When you catch up to the cab, its voice alone is enough to reference GLaDOS, but it gets even more blatant when the dialogue kicks in. References to testing V followed by threats of murder with an eerie proclamation that "all the cake is gone," it's clear that her AI seems to have escaped Aperature and found itself in the streets of Night City.
You can find Hideo Kojima himself early on in Cyberpunk 2077, there's a sticker that calls back to the Witcher (albeit with Cyber-enhancements), there's a Ghost in the Shell reference with Judy's phone icon being a literal ghost escaping a shell, etc. Cyberpunk 2077 is packed to the brim with goodies, so there's a good chance that there's even more out there yet to be discovered.
There's plenty of mystery still left to unravel, especially given how gigantic and dense the open world is, but even in the menus, questions have been raised, like what's that sixth attribute all about? Hopefully, whatever is discovered in the days, weeks, months, or maybe even years to come in the game's run is just as fun, nostalgic and exciting as evil murderous AI's trying to sic bloodthirsty gunslingers at you like an R-Rated rendition of Pixar's Cars.
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If you want to get right to the punch rather than wading through the other Delemain rogue taxi side quests, the GLaDOS-like AI can be found in Epistrophy: Coastview at the bottom of the map in Pacifica. Ellen McLain has also confirmed that she voiced the scene - adding to her recent roles like Overwatch in Half-Life: Alyx.
Ellen McLain is an American opera singer and voice actress from Nashville, Tennessee. She is known for providing the voice of GLaDOS, the computer antagonist of the Portal video game series, the voice of the Overwatch in Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episodes 1 & 2, the voice of the Jaeger A.I. in Pacific Rim, and the Administrator, the narrator of the video game Team Fortress 2.
Cheerio, or whatever it is that people expect the Brits to say, James is a Newcastle University student from, funnily enough, Newcastle, England. He's been gaming for as long as he can remember, starting out with Half-Life and Thomas the Tank Engine.
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Update: Originally, our article stated that the voice actor was not Ellen McLain, but she has since confirmed on Twitter that she did voice the scene. We've corrected the article to reflect that.
It's been a long time but GLaDOS is back in spirit with Cyberpunk 2077. The game is chock full of references, whether it's in-house to other entries in the genre like Akira, outside to shows like The Office, or to other video-game franchises like Portal. One of the Delemain cabs, a series of rogue AI taxis that you have to track down and reboot, is a clear callback to Portal's infamous villain.
[Verse 1]This was a triumphI'm making a note here: "HUGE SUCCESS"It's hard to overstateMy satisfactionAperture ScienceWe do what we must because we canFor the good of all of usExcept the ones who are dead[Chorus 1]But there's no sense crying over every mistakeYou just keep on trying till you run out of cakeAnd the Science gets done, and you make a neat gunFor the people who are still alive[Verse 2]I'm not even angryI'm being so sincere right nowEven though you broke my heartAnd killed meAnd tore me to piecesAnd threw every piece into a fireAs they burned, it hurt becauseI was so happy for you[Chorus 2]Now these points of data make a beautiful lineAnd we're out of beta, we're releasing on timeSo I'm GLaD I got burned; think of all the things we learnedFor the people who are still alive[Verse 3]Go ahead and leave meI think I prefer to stay insideMaybe you'll find someone elseTo help youMaybe Black MesaThat was a joke. Haha, fat chanceAnyway, this cake is greatIt's so delicious and moist[Chorus 3]Look at me still talking when there's Science to doWhen I look out there, it makes me GLaD I'm not youI've experiments to run; there is research to be doneOn the people who are still alive[Outro]And believe me, I am still aliveI'm doing science and I'm still aliveI feel fantastic and I'm still aliveWhile you're dying, I'll be still aliveAnd when you're dead, I will be still aliveStill alive, still alive...
The eerie end credits song to the first Portal game, supposedly GlaDOS rejoicing that she isn’t quite dead as an after-action report.