Video Games

Cyberpunk 2077 (PS5)

I’ll keep this one spoiler free. I haven’t finished the main campaign yet anyway. Mainly due to my incessant need to restart RPG’s over and over and over, until I finally find a build I am satisfied with. It took me 4 goes this time. Ugh. It’s my blessing and my curse. I’m playing and reviewing the PS4 version of Cyberpunk, but am playing it on a PS5. Lucky me! Without further ado, the review.

Like many of you, I have been waiting for Cyberpunk 2077 for a long time. I think it was first announced sometime in 2013. Also, like many of you, at that time I was heavily invested in The Witcher 3. To this day, The Witcher 3 remains one of my most treasured video games and I have easily invested hundreds of hours within it. Cyberpunk 2077 has the potential to be exactly the same.

I suppose I’ll start with the gameplay. I guess that’s why a lot of us play games, after all! It reminds me a lot of Fallout 4. I love Fallout 4 (except for the darn loading times!) and have no problem with it being similar. I like what I like. With that being said, it’s far from a direct copy of Fallout. It has a very unique skill tree and playing it can feel very different, at times. It just depends in how you invest your skills and how you like to play games.

Sure, you can go in all guns a blazin’ and make it feel like a first person shooter. Or, you could focus on stealth and sneak your way around, much like I would in Skyrim. You could invest your time learning how to hack and craft, playing the game like an advanced version of Watchdogs. That’s not a dig at Watchdogs, I loved that game and it did not get the credit it deserved. Or you could mix and match, utilising various skills from each branch. It’s entirely up to you.

I love the skill tree in this game. I can’t think of the correct term for it, but you level up things by doing them, like you would in the Elder Scrolls. Wow, that was some great articulation! Maybe an example would make more sense. Sprinting in the game increases athletics. Shooting increases your skill with whatever gun you are using. Stealth kills increases your stealth. Make sense? As you level up you gain skill points and perk points. Skill points are used to increase things like health or armour. Perk points are used to purchase specific abilities. There are so many different perks, I have barely scratched the surface. It leaves a lot of room for future replays of the game. If I ever finish my first play through! I definitely will.

Let’s talk about the world of Cyberpunk 2077. Wowee. They’ve certainly put a lot of work into it. If you managed to get the Day 1 physical edition, it comes with a world compendium. It was a good read, especially whilst waiting for the game to install. It fills you in on the history of the world and the people who reside in it. I’m currently working my way through The World Of Cyberpunk book as well, which fills in everything you could ever want to know. There is a lot to discover and if you are anything like me, you love discovering new worlds. Or variations of this world. Whatever. Discovery is fun. Not the Star Trek series, that sucked.

I’m starting to despise creating a character in video games. It used to be something I adored. Heck, I even preferred it. I was always bummed when I couldn’t make my own character, no matter the game. Nowadays, I hate it. I think it’s because I have commitment issues. My problem, not yours. I will do this review in a non biased manner.

The character creation is decent, but I was expecting a tad more from it. Sure, you can customise your nipples and genitals, which I don’t recall ever being an option in a title before. You can’t customise your body type or age. I don’t like a lot of the hair options. You can’t choose custom colours. There aren’t a lot of tattoos to choose from, which surprised me a bit. None of this bothered me, because I don’t care. I just selected a default character and went from there. If I was into character creation though, I’d be a tad disappointed. Customising your genitals was a real laugh though. I gave myself a big penis, it’s the only chance I’ll ever have. I wonder how many people picked a small penis? I can’t imagine a lot. I ended up restarting as a female though, I much prefer the voice actress.

As I mentioned, I won’t spoil anything in the story. I will just say that I love it very much so far, it is engaging and interesting. Keanu Reeves is fantastic in his role as Johnny Silverhand. I’ll say no more.

Shall we address the elephant in the room? I am of course, talking about the glitches. There are a fair few of them. Is that really so surprising though? Games of this magnitude always have release glitches. It’s just the industry nowadays. I’m not necessarily saying that it is right, but it is the way it goes. I can’t sprint when I get out of my car. My game crashes every 90 minutes. There are lots of cigarettes that randomly float around on my screen. People walk through cars. I had a dead guy get up and start walking, only to collapse again when I looked at him. Most of these are just weird visual glitches, but some of them are affecting my gameplay.

What is surprising to me is some of the backlash that CD Projekt Red are getting. Surely of all the game companies in the world, CDPR are the least deserving of this kind of backlash. Of all the companies, they are one of the last companies (and possibly only big company) that legitimately gives a damn about the people who play the game. They’ve earned the benefit of the doubt and I think everyone should get off of their backs a little bit.

Yes, the glitches are annoying. Yes, they upset me too. But I can guarantee that the crew at CDPR are just as upset as we are. Probably more. They’ve poured their hearts and souls into this for 7 years. Of course they are working on patches to fix it and I have no doubt that they will. So instead of slamming them with hate, show a little bit of patience and a little bit of love. They will fix it. I am fortunate to have not come across anything game breaking (well, just once), but I have had a countless amount of crashes. Be patient. It will get better, I know it will.

In what has become the norm for CDPR, the game was released with a very nice thank you note and the promise of free DLC. Apparently the first of which is already out, just check out your menu and follow the QR code to get some free Witcher gear. Awesome. I haven’t done this yet, but I will be once I get back into the game this afternoon.

To summarise, I expected to love this game and I do indeed love it. The gameplay is perfect (for me) and just how I like to play. I love the world and it is consuming me. I am obsessed. When I’m not playing Cyberpunk, I’m talking about it or reading about it or dreaming about it. I get like that with RPG’s. The glitches are upsetting, but they will be fixed and I suspect fairly soon. I can highly recommend this game.

Lastly, I have quite a few tips and tricks if you need any. The official guide doesn’t come out for a while, but if you need some advice on making money or the skills or whatever, feel free to ask. I’m sure there is a lot out on YouTube and various other gaming websites, but if you do need help, I’m happy to offer it.

As always, thanks for reading. I appreciate every single view, I really do. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some very important work to do…

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