CYBERPUNK 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 was developed and released on December 9, 2020 by CD PROJEKT RED . Cyberpunk 2077 is an open world role playing game.

Cyberpunk 2077 shot to the top of the Steam stats on release day and for several days subsequent. Impressive. The developer has updated the game several times since release.

Cyberpunk 2077 is a first person, open world RPG with skills, stats, branching dialogue and player-altered quests. It’s based on the pen and paper role playing game Cyberpunk 2020 by R.Talsorian Games Inc. Keanu Reeves, Cherami Leigh & Gavin Drea are all confirmed to be voicing characters in the game.

The action adventure story set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. The player takes on the roll of V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. As V, you will have attributes which can be improved by leveling up or installing cyberware. These stats include Strength, Constitution, Intelligence, Reflexes, Tech, and Cool.

Evidently CD PROJEKT RED spent some 8 years on this game. The quality of the artwork is excellent but the gameplay needs some work on it. Mostly some polishing of the action is needed,

Picking the “wrong” dialogue option or choosing not to respond at a critical time typically results in a game-over, with several occasions where the player is outright murdered and sent back to a checkpoint for choosing incorrectly.

The game is relatively thin on plot. You start working for Guy X, that job goes wrong, so you start working with Guy Y, then you get a job with Guy Z, who needs you to talk with Girl X so that you can get Object Q from Guy R… it’s all too easy to get lost as to who any of these people were and why I should care about any of them. Every mission I was like, “Wait, what am I doing? Who is this for?”

Gunplay is mediocre. Having played a lot of shooters, Cyberpunk 2077 is up the middle with action. Melee combat is atrocious and needs to be revamped. Headshots should be a quick kill etc. and even several rounds do not kill quickly or disable.

The game grabs you by the arm and yanks you along without giving you any time to get your bearings. It piles mechanic after mechanic on top of you without giving you enough time to get a grip on them. While attempting to be open world, the scripting needs some revamping.

Looting the bodies of fresh kills is typical in many games. Hidden in the game world among all the standard (if high-tech) guns, clubs, and swords you can find in Night City are much rarer, special weapons with unique properties. These are Iconic weapons, which you can only find in some key places and stand well above the other equipment you’ll find on your journey to become a living legend.

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The game’s artwork is clearly the biggest strength. Petting the cat is definitely an underused feature in gaming. The lack of a customizing of the key bindings is a problem for some players. The game does have full controller support.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Operating SystemWindows 7 x64 or better
CPUCore i5-3570K or better
Memory8192 MB or more
Hard Drive Space70 GB
Graphics HardwareGeForce GTX 780 or better
NetworkBroadband Internet Connection Required

Reports of problems with the Xbox One and PS4 are piling up fast. This game works far better on the new Xbox Series X and PS5. PC gamers can get better performance by disabling ray tracing and turning down the graphics settings. PC gamers can get a better result with a modern graphics card.

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