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This is a walkthrough for Playing For Time, a Main Quest in Cyberpunk 2077. Read on to learn all the available choices in Playing For Time, how to get the best possible result, tips and strategies for the Quest, and all available rewards.

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Playing For Time Basic Information

Quest Type Main
Act Act 2
Quest No. 2
Lifepath All

How to Unlock Playing For Time

Complete Love Like Fire.

Playing For Time Rewards

Quest Rewards The full list of Rewards for this Quest is coming soon!

Playing For Time Walkthrough

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Tom's Diner

Objectives
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Objective Icon.pngApproach the stranger.→Dig yourself out.
Walk forward and attempt to speak to the mysterious figure while following it up the stairs. Remove the debris and crawl out.
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Objective Icon.pngNeutralize the motorcyclists.→Sleep.
Use the air hypo immediately – if the timer runs out, you will die. Take out the men on bikes. Afterwards, call Delamain and you will head towards Viktor's place. Speak with Viktor when you come to, then talk with Misty. Your choices here won't have a significant effect on the story.
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Objective Icon.pngTalk to the stranger. or Leave the apartment.→Crawl toward the pills.
You can either ignore Johnny or listen to what he has to say, either way he'll approach you. Crawl across the floor and grab the pills.
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Objective Icon.pngLeave the apartment.→Meet with Takemura.
There are multiple optional objectives but they won't make too much difference. Do what you need to do and head out of your apartment. Takemura will call you and tell you to meet him in Tom's Diner. You'll have to go on foot as your car isn't available without completing a quest at this time.
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Objective Icon.pngTalk to Takemura.
Sit down and hear what Takemura has to say. After some dialogue the quest will end.

Playing For Time Tips and Strategy

No Vehicles

If you want to accomplish side quests before doing this quest, be advised that your car will be disabled for now, since you need to accomplish the Human Nature quest to gain access to your car.

This means that if you want to accomplish quests far away from the current objective, travelling will have to be done by running or through Fast Travel. Alternatively, you could wait 10 hours (no skipping) to wait for your car to get fixed.

If you do not want to wait, there are two possible options: one, you could grab a bike from one of the Tyger Claws who are robbing a few people. Often times, they have motorbikes lying around that you can take. Stop their crime and the bikes are yours.

Or you could do the Heroes side mission which nets you Jackie's bike.
Heroes Quest Walkthrough and Rewards

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Act 1

No. Quest
1 The Streetkid The Nomad The Corpo-Rat
2 The Rescue
3 The Ripperdoc
4 The Ride
5 The Information The Pickup
6 The Heist

Act 2

No. Quest
1 Love Like Fire
2 Playing For Time
3 Ghost Town Automatic Love
4 Lightning Breaks The Space In Between Down On The Street
5 Life During Wartime Disasterpiece Gimme Danger
6 Double Life Play It Safe
7 M'ap Tann Pèlen Search And Destroy
8 I Walk The Line
9 Transmission Never Fade Away
10 Tapeworm

Act 3

No. Quest
1 Nocturne OP55N1
1.5* Don't Fear the Reaper
Arasaka Panam Rogue
2 Last Caress We Gotta Live Together For Whom The Bell Tolls
3 Totalimmortal Forward To Death Knockin' On Heaven's Door
4 Where Is My Mind? Belly Of The Beast Path of Glory
New Dawn Fades
5 All Along The Watchtower

1.5*: Only available in the Secret Ending

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    • I'd really like to see a flowchart with all the Main Quests, Side Quests, and Gigs that exist so we can easily see what you need to do before unlocking XYZ quest (kind of like they did here https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/cyberpunk-2077-walkthrough-main-story-quest-list-main-missions-order-5077 except with everything, not just the Main ones)

    • Getting splotches and phantom trees and countryside images while out in the Badlands or other areas. Also occurs sporadically in any indoors... these ghost images come and go... started from day 1...

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