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Every now and then, a game emerges with such grand ambitions that it becomes a captivating journey. Enter Night City, a metropolis teetering on the edge of danger, consumed by an insatiable appetite for power, allure, and a relentless pursuit of body modifications. This sprawling urban landscape becomes the stage for Cyberpunk 2077, an open-world action-adventure RPG from CD PROJEKT RED, where we, at Player Opinion, delved into the heart of this gripping narrative.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Game Review

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Gameplay Experience: 19/25

Cyberpunk 2077 beckons players to explore the sprawling metropolis of Night City, offering engaging gameplay, dynamic dialogue, and intense combat. Yet, the city’s vast size serves as a developmental lesson. While areas like Watson and Phantom Liberty’s (a 2023 DLC) Dogtown thrive, later zones feel somewhat soulless, a great example of  ‘where less is sometimes more.’ Overall, our experience proved to be engaging and intuitive. Cyberpunk 2077 features fluid snappy controls and finely-tuned gameplay. However, one small whinge, we found decision outcomes to lack significant impact. There are minimal consequences for V’s actions—wanton violence in Night City bears little repercussion, albeit slightly more with Phantom Liberty. Nevertheless, Cyberpunk 2077 remains undeniably fun; we found ourselves happily lost exploring Night City for hours on end.

Presentation & Immersion: 23/25

CD PROJEKT RED has excelled in crafting a bleak, filthy, and corrupt feeling dystopian future in Cyberpunk 2077. The game offers an incredibly immersive and visually stunning experience. The environmental aesthetics are nothing short of incredible, especially when played at maximum settings, perhaps even rivaling some of the latest game releases today. The sounds are exceptionally satisfying, particularly enhanced with the inclusion of the Phantom Liberty DLC. The main story is intricately detailed, and all quests are fully voice-acted. In terms of overall presentation, Cyberpunk 2077 hits the mark, from the unobtrusive HUD that seamlessly blends with the city’s colors to the rich writing style. The voices of Johnny Silverhand (Keanu Reeves) and Solomon Reed (Idris Elba) give Cyberpunk 2077 an almost movie-like feel.

Design & Technical: 20/25

On its initial release, Cyberpunk 2077 faced issues with bugs and undelivered promises. CDPR has since spent the last three years diligently fixing these problems and regaining the trust of their fanbase. It’s been a challenging journey, but we believe forgiveness is warranted. With the release of Phantom Liberty, we can see the effort they put in to improve the game and make it something truly special. Technical issues that once plagued the game are gone. We experienced nothing game-breaking in our playthrough. Even from the start, Cyberpunk 2077 offered impressive content and decent game settings, but now it just feels better? The game mechanics feel much smoother. The AI… well, that seems the same to us, but that’s okay, you can’t have it all.

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Final Considerations: 21/25

As we wrap up our playthrough of Cyberpunk 2077, we’ve concluded that owning Phantom Liberty is optional but highly advised. This DLC makes the game feel complete and likely closer to the intended vision of the CD PROJEKT RED development team. However, the caveat is that, despite not being technically a microtransaction, the reliance on a separate DLC for a sense of completeness raises concerns and detracts from the overall experience. Nevertheless, Cyberpunk 2077 stands strong as an engaging game, providing immense satisfaction as chaos unfolds in Night City. The addition of Phantom Liberty makes it a compelling revisit, securing our recommendation at Player Opinion. This game proves to be a valuable investment, delivering both in terms of the money spent and the time immersed in its captivating world.

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