Will Cyberpunk 2077 Live up to the Hype?
It’s a good game.
It’s not an incredible game. For anybody thinking it’s mind-blowingly good, or is thinking it is going to be mind-blowingly good, you’ll be disappointed.
CD Projekt Red took a lot of great ideas from Rockstar. In a lot of ways, Cyberpunk feels like a futuristic, dystopian Grand Theft Auto that is filling the void between GTA 5 and GTA 6. It has more depth in the story, the graphics are a bit better, things are generally a bit more detailed, but everything from the dynamics in the open world in between jobs and the hovering of your map feels like you’re playing a familiar game.
I had a lot of fun playing Witcher 3. This is partially because I never played Skyrim and partially because Witcher 3 is an incredible game. I played Witcher years after it came out and thought it was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had — outside of my usual competitive gaming that revolves exclusively around Dota 2. Witcher was fantasy, action-rpg, and a fantastic narrative. The world was beautiful and felt refreshing.
I’ve played the entire GTA series. Witcher was a series and a genre I hardly dabble in — and so it felt new and amazing. A lot of people who play Cyberpunk I will bet have played games like Cyberpunk. That doesn’t make Cyberpunk bad or disappointing. They didn’t need to re-invent the wheel to make an enjoyable game.
The main story took a little under 20 hours to complete. I honestly had a lot of fun and the story was quirky, cheesy, but generally good. The flow of the game felt good when it wasn’t overloaded with long-winded cut scenes.
If you’re expecting a game to change your life, you’re going to be disappointed. Cyberpunk is another game from a great game company.
In another year or two, and I’m probably being generous, I don’t think many people will remember it. That’s not a knock on Cyberpunk or CD Projekt Red. There are game titles I played in the past that were good games that I forgot about in a few months.
Witcher left an impression on me I haven’t forgotten since. I don’t know exactly why. Everything about that game made me want to enjoy it as much as I can. I’m sure people feel that way about Cyberpunk, too, but I don’t think enough people will over the long-run. There are good things to write about the game, and it’s a refreshing release in an otherwise lackluster list of recent titles, but a lot of it feels borrowed and re-skinned.
Amazing? Absolutely not.
Oh, and for all those on Playstation that were waiting and disappointed at each delay, my condolences to all the bugs you are still experiencing. My sister is currently playing the game on our PS5 downstairs and the game keeps crashing every 2 hours or so. There was a 16 GB update that seemed to solve absolutely nothing. Also, sometimes you can just drive through every single car. I was under the impression that some of the bugs were exclusive to Playstation, but I have a decent amount of friends telling me the same bugs exist on PC and Xbox.