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Cyberpunk 2077 Review: Is It Worth The Wait?

Cyberpunk 2077

After 8 long years, CD Projekt RED finally unveiled Cyberpunk 2077 to the public. The game was released for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on December 10th. Later in 2021, they will release it for the next-gen consoles.

CD Projekt RED had been delaying the release of Cyberpunk 2077 many times. Even though the launch and release were a success, the released game was quite mediocre? That’s my opinion, though.

Why am I saying that? Because after 8 years, I’m expecting a more or less perfect game. By perfect, I mean playable and delivers a good playing experience in every platform it’s released. However, the truth is, the game is still buggy, especially on the console. The bug isn’t even fully fixed after 2 patches. I’m not saying this game is bad, but it could’ve been much better.

Cyberhero In The Cyber City

In Cyberpunk 2077, you are playing as V, a mercenary that would do anything for money (eurodollar). You can fully customize your character (V) and choose your character background. There are 3 backgrounds: Street Kid, Nomad, and Corporate. Your background will determine your starting attribute.

Cyberpunk 2077 Character Creation
Cyberpunk 2077 Character Creation

In your chase for money, fame, and power, you will encounter dozens of clients. These clients would pay you big for doing dirty jobs. But, you will start on small jobs with Jackie and T-Bug. As the story goes, the job will get harder and bigger.

Things are gonna get even rougher once you meet Johnny Silverhand. Johnny is a popular rockstar that would haunt you throughout your story, and you will try to escape from his shadow.

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Welcome To The Night City

Your Cyberpunk 2077 story revolves around a city named Night City. Night City is a futuristic city full of worldly pleasures. But, you can’t have all those pleasures without powers and influence. Night City is ruled by 3 main corporate: Arasaka with their advanced technology, Militech with their firepower, and Kang Tao with their smart pistol.

You can do almost everything in Night City. Basically, you can enjoy hedonism here. Unlike other open-world games, Night City in Cyberpunk 2077 is relatively small, it’s compact, and you can interact/explore everything. CDPR pays attention to every aspect that a city should have. Night City feels alive and real.

Wake Up, Samurai. We Have GPUs To Burn

For the graphics and visuals, Cyberpunk 2077 is simply mesmerizing. The design, the details are just *chef’s kiss*. Then again, CDPR is just flexing their RED Engine here. Unfortunately, this only applies to the master race platform.

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Cyberpunk 2077 on their console version is disappointing. It’s too much of a difference. Many players think that the graphics in the PC version is far superior to the console version. Then, all these shits give birth to memes, comparing Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077: A Shooter Game with RPG Elements

Aside from the graphics, Cyberpunk 2077 provides great gameplay. It is a good fusion of a shooter game and a solid RPG system. CDPR really nails the vibes and mechanics of a good shooter game. It doesn’t feel awkward at all. It also has those RPG grinding, crafting, and inventory systems.

Not only weapons and armors, in Cyberpunk 2077, but you can also upgrade and enhance your body. You’re doing this by implanting devices and tools into your body. By doing so, you will acquire perks and abilities.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Attributes And Perks
Cyberpunk 2077 Attributes And Perks

For the leveling system, you got 2 things: your character level (main level) and Street Cred. Street Cred is like your reputation/fame in Night City. This goes up based on how many jobs/missions you’ve completed.

As you leveling up your character, you can increase either Reflex (firepower), Body (endurance), Technical Ability (crafting), Intelligence (hacking), and Cool (stealth) by spending Attribute Points. You also have Perk Points. Perk Points are obtained when you’re using abilities, and you can use them to enhance your abilities further.

The Quests and The Story

Even though the pace is slow, the story or main quests in Cyberpunk 2077 is well written. Every character has their own impact and impression on the story. CDPR once again implementing the butterfly effect on the story. That means you can have multiple endings, and the choices you made along the way determine your ending.

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You can find many interesting side quests in Night City, one of them is the GIG quest. GIG quests are the quest that can be cleared in many ways. You can use your own way based on your attributes, perks, and abilities.

Sadly, sometimes the bug ruins it for you. For example, you want to complete a side quest stealthily, but the enemy keeps getting alert status even though you are not doing anything.

Cyberbug 2077

What good is an awesome game if it has a lot of bugs? Yes, this happens to Cyberpunk 2077. The game is buggy and even crashing on the console. The bugs are mostly visual bugs like glitching, but there are few technical bugs like combat status and enemy alert status bugs.

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These bugs, for me, are ruining the game experience. You have everything going smoothly, then BAM a bug strikes, and you have to load your game and repeating your quests. This should’ve not happening in a game that took 8.5 years long to develop. But, yeah, shit happens. I believe CDPR will take care of it eventually, just like what they did for The Witcher 3, though.

Verdict (PC Version)

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8 out of 10

A Great Game

Pros

  • A great fusion of RPG and shooter game
  • Well written story and fresh concept
  • Amazing graphics
  • Character customization

Cons

  • Bad stealth gameplay mechanics
  • Has a lot of bugs