My Life In Night City – A Mostly Unbiased Cyberpunk 2077 review

By: Corey Lack

So, I’m one of the many people that got the game Cyberpunk 2077 when it released a few weeks ago and after hearing what seems like the entire internet bash it, I’d like to add my two cents.

For those who don’t know, the game is about the adventures of V, a mercenary in a dystopian future city as he or she tries to undo a fatal affliction to their person.

Now, let me just say that as someone playing on the base PS4, I can say that, yes, it doesn’t look nearly as good as the more advanced versions, but then, I didn’t expect it to. The base version just doesn’t have the capacity. Also, yes, there are quite a few bugs that I’ve run into, far more than there should be for a game that was worked on for seven years, but none of them were really major. For example, enemies in a fight would run straight through solid objects, cars in the distance would just suddenly fly several meters into the air only to bounce back down, and it would take a few seconds for the graphics to load, but again none of these are really deal breakers.

The biggest issue that I have with the game is the lack of things they said would either be in the game or something that they showed in a gameplay demo that they have since removed. For example, the number of characters that V can romance are significantly lower than they suggested, with only four potential main choices and some one timers. This isn’t as big as the point where they said your background would actually affect how people saw your character. As someone who chose to do a Nomad, most people didn’t seem to care one way or the other. There was only one part that first comes to mind and that was in a side mission where I managed to convince a fellow former nomad to help me by telling him who I used to ride with. In the gameplay, they showed an early version of the character creation where it gave players the option to choose why they came to Night City and who inspired them growing up. This is something I would have strongly suggested they keep in the game as it helps to personalize and build V’s background which is now rather lacking.

Despite these issues, I particularly enjoy the game. The combat’s pretty good, though it’s nothing really to write home about. I also like the more rpg mechanics and hacking. All of this is very well done in my opinion.

Cyberpunk 2077 has been under fire since its release. Does it deserve it? Eh, a bit, but not nearly as much as it’s been getting. If I had to rate it, I’d give it 8.5 bloody shards out of 10.

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I am a graduate student at Northern Kentucky University. I like writing fantasy and science fiction, playing video games, and watching movies.

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