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Cyberpunk 2077

Platform(s): Google Stadia, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: RPG/Action
Developer: CD Projekt RED Studio
Release Date: Dec. 10, 2020

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1. 'Cyberpunk 2077' (PS4/XOne/PC)

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2020 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

Cyberpunk 2077 is a narrative-driven, open world RPG set in the most vibrant and dangerous metropolis of the future — Night City.

Chris Barnes: It's rare for a game with such a drawn-out hype train to keep my interested for so long, but Cyberpunk's got me by the short hairs. Everything about it is pointing toward awesomeness. A proven developer that's made my favorite RPGs from the last two generations? Amazing music backing up goose-bump-inducing trailers? This game seems to have it all. Keanu Reeves is just the icing on top of an amazing-looking cake.

Chris "Atom" DeAngelus: In a way, Cyberpunk 2077 doesn't even need an introduction. CD Projekt Red's follow-up to the phenomenal Witcher 3, it puts the players into the grim cyberpunky future of America. You'll be able to upgrade your protagonist to do everything from climb walls to race cars. It's a return to more of the fantastic storytelling that made The Witcher so engrossing. Plus it has Keanu Reeves!

Joseph Doyle: I'll admit it: I wasn't the biggest fan of The Witcher 3. I'm not saying it was a bad game, but it wasn't for me. Nonetheless, I'm incredibly excited to see what CD Projekt Red has in store for us in terms of radical aesthetics and fascinating world-building. Cyberpunk 2077 looks like a more fun Deus Ex, aesthetically and narratively. Also, Keanu Reeves. This game looks as breathtaking as Keanu thinks we look.

Tony "OUberLord" Mitera: It's easy to remain excited about Cyberpunk 2077, even after its release date has slipped to later this year.  CD Projekt Red has been working on this game for quite some time and seems to have taken all the momentum it's gained as a studio from the Witcher series and poured it into this new effort.  As much as I enjoyed the Deus Ex series, it seems like Cyberpunk 2077 might end up being even better, between the deeper embrace of cyberpunk and the sheer sprawl of Night City.  Every time I've seen the game, it has looked better and better, and I can only imagine that even after all of its delays, it will end up being worth the wait.


Cody Medellin: The first-person viewpoint is nice, and the look of the future from a pseudo-1980s lens is appealing, but it is CD Projekt Red's pedigree from the Witcher series that is driving the anticipation for Cyberpunk 2077. The promise for a deep experience is there, and with so few questions answered, there's a persistent buzz that isn't tainted from the news of a delay to September. Let's just hope that the game doesn't get delayed any further.

Adam Pavlacka: Coming from the studio behind The Witcher games, Cyberpunk 2077 promises a deep adventure within the universe defined by the cyberpunk tabletop RPG. As a literary genre, cyberpunk has used high technology to provide commentary on current issues by viewing tech not as a savior, but as just another thing to be abused. Deus Ex: Human Revolution gave players a taste of a cyberpunk world. Cyberpunk 2077 promises to upgrade that experience to a full open world. It's daunting and could very easily miss the mark, but if CDPR can get it right, Cyberpunk 2077 may be another genre-defining game that everyone else measures up against.

Andreas Salmen: There was certainly no question about what the most anticipated game of 2020 was going to be. CD Projekt Red has not only proven that it's capable of delivering highly complex storytelling and branching quest designs, but it usually knows what gamers want. If Cyberpunk 2077 manages to deliver in these two areas, we're in for yet another remarkable RPG adventure. At the same time, there are still many unknowns, such as how well the team manages the transition from a third-person fantasy world based on books to a first-person sci-fi setting based on a tabletop game. While I'm optimistic, I'm also aware that the high bar and expectations may take a toll on both the game and its public perception.

Thomas Wilde: Sheer momentum. I'm not sure when I'll get around to Cyberpunk on my own, but it's going to take over the conversation and the hobby for a few weeks to a month or two, and that's valuable. We'll see think pieces, angry editorials, blogs, fan art, cosplays, parody videos — you name it.



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