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While much of the “cyberpunk 2077” was consumed by the hype, I kept my distance. I explored the trailer and the gameplay, but I did not feel a strong urge to stop vacation days around the launch of the role-playing game. It looked promising, but it didn’t look like it would invent a new genre or usher in a revolution in gaming.
When I played “Cyberpunk 2077”, it was with fresh eyes, as if I was about to discover new artwork. Playing on Google Stadia, the game ran mostly without bugs, which brought the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions into disrepute. Although the platform does not have all the bells and whistles of the high-end PC version, it still works quite well.
Players create their version of the game’s hero V. They can make the protagonist male or female by customizing the shape of their private parts downward from the hairdo. One of the more notable elements of character formation is the life path, which is V’s general background. This affects the beginning of the game and the available dialogue options.
If players choose Street Kid, they know the ins and outs of the gang and the Knight City neighborhood. If they choose nomadic life, they know more about the politics of vehicles and the various gear head clans living on the outskirts of the vast metro area. Nipto City will open new avenues for Corpo Life Path V to deal with corporations that dominate life.
Whichever the route, the players meet up with Jackie Wells, who becomes Veer’s best friend and brother as they climb the mercenary ranks. The first few missions introduce players to gameplay that is reminiscent of the “Des X” reboot but on an open-world scale. Players face problems and there are many ways to complete the mission.
If an apartment door is blocked, players can go towards the balcony and jump to a nearby window. If players find themselves unarmed, they can still walk through the quest using quick hacks and stealth. CD Prozac does a great job of designing red missions that are flexible and adapt to different playing styles. Surprisingly, developers can create many possible solutions to problems.
However, keep in mind that those routes depend a lot on how players build their version of V. Investing in various features and perks opens up dialogue options and avenues. Putting points in a body attribute can intimidate the protagonist and rip the doors off players from their hinges, allowing them to access shortcuts. Throw points in intelligence effect V. netrunners and allows him to hack computers to obtain hack information that is unavailable to most.
What separates “Cyberpunk 2077” from the choice of “Assassin’s Creed” is the story that involves players in each mission. Where many missions in open-world games are about killing the enemy or obtaining a specific item. The Project Red CD offers players a more layered approach.
Several side missions have several endings based on the player’s actions, and some of them have repercussions in the world. Others have topics that lead to more intriguing adventures. The quality of the missions is better than average, but “Cyberpunk 2077” shines more when developers stick to the genre the game was named for. The best missions involve V. investigating a missing person report or investigating a murder. The detective work fits in with the film noir vibe that inspires the world at large.
The reinforcement of this investigative work is the concept of braindance. These are recorded experiences that have taken the place of cinema. Players connect and can experience someone else’s memories. In some side missions, braindance or BDs, as they are colloquially called, play a central role in creating intervals in cases. Players comb memory and analyze video, sound, and heat signatures for clues. It is a smart way to integrate investigative elements into missions without making them look mechanical.
BDs play a central role in the main campaign, which revolves around V. and Johnny Silverhand, played by Keanu Reeves. Silverhand is implanted in V.’s brain after a robbery that went wrong. Having two minds on one body is slowly killing the main character, and players must investigate the mysterious source of the biochip with Silverhand’s personality and find a way to survive. The relationship is bitter at first, but V and Silverhand can slowly come to an understanding, depending on how players deal with digital construction.
The mission around Silverhand takes players through important neighborhoods and missions. Players can go through the main story is about 20 hours, but will lose valuable side missions that add to the experience. For example, if players build a strong relationship with a Nomad called Panam or become friends with Silverhand and his former crush, Rogue, this opens up more ways to end the game and achieve different endings. It shows that the choice of the player has a role in the result, but is more subtle than deciding between A and B.
“Cyberpunk 2077” offers as much as the players put into it, and rewards those who delve deep into its tradition and explore every crack. It seems that many of CD Projekt Red’s efforts were to build a world in which players can get lost. Advertisements, billboards, and text pages help to liven up the world, as you make an impact on things like the mayor of the Night City race or the fate of some gangs.
Despite all the work in this direction, players will encounter problems that will break the spell that the developers were trying to cast. The bugs hurt the experience, but the biggest problem is the AI, which doesn’t seem as smart as the world around it. Night City’s police presence doesn’t seem to be a big factor as players roam the streets. The enemies are very predictable in their routines and behave almost as robotically as the soldiers of the original “Metal Gear Solid”.
Glitches are common in open-world games, and even the best ones have them. They touched on the most famous game on CD Projekt Red, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, but the Polish studio has a history of fixing their projects, and over time, Cyberpunk 2077 will probably be a better game than the one released. December.