Cyberpunk: Edgerunners builds on the world of the videogame in an exciting and emotional animated series

by Gordon Shelly

It may not be the popular opinion, but most of us here at INFLUX Magazine enjoyed (and still do) the game Cyberpunk 2077. Sure, it is flawed and was overhyped as any game has ever been, but we didn’t experience a lot of the bugs people complained about and the updates did make the game better. In fact, I’m even looking forward to the solo expansion pack that will be arriving at some point.

Read our Cyperpunk 2077 One Year Later Review here.

Now, with that, I had low expectations for this series. More often than not game adaptations live up to the expectations. For those who game, you understand that movies and shows can rarely go into the depth that can be found in a layered game.

The series delivers in many of the ways the game failed. It is bright and vibrant and full of life – a life of uncertainty and violence. Night City was underwhelmingly mundane in the game but the city is non-stop in Edgerunners.

The 10-episode tale revolves around David and his rise from a Night City underdog to a super Cyberpunk in high demand for his mercenary services.

It gives us fully satisfying story as it tracks the exploits of David and his crew, especially his love interest, Lucy, who drives many of his ill-fated decisions.

Edgerunners has some predictable outcomes in the beginning, but takes us on a long winding road of a journey into an the inevitable and surprisingly emotional conclusion.

While it leans on the lore and world of Cyberpunk 2077Edgerunners stands on its own and achieves a more complete level of storytelling.

Gordon’s Grade: A-