Cyberpunk 2077 has been the most anticipated title of the year, if not of the decade, or all time. Of course, the game has had some insane delays. We’ve all been losing our minds fighting for the teeniest bits of information about it. There haven’t been many leaks, either, which means that until now, we know very little.
Cyberpunk 2077 comes out on December 10th, but the media embargo has lifted. We have the first batch of reviews now. Many reviews note that their experiences haven’t been completionist. The game is bound to offer different experiences for actual gamers, after the day one patch. However, we have a first impression of the game, and it seems fairly positive (barring a bunch of bugs).
Here’s our early Cyberpunk 2077 review roundup.
Cyberpunk 2077 — A Landmark in Gaming We Can’t Ignore
Jez Corden from Windows Central calls Cyberpunk 2077 “a contender for best game ever made”:
“I feel as though I could write thousands upon thousands of words about my time in Night City. The sheer scale of Cyberpunk 2077 as a creative project is simply without precedent. The more I played, the more I began to realize I was experiencing a landmark moment in creative media. Cyberpunk 2077 represents cutting edge technology. It represents the uncompromised vision of Mike Pondsmith’s Cyberpunk universe, translated meticulously into video game form. It represents the execution of what is surely among the most gargantuan digitized acting projects in history.“
Andrew Reiner of Game Informer says Cyberpunk 2077 is ambitious enough to deserve the attention it’s getting:
“Cyberpunk 2077 is a work of awe-inspiring ambition, dazzling with its massive scale and creative vision. The world of Night City is a metropolis of futuristic art, stealing your eye with stunning neon-lit architecture and streets filled with citizens made of flesh and metal. Night City is an open world that immediately pulls you in and keeps you engaged with its dark narrative, meaningful player choice, and overwhelming amount of side content.”
Cyberpunk 2077 Is a Mixed Experience, With One Too Many Bugs
James Davenport of PC Gamer says:
“I found it moving and life-affirming in the final moments, even in the face of near certain death and a relentless onslaught of bugs. I suppose it’s an appropriate thematic throughline though: Cyberpunk 2077 is a game about V coming apart at the seams, in a city coming apart at the seams, in a game coming apart at the seams. Play it in a few months.”
Tom Marks of IGN also notes that the bugs can lead to a mixed experience
“The main quest may be shorter than expected when taken on its own and it’s not always clear what you need to do to make meaningful changes to its finale, but the multitude of side quests available almost from the start can have a surprisingly powerful effect on the options you have when you get there. It’s a shame that frustratingly frequent bugs can occasionally kill an otherwise well-set mood, but Cyberpunk 2077’s impressively flexible design makes it a truly remarkable RPG.”
Cyberpunk 2077 Doesn’t Live Up To The Hype That Precedes It, But Still Great
Riley MacLeod of Kotaku notes that the game is no The Witcher 3, but it has something to move you regardless:
“Few quests have moved me the way that game did. I don’t enjoy being V the way I enjoyed being Geralt. Even the most eye-catching futuristic vistas haven’t irresistibly called me to see if I can get to them. I’ve enjoyed some characters, but they haven’t been as relatable as The Witcher’s. There’s been no game-changing Bloody Baron quest, at least yet—missions have been exciting and deliciously cyberpunk-y, but nothing that’s rocked me emotionally.
But there are hints of something here, surely motivated by my love for The Witcher as well as what’s in the game itself. I couldn’t sense it when I stuck to the story, but I started to find snippets of it when I let that story fade into the background.”
Carolyn Petit of Polygon has a similar view:
“Neither its gameplay nor its narrative can imagine the bold possibilities that I find so central to the best of cyberpunk. But what it does offer is visions of people trying to make do and get by in a world that’s trying to eat them alive, and sometimes those people get by with a little help from their friends. It’s not the revolution I hoped for, but it’s something.”
Well, it seems like Cyberpunk 2077 is definitely here to stay in the gaming discourse for a long time. Of course the glaring bugs the game seems to have should be fixed in the coming weeks, in case the day one patch does not catch them. Either way, we’re set for a wild ride.
Stay tuned to us for more on Cyberpunk 2077.
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