Last Thursday I got my last Christmas gift of the season: a new graphics card! OK, it’s not the most powerful or latest model or anything, but putting a 1080 Ti into my machine was a big step up from the GTX 950 I had in there. That’s Syp: Cutting edge for three years ago!
Hey, at least it’ll allow me to run some of these modern games that I hadn’t been able to, such as Cyberpunk 2077. That’s been sitting in my folder since I got it from Epic with a $10 off coupon. I wasn’t in a huge rush to play it, but still, I want to get through some of these big CRPGs this year that I have in my library, so I didn’t want to wait forever either.
And I definitely am intrigued to see what such a game looks like in a cyberpunk setting. It’s not an over-mined genre, but I’ve always liked it for the gritty and techno-happy look at the future.
I took my time getting into the game, spending an hour on character creation. It’s a little disconcerting that my character spent that entire time completely nude — is it too much to ask for a bathrobe on the character creation screen? It’s chilly in there!
So that’s my V up there: A little bit punkish, but I didn’t feel like going overboard with the tatts and piercings. I thought it was a little difficult making a decent-looking character — not Fallout-hard, but it wasn’t easy. I decided to put her background in the corporate world because that sounded the most interesting to me. Ideally, I’m going to play her as nice and altruistic as possible to see if I can push back against an oppressive setting.
It’s nice that you get a small apartment, because I’m going to need a safe haven to retreat from all of this urban density. For someone who wants to see everything and poke around everywhere, this might take a while… but for now, I’ll just follow some of the quests and see where they take me.
I’ve learned early on that Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t a game where you can really talk or navigate your way out of a bulk of combat. This is very much an action combat game with lots of set pieces, so I’m going to have to find some setup that works well for me. It probably will involve a shotgun.
I’d laugh at them, but I’m playing just as much a tourist as I gawk at everything and take unscheduled detours from the missions. I’m also gawking at all of the weird glitches, most notably far-off fauna that pop through everything else. It’s like I’m being haunted by the ghosts of palm trees.
So I’m really not sure on the combat and core systems yet, but I do like the world — and in a CRPG, that’s 70% the way to wanting to stick around and marinate in the atmosphere.