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After being awoken from media hibernation at E3, at last it was time for Europe to get a detailed look at Cyberpunk 2077. This 2018 demo was full of cyber enhancements, hacking and off-course action. Waiting a whole day for our tickets to get in the booth was well worth the wait; listen up!

Although it wasn’t announced yet, because the Witcher series is distributed by Warner in the US but Bandai/ Namco in the EU, I asked a friend over there if there were any slots left at GamesCom to see the briefing. Luckily we got in and Cyberpunk 2077 was awesome! The booth, the CDPR staff and the hands-off demo; we were in awe. E3 already showed us a great open world, with a CDPR adapted story of the acclaimed Mike Pondsmith’s Cyberpunk 2013, but also the gameplay details were plenty. All of it combined will be a game of the year in the making, mark my words!

RPG first and foremost

You will experience the Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay from start to finish in first person perspective, killing a lot of enemies. You may experience everything through the eyes of V, although that is not the biggest focus. Cyberpunk 2077 will be a role-playing game in heart and soul and that is something that became clear during the demo.

From dialogue options to small details that prepare you for later missions, it’s all in there. For example, you have the option to spend a little money on a vending machine to score a drink that refills your life bar. To do so you don’t have to go to a special menu in Cyberpunk, because it happens seamlessly with an animation that allows you to stay connected to the enormous living world.

It’s also noticeable by the clothing that it’s an RPG and although you don’t notice it every second the clothes do have a function. The clothing that you wear gives you in addition to the usual protection and a cool look, a few extras. It gives you “street credit,” which you can also earn through completing side missions to unlock new stores.

Gritty Matrix open world

Shooting is a standard mechanism when talking about FPS games and here too Cyberpunk wants to distinguish itself. Before the bullets whistle past you, you can first make good preparations for what exactly you will encounter. Getting a tactical overview of the situation or looking for a peaceful solution can work to your advantage. If it all still ends up being a mess, you can start unloading your warehouses. Nevertheless you can still get an advantage over your opponents by using a “combat drug” that you can take in the form of an inhaler. This allows you to virtually stop time and then release a bullet shower on your enemies Max Payne style, before time goes on and you see the enemies fall to the ground.

The people of Night City will not be surprised by any number of corpses, because they are used to it. Not only does the city have criminals, there is also a large black market where, for example, organs are for sale. Or you visit a “Ripperdoc” to upgrade your body with new mechanical parts to gain an advantage in your missions. This cyber-neon-noire vibe is also clearly visible in the art style, which sells the future setting in addition to being ultra-realistic. The bright neon colors remind you of Blade Runner and with an accent on the red and blue, the colors come out very well. So much so that it is reflected in the subtitles of the game because they are also colored red and blue. Everything to make you believe that you are really in a living world.

Difficult choices

The last important Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay feature comes in the form of making choices, because both tangible actions and shooting someone, as words can change your playing session. Just like in The Witcher 3, it is possible to make a choice as to how you will tackle a mission, which in turn can lead to new missions, friends and enemies. You can, for example, use dialogues to choose whether you want to start a negotiation or rather conjure up the weapons. Both options have advantages and disadvantages and by negotiating you might get a new mission that you would otherwise have missed. As a result, a new, natural story seems to emerge again and again, in which you actually get the feeling that you are experiencing V’s daily life.

Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay makes quite an impression. If one thing is certain based on the Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay that we have seen, the game has as many ambitions as The Witcher 3. What is certain is that the Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay got us craving for more.

Cyberpunk 2077 does not currently have a release date yet and is planned to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Check out the official CD Projekt Red website.

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Jorge Wolters Gregório

Gamer dad who loves the classics, indies, racers and the occasional shooter. Have been in the industry for almost two decades now and am as enthusiastic as ever! #4theplayers

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