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Cyberpunk 2077

[Note: I am posting this without rereading or editing. Sorry, it’s a long review, I don’t have time to write a short one.]

Let’s take a step back in time for a moment, going back to the 80’s and a new game that came out for the roleplaying game crowd. Cyberpunk.

I remember when Cyberpunk came out, I remember when the term Cyberpunk was first coined by Bruce Bethke. My dad was a rather big Sci Fi fan, and read pretty much anything he could get ahold of, so I was introduced to cyberpunk by him when I was in my early teens. It was a fascinating concept back then, especially given that both me and my dad were also into computers (I did not find out until years after this, but my dad was one of the guys that made the program that became the internet work. I have the Army commendation letter he was given for it.)

Anyway, back to what I was saying – I was there. I saw the book that started it all, I saw the movies, I saw the tabletop roleplaying games… I have waited 40 years for a video game that would do justice to what cyberpunk was and is.

Am I dissapointed with Cyberpunk 2077?

Well, let me first say that I dropped hundreds of dollars into parts for my computer to bring it up to the level where I can play Cyberpunk 2077 on the PC. HUNDREDS of dollars. 16 more GB of ram, a new graphics card, and a new power supply because the power supply my PC had was only 250w.

I think all in all I must have dropped around $500 into new things for the PC and I still can not fire the game up because the power supply I had got has a 24 pin connector for the motherboard and the motherboard in my PC is 8 pin. (ARGH!) So, yeah, I still can not play Cyberpunk 2077 on my PC, even $500 later.

I was not going to be deterred! I bought it, preorder, for the PlayStation 4.

Now, my PS4 is the old Slim version. Decent enough machine, but at 500 GB the hard drive needed a boost, which I already have in the form of a 1TB external, so everything was good to go. Bought the game, got it downloaded, and was playing it right off the bat before there was any bug fixes or any of that going down.

The first day I think I had two blue screens of death (uh, I’m not sure if that’s a term you kiddies will understand, back in the 80’s you got that blue screen, we called it that.) Anyway, yeah, I’m not that in touch with modern stuff to know of the terror story of the Blue Screen of Death is still circulating or if y’all changed that.

ANYWAY! Yeah, I got a few things happen. Worst of the lot was those two Blue Screen of Death moments and, in all honesty, I think they were my fault and not the game’s. I was doing things in FAST sucession and I think my PS4’s little brain could not keep up with the “ARE YOU EFFING GOING UP RO DOWN THAT DAMN STAIRWWAY WOMAN!!!?!?!??!?!?????!” fits I was giving it while I was trying to see EVERYTHING at once a few times.

Other glitches that I encountered on day 1 and 2 were along the lines of:

Two women were taking a picture of something and when they walked away the one woman’s phone was still hovering in mid-air where they had been standing.

I discovered that if things were too close to other items, like the wall or a machine, then I could not pick them up. I had one item that was on a table that I could not pick up. All of the things were just 3e junk items, so not any real loss to not be able to pick them up.

And… I am having trouble recalling if I had any other issues with the game in the first couple of days of playing it. I ran street punk for a little while, but barely got into the game before I decided to give coporate a try, I’ve been playing on corpo since. My roommate is playing on nomad, so I am getting to see some of that and will be playing it later on. Deffinately going to play through all three of the characer story lines though. As far as game breaking issues though… Nope. Nothing that would make me anjoy the game any less. I plan to buy it on PC as soon as I can fix that power issue I have with my PC. I also helped to buy the game for someone else as an early holiday present, so… in my opinion, as someone that is playing on a PS4 Slim… this game is solidly built and working as good as I had expected it to – hell, it is working better than I had expected it to work given the issues that CD Projekt had with having to do last minute fixes to get it ported to consoles for the December launch.

And note, to all you out there saying “it does not run well on consoles!” – some of you folks quite literally sent death threats to the developers in October, or did y’all forget that? Lemme refresh your memory of what happened when CD Projekt said they needed a little more time to finish fixing issues with the console edition of Cyberpunk 2077:

That is why I just shake my head when I see people cry: “they knew it was buggy on console and released it anyway! T.T” People were literally throwing death threats at them demanding the game’s release, insisting that it be released first and patches made for bugs later, and now… I just don’t have the words. Decide what you want, people.

And before the whole “we just wanted them to give realistic schedules!” crowd jumps in here with their “I took a week off work for it!” complaints, yes, I saw those in October, I want to point out that if you are taking a week off work for a game’s launch, then you better be a streamer or in some other way involved in the game industry.

People take time off work for mental health issues. People take time off work for a family funeral… the birth of a child… to fly home for the holidays. Maybe even for a serious accident that has left them in need of recovery.

You don’t take a week off work so you can play a video game. The games industry is old enough now that we all know things happen that can push around expected launch dates. So if you took a week off work, or a weekend, or whatever, it is no one’s fault but yours for you having made the game more important to you than anything else. I have dabbled in game development and design. My dad taught me to program my own games back in the 80’s. Stop crying that developers have missed their release target because trust me, they don’t want to miss those dates. It costs them money when they can not ship the game out on the schedule they set for it. They have to keep paying for the develpoment of a game that should have been out the door.

This rambling rant was brough to you today by my having finally went to look at what this fuss with Cyberpunk 2077 being a busted game is all about. I wanted to play it before I spoiled myself or risked stepping into streaming with it. I’m far enough into it now that I have decided I could risk the possible spoilers and do you know what I am finding? The complaints are in some cases not even about Cyberpunk 2077. One article I read started out talking about Cyberpunk 2077, but it was a click-bait draw for the writer of the article to go on to complain about some other game that was not going to be sold in the OGO store, and the person blamed Cyberpunk 2077, saying that CO Projekt decided not to sell a game that had been pulled off Steam last year because they wanted to avoid issues with sales of Cyberpunk 2077. The person had no other complaints about Cyberpunk 2077, they just wanted to use the popularity of the name Cyberpunk 2077 in the media right now to draw attention to something else.

Another issue that stood out to me was the ones who yelled they were going to do some kind of class action lawsuit against CD Projekt because they were not being given refunds by Sony and XBox for the game after they had bought and played digital copies of it. Correct me if I am wrong, but hasn’t both consoles had a long-standing policy of not refunding games after you play them?

Overall, I see nothing that actually causes me to rethink my opinion that Cyberpunk 2077 is an amazing game that performs above and beyond my hopes given the trouble that the company had in finishing the console editions. I’ve played it on my PS4 Slim (which is now a dinosaur of a machine) since day one and I have never once come close to thinking I had not got my money’s worth. I am looking forward to getting a power supply with an 8pin motherboard cable so I can buy a PC edition of Cyberpunk 2077, and I am eagerly awaiting the unwrapping of my gift to myself this year of the Cyberpunk 2077 V collector doll – first one of them things I have EVER bought. So excited to see just how it looks!

Bottom line, ignore the negativity and click-bait headlines, ignore the people who just want to cause trouble and complain about the game. I’ve been a fan of cyberpunk since long before Johnny Mnemonic overloaded his ram and went on the run from corporations, and decades before Neo decided whether or not to take the red or blue pill. I am playing this on an old PS4 Slim with a 500 GB HD in it that has been abused to the edge of sanity over the years, and in the times I have encountered game breaking issues (Blue Screen of Death) it has often been a something that made me finally look at the clock and go “Oh hell, it’s 7am!?!!??!” Get the game and enjoy getting lost in it.

And if you really have issues with the whole “wait, I did not see that car driving down the road a moment ago. It just appeared there!!!!” things… play to Act 2, then blame it on the lag. (Wait for it, you’ll get the joke eventually.) I have not yet seen anything that I could not easily blame on the lag or something else that – instead of game breaking – actually enhanced the experience for me. It’s weird, I know, but a lot of the “glitches” make sense if you view them from a certain perspective.

Okay, I will shut up now, if you are still reading this, sorry but in the paraphrased words of Mark Twain, I did not have time to write a short review, so I have written a long one instead.

Cyberpunk 2077 gets very high marks from me, I reccomend buying it and enjoying it and just accepting that people forced them to ship it with bugs when they sent death threats to the developers. Either hold off on buying it now, or embrace the bugs, blame them on the lag, and enjoy the game while the developer works to make it what they knew it could be. AND STOP THREATENING THE DEVELOPERS!!! I waited 40 years for this game, I can wait while they fix bugs and roll out content, but if the idiots out there make CD Projejkt drop the game as being too toxic for them to keep working on it, I will be seriously irritated. If Cyberpunk 2077 is not your thing, go play another game and let me, and those like me, enjoy this amazing addition to a genre we’ve loved for decades.

Now, I will hush and get back to playing. I want to finish my first playthough before I start streaming so people are not coming into my stream and spoiling the ending for me.

Take care and enjoy the game!

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