Gamers who own a console or a custom desktop have probably seen their setup a lot more often this year.
By that I mean because COVID-19 doesn’t really let us go out.
With the release of new consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X and S, it also comes with highly anticipated games.
And one of the biggest ones had to have been Cyberpunk 2077.
The game’s been out since 10 Dec, but how much do we know about the title?
So wake the f*** up, samurai, we’ve got an article to read.
Long Build Up Of Hype
Some trailers and reveals are burned into our memories forever with how epic they were.
In more recent memory: at The Game Awards, Final Fantasy VII villain Sephiroth was revealed to be added into Super Smash Bros Ultimate.
And for Cyberpunk 2077, it had to be the one at E3 last year.
And then Keanu Reeves got onto the stage.
Doesn’t get better than that.
But let’s take it back to a time when gamers didn’t even know when the game would be coming out. To a time where the consoles if this year didn’t exist and to a year when the PS4 was released.
Imagine the hype in 2013 when the first trailer dropped back then.
Seven years and one console generation later, the dream came true.
But remember when we said long build-up?
It wasn’t only from the anticipation, but because of how many times the game got delayed.
The game was originally supposed to be released on 16 April this year but was then postponed 17 Sept.
Then, for a second time, the game was postponed to 19 Nov, which left a few fans slightly antsy.
But when the third delay came, pushing back the game to 10 Dec, there were actual death threats sent.
Andrzej Zawadzki, a senior game designer at CD Projekt Red, even had to issue a statement on Twitter when it happened.
I want to address one thing in regards of the @CyberpunkGame delay.
I understand you're feeling angry, disappointed and want to voice your opinion about it.
However, sending death threats to the developers is absolutely unacceptable and just wrong. We are people, just like you.
— Andrzej Zawadzki (@ZawAndy) October 27, 2020
Which is, obviously, something you shouldn’t be going out doing.
Premise and Gameplay
Cyberpunk 2077 is in a location called Night City, within an alternative version of Northern California.
It is also a sequel to Cyberpunk 2020 which, interestingly enough, was actually a tabletop game, unlike its modern successor.
You play as the main character, V, a hired gun who has to carry out dangerous operations in the crime-filled city.
And despite having a name, how the character looks is entirely up to you.
You can customise pretty much almost the entirety of the character. From body sizes, little markings on the skin to, yes, even crotch size.
Some legends say that people take a whole day in character creation.
But of course, what would a game like this be without its combat system.
There’s a variety of ways to battle enemies in this game.
You can get up close with modernised melee weapons like katanas or play the ranged game with guns.
However, you can also modify your weapons to make them non-lethal. Especially since some missions will require you to not kill your enemies.
And as this is the future rife with technology, there’s even a gameplay style that lets you make use of hacking to your advantage.
There’s even a variety of vehicles you can access such as cars and flying machines. Overall, it does a good job of mixing up fast-paced sequences with more stealth-like ones.
The game also presents you with a non-linear gameplay progression.
Which, if you’ve played games like Grand Theft Auto or CD Projekt Red’s other game, The Witcher, means you don’t have to follow the main story.
You can do basically do whatever you want.
However, there will be several dialogue options in the game that’ll either significantly impact the story, or grant your access to information.
The more variety for gameplay types the better, I’d say.
The Bugs and Oddities
Sadly, not every game is perfect.
And Cyberpunk 2077 has…let’s just say run rampant with bugs
The game has become pretty synonymous with the word and there are numerous YouTube videos showcasing them.
And this is only one of the many compilations, too.
Some of the bugs include:
- Missing in-game items or whole characters
- Characters randomly found ‘T-posing’
- Audio glitches
- Having your save file size be over 8MB could corrupt your data, though this has supposedly been fixed
My personal favourites are ones that see characters hair and eyes move oddly out of place.
At present, the game is out on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, PS5 and Xbox Series X and S.
And remember the 2019 trailer you saw above?
Well, turns out that most of the trailers showed how Cyberpunk 2077 would run on the latter two consoles, as well as the PS4 Pro.
Apparently, when players ran the game on a regular PS4 and Xbox One, they were met with drastic framerate drops.
Like, all the way down to 25FPS or even worse.
An article from Eurogamer also noted that textures would pop in or load while events like a fight were going on, making the performance worse.
Eventually, this prompted an official apology from the Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account.
— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) December 14, 2020
The developers noted that they should have paid more attention to the PS4 and Xbox One versions, and even gave instructions on how to refund the game.
Then, a few days after this, another statement was released, saying that the game has been pulled from Playstation stores.
— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) December 18, 2020
However, those who have bought the game are still able to play it normally.
As of this writing, the game has not gone back up on the Playstation store. It’s still available on Steam and the Microsoft Store.
Still, despite it all, there have been numerous hotfixes in an attempt to right issues with the game. The latest one even happened on 24 Dec.
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