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The 10 best Cyberpunk 2077 mods: from minor tweaks to major overhauls

It’s one of the biggest AAA releases in years, but it hasn’t been without controversy. Let’s check out the best Cyberpunk 2077 mods that you can download.

In terms of hype, it doesn’t get much bigger than CD Projekt Red’s RPG, Cyberpunk 2077. But it’s no secret that upon release it was plagued with issues. As such, a community that has relished the challenge of making Cyberpunk 2077 mods has flourished.

Modders have turned their hands to many titles, but rarely has the call for community involvement in a game’s health been so urgent. That said, a year on from the game’s release, there are modders who have also flexed their creative muscles, making additions to the core game that are more fun than functional. So without further ado, let’s check out 10 of the best Cyberpunk 2077 mods you can get right now.

Cyberpunk 2077 mods

Better Minimap

Minimap

This one definitely falls into the “let’s make this game run better category”. Even its creator, WillyJL, makes it a no-brainer: “Finally a better minimap, the default one is utter trash isn’t it?”

With options including bigger or transparent minimaps and multiple zooming options, this simple mod will make navigating Night City much more straightforward.

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Better Vehicle Handling

Better Vehicle Handling

One of the biggest bugbears of Cyberpunk 2077 players is the clunky, unpredictable behaviour of vehicles. And considering some of the high octane driving that you’ll be doing in this game, your cars and bikes need to be glued to the road.

Fortunately, there’s a mod for that. Better Vehicle Handling mercifully does exactly what it says on the packet and the game is less frustrating as a result.

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Arasaka Appearance Updater

Arasaka Appearance updater

If you’re a stickler for the visual details of Cyberpunk 2077, the Arasaka Appearance Updater is here to keep you calm and in control. This ever-evolving mod allows you to make small changes to the appearance of your character, including hairstyles and facial features.

The tweaks are easily made with sliders that you can push and down to subtly tweak the look of your character. What’s more, it gives you an accurate preview image before you commit to the new look.

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Enhanced Police

Enhanced Police

The Enhanced Police mod is an intuitive addition, adding excitement and risk proportionate to your threat level in the game. When you commit crimes, it enables police cars to spawn. The chase is on!

Mod creator Mandruis7 has steadily been adding updates since the first launch, based on user feedback. So it appears that this one only going to get more finely tuned over time.

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Sphiratrioth’s Photorealistic Reshade

Sphiratrioth's Photorealistic Reshade

If you’re a Photoshop junkie or enjoy editing video, you’ll appreciate the detail and care that’s gone into this gorgeous mod. The Cyberpunk universe is a visually breathtaking and busy one, and Sphiratrioth’s Photorealistic Reshade helps it to look its very best.

It sharpens, reduces green filter, adds saturation and colour, deepens shadows to make them look more natural, and so on.

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Draw Distance Boost

Draw Distance Boost

Another mod that enhances the visual realism of Cyberpunk 2077 is Draw Distance Boost. Draw Distance is especially important in Night City, as players often have to look over a broad, open-world landscape.

Boosting the draw distance brings far away items — like buildings and lights — to life. A subtle yet powerful enhancement that should get you even more immersed in this world.

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Third Person

Third Person

A diversity of perspectives helps a story to thrive and this Third Person mod does the trick for Cyberpunk 2077. With several camera positions to choose from it allows players to change it up as they fit. Simply cycle through by hitting the F3 button.

Cleverly, there’s also a weapon override mode, meaning that when you draw your weapon, the first person view takes over so you can fire with deadly accuracy.

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Arcadia MK.V

Arcadia MK.V

There has been a lot of fanfare around this mod — and understandably so. For the first time, you can drive a standalone additional car through the streets of Night City.

This thing is ridiculous. 1,247 horsepower with a top speed of 257 mph, you won’t even need to look in the rearview mirror. No one will be there!

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Alternative Crowd Behaviour and Other Tweaks

Alternative Crowd Behaviour

If you’re searching for a more immersive experience in the Cyberpunk universe, this mod has got you covered. Despawning rates for NPCs are altered, meaning the fresh ones appear more regularly and exhibit new behaviours.

Street traffic can also be increased, which makes for a more dynamic and interesting environment. In the end, the effects are subliminal, but make the game feel just that little bit more natural and evolving in certain environments.

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Full Gameplay Rebalance

Full Gameplay Rebalance

The description on Nexus Mods says it all: “Balancing, bug fixes, reworks, and new content for all aspects of Cyberpunk’s gameplay. The Megamod.” And when you have a closer look at the features, it’s hard to argue.

In fact, there are way too many features to list here, but it’s clear that for creator Scissors123454321, it’s a labour of love. If you’ve got time to dive into the 78-page report detailing the mod, have at it!

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