Cyberpunk 2077 is probably the most anticipated game release ever, even more so than GTA 5, Knight of the Old Republic or The Witcher 3. Players can already download the game right now and soon they will actually be able to play it. With early reviews in, does Cyberpunk 2077 have what it takes to become that once in a decade game? The release schedule of Cyberpunk 2077 has already become a mess. Twice officially delayed on December 10th the magic finally begins. It is my believe the game has not been hyped, even if expectations are high. Hype would suggest illogical expectations to the point were fanboys know they will be disappointed. CD Projekt RED has actually done a marvelous job of keeping gameplay elements under wraps until the summer. I have not been able to play the game myself, but I can summarize what others have experienced.
Overall impression of Cyberpunk 2077
Reading through the reviews of IGN, Gamespot, PC Games and others I get the impression Cyberpunk 2077 really is great, but in its current state it is also buggy. To a degree that is what I expected. The game world of Cyberpunk 2077 centered around Night City looks very complicated. Past games such as The Elder Scrolls and other Bethesda Games franchises became famous for their bugs. If they are quest-breaking then the consequences are usually minor. But if bugs extend to graphical glitches, framerate freezes and crashes things get serious. Nobody wants to repeatedly play through a difficult section that is made worse by FPS drops. But let’s not be too negative. The reviewers have mentioned the frequently absurd amount of customization of the character, weapons, skills and in-game choices, and they are edgy. However, the actual gameplay is less revolutionary and some consider it repetitive.
The GameSpot review is probably the lowest rated, at just 7 / 10. The reviewer remarks on the excellent side-quests that have you actively explore Night City and new gameplay mechanics. Thought these quests did not tie-in with the character development. Gamespot praises the game’s reliant on the source material, the eponymous tabletop game. The reviewer played the game as hacker and praises the depth with which you can customize that skill alone, in contrast I suppose to Watch: Dogs Legion. The reviewer also praised the Johnny Silverhand character played by Keanu Reeves. He is a total asshole (the character) but also provides a lot of humor. Now comes the negative sides, according to the reviewer the game is VERY buggy. This ranges from NPC T-posing to game crashes. There are also random explosions, random bits of dialogue during a dialogue. In short, it is phenomenally buggy!
The review by IGN was more kind, they gave it a 9 / 10. Again, the side-quests are praised and the reviewer considers them an essential component of the RPG genre. The many bugs often kill the well-established mood of the game. Combat is praised with the player able to use many skills, implants and weapons. It also remains firmly rooted in the RPG genre as weapons quickly lose power at distance. Players can use both stealth and going in loud if they want. The reviewer praised how exclusive weapons and collectible are handled, they are prominently displayed in the apartment of the character V. The reviewer criticized the many bugs and high GPU requirements of the PC version. They are skeptical on what the game will look like for PS4 and Xbox One. Despite the bugs IGN thinks Cyberpunk 2077 is a truly remarkable RPG.
PC Gamer hovered in its opinion between GameSpot and IGN, giving the game a score of 78 / 100. They praise the strong visuals, gameplay, story, quests and depth of the skill tree. Comparisons are made to Deus Ex, though combat and infiltration are criticized as being repetitive. The bugs are again mentioned but the reviewer points out they are mostly visual bugs or odd quest breaking pop-ups. Overall, the game is praised but it is not considered as good as The Witcher 3 was which the reviewer considers to be more subversive and funnier. While the character of Johnny Silverhand is praised as a prick, his depiction by Keanu Reeves is considered monotonous. So there you have it. Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the bets games there ever will, after the bugs have been removed that is. Despite some concerns I have I will start playing it on Thursday.
More Cyberpunk 2077
Expect a full for Cyberpunk 2077 to arrive no sooner than Sunday. I want to explore the game in-depth even if I won’t be able to play through the story campaign. If you want to know more about the world of Cyberpunk 2077 and its Megapolis Night City then check out the Trauma Team comic series. Reviews for issue # 1 and # 3 are available here on SciFiEmpire.net. I hope you enjoyed this article. If you did then please use the subscribe widget on the right.