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Cyberpunk 2077 Review

Cyberpunk 2077 has recently been released and depending on who you talk to for a review; it’s either an amazing game or the latest horrid creation from CD Projekt Red. But when you boil it down, Cyberpunk 2077 is a primarily first-person role-playing game with a vast world, a ton of lore, and plenty of deep RPG mechanics to make any fan of the genre squeal with excitement.

Cyberpunk 2077 Screenshot showing character creation.

Character customization is versatile but is lackluster in variety. You can change all the traditional stuff such as scars, eye color, hair, and even genitalia if nudity is enabled. However, many options lack variety, such as scars and tattoos only having a handful of options. And after creating your character, you are locked out of making any changes. Meaning you can not change your hairstyle, makeup, or tattoos after creating your character initially. This is a huge oversight and is, unfortunately, a reoccurring theme when looking at Cyberpunk 2077.

This game is incredibly fun at its base, the gameplay is rewarding, and the main story is fantastic with characters I have grown attached to. Besides the main story, you will have plenty to do in Night City from races, back alley fights, and receiving jobs from fixers. Some side content can feel a bit repetitive, but somehow Cyberpunk makes doing the same types of side activities feel fresh using different environments and enemy types.

Cyberpunk is a game that you need to adapt to.

It took me around 3-4 hours to understand how this game works. Glitches and bugs might have contributed to this time. Regardless, Cyberpunk plays a bit differently from your typical RPG.

Mantis blades combat in Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunks 2077’s combat is most easily explained as slightly better than Fallout 4. Cyberpunk is first and foremost a deep RPG, with choices that impact the world around you. But this does not mean I did not have a blast with the combat in this game. The weapon diversity is insane, and the world incorporates several iconic and powerful weapons for you to find. Cyberpunk also allows the player to add several augmentations to your body, such as a mini grenade launcher on your arm or mantis blades, which allow you to slice and dice your enemies to red human meat mush.

Graphically Cyberpunk is great to look at.

Everything from environments to characters, cars, and empty soda cans has very detailed textures. However, one thing to note here is that for the best graphical experience, you will have to wait on consoles as the Next-gen upgrades are not out yet.

Cyberpunk 2077 Screenshot showing detailed textures on misc. items.

One major worry I had before starting Cyberpunk was the retro 80’s feel. Fortunately, I was never distracted by this theme. Many of the cars have an 80’s retro design to them. But not once did this take away the pleasure of playing Cyberpunk for me.

Great Voice Acting with Old Problems

Cyberpunk 2077 Screenshot of dialogue with Viktor.

So many times Cyberpunk 2077 gets it spot on with the voice acting. The cast of actors is incredible and draws you into the story while creating strong emotions for what is happening around them. But there are times where the delivery and tone of particular dialogue just didn’t line up to what I meant or expected my character to say. This, by no means, is a deal-breaker. Many games have this same issue. I just wish it would have happened less during my playthroughs. Game sounds and music fit into Night City’s world quite perfectly and helps immerse you in the world. I can’t tell you the number of times I found myself banging my head while listening to this game’s soundtrack.

Conclusion

All in all, Cyberpunk 2077 is not a game without its faults. This is certainly a title that should have been delayed and polished up more before release. At the time of writing this review, CD Projekt red has fixed many of the major bugs, but there are still plenty plaguing this game. I do not doubt that in time CD Projekt Red will release more patches and transform this game into what they initially envisioned it would be on release.

My recommendation is if you can wait, then wait. As time goes on, this game will only get better with patches, a next-gen graphical upgrade, multiplayer and even more content in the form of free and paid DLC.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Review

Cyberpunk is a game that has more going for it than against it. It is enjoyable to play but in need of patches to remove bugs and add some much-needed features.

7.1
Story::
8
Gameplay::
6
Audio/Visual::
7
Value::
7.5

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1 Comment

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    Chrispy Rambo
    Jan 12, 2021 7:11 am

    I can’t wait to play this game! I probably won’t be able to get a XSX until spring so hopefully the bugs will be all worked out by then!

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