While the world waits to explore the seedy bars and dives in Cyberpunk 2077, N1RV ANN-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action from Sukeban Games lets you take control of a proprietor of one such establishment.
N1RV ANN-A — like it’s prequel VA-11 HALL-A — is a booze ‘em up about waifus, technology and post-dystopia life. Set in a cyberpunk world where an insatiable lust for the luxurious life leads people to augment their bodies to conform to extreme fads.
The story revolves around Sam, a bartender living in Saint Alicia; an artificial island developed as a playground for corporations. Sam who is struggling with personal issues also has to deal with crime fueled by the dystopian economy.
The emphasis in N1RV ANN-A isn’t gratuitous, gun-blazing action or character modding; it’s about relating to people — specifically, Sam’s patrons. You do so by, well, serving them drinks. Drink ingredients and mixes affect patrons differently thereby unlocking different story outcomes.
Players can replay missions to improve their scores or explore branching dialogue options. This can lead to secret missions opening up. It’s an interesting formula and a refreshing gameplay style that is sure to charm and amuse.
N1RV ANN-A will be available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam for PC in English and Chinese in 2020.