The concept of modding Cyberpunk 2077 is pretty meta, when you think about it. It was also basically inevitable that any open-world role-playing game with so much hype surrounding its release would almost immediately be modded, in some cases beyond recognition, by a loving community.
With the release of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners on Netflix - an impressive anime set in the games' universe - and some much-needed updates for the game, Cyberpunk 2077 is seeing more players flock to the game. Still, there are mods galore for those wanting to enhance their experience of transform it entirely.
We're going to run down just a few of the best mods for Cyberpunk 2077: ranging from modding tools and cosmetics to small tweaks that fundamentally change the way the game and its story is experienced.
- Things to consider before modding Cyberpunk 2077
- Can you mod Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox or PlayStation consoles?
- How do you install Cyberpunk 2077 mods?
- The best Cyberpunk 2077 mods
Things to consider before modding Cyberpunk 2077
Before we start, a few necessary caveats. Modding is always done at the player's own risk and while it is currently supported by CD Projekt RED (especially given the introduction of their own modding tool, REDmod), the next official update could throw even the most diligently tested mod into disarray without warning.
So, mod responsibly; read comments and reviews to make sure you're not downloading a dud, and make back-ups of anything you don't want to lose. If there's a large update to the game and your mods are thrown into disarray, be sure to back them up and go through the gruelling process of reinstalling them one by one to be able to play without problems.
This might not apply to those installing mods, but if you're considering creating them at any point, CD Projekt RED requests that everyone creating content adhere to the Fan Content Guidelines and doesn't breach the EULA.
Can you mod Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox or PlayStation consoles?
First things first, consoles don't often support mods. That said, we have seen Microsoft support mods in the past for certain games such as Skyrim, and Fallout 4. Regardless, however, Cyberpunk 2077 does not official mod support for consoles.
The only way for consoles to support mods for Cyberpunk 2077 right now is to simultaneously have a modded console, but this runs the risk of being banned if playing online, and comes with its own additional issues.
How do you install Cyberpunk 2077 mods?
In order to install a mod for Cyberpunk 2077, you'll generally need to start by locating where your game files are stored within your PC.
If you're playing on GOG, the files can be found in the GOG Games/Cyberpunk 2077 sub-folder. Meanwhile if you're using Steam, you can find the game files in the following rabbit warren of sub-folders: Steam Library/SteamApps/common/Cyberpunk 2077.
However, depending on which drive(s) you save to, these folders can sometimes be a little harder to find — often (but not always) they'll be hiding in your Program Files (x86) folder, for example.
Fortunately, you can skip the part where you hunt around for them by opening up your launcher of choice and right-clicking on the game's icon. On GOG you'll want to select the Manage Installation > Show Folder option from the drop-down menu, while on Steam Properties > Local Files > Browse will take you where you want to go.
From here, simply download and unzip the mod. Then, drop the contents into the correct folder within the game files. Each individual mod will have instructions on its Nexus page about which sub-folders you need to edit.
The Cyber Engine Tweaks mod, for example (which is a prerequisite for installing some of the mods which we talk more about below) needs to be placed in the game's bin > x64 folder, but this part depends on exactly which mod you want to install.
What is REDmod, and how do I use it for my Cyberpunk 2077 mods?
CD Projekt RED has also introduced REDmod, which is a free DLC that provides integrated support for installing and loading mods in Cyberpunk 2077.
With REDmod installed, REDmod compatible mods should be placed in the new \Cyberpunk 2077\mods folder. This then allows you to disable and enable mods from the REDlauncher or GOG. More information on how REDmod can help you with mod management can be found on the Cyberpunk Modding Support page.
The best Cyberpunk 2077 mods
Firstly, before you install mods galore, it's worth installing Cyber Engine Tweaks and CP77Tools. Both mods are necessary to run some additional mods, and Cyber Engine Tweaks also allows you to mess around with the games settings further, and even open the debug menu when needed too.
TPP MOD WIP Third-Person
Seems like there's a bit of a trend at the moment with RPGs giving you an incredibly detailed character creator, only to force you to spend the vast majority of the game in a first-person perspective. Not only is this a bit of a baffling decision on the surface of it, but it can also cause real problems for people with (for example) motion sickness — in extreme cases, leaving them unable to play the game altogether.
So if you're thus afflicted — or, if you just want to be able to see your lovingly crafted V in all their glory throughout their time in Night City — you'll perhaps be pleased to hear that help is on the way. Take note, however, that you'll need Cyber Engine Tweaks installed to get this mod up and running.
The creator of TPP MOD WIP Third-Person, Jelle Bakker, currently lists it as a work in progress.
Still, I'm guessing it beats severe motion sickness; and with work apparently still being done on this mod — not to mention the other third-person mods no doubt being developed as we speak — this is definitely one to watch if you're hoping to make your Cyberpunk 2077 experience more comfortable, more visually pleasing, or just more varied for yourself.
Better Vehicle Handling
There's absolutely no doubt whatsoever that driving in Cyberpunk 2077 feels rather shabby. Some vehicles certainly feel easier to handle than others, but don't get me started on how difficult it can be to manouevre a bike around the place.
For a game that often requires a fair bit of getting from A to B, poor driving controls are something you'll either get used to, or mod, and that's where the Better Vehicle Handling mod steps in.
Better Vehicle Handling is a non-intrusive mod that doesn't modify any of your games files, and is intending to make handling vehicles a little less frustrating than it currently is. Just be sure to check the ReadMe.txt on this one, as one of the mods optional files (which aims to improve acceleration and deceleration) will overwrite your keybindings.
No More Hard-Coded Keybinds
A tiny but crucial annoyance for many PC players of Cyberpunk 2077 is the fact that you can't currently rebind the keys, which are hard-coded to keys you may not be used to using. So, while not the flashiest entry on this list, I'm very pleased to introduce you to the No More Hard-Coded Keybinds mod, which I suspect will be life changing for quite a few frustrated players fighting a losing battle against years of muscle memory.
This mod also adds options to the keybinds menu for the following:
- Dodge - 'G', so there's no more double-tapping crouch to dodge.
- Slow Walk (Hold) - '/'
- Primary Action - F
- Secondary Action - 'R'
There are more previously unbindable keys available that you'll be able to play around with, too. You'll even be able to assign actions to your arrow keys, if you so wish.
Cyberpunk 2077's default minimap could always be better, and that's where the Better Minimap mod steps in to help us out.
All in all, this mod aims to improve the minimap and offers you more options for customising it. The minimap can be bigger, transparent, without a border, or if you fancy a challenge, you can play in compass-only mode. I don't know why you'd ever want to do that, but you do you!
There's also plenty of zoom-out options too, if needed, so you can zoom out of the original minimap by as much as you want. And if you can't be bothered to mess with minimap settings to no end, the mod also has a few available presets for you to check out and consider installing.
After spending what feels like hours creating a character, you'll find that there isn't much of an opportunity to update their appearance later down the line.
The Save Editor mod is exactly as it sounds, and will allow you to make various amendments to your save, and then load it up in Cyberpunk 2077. Not only does this mean that you can edit and save various appearance presets for your character which you can load whenever, but you can also adjust your player stats and inventory.
The editor also lets you adjust quest facts, but it's not recommended you mess around with this unless you truly know what you're doing and how a quest unfolds.
While Cyberpunk has been privy to updates and improvements over the course of time since its release, there's still plenty of issues yet to be addressed. One of which is the policing system in the game. They're frankly quite useless, and your crimes certainly don't reap any real punishment most of the time.
The Enhanced Police mod introduces threat levels and spawns police cars. Most of us have probably played a GTA title by now and are familiar with how this works. Depending on your crime, you'll attain a threat level, and what that level is will determine just how viligantly the police may chase you across Night City.
Pair this with the Better Vehicle Handling mod, and you're in for some good police chases.
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners mods
Last, but not least, it's time to talk about Edgerunners. The stylish anime hit Netflix and was immediately met with praise for how it looked, sounded, and how it gave the Cyberpunk universe more depth. As a result, players are once again returning to the game or picking it up for the first time.
If you're an Edgerunners fan looking to inject a little bit of the anime into your Cyberpunk 2077 experience, there's a few mods you can try out.
- Lucy's Outfit
- Lucy's Face - Female V Preset
- David's Hairstyle
- Edgerunners Radio Station
- Night City Interactions
- Rebecca's Pistols
Or if it's weapons you're after, here's our rundown of the best weapons in Cyberpunk 2077.