8. VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action
This charming stunner of an indie title has ‘cyberpunk’ in the name, which as we’ve discussed, is not very punk of it. However, it does celebrate the beauty of human connection in a fundamentally alienated cyberpunk dystopia, which is very punk. The idea here is that you mix drinks for the various noirish vagabonds that populate its Blade Runner-esque setting, with the type of drinks you serve affecting the direction of the story.
The writing of the game was directly inspired by the developers' experience growing up in poverty in Venezuela. As such, even though VA-11 HALL-A adopts a few superficial genre trappings, the garish neon stylings are used as a framework, rather than a replacement, for human stories.
In Cyberpunk 2077, Judy has a tattoo of a ghost floating above a seashell. The difference is that where Cyberpunk 2077 winkingly references classic, VA-11 HALL-A actually evokes them.