Cyberpunk 2077 is a blend of action RPG with an open world and a first-person-shooter. It was created by the Polish studio CD Projekt RED, which gained international fame thanks to the bestselling The Witcher series. The game is based on Cyberpunk 2020 - a pen-and-paper system created in 1990 by Mike Pondsmith.
Plot and character creation
Cyberpunk 2077 is taking place in 2077, in a fictional metropolis called Night City located on the northern Californian coast. This is a dystopian retrofuturism straight from the 1980s., where a devastated world is ruled by brutal megacorporations and the streets are a kingdom of gangs and cyberpunks - independent rebels living outside the system. Moreover, thanks to technological progress, people can benefit from special implants and body modifications that increase their psychophysical abilities.
We play the role of V, a rookie mercenary fighting for survival in a brutal reality. One day, fulfilling one of the orders, the hero/heroine comes into possession of a chip hiding the secret of immortality, which is the object of desire of the most influential powers of the cyberpunk world. We create the protagonist from scratch, deciding, among other things, on the gender (interestingly, one can freely combine female and male traits), appearance, or origin of the character (we have three paths of life - nomad, street kid or corpo - which decide, among other things, where we will start the game and offer additional options for completing the missions). In the character creation tool, we also set the initial level of the five basic attributes: body, reflex, technical ability, intelligence and "cool" (this can be translated as "willpower", but in the game statistics also play a role similar to charisma).
One of the most important characters in Cyberpunk 2077 - companion to the protagonist Johny Silverhand - was played by Keanu Reeves, a star known from the Matrix series and John Wick, among others. In addition to him, the voices were lent by Gavin Drei (V male), Cherami Leigh (V female), Lovensky Jean-Baptiste (Placide), Samuel Barnett (SI Delamaina), Michael-Leon Wooley (Dester "Dex" DeShawn) and Jason Hightower (Jackie Welles).
Cyberpunk 2077 is an RPG game in which we observe the action from a first person perspective. The player explores a vast, open world (we can walk or ride cars and motorbikes) and performs various tasks, often of non-linear structure. There is also an interesting Braindance mechanic in the game, which allows to "relive" the memories of other people. This solution is often used in many investigations.
In the course of the game we often have to fight as well - the combat system refers to FPS, although we also have RPG elements (as in the Destiny cycle - e.g. headshots do not necessarily kill enemies immediately, and the amount of damage inflicted is determined by the hero's statistics). We use an arsenal of diverse futuristic weapons (both fire and cold weapons), as well as additional skills and tools (e.g. we can hack safety systems and chips located in the opponents bodies). We also have the option of quietly eliminating enemies and negotiating with NPCs in order to convince them that they are right or to find a compromise.
In return for our activities, we earn two types of points - in addition to standard experience for skills development, there is a street cred . Access to ever better sellers and customers depends on it. In addition, we increase the capabilities of the hero by installing various implants. The development system is classless - we can freely mix specialisations and acquire different skills.
Night City is divided into six districts: City Center (where the headquarters of the mega-corporations are located), Westbrook (inhabited by the rich), Pacifica (controlled by gangs), Heywood (hosting the Latinos), Watson (where immigrants found their new home) and Santo Domingo (supplying the metropolis with energy). We also have the opportunity to explore the desert areas surrounding the city.
Cyberpunk 2077 works on the RED Engine, which has undergone numerous improvements compared to the version that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt uses. The technology allowed the authors to create a detailed world with a 24-hour cycle and high traffic intensity on the streets. Moreover, the PC version supports ray tracing and DLSS 2.0 technologies. It is also worth noting the rich, multi-genre soundtrack, recorded by many famous performers (among others Refused band, which took on the role of the cyberpunk group Samurai).
The core of the gameplay in Cyberpunk 2077 is a story campaign, but CD Projekt RED game will also receive an extended multiplayer mode. It will appear after the game premiere. Sadly, the developers have not yet given any details about this game mode.
PC / Windows
- Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4 GHz / AMD FX-8310 3.4 GHz
- 8 GB RAM
- graphic card 3 GB GeForce GTX 780 / 4 GB Radeon RX 470 or better
- 70 GB HDD
- Windows 7/10 64-bit
- Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz / AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 3.6 GHz
- 12 GB RAM
- graphic card 6 GB GeForce GTX 1060 / 8 GB Radeon RX 590 or better
- 70 GB SSD
- Windows 10 64-bit
- (4K / ray tracing) Intel Core i7-6700 3.4 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz
- 16 GB RAM
- graphic card 10 GB GeForce RTX 3080 or better
- 70 GB SSD
- Windows 10 64-bit