he doesn't know V in the other lifepaths. just streetkid. This bothers some people because he was in the montage. But I could see why he might not have registered much about V. Its also its possible it was an oversight.
I listened to what developers had to say about lifepaths in one of their interviews before the release and I understand why people are disappointed. What devs said about lifepaths is kind of truth, it's just the way they delivered this information is what made everyone think it's going to be something huge, like different lifepath equals almost different branch of the story. It's easy to misinterpret such things if they're only being told to you, especially when they're not explained fully in details (like it's not really going to change the main story if your character is nomad instead of corpo, just sometimes you will get "path specific" dialogue choices that help you get better or easier outcome in a certain quest). It's one of the reasons why other companies prefer to stay quiet rather than say things and get every gamer super hyped by making them create their own expectations that might become unrealistic. It's cool that they're gamer friendly company but that stuff can backfire.
I understand your point.
When I purchased the game it was already mentioned that V will be a merc, so I expected that at some moment everything will merge to one path. A merc just receives jobs and can go or work basically against anyone like other corpos, gangs and etc.
I was lead to believe lifepaths would "change how you play" and "make a heavy impact on gameplay"
I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one to realize that nothing changes besides your 5-10 minute intro into the game and a few different (almost meaningless) dialogue options.
Come on CDPR, lifepaths were supposed to make the game able to be played 3 different times, and all we got was a different dialogue option. Having a lifepath doesn't change how much money you start out with, your street cred, fame, or living situations.
I'm really quite let down with this useless feature.
my working theory is that part 2 was homogenized so that johnny silverhand would make sense. really wish we got to see the game they planned without him (nothing against him though, just a shame the managers at CDPR replaced the RPG with a celebrity).