Out of all the new IPs to come out of E3 2018 a lot of them look exciting, and maybe none more than Cyberpunk 2077. One of the most exciting aspects of the game includes customization. It features so prominently in the game that you can change everything from your look, gender, and even your backstory. But some fans find themselves more disappointed than others. Publisher CD Projekt Red has seen to it that we will experience our custom characters from a first-person perspective.
The Expected VS The Unexpected
Many people expected CD Projekt Red to let us experience Cyberpunk 2077 in a third-person perspective. This would mirror their previous game, The Witcher 3. After all, the game seems to have made customization its main feature. People want to look at the character that they create and imagine the world they see. Many Bethesda RPGs such as Mass Effect and Knights of the Old Republic allow you to create your character and look at them whenever you want.
But unlike certain games that describe themselves as shooters with RPG elements like Borderlands or Bioshock, CD Projekt Red classifies Cyberpunk 2077 as an RPG with shooter elements. From reports of a private press event, the RPG elements play a bigger part of the gameplay than the shooting elements. Certain situations may present themselves where you can bypass violence altogether by building up your reputation on the streets and saying the right things. You do not choose your class at the outset but rather little by little from the decisions you make with V, the main character and your avatar. The visuals on top of the sheer amount of choice in this game has me pumped.
You’re Both Right About Cyberpunk 2077
With how hyped I am for Cyberpunk 2077 I could say that once again the internet whines. But—and it surprises me as much as it surprises you—I can see and even empathize with the pang of perceived loss. My favorite aspects of all the RPGs I love includes making the characters into my own. Sometimes I don’t care what main objective the game wants me to do. I want to play cards or fish or explore the world. If my robot man looks like a mix between James Bond, Thanos and Earthworm Jim, I want to see my creation. I created something cool and I want to enjoy it.
While I empathize with the fans that want to see their V all the time, I also realize that I didn’t work on the game. I do not know what would feel best for the game that has yet to even have an official release date. CD Projekt Red clearly has a plan. That plan looks phenomenally exciting to me. It’s not like this is the first time we’ve had a first-person RPG. Deus Ex has immense customization as an RPG with a first-person perspective. While it may not be ideal, it can be expected that there will be so much more to the game than just how you look.
Dismiss And You’ll Miss Out
If one writes off Cyberpunk 2077, what stops them from writing off any game? People wrote off The Wind Waker because of its cartoonish style, but it ended up becoming one of the best Zelda games to come out in a long time. The problem lies in the fact that with The Wind Waker, fan outcry dealt in its look, not in gameplay. In that case, we have Breath of the Wild, which changed up the gameplay. And again, turned out to be one of the best games in the series.
The bottom line remains that Cyberpunk 2077 looks extremely exciting to me. Playing in first person will still offer plenty of customizable options. And games like Deus Ex already pave the way for customizable game experiences in a first-person view. It proves that the format works. But most importantly, one should never write off a game until they’ve played it.
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