Keanu Reeves stars in Cyberpunk 2077, but there are also some other video games the Hollywood legend has featured in.
Cyberpunk 2077 and the announcement of Keanu Reeves saved E3 2019 from being a complete waste of time. The Hollywood legend is one of the most down-to-earth, sincere, and legitimate people in the acting industry, and his involvement in CD Projekt RED’s supposedly “transphobic” game is exciting. However, it’s not the first video game he has featured in.
Keanu Reeves has a huge fanbase thanks to being a humble, modest, and accommodating bloke who will do whatever it takes to make a movie good. To me he’s no Tom Cruise, but there’s no denying he’s a committed badass who lacks the stench of phoniness a lot of actors can’t clean off.
And, although he was “blown away” by the ovation he received at E3 2019, Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t his first foray into the video game’s industry.
The Matrix: Path Of Neo
Keanu Reeves is a Hollywood legend for movies like Bill & Ted, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the John Wick trilogy, and – my guilty pleasure – Knock Knock, but the Matrix is undoubtedly his most iconic role despite the series aging terribly with its vomit of special effects.
Somewhat similar to the movies, The Matrix: Path Of Neo is a licensed video game that has aged terribly with its ugly graphics and subpar gameplay.
However, for the biggest Keanu Reeves and Matrix fanboys, it might be worth a revisit as it lets you play as Neo and participate in the film series’ greatest boss fight: Keanu vs. a thousand Hugo Weavings.
John Wick is the series that really propelled Keanu Reeves back into the Hollywood spotlight, and it was also the series that marked his return to video games after a nine-year absence (or at least his likeness).
The co-op first-person shooter Payday 2 gave John Wick his debut in the world of video games. Rather than just being a skin or pointless addition, the martial arts badass was given a role in the game’s plot as he tipped off Chains about a raid by Interpol agents.
Unlike The Matrix: Path Of Neo, Payday 2 is an easier recommendation to revisit as it doesn’t look or control like garbage.
The creator of Fortnite has discussed how Keanu and he got to chatting about the apparent likeness of John Wick in the Battle Royale title, and how this led to the movie character becoming a legitimate member of the roster.
In comparison to Keanu’s near live-action appearance in the latest Cyberpunk 2077 trailer, John Wick’s skin in Fortnite was – understandably – cartoony. However, the likeness was undeniable, and it was a great way for the actor to promote the third instalment in the John Wick saga.
John Wick’s appearance in the Fortnite universe was – sadly – a limited-time event similar to Marvel’s Thanos, but it was a heck of a good time.
John Wick Hex
Unlike the Matrix, Payday 2, and Fortnite, John Wick Hex is a video game that hasn’t come out yet. It’ll star Keanu Reeves as Hollywood’s deadliest machine once more in a video game adaptation that utilises a stunning and fairly unique style of 2D animation.
Described by many as a cross between XCOM and Superhot with real-time manoeuvres and flashy takedowns, John Wick Hex is an intelligent strategy game that Keanu Reeves fans must support by buying and playing.
It doesn’t have a release date as of yet, but it’ll eventually be available on the Epic Games store only.
And – of course – we conclude this tale with Cyberpunk 2077.
Not only will Cyberpunk 2077 boast “next level” gameplay, an incredible character creation suite, and an overwhelming amount of freedom and choices, it’ll also feature Keanu Reeves in an incredibly important role as an ally and mate.
The Hollywood legend depicts a rebel named Johnny Silverhand, and it’ll mark his debut in a AAA video game RPG. And I can’t wait!
Cyberpunk 2077 launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16, 2020.