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Cyberpunk 2077 Review: the Best (and Glitchiest) RPG Of 2020

Brett Nichols

Posted on December 27, 2020 07:29

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A review for the buggy yet insanely fun game produced by CD Projekt Red.

 

If you're caught up on most of the popular reviews of  CD Projekt Red's new game Cyberpunk 2020, you know that the game has a large swath of bugs on all platforms–including frame rate issues, game-breaking glitches, and just plain odd physics problems. Where my game, in particular, hasn't experienced the latter all that much, some people have reported (hilariously) that they have been flown across the game's map or even through the ground into a white abyss at random. Many reviewers have actually considered these bugs as deal-breakers, I and many other players find that the developer's goals of creating one of the most immersive RPG's of all time still shines through despite these fairly occurrent glitches.

Before the player even enters actual gameplay you have a robust character creation system, and even more integral to the story, a choice of three life paths that presents you with a unique background for your character to start. The first has so many options these distinct life paths alter the way you may interact with various characters throughout your entire playthrough. For instance, I chose the "Corpo" life path which helped me negotiate more favorable outcomes in a particular story and side-missions. I was both extremely pleased and surprised by how much leeway my background had on certain instances of dialogue–specifically when I didn't have a skill leveled up enough for another dialogue option.

One's chosen lifepath is merely a small example of the sheer freedom that you as the player have in the lively landscape of night city. Throughout my playthrough, there were missions, clothing stores, gun stores, cyber upgrade locations, gigs amongst various other things all over my map screen and even many hours in this didn't change. Interestingly enough, some of these missions play directly into the outcome of the main story of the game. Ironically, the main story missions can be completed very quickly in comparison to other RPG's, however, this really allows players to have far more freedom to choose the pace (and outcome) of the story that they prefer. Some may find this tedious but I found it very freeing as a player. 

The gameplay is very fun if not, as stated before, occasionally buggy (in light of its bugginess, the developers of the game have ensured that these issues will be stamped out by February of 2021). The game is an action RPG/first-person shooter so if you are particularly fond of the latter, I don't think you'll be disappointed with Cyberpunk. It rings very similar to the combat and RPG elements of Deus EX but if those were incorporated into a world like Grand Theft Auto. 

Overall, if you enjoy RPG's and dialogue-based choices, insane amounts of freedom and customization, various skill trees, and sandbox type games, I would definitely recommend Cyberpunk. However, due to the Game's glitchy state, I would recommend waiting until February to purchase the game to see it in its best state.

Brett Nichols

Posted on December 27, 2020 07:29

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Source: Polygon

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