“Cyberpunk is broken”! “It’s unplayable”! “It’s the worst AAA launch in history”! And it’s my game of the year.
My criteria for my top 10 games of 2020 is below.
In order for a game to make my top 10 games of 2020, it has to be released in 2020 and not a remaster. Remakes count because they’re rebuilt from the ground up and are basically a whole new game. I must have completed the game or sunk an incredible amount of time into them. Early access games do not count and will not make my top 10 games list no matter how much I like them. When they release they’ll count towards my top 10 list of that year.
Cyberpunk 2077 has been piled on since it released. As a matter of fact, the piling on began long before release. Idiot “journalist” from Polygon tried their best to slow the momentum of Cyberpunk by calling it racist and transphobic before they even played the game!
How can you as a “journalist” hate something before you play it? I’m getting distracted though. I’m not here to retread old topics on all of the controversies this game has. I’ve done that already and you can find those pieces here and here.
Cyberpunk 2077 is incredible. This is the only game I played last year that when I finished my session I immediately wanted to get back in and play some more. The side quest is absolutely incredible, the story is incredible, the characters are incredible, and it has good gameplay too! Now this game isn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s no dumpster and it’s not the “worst AAA launch of the generation”.
This game is about as buggy as other open-world games are at launch. I’ve played much worse than this and I’ve played better too. In 100 hours I crashed 3 times. That was the worst thing that happened to me. I fell in love with this game almost as soon as I booted it up. I love driving around and completing random missions that pop up. I loved getting to know the new characters that CD Projekt Red created and I loved murdering everyone with different builds.
In my first playthrough, I was a katana-wielding tank and in my second playthrough, I’m a sneaky intelligence build that can murder everyone on the map with a single contagion hack. I love the build diversity in this game. Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t racist. Nor is it transphobic. I already proved the latter was a lie in a piece I wrote after playing the game for 60 hours.
Cyberpunk 2077 was everything I hoped it would be and kept me entertained for 100 hours before I shelved it. Not many games can do that. Especially open-world games. There’s a lot to do here and I never felt as if I was checking off a box. It all felt natural to me. It’s the cool thing to hate on CD Projekt Red and Cyberpunk 2077, but I honestly haven’t met a single person that hated the game yet. All of the hate is on Twitter and from a vocal minority of players (and non-players) that’s sole purpose is to spread hate and misinformation on the game.
When I started making this list I already knew that this game would be number 1. That’s how much I enjoyed it. Last year I struggled with deciding on if Resident Evil 2 Remake or Total War Three Kingdoms should be my game of the year. This year, it was easy because no game came close to the excellence of Cyberpunk 2077 and I’ll keep on defending and calling out the bullshit when I see it because CD Projekt Red did an incredible job with this game.
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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.