Ever since its reveal back in 2012, there was an insurmountable hype preceding Cyberpunk 2077’s release. Hype can be a misleading factor, especially in the case of a game like this one. CD Projekt RED, the developers of this game, are coming off what is likely one of the best games of the last generation, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and it’s easy to give in to the hype and have unrealistic expectations about what they’ve got cooking up next. Fortunately, as with every AAA release, I managed to keep my expectations in check, and in the case of Cyberpunk 2077 it was no different. Once I booted up the game on my PC, it took me a while before I settled into the hustle and bustle of Night City, but when I did, I was taken aback by the game’s world, the in-depth gameplay mechanics, and the engaging story. During the last few days that I have spent with this game, I have been hooked into it and I really couldn’t let go.
CDPR have an impeccable pedigree in sewing rich narratives and I am very glad to report that this is clearly the case in Cyberpunk 2077. Without entering into spoiler territory, the game offers you three Lifepaths to choose from- Corporate, Nomad, and Street Kid. All the lifepaths start off differently, but they all eventually lead to the same critical path- though the ending can, of course, change depending on the choices you make throughout your journey. I selected Nomad, and my V started out his journey on the outskirts of Night City, with dreams of making it big through gigs and engaging in heists. Unfortunately, V’s dreams fall flat and he is stuck in an ugly situation of corporate greed, money, and power, and of course, the immortality chip. CDPR had perfected the choice and consequence gameplay mechanic in The Witcher 3, and Cyberpunk 2077 manages to use those strengths to great effect as well. In several mainline missions, heck, even in some side missions, there can be multiple different outcomes based on what kind of skills you have or what kind of conversations you had with characters, and from there the story can branch out into different possibilities.
Minimum system requirements for Cyberpunk 2077:
- OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 10
- DirectX Version: DirectX 12
- Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K or AMD FX-8310
- Memory: 8 GB
- Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 3 GB or AMD Radeon RX 470
- Storage: HDD (70 GB, SSD recommended)