Citizen Sleeper 2: Starward Vector Preview – Game Informer

Citizen Sleeper was a game that caught me off guard in 2022, offering a unique experience both in terms of gameplay and story. The memories of my adventure as a Sleeper still linger, and I often wonder what my character is up to now. If Elden Ring hadn’t been released that year, Citizen Sleeper would have been my game of the year. Now, more than two years later, I had the opportunity to play the opening hour of Citizen Sleeper 2: Starward Vector, and I am eager to delve deeper into the game. The sequel retains the fantastic sci-fi score, cyberpunk visuals, and compelling narrative of the original, while introducing new mechanics that enhance the decision-making process.

In Citizen Sleeper 2, players once again choose from three classes for their Sleeper. I opted for the Operator class, which excels in interfaces and computer systems but lacks access to a specific skill, putting me at a disadvantage in certain situations. The introduction of the Reboot skill allowed for a dice reroll, adding a level of risk to my actions. The story begins with my Sleeper being helped by a friend, Serafin, after a partial system reboot that eliminated the need for a significant drug but left the artificial body malfunctioning. Fleeing from a former ally turned pursuer, Laine, my Sleeper and Serafin embark on a journey filled with danger and uncertainty.

The sequel introduces new mechanics like Stress and Glitch, which add layers of complexity to the decision-making process. Stress impacts dice rolls, while Glitch introduces a risk-reward element to actions. Managing these mechanics becomes crucial in navigating the challenges presented in the game. Additionally, Contracts offer high-risk, high-reward opportunities that expand the scope of Citizen Sleeper 2, providing players with a variety of experiences across the star map.

The game’s developer, Gareth Damian Martin, emphasizes the importance of narrative and mechanics working in harmony to create a compelling experience for players. With Citizen Sleeper 2, Martin aims to enhance the role-playing elements of the game by tying them directly to the gameplay mechanics. The preview build showcases the intricate balance between success and failure, offering a glimpse into the rich storytelling that awaits players in the full game.

As development progresses, Citizen Sleeper 2 promises a deeper dive into its tabletop inspirations and cyberpunk themes, delivering a more expansive and immersive experience than its predecessor. The careful curation of gameplay mechanics and narrative elements suggests that the sequel will build upon the strengths of the original while introducing new challenges and twists for players to navigate. With its emphasis on player choice and consequence, Citizen Sleeper 2 sets the stage for an engaging and memorable gaming experience that fans of the series can look forward to.