Bringing the curtains down on months of wait and multiple delays, the much-awaited title by Polish game developer CD Projekt Red, ‘Cyberpunk 2077’, has finally been released. However, despite the wait, minor glitches on the launch day were a disappointment.
The game is available on PS5, PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, Stadia, and PC, with Nintendo Switch being the only exception.
CD Projekt Red, one of the leading creators for role-playing games, had announced ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ back in 2012 but its first look came only in 2019 when the game was put on display in Cologne, Germany. The exhibition followed an expected launch date of April 2020, the first in a series of multiple delays. From April, the game’s launch was first postponed to September, and then to November 19. Delayed again, the game finally became available 21 days later, on December 10.
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The multiple delays raised speculations and questions from enthusiastic fans over the reason behind the postponements. Trying to convince its fans at the top of their patience, CD Projekt Red justified the wait citing the complexity of the game their developers are working with. It had said the developers were working on some problems related to the simultaneous launch of the game on multiple platforms.
However, considering the delay-drama, the question that now remains to be answered is whether Cyberpunk 2077 worth the wait.
There can hardly be a straight answer to this since the trailers of the game were really promising. But then the delays hit.
There is also this weird situation over how the Day 0 patch for the game is bigger than its actual size. While the game is 57 GB for PC, the patch is 60 GB. A game patch refers to a set of changes designed to update, fix, or improve the game.
The expectations that the game had to live up to were massive, especially since the last game CD Projekt Red released, ‘Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’, was rated the game of the year as well as the best role-playing game by Warner Bros. back in 2015. In fact, I believe despite being a game from way back in 2015, it still offers one of the best gaming experiences.
Having spent a whole day playing the Cyberpunk 2077 since its launch, the only real answer I have is that it is in a league of its own. The game took me straight into the life of V (main character) and the world created for this game might just be my favourite world. The player is given a choice of setting up its background and can choose how to proceed through the story. The game’s storyline depends on the decisions taken by the player through the end.
The game allowed me to build up my character and so far, I have found the combat system flexible, allowing me the option of running around in a world full of guns with just a sword, and satiating the love for the hack and slash genre of games.
It has been a positive experience despite the dissatisfaction and frustration of having to wait for so long before I could play.
The only major disappointment is that despite the massive 60 GB patch on Day 0, the game still has minor glitches and bugs. In one case, a tablet that I had to scan to complete a mission was missing. Ironically, the very same mission had glitches for me on multiple fronts and did not register my completion of a secondary objective.
But these glitches and bugs don’t take away much from the experience as a simple reset to the latest save point fixes the problems. However, resolving these issues would result in life improvement for the players. The game developers are expected to fix the glitches soon.