger in the form of a cybernetic nightmare that may be too close to call…
If this nightmare were not enough to put The Wounded Healer on the list of essential games to buy, it would almost be criminal to leave out the penultimate cybernetic monster: Cyberpunk Rising. From the name itself, you can be sure that this one isn’t going away. Urbain has already stated that Cyberpunk Rising will feature the classic issues of cybernetics and artificial intelligence. Still, he also promises a whole host of twists and turns that will leave players scratching their heads in wonder.
The Wounded Healer by William F. Urbain is the quintessential cybernetic nightmare game. It keeps fiddling at the edges of Cyberpunk’s doomed fantasy. Will this game disappoint? You’ll find out soon!
You have a little bit of an adventure to go with your cybernetically enhanced protagonist in CDPR, and you’ll get more than just one surprise or two along the way. I’ll give you that much. The excellent storyline will keep you interested, and the fantastic graphics and music will make it all worthwhile, but I do feel like there is one thing missing, and I’m going to point it out to you right here.
The story is fascinating, but it could have been left a bit more ambiguous. There is a moment in the game where you are completely confused about what the player character is doing at the moment, but it is never made clear. There is some speculation as to whether he is, in fact, a human or a cyborg. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if somebody makes more of that clear on the actual game download.
In the end, CDPR is not a very exciting game. It is, however, enjoyable to play. I found the storyline captivating, and the puzzles varied enough to keep me from getting bored. Cyberpunk fans will enjoy this game, though those who only play video games for pleasure will probably have to wait until it comes out on the other downloadable channels. I know I will be waiting for it.