It’s been over a month now since Cyberpunk 2077 came out. I, much like most people who had their eyes on this game, was pretty excited. I had it preordered, I was sitting and waiting for it to come out, I was ready! As soon as Steam would let me, I went straight in! I was ready for a mind-blowing experience!
I didn’t get one. But the experience I did get was decent! Not amazing, but decent. Albeit unfinished.
Currently, I’ve put about twenty hours into the game. I’ve done a fair few side quests and I’m nowhere near done with the main story. This game is many things, most of them negative. But if anything, this thing be big!
The story taking place within that massive world is super compelling! The dialogue is amazing, the characters are fleshed out and interesting, and the basic premise, while a bit cliche, is incredibly well executed! Hanging out with cyber-ghost Keanu Reeves for a whole video game?! Sign me the fuck up!
And… yeah, that’s about all the praise. Let’s get into my issues.
Let’s start with the big issue: this game be fucking broken. Cyberpunk 2077 is packed to bursting with glitches. Some are perfectly fine, like the time that my health bar was stuck at 0 and I became an immortal zombie. Others, like your save file becoming corrupted when you pick up too much loot? Not so forgivable.
Though from what I’ve heard, they’ve patched that one out. Thank God.
It’s not just that the game is broken, however. The gameplay itself has a few glaring issues. For one: the driving mechanics are actually fucking unbearable. I don’t know how you screw up driving controls in a world where Grand Theft Auto exists, but they did it. If you even slightly tap a side button and you’ll spin the hell out. Combine that with the terribly crowded roads and terrible AI and what do you get? One of the most painful experiences I’ve had in my entire life!
Then there’s the combat. Unfortunately, there’s nothing especially impressive about it. At least, not at this point. At the moment, it feels too shallow to be really entertaining. The stealth mechanics are shallow, the gunplay doesn’t do anything to stand out from its contemporaries, and the melee combat is just ‘guard and hit’.
*Sigh* How much longer until I get robotic prey mantis arms?
In its current state, I don’t think I’ll be playing much more of this game. When it turns around and is in a more stable state, I’ll come back to it. But until then, I’ll keep busy by playing other games.
Hell, I might just play Witcher 3 again. I am only three books away from finishing the Witcher series.
But then I’d need to play Witcher 1… ugh…