Recently there have been a few newsworthy Cyberpunk 2077 mods. Most of them have focused on making the game run at more playable frame rates or improving its visuals on certain rigs. All vital stuff considering Cyberpunk 2077 was, on release, an absolute state for all but the highest specs.
It helps that CD Project Red has released its own free REDmod tools for free, allowing everyone to install Cyberpunk 2077 mods through a dedicated client they can download from Steam or GOG. This release comes as we’re also seeing mods that alter the range of facial features, change your looks in small ways after character creation, and even access stuff we were never meant to see. That last one’s important as it adds new functionality to the game. What starts with a shove one day could evolve into giving your character superpowers.
You should be aware of an important distinction from the get-go. Some of these Cyberpunk 2077 mods do require you to have another mod installed that acts as a base. We highlight which of the following mods require either Cyber Engine Tweaks or the CP77Tools mod to be installed. With that caveat out of the way, here are the best mods for Cyberpunk 2077 that we’ve found so far.
Cyber Engine Tweaks and CP77Tools
Cyberpunk 2077 did launch as a bit of a mess, though recent patches have helped somewhat in this regard. Some mods can help further fix some of the performance issues. There are other things the Cyber Engine Tweaks mod can tinker with, like being able to turn off TAA, unlock the debug menu, or skipping the start menu. If you want, you can also remove all of the pedestrians and traffic that clog up the streets of Night City.
This mod is also a gateway to LUA scripts to alter other parts of the game. There’s so much you can do because of it, you can take a look at the wiki to see exactly what you can do with this mod.
The CP77Tools mod is also one that is required to run some of the mods available for Cyberpunk 2077, but doesn’t have the extras that Cyber Engine Tweaks has.
Cyberpunk Edgerunner guns
For fans of Cyberpunk Edgerunner, you can now wield Lucy’s and Rebecca’s pistols with the help of two mods. These are simple gun model replacements, with Lucy’s pistol taking the place of the Unity .45 and Rebecca’s pistol replacing the Omaha. Both of these mods require the Material and Texture Override and TweakXL mods to function correctly.
Better Vehicle Handling
Driving a car in Cyberpunk 2077 is like manoeuvring a particularly stacked supermarket trolley, inevitably crashing into someone else and profusely apologising for the inconvenience. With Better Vehicle Handling’s work-in-progress configuration file, you can tweak the steering for all of the vehicles so that they are more responsive.
This is probably the most useful mod on this list for many people, especially if you’re controlling the game by using a mouse and keyboard rather than a controller. It also improves how all motorbikes handle, giving you more control as you lean into a turn. Until CD Projekt Red fixes the handling, this is a mandatory download.
This mod requires the CP77Tools mod
Another thing that is quite annoying for some people is the minimap. If you’re one of those people, then the Better Minimap mod allows you to adjust it in a few ways: making it bigger, making it transparent, removing the border entirely, or changing it to a compass-only mode. On top of that, there are also multiple zoom options when driving vehicles.
Currently, there are a couple of issues that this mod has with flickering and lagging, so it may not be a perfect solution for you, but it’s better than no options at all!
Sometimes, the best friends you can have are the ones you make. The Drone Companions mod by Scissors adds the TechDeck, a functionally similar operating system to the existing CyberDeck. Equipping this OS gives you access to various components to build multiple robot companions at once. Each of your drones has a rarity (rare, epic, and legendary) that indicates build quality, and you can find more recipes for better drones at weapon vendors.
While you can limit yourself to building flying drones, you can also potentially construct human-like androids and giant mechs to help you in combat. You can even outfit them with upgrades, such as invisibility cloaks or laser beams. Since the Drone Companions are an entirely new mechanic, you can find a crafting guide from GZMods to help you get started.
Given that Cyberpunk 2077 is a game set in a dystopian ‘paradise’ and stars Keanu Reeves, it was almost inevitable that we’d see a Matrix mod. Sadly, by installing the catchily named Matrix Colour Grading Reshade mod, you’re not adding anything other than a green tint to the game. However, we’re seeing progress on other mods that add new skills to your arsenal, one of these is the wall hang mod (requires Cyber Engine Tweaks) from PerfNormBeast, which, as the name implies, gives you the ability to dangle or jump off vertical surfaces. It’s not precisely wall-running, but it’s better than nothing. At least, though, we’re not that far off from full-blown bullet time.
The Time Dilation mod does a heck of a lot, overhauling the Sandevistan operating system and rebalancing perks for each of the seven manufacturers. It includes the ability to slow down time (which Matrix fans will get a kick out of), deflect bullets with a katana, teleportation skills, and even use the time dilation skills while in vehicles. However, as this is quite an extensive mod, we encourage you to take note of the requirements on the Nexusmod page before you download it. You need to install many other mods to make it work, but once you do, you’re in for a treat.
Even though Cyberpunk 2077 is a game set in the near future, it’s baffling that there aren’t any flying cars you can drive around in Night City. However, with the Flying Car mod, you can now soar above your enemies, all while beating the traffic to your next objective.
The Breach Takedown mod gives would-be hackers a third option when grappling with their targets. With the mod installed, in addition to knocking enemies out or killing them, you can select the Breach Network option to open up the breach protocol screen. Doing so will instantly upload all your hacks, so you won’t need to play the minigame. You can also perform breaches on unconscious bodies, allowing you to install your hacks with relative safety, which is handy the next time you want to disable all of the cameras and find yourself in a tricky spot.
Alternate Crowd Behavior and Other Tweaks
The crowds are somewhat dumb in Cyberpunk 2077 and it turns out that it’s by design. So you can mod NPC behaviour by installing the Alternate Crowd Behavior and Other Tweaks mod. Features include changing how fast an NPC will despawn, allowing for slightly more traffic on the roads, and it tinkers with the AI to make enemies more intelligent.
There’s also an experimental feature for alternate streaming. As the mod creator MelancholyMastermind states in his description, it “allows more assets to be loaded per frame and reduces spawn reduction based on movement speed to keep traffic and crowds at max”. This mod does take a big hit on FPS, so if Cyberpunk 2077 chugs along for you at the best of times, only download this if your machine can handle it.
Config Overhaul for Cyberpunk 2077
Bafflingly, there’s a whole bunch of options that are completely hidden from the player, but the Config Overhaul for Cyberpunk 2077 mod gives you access to some of these hidden settings. If you really want to get those extra precious frames, this mod will do just that.
Better Controls Menu
While you can rebind most controls in the base game, the Better Controls Menu mod allows you to change the ones that CD Projekt Red doesn’t want you to change. These include the following:
- Dodge – Disables double-tap dodge in favour of a dedicated button, defaults to G because it wasn’t being used for anything
- Slow Walk – Hold and use your normal movement keys to walk. Defaults to the “/” key
- Primary Action – Default F
- Secondary Action – Default R
- Some UI Navigation Buttons
This mod also enables you to assign button configurations to the arrow keys, so any infrequently used controls can be mapped here should you so wish.
Unlock Global Illumination settings
We’re keeping the name of this one to just ‘Unlock Global Illumination settings’, but this mod does a heck of a lot more than that. Here you’ll also be able to adjust the FOV slider to higher values, toggle the resolution scaling, and set the mouse sensitivity and zoom sensitivity to larger numbers. It’s also compatible with the Better Controls Menu mod, allowing you to customise the game’s controls and settings in tandem.
Arasaka Appearance Updater
Speaking of how the game looks, you aren’t really able to change much about your character once they’ve been created. The Arasaka Appearance Updater mod can enable you to make some very minor changes after you’ve created your character.
Prior to using this mod, you may find some glaring differences between how they look in the character creation menu, and how they end up looking when posing for a snapshot in the Cyberpunk 2077 photo mode. Thankfully this mod gives you an accurate preview image of what your character looks like before deploying the update to the save file.
Make sure that you look at the video above as it provides a full tutorial for editing your character however you wish. It is limited to just a few facial features and hairstyles currently, so you can’t change your voice from a male sounding one to a female sounding one, but the Arasaka Appearance Updater is constantly being improved, so we’re excited to see how it develops.
Ciri 2077 presets
Remember when everyone thought that Ciri was going to be in Cyberpunk 2077? Were you disappointed that this turned out to be completely false? Then these Ciri 2077 presets can finally make those lofty dreams a reality. It does this by tinkering with some files, with accompanying instructions to recreate Ciri’s character model within the Cyberpunk 2077 character creation menu. This mod also requires both The White Hair for V and Custom Eye Colors mod to help complete the look!
Romanceable Judy for Male V
This mod requires the Cyber Engine Tweaks mod.
It’s certainly not outside the realms of possibility that other lines were recorded for the other Cyberpunk 2077 romance options, though CD Projekt Red did confirm that Judy was always intended to be a partner to female V only. If you want to listen to the lines that you weren’t meant to hear, then this mod does just that.
Phil’s HDR Reshade
Phil’s HDR Reshade mod tweaks the colours to create an image with precise depth, colour, and visual effects. The pictures speak for themselves, taking some of the red tint and giving the black hues a bit more of an emphasis. Please note that this has nothing to do with true HDR that requires a high-end monitor – this implementation attempts to mimic that effect without having to purchase new hardware.
Of course, you can also give Cyberpunk 2077 a 90s feel by completely pixelating the living heck out of them! The Doom ReShade mod turns the screen into a chunky S-VGA compatible CRT monitor, complete with scan lines. Those that bubble up with nostalgia at the mere mention of the 3dfx Voodoo 2 card (steady now!) will get a kick out of this.
We’re not entirely sure if you’ll play with this mod for longer than five minutes, just looking at those screenshots is burning our retinas, but at the very least, it makes for a great April Fool’s prank!
Breach Protocol Autohacker
The ultimate hacker move is to hack the hacking system, ensuring you win all of the prizes each and every time. This autohacker mod guarantees you end up with the best outcome no matter how difficult the puzzle is.
Are you sick of the useless police in Cyberpunk 2077? This mod adds in different police vehicles to pursue you whenever you commit a crime. The amount of police that decide to hunt you down depends entirely on your threat level.
There are four threat levels, each with their own criteria to determine which vehicles (if any) should chase you down. Trust us, you don’t want to get four stars any time soon as you’ll have to contend with a Chevalier Emperor as you drive round Night City.
And those are all the Cyberpunk 2077 mods we’ve found that we like so far. Given how passionate the modding community already is for Cyberpunk 2077, we’re convinced that the best mods are still to come. Over time, hopefully, the mods for Cyberpunk 2077 will be the same quality as the best Witcher 3 mods and perhaps, one day, even rival the gargantuan collection of the best Skyrim mods out there.