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Cyberpunk 2077 review
by thelivingshitpost

TW // Suicide


Cyberpunk 2077 is a game that seemed to be doomed on release, what with the many delays, the onslaught of bugs and glitches, previous-gen consoles running the game like a progerian. So much backlash against the game put onto lists of the worst games of 2020, and even with CD Projekt Red getting sued by their sponsors I still came out of this game loving it to the high heavens.

With a nice blend of GTA style gameplay with RPG style leveling systems and questing, Cyberpunk 2077 takes you through an emotional downfall of your character V trying to make it in Night City but after one bad heist ends up with proclaimed rock legend Johnny Silverhand, voiced by Keanu Reeves, overwriting her brain and you have to try to figure out how to stop it by having various interactions with the different Night City gangs, teaming up with the big corporation Arasaka, and ultimately coming to a six-pronged fork in the road with various choices on how you the player would like to go out.

The side missions are overall pretty great. The NCDP dispatches, Assault in Progress', Fixer jobs, and Cyberpscyho Sightings all play out like radiant quests with a limit and at a certain point they can get kind of tedious, but there's so much compacted into Night City that getting to and from each job isn't much of a hassle.. until you get to the Badlands where the spacing is at it's absolute worse having hundreds of km between each job which is where I started finding them to get really tiring.

There's a handful of romanceable characters with their own stories that I found to be pretty entertaining. I really only cared about romancing with Judy and Panam, but sadly the game cucked me from Panam because I decided to play as a female V but nonetheless I had a lot of fun going through the different characters and watching them progress and gain these relationships.

And of course, you can't talk about Cyberpunk 2077 without mentioning the absolute absurdity of Johnny Silverhand being voiced by Keanu Reeves. The relationship you grow with this character throughout the game is phenomenal. Starting off with you two hating each other guts to soon enough letting him take control of your body so he can try to fuck his ex from 50 years ago to which he blue balls him right before he's about to stick it in. I find myself gravitating towards the side character that makes comments about what's going on, and that's one of the purposes that Johnny holds. Think Joker in Arkham Knight. The gameplay was already an immense amount of fun and the story is captivating, but the extra frosting of hearing Keanu make sarcastic comments about everything or insult my cock just makes the Night City experience all the greater.

One last thing I wanna discuss is the endings. As said before, there are about 6 different ways that you can end the game, and I played through 5 of them. I would've gone for the secret 6th ending but I fucked up a dialogue route with Johnny earlier in the game and I honestly don't have the drive to replay the entire game and rebuild my character after putting 90 hours into this game, but I digress. The different endings you have are

1) V takes over her body but will only have 6 months to live due to her body rejecting her code and accepting Johnnys.
2) Johnny takes over V's body and lives his life.
3) V takes over her body but will only have 6 months to live due to her body rejecting her code and accepting Johnnys... but with the addition of living the rest of her life with Judy, Panam, and the rest of the Aldecaldos clan.
4) Let Arasaka deal with the problem to which a bunch of wild shit happens in space and soon you're given the decision to either stay with the Arasaka and become part of their coded program or go back to earth and die soon later.
5) Commit suicide.
6) Invade Arasaka with Johnny, basically a suicide run.

Now I could go on about each and every ending that I was able to play, but I'll sum up my thoughts quickly for the first 4. V taking over her body is a really sad and lonely ending which I actually like how it's not happy. Johnny taking over is sweet, wholesome, and emotional. The best way I can describe it is melancholic. V living with the Aldecaldos is without a doubt the best ending in the game because she gets to spend the rest of her short-lived life with her friends and family. Teaming up with the Arasaka is like a Twilight Zone episode and the ending that I have the least amount of feelings on.

Now for the suicide ending, an ending that's deemed as "The Bad Ending" but I personally don't. I find it more, the beautiful ending. Coming from someone who's has a history with the topic both personally and being around people with their own personal history, the way the devs wrote this ending is absolutely perfect. After watching the camera pan away from V and Johnny sitting together starring out to Night City, you hear a gunshot and the credits start rolling. Now, with every ending you get certain characters that have a response to the kind of ending you chose, so with this particular ending each character displays the exact different type of reaction to a close one committing suicide. Vik feels regret, Judy is demolished, Panam is furious, Kelly goes on a rant about suicide being glorified, and finally Rivers and Misty accept it, with Rivers telling a story of when his cop buddy killing himself and ending the message wishing that V is living a better life. Misty talks a bit is surprisingly relaxed about the entire thing and understands your decision, and then ends off with wishing that hopefully one day you, her, and Jackie can all meet up in the afterlife. It's an ending that genuinely left me emotional and speechless at how beautifully they handled the topic

Overall, Cyberpunk 2077 is an emotional ride of marvelous beauty and easily grew to be one of my favorite games that I have ever had the joy to play. Of course, I had my bugs and glitches but none of them were ever game-breaking, just really funny which having a history with Bethesda games makes these random moments where the game doesn't work properly actually up the enjoyment for me. I wholeheartedly believe that Cyberpunk 2077 deserves a second chance and I hope eventually video game culture will ease the fuck up and come to terms with what happened and decide to pick up this game because I recommend it heavily. Especially on Xbox Series X because that's what I played it on and like I said, didn't really experience anything game-breaking.

FINAL SCORE: 9-9.5/10

oh yeah and the radio stations are filled with BANGERS
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
«That ending!»
«OST on repeat»

Other reviews54

Having played release and now on 1.6 the difference is night and day. This Game really shines now the bugs have been ironed out and the story is a genuine joy to play. If you never played it at release I urge anyone who was interested to give it a go now as this is now the experience we all wished we had at release.
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
I have no idea why everyone rated this game "exceptional" but sure isn't. The story might be "good" but the gameplay is bad, repetitive and boring asf. I wouldn't recommend this game to anyone but of course, this is just my opinion.
«Buggy as hell»
ost and presentation elevate this to way higher than it deserves
«OST on repeat»
Good one.
«That ending!»
I started playing a long time after release and I didn't experience many issues. I saw a car flip into the air for no reason, that was fun. I had to clear out all enemies from an area and one of them was in the group, that was not so fun. Ultimately, I enjoyed running around Night City and meeting some interesting characters. I didn't much like the FPS style combat and didn't feel like my character upgrades were doing much of anything.

Date Completed: 2022-08-21
Playtime: 30h
Enjoyment: 7/10
Recommendation: It's no Witcher but, at this point, I think it's worth a run through.
I was really not expecting to like this game as much as I did. From the first major mission setting up the main storyline I was on board and everything after was just a great ride. There were a lot of great side missions with a good handful of some fun detective work in a few. There are great companion characters that you will grow to love. Judy is one of my favorite game characters now with her awesome story arc and great VO performance. Speaking of VO, female V was incredible. That actor gave an incredible performance and nailed all the emotion she needed to convey in her scenes. Gameplay is fun but nothing special. It's very fun to just dice people up with mantis blades. I know this game had a hell of a rocky start but after the patch I encountered almost no bugs or crashes and just enjoyed the story and the world as I think they intended. I really hope others had as good of a time as I did with it.
«Blew my mind»
«Liked before it became a hit»
Ugly! Useful! Stupid!