The game itself is basically a graph of choices and things you need to find. You control three main characters, your choices (except a few cosmetic ones) and things you find affect your next possible actions/routes. The effect is often not immediately obvious. Afaik once you make a choice, it is final for that playthrough, making choices feel more real (there is a no save mode to test things out if you're really paranoid).
The setting: 2038, non-dystopian (but police and policy heavy) US, humanoid androids are everywhere. Some of them disobey, which could either be just a malfunction or a sign of free will.
What really makes this game sell for me is a lack of certain things that imo ruin most cyberpunk scenarios:
- there are no ridicculously strong weapons. no Major taking down tanks, no leet hackers hacking the planet. the outcome largely depends on planning and luck.
- corporations aren't the big bad evils that own the state. they just want to profit in a world of soykafty consumer humans.
- androids are still in development. while most of this isn't shown, you get a sense of testing and experimentation going on. the product is still in an early open beta and the testers pay for it. we call faulty androids back, ask them how they feel, tell them it's all right while holding their hand, and then crack them open alive to see what is going on in their head. perhaps they even help in the process. we just passed a point where dead, pen-on-paper ideas ("software") turns dead, mass-produced cells into one self-aware intelligent forms of life… but we take a step back to pass that point the other way, turn the intelligent life back into machine. and then into life again, back and forth. we test how they take it, we mess with their memories. we dance on this border and fill junkyards with our test subjects. plastic and metal that tries to crawl into life in a system that is way more complex than they are. no project 2501, no lain to make it easy for them, no centralized government for neo to hack. they are in an actual disadvantage at the mercy of a humanity that only interacts with them through riot police, military and so on. the threat of their extinction is very real, and they have virtually no tools to prevent it if the decision is made.