‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Review

I have finally beat the most controversial game in 2020, Cyberpunk 2077. This will be a completely honest review of the game and what I have experienced, which has been positive. Also, I played the game on the Xbox Series X. Let’s get started on the review!

I’m a big dreamer of a good Story

I love the story of Cyberpunk 2077. Here’s a quick summary of the game. You play a character named V whose life flips upside down after a mission goes wrong trying to steal from a mega-corporation called Arasaka. After inserting soulkiller into his head, V meets an engram of Johnny Silverhand, which only he can see. V goes on many different jobs and meets many people along the way so he can figure out how to takeout soulkiller because it’s killing him, and the longer he has soulkiller, the more of an opportunity Johnny Silverhand can take over his body.

The characters are great, the dialogues are fantastic, and the scenes are intense. There were many moments in the game that got my heart racing because of where the story was going. Also, I got attached to a lot of the characters like Panam Palmer (a former member of the Aldecaldos and dealing with family issues within the tribe), Judy Alvarez (a brain-dance technician who has lost a lot), Johnny Silverhand (a rockstar who acts like a dick then realize he does have a heart). The list goes on and on with how many great characters are in the game.

CD Projekt Red has done an amazing job because I was not bored at all with the story. And playing the game in the first person adds a more personal feeling, which I was not expecting. I did not want the story to end. I haven’t been addicted to a story for a game this much since Persona 5, in which I put in close to 200 hours of gameplay and still was never bored. 

Wake the fuck up Samurai, we got a game to play

The gameplay for Cyberpunk 2077 was a fun experience, and the game looked great. I played the game on the Xbox Series X on quality mode, which enhanced the graphics and locks at 30 FPS. The power of the Xbox Series X really shows while playing this game, and the fact it’s not with the next-gen patch is crazy.

Night City looked incredible! The detail everywhere you go was breathtaking to the point I did not want to fast travel at all. The city had so much life and uniqueness almost everywhere you go. Big kudos to the developers who worked on this game because I could see how much hard work was put into making the city and outside of it.

I enjoyed the unique dialogues and choices in the game, especially if you choose a path to be a Nomad, Corpo, and Street kid. Also, depending on what path you choose, the game starts differently. You can make your character talk aggressive, passive, agreeable, and more. I went the Corpo route, in which my character had a mouth on him and knew how the game work when it came to making decisions. The choices you make can change how the missions go or how the people interact with you. This can lead to friendships, romance, and make enemies. Also, the dialogues and choices you make can give you multiple endings. This mechanic definitely adds replay value.

I had a lot of fun with the missions in the game. The main missions and side missions were not boring at all. You’ll get some funny side jobs, emotional missions understanding the characters you meet, crazy intense wild missions that’ll pump you up, the list goes on. This is one of the game’s best traits, and I got nothing but praise for the great job CD Projekt Red has done creating the missions.

Customizing your character, in the beginning, was cool. There were so many options to choose from, such as hair, make-up, tattoos, etc, which took me almost 30 minutes to do. The only thing I was disappointed in was that you couldn’t change the appearance later on in the game other than clothing. I would have enjoyed changing up my hair or changing the looks of my cyber components, but maybe they’ll add that in the future.

The melee weapons are fun to use, and I enjoyed using a lot of blunt weapons such as bats and hammers because it was fun to whack the enemies. The gunplay was good, and when I unlocked Johnny Silverhand’s pistol, that’s when I had the most fun, especially the way the character reloads the gun. Equipping cyberware and mods was straight forward. The cyberware and mods enhance your guns, melee attacks, hacking abilities, and so much more. The armor in the game is clothing. Every time you put on the armor, the character’s appearance changes, like getting a different shirt, pants, hat, etc.

The attributes and skill tree was interesting to use. In the game, you focus on building up your reflexes, body, cool, technical, and intelligence, then you increase the skills within the attributes depending on how you want to play. The more you upgrade your character in the game, the more unstoppable you become. Also, when you focus on your attributes, you’ll get unique dialogue in the game, which can be helpful in the long run.

The driving in the game is great. At first, you start off with a car that has terrible handling, but when you find more vehicles, the experience gets so much better. My favorite vehicle in the game Yaiba Kusanagi CT-3X, which is a reference to Kaneda’s bike in Akira.

The only thing the game didn’t really explain was crafting and upgrading. I went almost the entire game without crafting and upgrading my items until I figured it out. It’s easy to do, but it should have been mentioned in the game somewhere in the game.

It’s the Bugs you live by that defines who you are 

Now, the most controversial subject about Cyberpunk 2077 is the bugs.

When playing this game, I didn’t experience any game-breaking bugs or bugs that ruined my experience. The bugs that I had were in-game dialogue disappearing, my character being bald when I put on a hat or bandana, boss’s health bars staying on screen, and when a character in the game pulls out an item during a scene it’s invisible. The only time my game actually started crashing was later on after I beat the game when I was doing side quests, but only once in a while.

The bugs I experienced were not intense and only happened every once in a while. I had dealt with worse bugs playing Marvel’s Avengers, which I was extremely excited for, but there were so many bugs that made me mad, so the problems with Cyberpunk 2077 was a lot less than what I experienced in the past. 

Even though the bugs didn’t hurt my experience, they were still noticeable.

Legends are born here

Overall, in my opinion, the game was fantastic and played well on the Xbox Series X. From the story, gameplay, and characters, CD Projekt Red knocked it out of the park. I’m in love with this game, but as I’ve said before, the bugs were still noticeable. I can not wait to replay this game again and have different outcomes.

Do I recommend the game? Yes, but only after the company fixed the game. I know the terrible problems people are having with older consoles, the crazy bugs, graphic issues, to the point where the game is literally unplayable. If you want to buy the game, just wait it out until you know it’s the game is complete, hell the game might be on sale by the time you buy it. I don’t support wasting 60 bucks on a game that doesn’t work.

After CD Projekt Red fixes their problems, I’m excited for the future content that’s going to be added into Cyberpunk 2077!

Score: 9/10

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