Cyberpunk 2077 acquired an enormous 60+ GB replace known as Patch 1.5 earlier this week, and it’s been aptly known as the new-gen replace for CD Projekt Crimson’s newest RPG. Maybe you waited till you had a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Sequence X to play it, understanding full nicely how terribly the sport runs on prior-gen consoles. Possibly you had been hoping to get your fingers on a graphics card from Nvidia’s impossibly uncommon 30XX sequence. It doesn’t matter what scenario you discovered your self in throughout November of 2020, should you’ve waited till a patch like 1.5 to leap into Night time Metropolis for the primary time, we now have you coated. And should you started your journey by means of Cyberpunk 2077 however determined you’d relatively wait till the sport was in higher form, we now have you coated too. Is now the fitting time to play Cyberpunk 2077?
The too-long, didn’t-read reply is straightforward: sure. Now’s, certainly, the time to play Cyberpunk 2077 should you had been searching for a recreation extra aligned with the unique promise of CD Projekt Crimson’s imaginative and prescient. Nevertheless, whereas this patch does repair loads of issues reviewers and gamers alike had with the sport, the core of Cyberpunk 2077 is basically nonetheless intact in Patch 1.5. When you didn’t like Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Silverhand, weren’t enthralled by the bigger narrative, or didn’t benefit from the precise gameplay of Cyberpunk 2077, then this patch is probably going not going to sway your opinion. When you had been searching for some tweaked techniques, akin to a greater police community, extra reactive drivers, and extra real looking NPCs waltzing the streets of Night time Metropolis, then you definitely’re in luck: Patch 1.5 options a lot of the fixes you had been in all probability searching for after which some.
As somebody who put in over 100 hours into the launch model of Cyberpunk 2077, I used to be particularly excited to drive again into an improved Night time Metropolis. I felt intimately conversant in nearly every thing within the recreation in November of 2020, and after enjoying this new-gen replace for a few hours, I’m raring to run by means of the sport’s essential marketing campaign as soon as extra. Not solely has this replace fastened loads of issues that made Night time Metropolis really feel unresponsive – it initially felt extra like table-setting than an actual lived-in place – however it’s vastly enhanced the way in which one truly performs Cyberpunk 2077.
That’s to not say that the gunplay hastily feels totally different or higher (should you didn’t prefer it then, you received’t prefer it now), however AI enemies react higher to participant reactions, and fight is extra fluid. The in-game map is simpler to make use of than ever earlier than. It’s extra organized and fewer cluttered and complicated because of this. The financial system has been reworked to make truly shopping for a automobile make sense, whereas earlier than, they had been priced so absurdly excessive that in my first playthrough, I purchased one automobile I preferred and caught with it the remainder of the sport. Plus, Wilson’s weapon store has gross sales now, which makes decking out my V with new gear extra interesting. You may also buy a number of flats, and you should buy makeovers to vary the whole inside of the place you’re dwelling.
After I performed Cyberpunk 2077 initially, I truly had a fairly good time. I completely felt deceived by the advertising of CD Projekt Crimson, thoughts you – what it launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One was frankly unacceptable – however the precise 100 hours of time I spent in Night time Metropolis are hours I look again fondly on. Certain, Cyberpunk 2077 wasn’t the mindblowing RPG that may outline the style for years to return, however very like the handfuls of different RPGs that launch every year that I play and say “neat” after rolling credit, Cyberpunk 2077 gave me a great time, albeit one which left me wanting a little bit extra.
In some ways, Cyberpunk 2077 didn’t even dwell as much as the usual set by open-world video games that got here years earlier than its launch. Why did driving really feel horrible? Why couldn’t I actually see out of my automobile’s dashboard or over my bike’s entrance? Why did visitors react as if it had been in a 2007 recreation and never a 2020 title? Why did Night time Metropolis really feel so lifeless? Hell, CD Projekt Crimson had already created cities bustling with extra exercise and life in its 2015 recreation, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Why am I left wanting options in Cyberpunk 2077 that ought to be commonplace in an open-world RPG? Alas, I used to be left wanting, however Patch 1.5 brings lots of these options with it.
All of that is to say should you felt that Cyberpunk 2077 was years behind its rivals, this patch could be for you. Cyberpunk 2077 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Sequence X function each a 30 FPS ray-tracing mode with dynamic 4K decision and a 60 FPS efficiency mode with dynamic 4K decision. Each look nice, and the efficiency mode particularly shines. Nonetheless, don’t go in anticipating Night time Metropolis to seem like the one seen in dozens of trailers or gameplay segments from beefy PCs with the very best graphics playing cards – that’s not what that is. However do go in anticipating a whole cyberpunk RPG that performs like different first-person open-world video games you’ve loved earlier than.
Cyberpunk 2077 will probably by no means be what all of us thought it was going to be earlier than launch, however at this second in time, it’s a whole recreation that runs nicely, appears to be like nice, and incorporates a gameplay loop that can preserve you enthralled for the 30 or so hours of marketing campaign awaiting you in Night time Metropolis. It won’t ever be the beautiful recreation some skilled on max-spec PCs should you’re enjoying on a new-gen console, however will probably be a enjoyable and zany romp by means of an RPG that’s now, lastly, almost a yr and a half later, value enjoying.