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HWM Singapore|January 2021
Cyberpunk 2077 (The PS4 Experience)
Tim Augustin

It’s been a long seven years since CD Projekt Red dropped their first cinematic teaser for Cyberpunk 2077: a highly ambitious open-world game set in the farflung future. The teaser ended with a rather bold statement: ‘Coming: when it’s ready’. That sentence has aged like milk on a sunny day.

In many ways, Cyberpunk 2077 still delivers. Night City is a jaw-droppingly beautiful place, and every crevice of this world brings about a renewed sense of spectacle. However, playing Cyberpunk 2077 on current-gen (PS4, Xbox One) consoles is a lot like snapping the leg offa table before standing on it. It’s not going to go well for either you or the table.

AT A GLANCE

DEVELOPER CD Projekt Red

PUBLISHER CD Projekt Red

GENRE Action, Adventure, RPG, Open-world

PLATFORM C, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia

PLAYERS Single

Cyberpunk 2077 puts you in the shoes of V, a mercenary who enters the city from three different places. Whichever life path you choose however, know that they branch towards the same main storyline after the game’s prologue. Each V enters Night City after a brief mission, and never looks back. You’ll have different dialogue options later on depending on whether you’re a Nomad, Street Kid or Corpo - but they never feel consequential, and as such, the entire concept of life paths feel disappointingly hollow.

Character creation is robust enough to let you be exactly the kind of V you want to be. There are a huge amount of options to fiddle with, ranging from hairstyles to genital size (yes, really). Since the game doesn’t include first-person cutscenes, you’ll usually only see V in mirrors or menus, making this whole process feel a little unrewarding. You will also want to choose wisely, as the game has bafflingly provided no way to change V’s physical appearance in any way during the story, even your hairstyle.

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