I’ve played Cyberpunk 2077 for 30 hours and the worst thing that’s happened to me was a crash to desktop. Here’s what my experience has been like so far.
A lot of people want to pass their opinions on Cyberpunk off as a fact because they’re either not enjoying the game or they are but had unrealistically high expectations for it that it couldn’t possibly live up to what they wanted the game to be. I even got into a debate with someone on Twitter who claimed Cyberpunk 2077 is probably the worst overall launch of an AAA game this generation. It’s obvious that he’s wrong, but I don’t really expect him to admit that. Especially when other PC gamers that’s actually played the game on PC started commenting on the thread.
You’re telling me that Cyberpunk is buggier than Fallout 76? How about Arkham Knight (PC version) that was so bad it had to be pulled from Steam for an entire year! Is Cyberpunk a perfectly optimized game? No, but it’s not a steaming pile of shit like the other two games I mentioned was when they launched. And that brings me to my point. I’ve had next to no issues playing this game on a GTX 1080 and that’s not a new card by any stretch of the imagination.
On average I get 60 frames playing in 1080p and it’ll occasionally dip down to 55. In really heavy moments I’ll admit that my fps does tank, but I honestly don’t care. Why? Because I’m having so much fun with the game, and it only tanks for a couple of seconds at most, that it’s no big deal. Here’s some combat that I recorded –
My failed stealth attempt turned into a full-blown firefight, well…. sword fight for me, and I had to chop my way to victory and you know what… my game ran just fine. I prefer to stick at 60 fps, but since I’m playing on a mixture of high and medium settings I know that’s not possible. I’m still really impressed with how well my card is handling this game. When I’m driving around Night City I get similar fps. On some rare occasions, I’ll dip down into the mid-forties. That’s only when I’m around a lot of NPCs and going about 100 miles an hour. The dips never last for very long though.
So I’ve written a few paragraphs on the performance of this game, but how is the actual game itself? If I’m being completely honest with you I fucking love it. I watched very little on this game before it launched. I wanted to go in as blind as possible and I’m in love with it. So much so that on the first day this game released I played it for 10 straight hours before going to bed. I haven’t done that in a really long time.
If Grand Theft Auto and Fallout had a baby it would be Cyberpunk 2077. This game feels like Fallout New Vegas to me and that’s a really good thing. It’s an actual RPG, not a shooter and you should know that before going in. That doesn’t mean the shooting mechanics aren’t good. This game is a major step up from Fallout (without mods anyway) in the gameplay department, but it’s also a little janky. You can tell that this developer hasn’t made a first-person game before. The shooting mechanics aren’t as smooth as games like Borderlands and Call of Duty. That doesn’t mean the shooting mechanics are bad. It’s really not and once I got used to the controls and the way the gunplay worked I never thought about the jank again.
Most of my time in Cyberpunk has been spent doing random shit. I’m playing this game the same way I play every open-world game. I ignore the main story and go off in a random direction while completing side quests, getting into trouble, and exploring every nook and cranny while getting lost in the incredible world that CD Projekt Red has built. The side quest is incredible. I did a mission for a fixer that wanted me to get revenge on the people that murdered his son. So I snuck around the place and since I don’t have patience I eventually ended up blasting everyone to bits while looking for the kid’s body or implant or whatever the fuck I was sent there to find.
I found it in the hands of the man responsible for getting rid of the body. So I took it from him and I was left with a choice. Do I kill him for just doing his job or let him, and his son, live? I was very curious about what his reaction would be like if I murdered his son… so I did it. This is what happened. Obvious spoilers so don’t click play if you don’t want to be spoiled.
I felt really bad after I did this so I reloaded my save and let the kid live.
I love the attention to detail CD Projekt Red put in this game. The side quests are really well done and the companion missions (should I call them companion missions since they’re technically not companions?) are incredible. I can’t go into much detail on the quest I’m thinking of because of major spoilers, but man it pulled on the heartstrings last night. I couldn’t sleep because I wanted to know what happened next and if my friend in Cyberpunk was okay.
I know it’s the cool thing to hate on this game, but you’re not going to get that here. I love it. Yes, that’s right I said I love it. One of my favorite things to do in this game is to drive around and buy new cars. I got a sweet new ride from the desert region that cost me over 100k to acquire. Instead of upgrading my character with a fancy new implant, I decided to get a car. Priorities right?
One thing I really like about 2077 is the visual feedback I get from upgrading my character. When I upgraded my arms I saw all of the surgical marks and pieces of metal on my character. One thing I don’t like is the fact that I look ridiculous 90% of the time. Since stats are tied into the clothes that you wear I had to make the decision on if I wanted to look cool or have good stats. There are outfits you can buy that cover up your clothes, but the only ones I have found so far are very ugly looking to me. I also wish the gun customization was like Fallout 4. I want visual feedback on the gun I just upgraded not just watch the stats go up.
Is 2077 a perfect game? No, but is it a bad one? Hell no. I have encountered some minor bugs like the loot being stuck in the floor and there’s a pretty nasty map bug that prevents me from leaving that page. A reload solved both issues and since my game loads in 7 seconds it’s not a huge deal, but I would prefer zero bugs. The worst thing that’s happened to me in 30 hours is a single crash that happened around the 20-hour mark. That’s it. I’ve played worst games at launch than this. I couldn’t play Arkham Knight for an entire year when it launched. Don’t even get me started on The Surge 1 and the 50 times I crashed in 30 hours. Cyberpunk is not the worst AAA launch in gaming history or even this generation. Do you want to know another game that was buggier than this one at launch? The Witcher 3 and that’s my favorite game of the last generation and one of my favorite games of all time.
I don’t know when my review of Cyberpunk 2077 will be up. I want to experience everything this game has to offer before I write a review. It could be 20 more hours or it could be 100 more. Until then I’ll write more about this game and share any positive and negative feedback I may have. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to Night City and drive my fancy new car.
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I’m Omar. I’m the founder of drakulus.com and the new founder of Petescorner.net. I cover every type of game genre there is and I’m using all of the skills I learned over the last 7 years working on Drakulus to make Pete’s Corner the best it can be. My favorite types of games are strategy, RPGs, and Shooters. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy other types of genres. Those are just my top 3. You can expect my brutally honest opinion on what I think of games in long reviews, editorial pieces, and game news coverage.