Gotham Knights is on the verge of launch, and it looks like the world has finally forgiven Cyberpunk 2077. But if you’re not in the mood to play a Batman game that misses the Caped Crusader itself, or you’re still falling short due to the avalanche of technical glitches that ruined Night City’s debut on consoles, so much so that you’ll never see it again. come back, I power have a workaround for you.
I’ve been playing a lot of Fortnite Creative lately, dipping in and out of the weirdest and most wonderful player-created projects. And with all due respect to the vast library of fan-made spaces in all genres and interests available today, some are broken, others too unconventional to explain in anything less than a dissertation, while many are just unremarkable clones of others by player-created mini-games. This remake of Resident Evilon the other hand, is beautiful. Playing Breath of the Wild in Fortnite is my new favorite way to explore Hyrule. And now playing as Batman in a particularly beautiful Cyberpunk 2077 Fortnite map has quickly become one of my favorite video game pastimes.
Given the enormous popularity of Cyberpunk 2077 – recently boosted by some healthy bug fixing, stability enhancing updates, as well as its offshoot edge runners Netflix show – it’s probably no surprise that Fortnite Creative hosts dozens of fan-made hits on Night City. Most of them are more broken than CDProjekt Red’s ever beleaguered console game ever was, to be honest, but among the clutter, glitches, and dystopian-self-design of the worst playgrounds on offer, a handful of diamonds in the rough sparkle. ChaseJackman’s Cyber gunfight (opens in new tab) is one such project, where players compete in a beautiful neon cityscape bursting with color and character, reflecting the best of Fortnite Battle Royale’s adrenaline-fuelled, back-to-the-wall, final storm circle showdowns. With a responsibility for balancing powerful artillery on foot and vehicle combat at the wheel, there’s a distinct GTA Online feel to these timed, claustrophobic affairs, with matches often pushed to the limit.
As good as the Cyber Gunfight card is, creator oEnZo’s not-so-original name “Cyberpunk 2077” is, for my Eurodollars, even better. Split into two parts (PT1 depicts Night City during the day; PT2 in the dark), it’s a much quieter venture than the aforementioned, but it’s also a great place to just wander around. PT2 is above and beyond my favorite of the two – from the glittering, sodden arteries to the endless skyscrapers, the hulking, blatant billboards, the dimly lit alleyways and the ubiquitous Fortnite flavor of the all-seeing Arasaka Tower, this vibrant urban metropolis is as beautiful as the night City has ever been – to the point where it’s nearly impossible to distinguish screenshots side by side. Check out these snaps and tell me which one is Fortnite and which one is Cyberpunk 2077.
Ok so I shamelessly copied a reddit post (opens in new tab) from maker oEnZo with this one, because the images are in fact both from Fortnite. That, of course, speaks volumes about how beautiful the creation of oEnZo is and how well it reflects the source material. If you choose to use the Cyberpunk map as a 16-player Battle Royale, free to anyone with friends, you absolutely can – players come standard equipped with a Harvesting Tool, as well as an Assault Rifle, a Pump Shotgun, a Submachine Pistol and a Grappler, all with unlimited ammunition. But jumping into this neo-futuristic world on my own is my new favorite go-to, using the Grappler to swing from one skyscraper to another, activating my glider to fly around the bright lights of the city under a starry sky diving and diving.
In this Fortnite-powered, Night City-inspired playground, I found myself casually playing the role of Batman – when Gotham was completely locked down, or finally free of its criminal contingent. I patrol the streets, treating every stolen vehicle as the Batmobile, and have occasionally caught myself taking on a deeper voice a la Christian Bale in reality. Moreover, the work of oEnZo is so beautiful, that simply existing here is a joy, giving the world a walking simulator feel in a space otherwise associated with violence, big city indifference and the socio-political ills of its immense poverty and scant opulence. Bypassing all this makes this map a cool place to escape and take out, and while I’m currently rediscovering my Night City mojo in the real Cyberpunk 2077, the fact that CDProjekt Red’s action RPG has so many activities , offers missions and side missions, means there’s something much less overwhelming about jumping into this space to just walk, run, jump and get punished by my girlfriend for yelling “I’m Batman!” out loud and we woke our two-year-old son napping for the third time this afternoon.
Why so serious? I ask her before recommending that she spend some time chilling out in oEnZo’s Cyberpunk 2077 PT 2 as it appears in Fortnite Creative. Originally created on PS5, but thanks to crossplay available on all devices, you can book your escape day or night – using island codes 1202-5147-7988 and 8658-1083-4901 respectively. Let the game begin.
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