Like many non-players, I have experienced Cyberpunk 2077 mostly through news and Twitter posts. And I have to say – this is perhaps the best way to experience it.
I mean, listen – I’ve been hearing about this game for years, because a lot of my colleagues and friends are gamers. Everyone got all the hype! I had to postpone the end-of-year package I was managing projects to adjust it.
But almost immediately after the launch, it was drama: Sony pulled the game out of its store and started offering a refund! Microsoft also offers a refund! As well as Best Buy and Game Stop! Employees of the game producer, CD Projekt Red, are protesting! If your file becomes too large, it will be damaged and useless! Warning for epilepsy! DMCA strikes!
If there are two things I love, it’s drama and chaos, and boyfriend does Cyberpunk 2077 offer both. There is this, too, which I considered a joke, but when I read the responses to the tweet, I realized it was no joke at all.
No one told me that there is a part in Cyberpunk where Keanu Reeves lifts your body to hit a woman in the car with his finger and thus cause a car accident.
– merritt k (@merrittk) December 16, 2020
One of my friends bought it the day it came out and basically went into the bunker to play it for a few days. He called it a “wonderful mess,” but also said it was the weakest part of the fight and “AI is as stupid as a brick.” The other person can’t finish their Johnny side outcome and is very angry about it. Like, not ironically angry: she’s desperate he wants to meet Nancy at the goth club, but the NPC she should be talking to is not there. (Also, as a condition of using her story, she asked me to mention that Judy is her wife.)
Some of the dramas around Cyberpunk are objective not funny at all: overworked programmers and stereotypes about trans people. Our sister site Polygon has gone so far as to post a standard disclaimer on every post about the game just because there is so much goes here.
On the eve of going out Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red confronted journalists about its work practices, especially in relation to “crushing,” a term referring to long overtime hours that lasted weeks or months. Despite previous opposing promises, the company has imposed a mandatory crisis on some employees. Cyberpunk 2077 he also faced criticism for his marketing – in particular, the use of a sexualized trans model in a promotional poster, as well as the flippant tone used in most in-game commercials and social media.
This thing is a fucking fiasco! My main difficulty is that the people who will enjoy this game the most will be people who know and love a large number of players, but are not players themselves. And for us, the best part of the game are the glitches.
We’ve collected some of our favorite bugs in group chat, and now I’m going to share them with you. A fair warning: some of them are not safe to operate.
I have absolutely no way to prove it, but I swear to you that I shot an opponent in Cyberpunk 2077 with a non-lethal round and after hitting the ground, defeated, transformed into this garden set. pic.twitter.com/jjCM9EcJhe
– Katie Tiedrich (@katietiedrich) December 15, 2020
(Note: when I shared the next clip in our group chat, one of my friends replied, lied, “I know the intersection exactly.” Apparently cars always smoke there?
I love this game. Please never fix mistakes. Also, link to your favorite mistakes in the comments.