Can You Steal Cars in Cyberpunk 2077?

Looking at the jagged, neon-drenched skyline of Cyberpunk 2077’s Night City teeming with flying cars straight out of Blade Runner or Altered Carbon, the question on the front of many gamer’s minds is, of course, “Can I steal that?”

And the answer is, well: Yes — just not the flying ones.

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That’s right. While you won’t be piloting any of the flashing above-ground hovercars, players will have a wide range of terrestrial vehicles to choose from — and steal. But Cyberpunk 2077 won’t be GTA set in the future; getting that five-finger discount on the ride of your choice in Night City will take a little more finesse than just throwing open the door of a car and tossing its rightful owner onto the pavement.

How to Steal Cars in Cyberpunk 2077

While you will be able to steal cars in Cyberpunk 2077, you will have to invest in specific attributes and skills in order to do so effectively. Unlike GTA which only requires you to get close to the car, send whatever poor inhabitant of the vehicle happens to be in the driver’s seat rolling across the street, and floor it until the cops get bored, you’ll actually have to work on the how/when.

Stealing parked cars requires hacking into them, which necessitates investment in the appropriately named Hacking attribute or you’ll be SOL during a midnight stroll through a City Center parking lot. On the other hand, hijacking cars in broad daylight in the middle of the road benefits from putting points into Body, which improves your intimidation and other physical skills accordingly.

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Thus, the way you steal ties into the way you play the game; Stealthy Netrunners and techies already investing into Engineering and Hacking might choose to hack cars inside one of Night City’s parking garages while straight-to-the-point Solos will be better off kicking teeth in and stealing cars the Vice City way.

An Interesting Feature of Cyberpunk 2077 Cars

Another way Cyberpunk 2077 cars set themselves apart from their GTA and other open-world, thievery-rich RPGs is by their regional variation. The same make of a car in one area will reflect its local style, meaning that an Aerondight 56 from the rich, well-off neighborhoods of Westbrook will look very different compared to the dusty, more Mad Maxian badlands.

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On top of the regional variation, the same model of car can appear in varying qualities and conditions, from a beat-up, edge-of-the-junkyard rustbucket on the verge of death to a suped-up, brand new beast of a machine itching for a race in Night City (because there will be racing!)

So be sure to keep in mind what kind of ride you want to sport; style is everything in Night City. And remember to spec your character accordingly.

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