Cyberpunk 2077: Ultimate Edition
Release date: December 10, 2020
Genre: Action, RPG
Developer: CD Projekt RED
Platform: PC (Windows)
Text language: English, French, German, Polish, Russian and others (18 languages)
Voice language: English, French, German, Polish, Russian and others (11 languages)
Multiplayer: Present in test mode
Publication type: GOG (DRM Free)
Version: 2.1 from 12/5/2023 (Phantom Liberty DLC included)
Description: Cyberpunk 2077 is a cross-platform game from publishers CD Projekt RED, which is known for The Witcher project. “Cyberpunk 2077” is a sequel to the board game of the same name. Game actions develop in the city of Night City, 57 years after the plot of “Cyberpunk 2020”. The main character Vee finds himself in the dystopian West Coast. Overall, the game is the opposite of utopia and shows real life in North America.
You create your own hero. Unlike The Witcher, Cyberpunk 2077 provides a flexible character editor. There are a number of classes to choose from, which can be combined with each other. The game’s emphasis is on realism, meaning that if a bullet hits an arm or leg, the character can lose the wounded limb. Phantom Liberty update was recently released, which opens up new horizons for the world of technocracy.
The developers skillfully combine the near future and modern realities of life in the game. The well-developed mechanics of shooting and combat, based on the characteristics of the character and the player’s skills, will not leave anyone indifferent.
At the same time, the game combines all the best from the board game with elements of novelty. It’s all the same good old “Cyberpunk”, but redesigned in a new way. All kinds of implants, computer technologies like in Watch Dogs are rapidly bringing the future closer, allowing you to regulate the characteristics of the character and choose your own path.
According to studio CD Projekt RED, full multiplayer will soon be added to the game. At the same time, cross-platform unites both the owners of consoles and PCs. Therefore, all players will be able to contact each other, and the open world will provide an opportunity to create their own branch of development.
Here there will be no such annoying future as in futuristic games. Cyberpunk 2077 represents the real life and shows that it is not always bright and colorful. It is worth noting that one of the main characters – rocker Johnny Silverhand will be played by Keanu Reeves. The latter is known for the main roles in “Matrix”, the action movie “John Wick” and “Constantine”. Therefore, the atmosphericity and reality of the character is ensured.
The developers of the game show “Cyberpunk” as it is, without high technology. In Cyberpunk 2077 the emphasis is not on super-advanced corporations, but on the history of specific characters. Thanks to this, the player is completely immersed in the atmosphere, penetrates his hero.
Cyberpunk 2077 describes real problems of people, just like in life. And the non-linearity of the plot will allow the player to create the story independently without preset frameworks and restrictions. The whole gameplay is tied as a whole on the main plot, as well as on the exploration of the open world. Therefore, each player is free to choose his own path in Cyberpunk.
According to the canons of the genre, the way of passing the story will be tied to the game class. The player will be given a choice of 3 types of character:
- Corporate Employee;
- Child of the street;
Depending on the character, quests will be formed. Therefore, the player is the creator of his own story, which is inherent in sandbox games. In “Cyberpunk 2077” is given freedom of choice. For example, to pass the quests you can steal a car, motorcycle or move on foot.
The Cyberpunk 2077 universe has been enriched with the exciting “Phantom Liberty” story add-on, which adds new dimensions to the already exciting future world. This expansion not only deepens the game’s story, but also offers players unique opportunities to explore and interact in this virtual reality.
One of the key aspects of the “Phantom Liberty” add-on is the in-depth interaction with new characters, each with a unique personal history and motivations. Decisions made by players during dialogs and quests will have long-term consequences, influencing the development of the story and the surrounding world.
What’s the story?
The events of the add-on are set in a dark and ambitious part of Knight City, where corporations are fighting for control over new technologies. Players will have to hack into security systems, collect evidence, make deals with dubious individuals and solve moral dilemmas that affect the course of the investigation.
“Phantom Liberty” also provides an opportunity for players to immerse themselves in the virtual world of “Phantom” where they can explore digital landscapes, battle viruses and interact with other players. This new dimension of gameplay adds a fresh experience and expands the possibilities of interacting with the game universe.
The Phantom Liberty story add-on not only extends the life of Cyberpunk 2077, but also enriches it by offering new moral dilemmas, characters and worlds to explore. The unique blend of technological intrigue and human stories makes this add-on an essential for all science fiction and cyberpunk fans.
- OS: Windows 10 (64 bit);
- Processor: Intel Core i7-6700 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600;
- RAM: 12 GB;
- Graphics card: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, Radeon RX 580 8GB or Arc A380;
- Disk space: 85 GB (SSD).
- OS: Windows 11 (64 bit);
- Processor: Intel Core i7-12700 or AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D;
- RAM: 16 GB;
- Graphics card: GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER, Radeon RX 5700 XT or Arc A770;
- Disk space: 85GB (SSD).
The game isn’t perfect. The game isn’t majorly groundbreaking. However this game has a beautiful open world with a ton of fun stuff to do. Most of the characters are compelling and I instantly connected with many of them. The map at the start was overwhelming with new activities to complete and I gained a ton of satisfaction slowly chipping them off of my map. There are a handful of annoyances. These include graphical glitches, missing QoL features, clipping issues, loot stuck in the ground, some NPC’s have canned dialog that repeats over and over again. These issues are not prevalent all the time. Many of the negative reviews are upset that the game has bugs or that it is not perfectly optimized for their system. Others are upset because they thought that the game would break the mold. Whenever you have a huge release like this, people rate the game as a Zero with no context. This game is a solid 8 in it’s current state. Once the bugs are worked out and some QoL features are added, it will be a solid 9. Don’t listen to the trolls. Get the game
Completed the game after 65 hours, not nearly as packed as Witcher 3 but every minute just as enjoyable. The main quest gave me the point of no return pretty quickly, so I avoided that and completed just about everything else on offer first, aside from boxing, collectables, out of the way gigs, and police shootouts, which felt like filler. Most of the main content is very well done and found only a few instances of medium-strength bugs that lessened the experience. Some of it is nearly brilliant.
I don’t pay much attention to marketing, so I can’t tell if some of the anger over this game came from broken promises, but this is exactly the game I hoped it would be and it exceeded my expectations. Played on a modest system at lower settings to keep a decent framerate and the graphics are incredible, world is amazing, city is layered and complex, and detail shows in every dark corner. It doesn’t have the interactivity of a GTA title; you can’t take your fake girlfriend bowling or get a haircut, but I never cared for that stuff anyway. The mission design, setting, and writing matter to me, and Cyberpunk delivers through nearly the whole running time.
I could easily play another 60 hours of new main/side missions. Hopefully the messy launch doesn’t prevent expansion packs or a sequel, and that it gets fixed up quickly for anyone unable to give this a try. I can easily see that the game isn’t for everyone but you if you ever liked a Deus Ex then give this a shot.
I get a lot pf people are quite “passionate” about this game. Reading the comments with my friends has become a great pastime. Here is my take. Yes it might not have met ALL your expectations, but this game ain’t bad by any means.
Going to be honest, is the game buggy? YES. Is the AI absolutely whack? Yes Again. Performance? As of v1.05, quite improved but driving fast around the city, especially around your home can give a performance hit.
But the story? It is worth every penny. It is worth experiencing. Keanu’s performance isn’t top-notch but it is enough to get you engrossed, keep you in. Plus, well its Keanu. Whoever did V has done a stellar job. The side characters, and their quests are a delight. Gunplay is a hit or miss. Enemies feel a tad spongy at the start to AR’s while Handcannons and their tree is overpowered.
Night City. What can you say about it, that hasn’t been said. What a creation. The world design, from the badlands to heywood, it is gorgeous. You will absolutely love it. The Soundtrack is just perfect, whether you are driving with Royal Blue, Vexelstorm on the radio.
Overall, this an extraordinarily beautiful mess. AI and the NPC interaction leave a lot to be desired, but the foundational NC is exceptional. The main story is amazing and side quests are top-notch. Recommended for the story. 8/10 with the hope that mods and patches bring Night City and the Story the credit they belong.