The Streetkid, Corpo or Nomad choice in Cyberpunk 2077 happens at the very start, and that’s where you choose your character’s lifepath. Your Cyberpunk 2077 lifepath is basically the backstory of your V. What you choose here is going to give you one of three beginning missions, as well as affect how certain NPCs will perceive you, at least initially. There will also be some different dialogue choices. So, considering that a lot of people are going to wonder which lifepath to choose at the start, let’s break things down a little in our Cyberpunk 2077 Streetkid, Corpo or Nomad Choice guide. Note that there will be some early-game spoilers here; you have been warned.
What Cyberpunk 2077 Lifepath to Choose – Nomad, Streetkid, Corpo?
The choice of lifepath that you make at the start of Cyberpunk 2077 – Streetkid, Nomad, or Corpo – is going to affect which of the three beginnings you’ll get, and how some NPCs are going to initially perceive you. Also, you’re going to get different dialogue options in certain situations. For example, a Streetkid might be familiar with the type of illegal stimulant someone is offering them, and some fixers will have heard of you before.
Now, what we have to note here is that the choice isn’t going to impact your overall experience too much, especially not the main story. It seems that the developers didn’t want to gate anything off based on your character’s background. Sure, some NPCs might not be immediately as friendly to a Nomad as they would to, say, a Corpo, but not so much that they’ll refuse to give you quests. AS for the dialogue options, they’re mostly just there for color; you know, help immerse you in your character. As far as we can tell, they don’t impact any of the major choices.
So, all in all, it doesn’t matter much which lifepath you choose in Cyberpunk 2077 in the grand scheme of things. However, that’s not to say that it’s a completely insignificant choice. So, what we’re going to do now is give you a quick rundown of what each lifepath holds in store. There will be slight spoilers, but nothing you haven’t heard of before if you’ve been following the promo material CDPR has been putting out.
Cyberpunk 2077 Streetkid Lifepath
“They say if you wanna understand the streets, you gotta live ’em. Gangs, fixers, dolls, small-time pushers – you were raised by them all. Down here the law of the jungle dictates the weak serve the strong – the only law in Night City you have yet to break.”
The Streetkid lifepath in Cyberpunk 2077 is the archetype that most people think about when you mention the word “cyberpunk.” You are a born and bred child of the dirty streets of Night City. You will know more about the local culture, including fixers, legendary people, illicit substances, etc. Also, more people on the bottom rungs of Night City will be aware who you are, too. So, they might be a bit better disposed towards you from the jump. Meanwhile, Corpos will look at you like common garbage, and Nomads are generally mistrustful of all Night City dwellers.
Your prologue begins by making a deal with a fixer to pay off the debts of a bartender you’re friendly with. The job is to steal a car, but, as it turns out, your future buxom buddy Jackie is trying to lift the same ride. Cops roll in to stop you, a corpo tells them to dump you in the river, but they leave you in a back alley. From there, your adventure begins in earnest.
Corpo Lifepath in Cyberpunk 2077
“Few leave the corporate world with their lives – fewer still with their souls intact. You’ve been there – you’ve bent the rules, exploited secrets, and weaponized information. There’s no such thing as a fair game, only winners and losers.”
As the Corpo, you have contacts and knowledge that are well out of reach to the common rabble. This is certainly an asset, but once you start getting your hands dirty on the streets, the scum of Night City will try and screw you over however they can, because they don’t trust you. In fact, they might even openly hate you. However, information is everything in the world of Cyberpunk, and you have plenty of insider insight that can be extremely valuable to the right pair of ears.
The corpo’s prologue basically has you doing some less-than-legal stuff that all corporations in Night City do. Jackie is your contact, so that’s how you meet, in a sleazy club. However, the problem is that, in this world, everyone has a target on their backs that’s ripe for stabbing, and you’re no exception. So, when your mission goes horribly awry, you’re left with very little, and have to claw your way back up.
Nomad Cyberpunk 2077 Lifepath
“Roaming the Badlands, looting scrapyards, raiding fuel depots – life on the road wasn’t easy. But growing up in a nomad clan has its perks. Honesty, integrity, and a love of freedom – qualities that few in Night City possess, and no amount of money can buy.”
Make no mistake, you are the rabble in Night City, the lowest of the low. Nobody will trust you aside from other Nomads trying to make it on the streets. You will have way more trouble gaining the trust of the citizenry; it’s difficult with nobody to vouch for you. However, other Nomads will be there at your beck and call. They go by their own moral code, as you do, and they help each other out diligently. That is, unless you betray their trust, so be careful. Also, don’t underestimate the survival skills and other knowledge that you picked up in the desert. It’s a jungle out there, after all.
The prologue of the Nomad begins by repairing your junker, and going to meet Jackie. Then, you have to smuggle something over the border and into the city. As is the case with all the other prologues, things go horribly wrong, and after a prolonged car chase, you end up on the streets of Night City. However, where life closes one door, it opens a window, and this is your window of opportunity to find your fortune on the concrete.
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