Everyone loves a good train wreck, and one particular fan-made Among Us/Cyberpunk 2077 crossover video is exactly the sort of disaster that the online public likes best. The video in question draws upon a dazzling array of memes and pop culture references from outside of the featured games featured that many will recognize (while many others will likely not), all packed into one minute and thirty-nine seconds of pure, unadulterated chaos.
Among Us and Cyberpunk 2077 are an apples-and-oranges comparison personified - one, a now-beloved indie title that garnered unprecedented mainstream success and popularity years after launch, and the other a long-hyped mainstream game that's garnered more critical divisiveness, lawsuits, and player enmity with each passing day since its failed (but profitable) launch. In their own rights, each game has earned its respective place as legends of gaming history, and each also managed to snag places on Steam's Best-Selling Games List for 2020. Their respective successes and failures have made each of them ripe for parody, and related memes have been popping up in earnest all over the internet non-stop.
YouTube animator Chimaru, who has amassed a colorful portfolio of animated Among Us videos, has taken it to the next level with an animated Among Us/Cyberpunk 2077 crossover video. The subjective work of art summons up a litany of memes of varying relevance, going beyond the normal references to pop culture and media that Among Us crossovers regularly touch on. Those who are down with the dankness will recognize most, if not all, the references contained in the video, including uses of the SpongeBob Squarepants soundtrack, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, John Cena's entrance music, Goku Drip, and Grand Theft Auto V's "Wasted" death animation, among many, many others. (Warning: Viewers might want to lower the volume on whatever device they're watching the below video with, as it is very loud.)
There's very little discernable rhyme or reason to the video beyond being an Among Us-flavored cacophony of noise and pop culture references, but that's more or less the point. It's not meant to evoke any one singular emotion like some Among Us fan videos of the past, but it's still entertaining, especially for those eager to either flex the "meme lord" status among friends or try to catch up to what today's youth are into these days.
On the other hand, it's liable to make the viewer feel old or out of the loop if they don't understand where the references came from. The dank density is pretty intense here, and even the most seasoned meme appreciators might have a difficult time discerning them all. But for those out there who don't really care either way, it's a quick and pretty entertaining way to kill a minute-and-a-half. Either way, both sides can agree that ChimaruYT's got some great animation and editing skills, which show through in their colorful (and extremely loud) animated works.