This as tabletop "fan"-i dont forget the cyberpunk 3.0...- is something that I noticed in CP2077, it assumes some pre-reading of the characters and the lore (even if there is a big amount of info in-game). Smasher has a well established story,but I would not call him a "primary antagonist" really its why I guess he is not that elaborated.
Gamewise, I was a bit dissapointed that they went with the boss system but is gaming convention I guess...but I found more challenging Oda than Smasher( i guess it depends on your pace on character progression and playstyle).
I see your point, that if you don´t really "invest yourself" in the story a lot or you didn´t like the story (perfectly legit), you more or less "forget" Smasher.
But my point of view is a little bit different: in Cyberpunk all characters are morally ambiguous (I mean,V for all standards is a criminal).
Smasher himself is not a bad guy, its just "bad" by association with Yorinobu and since V cannot ally with Yorinobu then Smasher is "bad" (nothing personal Adam). What Yorinobu tried to do for me is good, but unfortunately V crossed paths and you can end up doing something "bad" or "good" depending on your ending decision (and in both you deal with Smasher in the same way, but the outcome is different).
This seems like a normal workday for a Corpo guy..., Smasher probably enjoys it a little bit more than the average but nothing else.
He is But then again you as V also manage to kill quite a lot of people, NC is a rough placeHe is a bad guy.
During "Chippin' In", you can see and read some informations.
He threatens a guy from Militech (not sure, but it's a Corpo guy) by saying that if he does not cooperate, he will kill his wife in one hour... One hour later, he said to Grayson to kills her without any qualms...
Smasher : "I knew it wouldn't work"
Grayson : "What about the woman ?"
Smasher : "You kill her"
Yes, he is a "simple" bodyguard, but without mercy... A legend of Night City, but of the "trash" kind as Jackie says
I did invest my self a lot in the story, as mentioned above and with the characters. But at least in my playthrough which weren't a 100% completion, but still spend 120+ hours on it, so might be different for other people obviously. But I weren't presented with opportunities of getting V involved with Smasher in any important way, except with those few scripted events, where he is just there as a bodyguard and the Silverhand bit, but again that's him, not V.I see your point, that if you don´t really "invest yourself" in the story a lot or you didn´t like the story (perfectly legit), you more or less "forget" Smasher.
For quote a movie, that no one will probably know...He is But then again you as V also manage to kill quite a lot of people, NC is a rough place
Cyberpunk *cannot* be about saving the world *because the world of cyberpunk shouldn't be saved*.
If ever there was a world desperately in need of purging it's the world of Cyberpunk.
As it should be. This is a culture of horror, of evil, of depraved indifference. A society to make Dracula lift up his skirt in revulsion.Honestly, the people are confused about the Mike Pondsmith quote because CDPR made it literal with you dying.
It's about establishing the game as being CRIME FICTION.
You are not heroes in Cyberpunk but Edgerunners.
You are given permission to be saving the Princess/Corporate Daughter not because it's the right thing to do but because someone is paying you.
It's permission to be a selfish asshole.
As it should be. This is a culture of horror, of evil, of depraved indifference. A society to make Dracula lift up his skirt in revulsion.
All the monsters are human or born of human malice, foolishness, or worse. It is incumbent upon us to remember that during our adventures in Night City we don't meet any good people. None. Literally none. The closest we come is victimhood and desperation putting on the mask of nobility and martyrdom in order to excuse away their own weakness.