2084 is set in the same grim cyberpunk dystopia as >Observer_. The exact same, in fact. The levels are lifted right from the aforementioned title, so much so that it feels like you’re playing a modded version. As such, the graphics still have the same polished look and grimy sci-fi aesthetic. The story campaign is incredibly short. It took me maybe around an hour to complete. And believe me: it’s a story mode in name only. It has you running through a few recycled >Observer_ environments gunning down the same model of nanophage zombie and its slight variant models. They basically all look the same: a flimsy-looking zombie in a hospital gown. The other enemy types are made up of the same model, except some crouch and some are tiny shrunken versions of the same thing. One interesting variant has a TV stuck on their head that can be hacked to gain ammo and shock nearby enemies for a few seconds. Aside from that, each level has a rather uninspired boss fight. One is a giant version of Janus (the grumpy apartment complex caretaker) that has a force field that must be hacked in order to be temporarily shut down. At the end of each level, you are treated to a short cinematic that really doesn’t add much of anything.
After completing Story Mode, your next stop will most likely be Endless Mode (not that you really have much choice). This is where you can test your hackin’ n’ shootin’ skills against a -yep, you guessed it- endless horde of enemies. The action takes place in a rectangular-shaped arena with a variety of camera turrets, health boxes, and ammo boxes lining the walls to hack to your advantage. Enemy spawns start off slowly at first, and then as you progress the game ratchets up the difficulty by adding more baddies and faster spawn rates. You’ll also see all your favorites in there, such as "TV Head Guy"; "Giant TV Head Guy", and "Tall Laser-Shooting Robot That Isn’t Even In The Main Game Guy". If leaderboards are your thing, you’ll be happy to know that your high score is uploaded to a leaderboard so you can indirectly compete with friends and strangers for bragging rights. There are also achievements that can only be earned in Endless Mode, so completionists will have some incentive to play around here for a bit.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 4/10
+Interesting hacking concept
-Lack of content
-Not much replayability