Engaging characters and immersive visuals pave the way when night city comes to life in Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077

Image Credit: CD Projekt Red

Here is a quick intro as to what Cyberpunk 2077 is:

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My first impression of Cyberpunk was similar to being blasted into an updated version of Blade Runner, which goes to say, at least for me, is a HUGE plus. Cybernomic body augmentation is the norm in Night City, The city is run by the streets, and early on we can see that enforcing the law, is a relatively grey area.

Cyberpunk 2077
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The gameplay to cutscene has been almost seamless, if you have played God of War, then you will know exactly what I am talking about. One thing I will say is this, if you are looking for an open-world game that just throws infinite amounts of side quests and activities, then this game may not be the best for you. Don’t get me wrong, Night City offers plenty to do outside of the main plotline and side quests it does provide, but as big as the map made of 6 districts is, it is a very story-centric RPG.

Cyberpunk 2077
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NIGHT CITY

Now, Night City, although not the biggest map, we have seen – looking at you Witcher 3, it is very dense and packed full of a variety of different scenes and people that make up this fun and futuristic landscape, and just how the city comes to life, so does the group of characters you will meet. The characters are fun, they have layers, (not a Shrek reference… or is it?), and most importantly, they leave you with a sense of wonder about who they are, and whether or not you will cross paths again. Let me tell you, not too many RPG’s can do that with such a big ensemble of characters.

BLOODY GOOD GAMEPLAY

Gameplay is on par with what you expect from a loot shooter like Borderlands, you have an array of weapons to choose from, and you can alternate between ranged and melee weapons. The weapons react well and to what I would expect and Cyberpunk 2077 provides us with some pretty useful attachments to give us an edge that help us get out of bad situations. The combat is violent, gory and can at times, be absolute mayhem. The integration of futuristic technology and the body augmentations was implemented well, and you are given the opportunity to hack different objects, take control of security cameras and can even hack doors which may be hiding some very worthwhile weapons or gear. One thing to note is that hacking works both ways, I found myself initially getting a warning of “overheating” not knowing what was causing this and instilling internal panick as I try to fight off some thugs who were knocking on a door a little too loudly for my liking. Well, enemies can in fact hack you and sometimes cause you to overheat and leading to spontaneous combustion.

FINAL IMPRESSION

In my first hour of Cyberpunk 2077, I can say this. The game is not without it’s flaws, the version I am currently playing is on PC, and I cannot speak for the issues on console copies of the game. I will add though, that Cyberpunk 2077 has real promise and a big upside. These issues, in my opinion mind you, can all be addressed through patches, which we are seeing some come through with the upcoming patch 1.2 that CD Projekt Red announced. Night City offers a vibrant, futuristic experience that breathes life into an open-world RPG with strong well rounded characters and a well rounded ensemble cast that will leave you fulfilled through and through. It has something to offer to fans of sci-fi, RPG’s, FPS and loot shooters.

FIRST IMPRESSION SCORE: 4.5/5

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