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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 reviews46

«Blew my mind»
«Liked before it became a hit»
Ugly! Useful! Stupid!
It just didn't come together right. It's not that the game is low quality, but there is no real spirit that would make this game exceptional.
«Buggy as hell»
alright i know what im supposed to say about this game and what i actually feel about it are 2 different things so im just gonna tell you what i actually feel about the game but it must stay between me and you. I shit myself not once, not twice, not even three times. I played and shit myself 4 times in this game and each time i felt like a new character in a fresh new anime. Thats until you pass the intro for each lifepath of course but the gameplay is fun each time. 9/10, not a masterpiece but my god it is fun
I know how everyone suffered but I finished this game without bugs and I loved this game. It has a lot of problem, a lot of expected features missing but still it made me play it. This game is most immersive game I've ever played and probably it will stay like this. Night City is best looking city in a video game world, I wish that it felt more alive too. Even driving a car in that city is an experience you should taste. Most underrated part is writing of this game. Main story is not original but side quests and characters are amazing. I believe everyone should play this game, at least when it is playable to everyone. 
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
It's ok
«OST on repeat»
Cyberpunk 2077 portrays a hyper-capitalist future where megacorporations have beyond the capacity of governments to control them, creating a dystopian world. Everything is for sale; nothing is protected. Dedication to this environment is what makes Cyberpunk a wonderful success story.
«That ending!»
«Can’t stop playing»
Buggy as hell, not even close to what it was supposed to be, unforgettable experience, loved (almost) every minute.