Video game fans of all ages worldwide are hotly anticipating various video games that are due to be launched in 2021. With this, here is a look at CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, one of the most eagerly awaited video games set to debut on various video game platforms next year.
Cyberpunk 2077 is a 2020 action role-playing video game developed and published by CD Projekt, and just recently, on December 10, 2020, it was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and Xbox One.
This coming 2021, Cyberpunk 2077 will come out for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.
The story takes place in Night City, an open world set in the Cyberpunk universe. Players assume the first-person perspective of a customizable mercenary known as V, who can acquire skills in hacking and machinery with options for melee and ranged combat.
Cyberpunk 2077 was developed using the REDengine 4 by a team of around 500 people, exceeding the number that worked on the studio’s previous game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015).
Furthermore, CD Projekt launched a new division in Wroclaw, Poland, and partnered with Digital Scapes, Nvidia, QLOC, and Jali Research to aid the production.
Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith was a consultant, and actor Keanu Reeves has a starring role. The original score was led by Marcin Przybylowicz, featuring the contributions of several licensed artists.
Cyberpunk 2077 received critical acclaim by critics reviewing the PC version, with praise for its narrative, setting, graphics, and characters, although some gameplay elements and technical issues received criticism at launch.
Developer: CD Projekt Red
Publisher: CD Projekt
Director: Adam Badowski
Producer: Richard Borzymowski
Designers: Konrad Tomaszkiewicz; Michal Dobrowolski; Pawel Sasko
Programmer: Mateusz Poplawski
Artists: Pawel Mielniczuk; Katarzyna Redesiuk; Jakub Knapik
Writers: Marcin Blacha; Jakub Szamalek; Stanislaw Swiecicki
Composers: Marcin Przybylowicz; P. T. Adamczyk; Paul Leonard-Morgan
Engine: REDengine 4
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S
Release: December 10, 2020 (Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia); 2021 (PS5, Xbox Series X/S)
Genre: Action role-playing
Cyberpunk 2077 is played in a first-person perspective as V, a mercenary whose voice, face, hairstyles, body type and modifications, background, and clothing are customizable.
The character classes influence stat categories such as Body, Intelligence, Reflexes, Technical, and Cool that players assume, which are NetRunner (hacking), Techie (machinery), and Solo (combat).
V, who can take cover, aim, run, jump, double jump, and slide, must consult a “ripperdoc” to upgrade and purchase cyberware implants, whereas black markets offer military-grade abilities. A colored tier system shows the rarity of any given equipment.
Melee strikes can be dealt with close-combat weapons. There are three types of ranged weapons, all of which can be customized and modified: Power (standard), Tech (which penetrate walls and enemies), and Smart (with homing bullets).
Ranged weapons are equipped to ricochet bullets in a target’s direction and slow them down in bullet time. Four types of damage can be inflicted and resisted: Physical, Thermal, EMP, and Chemical.
Weapon use increases accuracy and reloading speed, which is manifested in character animations. Gunsmiths repair and upgrade weapons.
The game can be completed without killing anyone, with non-lethal options for weapons and cyberware.
The open-world metropolis Night City, California, consists of six regions: the corporate City Center, immigrant-inhabited Watson, luxurious Westbrook, suburban Heywood, gang-infested Pacifica, and industrial Santo Domingo. Its surrounding area, the Badlands, can also be explored.
V, who owns an apartment and a garage, navigates these locations on foot and in vehicles, subject to either a third- or first-person view.
Pedestrians are vulnerable to vehicular collisions. Depending on the location, law enforcement may be alerted if V commits a crime.
Radio stations are available to listen to, and the full day-night cycle and dynamic weather affect the way non-player characters (NPCs) behave.
Night City features non-English-speaking characters, whose languages can be translated with special implants.
“Braindance” is a device that allows V to undergo other people’s experiences. Branching dialogues enable interaction with NPCs and actions in quests.
Experience points are obtained from main quests and fuel the stats; side quests yield “street cred,” unlocking skills, vendors, places, and additional quests. Quests are acquired from characters known as Fixers.
Throughout the game, V is aided by various companions. Also, consumables, like soft drinks, are used for healing, and objects can be inspected in V’s inventory.
Minigames include hacking, boxing, auto racing, martial arts, and shooting ranges.
Lastly, the player choice leads to different endings.
Thus far, here are few reactions of video game geeks to Cyberpunk 2077: