While the PC version of Cyberpunk 2077 has already secured its status as the definitive way to play the game by virtue of its surprisingly solid performance (at least compared to the nightmarish console ports of the game), its long-term value lies in the growth of the game’s mod scene.
Cyberpunk 2077‘s collection of PC mods will undoubtedly grow to include entirely new ways to play the game, but for the moment, the small initial sampling of Cyberpunk 2077 mods currently available largely focuses on addressing some of the game’s fundamental technical issues and other design shortcomings.
So while bigger and better creations are almost certainly on the way, here are some of the best Cyberpunk 2077 mods available now:
E to Interact – V to Walk and Drive – Dedicated Dodge – Dialogue Scroll
Granted, this mod’s name needs a little spice, but there’s no denying that it’s one of the most versatile and welcome Cyberpunk mods released so far.
Just as its unambiguous title says, this mod changes Cyberpunk 2077‘s interact button to E, lets you use V to walk, creates a dedicated dodge button, and lets you use the mouse scroll to bounce between dialog options. It takes a little work to get everything set-up, but with their powers combined, these changes make Cyberpunk 2077 a more enjoyable overall experience.
Is it a little disheartening that we’re celebrating mods that ultimately add quality of life features to the game that should have been more accessible in the first place? Maybe, but we’re still in the early days for Cyberpunk mods and official updates, and there’s no denying that this one effectively targets some fundamental issues.
Cyberpunk Autonomous ReShade
There’s no shortage of Cyberpunk 2077 reshade mods out there at the moment, but one of our favorites has to be this brilliant touch-up job that subtly changes the game’s visuals in meaningful ways.
By cleaning up some of Cyberpunk 2077‘s sharpening and saturation issues, this mod targets some of the little issues that lead to Cyberpunk 2077‘s graphics coming across as dark and blurry. While this mod attempts to preserve the true darkness of Cyberpunk 2077‘s darker areas, it brightens up most textures in a way that allows them to “pop” like never before.
Best of all, this mod seems to have very little impact on the game’s overall performance, which is great news considering that even Cyberpunk 2077‘s optimal graphics settings do little to tame CD Projekt Red’s resource hog.
Better Vehicle Handling
While most people knew that Cyberpunk 2077 wasn’t going to feature racing game quality vehicle controls, it’s hard to deny that most of Cyberpunk 2077‘s cars and bikes just feel…off.
This mod noticeably improves the game’s driving sequences by tightening the handling of most vehicles. It makes it far easier to round corners, avoid pedestrians, and generally drive around Night City without feeling like you’re constantly battling your vehicles in a desperate attempt to get from mission to mission.
While far from perfect in its current state, this mod arguably serves as the template for how Cyberpunk 2077‘s driving should actually work.
Cyberpunk 2077‘s crafting and disassembling systems are often hindered by odd delays that slow down what should be simple processes.
This mod addresses some of those delays by increasing the overall speed of Cyberpunk 2077‘s crafting and disassembling mechanics. Despite what the mod’s name may imply, it actually lets you adjust the overall speed rather than simply set it to be “instant.”
Whatever speed you choose, a little time with this mod will leave you with the distinct impression that this was the way that Cyberpunk 2077 was meant to be played.
Cyberrunner – a Bladerunner like Reshade
Considering that some of Cyberpunk 2077‘s visual shortcomings result in a “darker” overall look that can sometimes hinder its gameplay, you’d think it would be hard to recommend a mod that can often make the game’s unlit areas even darker than they already are.
Yet, this mod designed to mimic some of the design concepts of the Blade Runner films actually does a brilliant job of fixing some of Cyberpunk 2077‘s contrast issues. This mod really shines in smaller city areas where you can truly appreciate how nearby lighting sources seem to interact much more naturally with their surroundings.
Unless you really need to crank up the brightness to see Cyberpunk 2077, consider giving this mod’s stylistic alterations a shot.