Why Johnny’s Samurai Reunion Is Cyberpunk’s Best Mission
Cyberpunk’s Best Mission
Despite the numerous problems of its, Cyberpunk 2077 has a pretty compelling narrative. Surprisingly, probably the best story in the overall game is completely missable. In a series of missions, protagonist V and Johnny Silverhand attempt to find the male responsible for Johnny’s death and ultimately reunite with Johnny’s rock band, Samurai. What transpires is actually an existential tale about revenge, redemption, and finding happiness in probably the unlikeliest of places.
[Warning: Spoilers for Cyberpunk 2077 below]
Played by Keanu Reeves, Johnny Silverhand is a somewhat unlikely ally in Cyberpunk 2077. He’s a narcissist and a jerk who’d rather have V just die, but he’s also a very compelling character. He randomly appears throughout the story to offer rude – often unhelpful – bits of criticism. Late in the game, though, players have a chance to find out more about Johnny and even reunite with members of his band, Samurai.Continue Scrolling To Keep ReadingClick the button below to start this article in quick view.START NOW
With time, Johnny and V develop a relationship that at least resembles friendship. It is at this point in Cyberpunk 2077 a series of missions becomes available, after Johnny asks V to help him find the male responsible for the death of his. What seems as a revenge mission quickly turns into an existential crisis, as Johnny discovers his body was buried in a Badlands junkyard and begins to ponder the way the life of his and actions affected the folks around him. It is a good way to find out more about Johnny’s backstory, but this series of side quests also tells arguably the best story in the whole game.
Why Samurai’s Reunion In Cyberpunk 2077 Is So Important
In Cyberpunk 2077 Night City is actually a sprawling urban landscape, full of opportunists and degenerates. Despite the world around them being chaotic and even dire, many characters in the game try their best to find happiness. As Johnny and V revisit the friends and bandmates from Johnny’s past, Johnny starts to see the life of his in a new light – and even develops a little bit of empathy for characters as Kerry along the way. Near the end of this story, players can join Samurai onstage for an incredible performance. And also for only a moment, everyone appears to have forgotten the problems of theirs. For a moment, everyone is actually happy.
Playing this gig isn’t just a cathartic moment for Samurai, though. It’s a freeing release for Johnny, V, and players as well. Since Johnny’s first appearance in the game, and throughout the narrative, he and V have had a tumultuous relationship. Now, these characters understand each other a bit better – and there’s some mutual respect that comes from this.
Although the world of Cyberpunk 2077 can be a harsh and cynical place, this story illustrates humanity’s continuous pursuit of happiness, no matter the odds. Even when the world seems to be falling apart around them, humans have the distinct ability to find bits of happiness anyway – even if it only lasts as long as one song.