Cyberpunk 2077 may not live up to all expectations, but the one area of the game that somehow manages to even surpass developer CD Projekt Red’s high standards are the game’s side quests.
Just like The Witcher 3, some of Cyberpunk 2077‘s best moments are found off the beaten path. It’s easy to miss many of these quests, but trust us when we say that you won’t want to if you’re interested in seeing the best this game has to offer.
Here are the best Cyberpunk 2077 sidequests that we’ve found so far:
One of Cyberpunk 2077‘s best quests is also the one that we’re willing to bet most players will be tempted to skip.
After all, the prospect of driving around Night City just to retrieve some rogue Delamain cabs isn’t exactly thrilling. However, a series of twists soon turn this apparent fetch quest into one of Cyberpunk 2077‘s best stories. Without spoiling the mission entirely for you, let’s just say that this quest sheds a little light on one of the world’s most fascinating corners which would have otherwise gone largely unnoticed.
If you can stomach this quest’s slow start, you’ll be rewarded with an essential part of the Cyberpunk 2077 experience.
Even if The Hunt isn’t Cyberpunk 2077‘s best mission, it’s the one that every player should experience.
Unlike Epistrophy which takes some time to get going, The Hunt hits the ground running with a fascinating story involving a missing child and a madman on the loose. You’ve played similar investigation storylines in other RPGs, but The Hunt makes the most of some of Cyberpunk 2077‘s unique mechanics to explore ideas that we guarantee you won’t see coming.
Make sure you don’t put Cyberpunk 2077 down until you’ve beaten The Hunt.
Beat on the Brat
This series of side missions sees you take on some of Night City’s best brawlers in a series of underground matches.
While the appeal of this quest will speak loudest to Cyberpunk 2077 players pursuing melee fist builds, everyone should give these side quests a shot due to the unique characters that you’ll meet along the way and the often challenging nature of the fights themselves.
While it’s a bit of a shame that the fundamental idea of this questline wasn’t expanded on in a more meaningful way, these missions are a blast while they last.
It’s wild that Chippin’ In isn’t just part of the game’s main questline, but we strongly suspect that most players will end up experiencing it at some point.
If for whatever reason you’re thinking of skipping Chippin’ In, though, then let’s just say that you’ll be missing out on one of the missions that justifies the constant presence of the Johnny Silverhand character and really shows you the thought that CD Projekt Red put into this character beyond the chance to work with Keanu Reeves.
This brilliant look at Johnny Silverhand’s past also happens to feature some of the coolest rewards in the game.
Ok, this isn’t really much of a “quest,” but there’s no way we can talk about some of Cyberpunk 2077‘s best side content without talking about Skippy.
Skippy is a smart gun with a unique AI personality that can be found in a Night City alley. Skippy is an entertaining presence in his own right, but the real draw of this gun is its ability to automatically target enemy heads (at least for a time) and the fact that this gun’s stats scale with your level.
There is a bit of a story associated with this weapon, but the real joy of this gun comes from discovering it, Skippy’s quips, and understanding exactly how this unique weapon works.
Cyberpunk 2077‘s writing doesn’t always hit the marks that it’s aiming for, but the Happy Together mission stands as one of the team’s most poignant and fascinating examples of subtle storytelling.
This mission involves a man named Barry who lives next to V. Barry has been feeling a little down lately, and his friends on the force are hoping that you can talk to him and try to get him back on his feet.
Sound easy? Well, it certainly looks that way, but what you may soon find is that it’s even easier to fail this mission with devastating results if you don’t really pay attention to what’s happening. This is a beautiful, heartfelt quest that you’ve got to try for yourself.
I Fought the Law/Dream On
As another strong contender for the absolute best quest in the game, I highly recommend that every Cyberpunk 2077 complete I Fought the Law and Dream On.
While technically listed as two separate quests, these missions tell a continuing story of Night City’s political scene and the couple at the center of what could be a massive conspiracy.
While these quests present a tantalizing set-up involving corporate and political intrigue, it soon becomes an entirely different story that ranks among Cyberpunk 2077‘s most surprising and enjoyable.
Updated: Original publish date Dec. 15, 2020.