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Cyber Punked: A Review of ‘Cyberpunk 2077’

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A column header designed for night Light by Jamie Miller, a culmination of reviews and opinions from a night owl (Abby Haywood/The Collegiate).

By Jamie Miller

Greetings Nightlighters, it is I “the cheery, I-don’t-care-if-you-stare cyber warrior” Jamie Miller here with yet another issue of Night Light. Now, Nightlighters, as you may or may not know, I like video games. From “Halo Reach” to the old “Smackdown vs Raw ” series, I do love me a good video game – especially with character customization. So you can imagine I was incredibly pumped for the release of “Cyberpunk 2077.”  

The new game published and developed by CD Projekt seemed to be the best of three worlds. Combining shooter games such as “Call of Duty,” crime games such as “Saints Row 2” or “Grand Theft Auto,” and character customization heavy games such as the aforementioned “Saints Row” or “SmackDown Vs Raw.” So, when I learned “Cyberpunk 2077” was all of these things combined my curiosity was more than a little peaked. When I learned Keanu Reeves voiced a major character, I was ecstatic. Well, I got the game for Christmas and the results were… mixed.

“Cyberpunk 2077,” which ranges in price from about $70 to several hundred dollars for a collector’s edition, was released on Dec. 10, 2020, after numerous delays and pushbacks. The game is based on a series of role-playing games taking place in the future world of Night City. The city has been ruined by numerous world wars and pure capitalism gone wrong. Corporations run everything and monetize all services, even emergency ones such as ambulances and police. Those with money can live like kings while those less fortunate fight for scraps. Gang warfare and prostitution run rampant. Seeing someone gunned down in the street is just another day. In this world it’s survival of the fittest, hunt or be hunted… kill or be killed. 

In this world, you control the character of V, a mercenary whose appearance, origin, and even gender you choose. Not to mention you can edit their… anatomy by making it bigger, smaller, or even put female anatomy on a male and vice versa – thus earning the game its M rating. You can also make a character without nipples for reasons I will never quite understand. The game in addition to its narrative also has many side missions. You can also augment V with a multitude of different cybernetics, like enhanced legs that let you jump from rooftop to rooftop with ease. 

There is a multitude of available weapons, from katanas and giant hammers to shotguns and pistols, and let me tell you these weapons do real damage. Such as, if you hit an enemy in the head with the hammer you may find part of their skull missing when they hit the ground, or if you attack with a katana you might remove their head altogether. 

However, the game has a myriad of problems as well. It glitches… a lot. To put it in perspective, I played the game for nearly 24 hours on Monday and had it glitch around 13 times. The game would just freeze, causing me to utter all of my favorite four-letter words. 

The game’s difficulty also tends to change at strange times. I’ve had it where one second I was able to take down 13 enemies using only a knife, and the next three guys with average rifles were smoking me and shrugging off multiple point-blank shots with a shotgun. At one point I literally fell through the map… then it froze again! I also experienced the game freeze in the middle of a shootout where you can’t save, so that was fun.

All in all the game wasn’t bad. I mean, if you’re going in expecting “Skyrim” levels of gameplay you’ll likely be disappointed. But if you, like me, just enjoy exploring, playing for fun, and getting into epic shootouts with criminals, then you may like this. I give it six and a half torches out of ten. I recommend waiting for the price to go down, and after glitches are ironed out.