Few cases of redemption have been as spectacular in recent years as that of Cyberpunk 2077. If the 2.0 update already improved it significantly, with its expansion Phantom Liberty, both critics and the public now see it with the eyes CD Projekt wanted from the beginning: as an excellent RPG with FPS elements. The reason is that, at last, they have paid attention to the details. And one of those details is a tribute as beautiful as it is hilarious.
In the 2.0 update of the game, Cyberpunk 2077 included a new arcade machine that allowed you to play a game within the game. Its name is Arasaka Tower 3D. And what is it about? Well, it’s basically a Doom clone, but with Keanu Reeves’ character, Johnny Silverhand, as the protagonist.
This, in addition to being a very cute and amusing tribute, is a nod that solidifies the game’s own narrative. Silverhand is a famous rock musician who caused a stir all over Night City, so it makes sense for him to star in his own video game. But it’s also a nod outside of the video game. After all, Keanu Reeves is a big fan of Doom and iD Software games, so much so that he did the (excellent) soundtrack for the first Quake. This connects a series of charming tributes and nods.
If you want to play Arasaka Tower 3D, it’s quite easy. Besides having the game updated to version 2.0, you’ll need to head to the Badlands region, go south, and look for an abandoned church north of a protein farm. Interestingly, this farm also happens to be a fast travel point, so if you’ve unlocked it, you’ll have an easy time finding the church. Once there, enter the church, and to your right, you’ll find the Arasaka Tower 3D machine.
The game includes five levels, several secret doors, and it doesn’t last more than ten minutes in total, but it’s a fun and charming tribute. So, if you’re a fan of Doom and have returned to Cyberpunk 2077 during its recent resurgence, take the opportunity to venture into the forbidden realms of Arasaka Tower 3D.