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  • Summary: Your name is Rania. This is your first night working for Cloudpunk, the semi-legal delivery company based in the sprawling city of Nivalis. You go everywhere, from the Marrow below to the spires that pierce the grey clouds high above before scraping the edge of the troposphere. No deliveryYour name is Rania. This is your first night working for Cloudpunk, the semi-legal delivery company based in the sprawling city of Nivalis. You go everywhere, from the Marrow below to the spires that pierce the grey clouds high above before scraping the edge of the troposphere. No delivery job is too dangerous, and no one is faster than a Cloudpunk driver.

    In this story-based exploration game, you will meet a diverse range of characters including androids, AI and unscrupulous humans at every level of society. Everyone has a story, and in the course of one night in Nivalis, everything will change.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Oct 23, 2020
    80
    Cloudpunk succeeds in delivering a worthwhile open-world adventure. The story isn’t perfect, but the characters are extremely well-written. The audiovisual design also drives the game forward, presenting a world that’s dark, futuristic, and mysterious. You might struggle with the camera and controls at times, but don’t let that detract from what is an otherwise awesome character-driven game.
  2. Oct 19, 2020
    80
    While it may have small performance issues and a stripped back graphical style some people may not enjoy, I adored Cloudpunk. I simply could not stop playing it, I was heavily immersed in Rania's story and was taken back by how invested I got in this dank, dark world. I am even thinking about playing it no and hopping back in to mop up the remaining trophies. Right that's it, I'm off to Nivalis.
  3. Oct 20, 2020
    75
    Despite some technical issues, Cloudpunk remains a memorable game with an atmosphere that almost makes you forgive the technical issues. You will thoroughly enjoy the story and some questions about human nature will remain with you even after the credits. Sadly, the traffic on the skyways and the moments when the NPCs are affected by amnesia will break the spell and yank you out of the immersion. But there is nothing a patch could not fix, restoring Cloudpunk to a hidden gem worth experiencing by everyone.
  4. Oct 20, 2020
    60
    The console versions of Cloudpunk then are, at the time of writing, buggy and a little broken in places they shouldn’t be, but if you’re lucky enough to power through without any major issues, you’ll lose hours to the fantastic narrative, terrific central character performances and gorgeous neon-soaked visuals.
  5. Nov 5, 2020
    60
    Cloudpunk delivers the look and feel of a cyberpunk city, it just doesn't fill the city with anything of interest. The story is okay and there's some side conversations to keep you amused, but once the novelty of driving around Nivalis wears off, you'll recognise that this is a game made entirely of fetch quests. The city looks gorgeous, it's just a shame it doesn't have more attractions.
  6. Nov 16, 2020
    50
    It’s surprisingly touching, and the way the tension slowly ramps up makes for a really interesting experience. Interesting enough to make up for all the ways Cloudpunk is lacking, though? Your mileage on that will obviously vary. For me, it was, if only barely. There’s some engaging stuff going on here, but you need to dig through some pretty iffy stuff to get there.
  7. Nov 24, 2020
    40
    Cloudpunk started off unique and interesting; you’re new to its world and are exploring it alongside the main character, Rania. Eventually, you’ll realize it’s only a cyberpunk delivery simulator with cringey voice acting and an even worse script. By that point, the game loses any redeemable qualities and becomes a burden to play. Just like the main character, and the mechanics, the game has little to no substance to offer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jan 23, 2022
    10
    I cannot believe this game has such a low score. Cloudpunk isn't for everyone, but it's one of my favorite games of all time. If DeathI cannot believe this game has such a low score. Cloudpunk isn't for everyone, but it's one of my favorite games of all time. If Death Stranding and Bladerunner had a baby, it'd be Cloudpunk. If you think delivering packages a la hover car in a dystopian mega city, with your AI dog as a companion, sounds like a good time? You're in luck. The writing in this game is excellent and some of the best I've ever experienced. We love a good anti-capitalist slant. The worldbuiding, environments, dialogue, writing, and voice acting are all of the highest caliber. And it's almost soothing to play. One mission even brought me to tears.

    I cannot recommend this game enough. Unless you don't like voxel graphics, that is.
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  2. Apr 5, 2021
    10
    fantastic game! Great characters, good landscape and the driving is addictive. Loved it.
  3. Oct 19, 2021
    9
    A fantastic adventure / story focused game that explores some really thoughtful aspects of the cyberpunk genre. It's not going to blow youA fantastic adventure / story focused game that explores some really thoughtful aspects of the cyberpunk genre. It's not going to blow you away, but it will make you think and its often quite funny. Engaging and thoughtful and fun! Expand
  4. Nov 14, 2020
    8
    Cloudpunk has the misfortune of being close to Cyberpunk 2077 both in the cyberpunk themes and name. However it couldn't be more different inCloudpunk has the misfortune of being close to Cyberpunk 2077 both in the cyberpunk themes and name. However it couldn't be more different in every other aspect and deserves recognition.

    Graphically, Cloudpunk is immediately different; not modern AAA standards but instead a retro and pixellated graphics system that is actually quite befitting of the cyberpunk theme. Despite this, I found the graphics mesmerising due to the omnipresent neon lights. I noticed that there is a lot of pop-in when driving around and this causes issues when driving at higher speeds. The main issue I had with the graphics was the framerate drops, especially when transitioning between areas. A smoother framerate would have brought the game closer to five stars.

    The story of Cloudpunk is the bread and butter of the game. Cloudpunk is an illegal delivery company and you are working your first shift for them. Quite an unremarkable premise, however it's the character development that is most remarkable about this game. A handful of characters are consistent throughout the game and become very memorable despite never seeing more than a thumbnail picture of them. A key mechanic seems to be the choices you can make throughout the game, and while these are interesting, I didn't notice how much of an impact these choices made. A second playthrough would probably illuminate this for me but I have other games in my backlog to tend to. what this does mean is there is some replay value. Elaborating further would risk spoiling the story so I'll stop, but the lack of impact of decisions and anti-climactic ending marred my experience somewhat.

    Finally, the gameplay. The simplistic gameplay serves Cloudpunk well. You either drive or walk, with driving being a very enjoyable experience as you can fly with quite a bit of freedom. The car can be a bit 'slippery' to control and collision detection isn't great. I found myself hearing collision sounds despite being well away from objects or vehicles. What I liked was that there wasn't long distances to walk, as walking gets tedious quickly. What I really didn't like was a mission that involved collecting 20 memories. When I returned these memories I was asked to collect 20 more, and 20 more after that before I gave up. This is quite a lazy mechanic that belongs in a Ubisoft game. Overall, driving is very enjoyable but could be improved with better handling and collision detection.

    In summary, Cloudpunk might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it was a cup of tea I really enjoyed and it tasted different from the usual AAA crap. I found Cloudpunk most enjoyable in moderate doses as it can get repetitive, but the character development is quite compelling. I found Rania and Control very likeable whilst Camus was hilariously written. Give Cloudpunk a try if you want something different.
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  5. Dec 24, 2020
    8
    It’s a very relaxing game for the 80s Bladerunner fans! I love the city ambient and the music! The conversations you have with differentIt’s a very relaxing game for the 80s Bladerunner fans! I love the city ambient and the music! The conversations you have with different characters is very interesting! I wish there was an option to change the radio music. And stop the conversations with control and automata and just enjoy driving around... just as relax mode to switch off and appreciate the beautiful landscape. I was hoping that at some point the morning light would change the scenery but it’s always night. Over all I love the retro feel of it! Expand
  6. Nov 22, 2020
    7
    This game will not be for everyone. Its a story driven RPG with no combat. You play as a youthful girl on her first night as a delivery driverThis game will not be for everyone. Its a story driven RPG with no combat. You play as a youthful girl on her first night as a delivery driver for a sketchy company. She is just out to make a living in a world filled with corruption and mystery. The fun of this one lies in learning about the city and its inhabitants. This is a game that feels like your playing a low budget movie but it has a certain charm to it. Definitely for the game who like slow pace, low action, story and relaxing with a game. Pick this one up when it goes on sale. Expand
  7. Oct 26, 2020
    0
    While the concept and overall visuals are nice, the console edition is current unplayable due to a progress/mission bug. This bug causes youWhile the concept and overall visuals are nice, the console edition is current unplayable due to a progress/mission bug. This bug causes you to lose all your current progress and start receiving your first missions all over again. The developer/publisher has acknowledged the issue, but haven't provided any recent updates for a patch. A side note, the visuals stutter and tear. Thankfully, PlayStation allowed me to return this lemon. Avoid at all costs until there's a patch for the mission bugs! Expand

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