Well, last week there was the Night City: Wire, a promo event for CD Projekt Red’s latest game, Cyberpunk 2077. When I first heard about it, part of me was desperately hoping that it would be like the State of Play demo for Ghost of Tsushima. That the studio would take us into the game and show us an in-depth look at it. Except…it wasn’t. It wasn’t that at all. Instead, it was a new trailer and a chick talking to some people with brief glimpses of gameplay interspliced in it. The whole thing was scripted as fuck, and to be honest I was feeling really let down.
Especially since it was also revealed that a TON of gaming news outlets got a review copy of the game! Or at least of the prologue. So they are already giving out candy to reviewers, and no demos for us. This right after another fucking delay in the game’s release that I am DEAD CERTAIN (and no one can convince me otherwise) was to be able to market this game onto new consoles. The whole “delaying to get it right” thing is bullshit. This was a marketing decision. One that I am not at all happy with, but now it’s done and there’s naught to be done about it. Maybe it’s for the best, all things considered. After all, I’m pursuing my medical education, and my semester would be fucked if this game came out in September. Doesn’t mean I like it.
Anyway, the Night City: Wire event happened and a new trailer dropped. Let’s take a look at it.
Easily the most frustrating thing about CDPR and this game in-particular is that they can delay a game for a reason that I am certain beyond any shadow of a doubt is bullshit, make the wait that much longer all for greed, and it does not a thing to slow down my utter need to have this game and be playing it. It genuinely pisses me off how a company can do this. Having finally gotten all the way through The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, especially the Blood and Wine DLC (which is almost better than the base game), this company can create a gripping narrative and write engaging characters in a way that I haven’t seen in so long.
It takes me back, to the old days of Bioware, or Naughty Dog before Neil Druckmann fell in love with himself and his writing ability. For those who don’t know, the games that I love most, especially these days, are the ones who get me invested in the characters. For a very long time, I’ve not made a secret about my debilitating depression and how hard it has been for me. Winters are awful where I am, hence why I am looking to finish my medical education and get out of here. To move to place without the ugly winters and to have a career that is more than me just paying the bills to get by. So games with characters that I can latch onto and who feel like people I would like to get to know are the ones that stick with me the most. Gameplay is great, don’t get me wrong, but if the characters are boring, then it doesn’t matter how interesting the gameplay is or how fascinating the lore is. Sure, all the stuff about witchers and their universe is fascinating, but getting to meet Regis the vampire and hear his incredibly-written dialogue is what sets the game apart, for me. Or play through the hilarious and poignant wedding mission in the Hearts of Stone DLC. You only have a little time to get to know Vlodimir Von Everec, but he leaves a mark.
Depression is hard. Most people will never really get how hard it is. Waking up each day feeling empty inside, like there’s nothing in there and you don’t even get why you bother. It’s exceptionally difficult. Fiction, and especially gaming of late (because Hollywood is so utterly out of creative energy now), has been such a wonderful escape from a mental condition that, if it wasn’t for this hobby and the dedication of the people who stick by me even when I am at my most gloom and doom, I don’t know if I would be here right now.
Man, that was a dour digression, wasn’t it? The point is – when I see the trailer above, and how cool it is, hearing Jackie talk about Night City and what a captivating place it is, I am with him! That looks awesome! Everything I’m hearing from the lucky shit game review places that got to play the prologue has me desperately wishing that time could be spend up. Where’s Gaunter O’Dimm when you need him?! The visuals are amazing, and they seem to be marketing on the violent side of this game, but whatever. I know that there is the stealthy and clever side, and that’s how I mean to play. I want to be a tactical player who assesses a place before making a move and silently dispatching my foes with my cyberpunk katana.
This game looks amazing. That much is clear. So while CDPR may have delayed it for bullshit reasons, at least I can see that what is coming in the final title is going to be crazy and ambitious and almost certainly unlike anything I’ve seen before. I cannot wait.
Give me this fucking game! out of 10