There are two Wolves inside Cyberpunk 2077. One is an underperforming console version that probably should have left the last generation behind. One is a game designed primarily for PC gaming which scored 9 and 10 at launch. CDPR fed the PC wolf, and it came out victorious as the definitive version of the game. Now it’s on sale and, as a result, is ripping the Steam charts.
For Black Friday, or sorry, the Steam “Fall Sale” is underway, Cyberpunk 2077 has been depreciated by 50%. While the game costs $ 50 on consoles, it has always been $ 60 on PC. But now? That’s 50% off, up to just $ 30.
As a result, sales have skyrocketed and Cyberpunk 2077 is now the best-selling game on Steam right now, compared to the just released Farming Simulator 22 and Red Dead Redemption 2 also half-scaled.
When I say Cyberpunk 2077 on PC is a different world, I’m not kidding. The game was received much better there, and although the fundamentals haven’t changed (teleport cops, no real paths), performance-sage, it’s still miles beyond the console on a decent PC, and has undergone new graphics upgrades to things like reflective surfaces over the past few months to make it even better.
The proof is in the reviews, where it wasn’t just the reviews that were giving the game high scores on PC release (when they didn’t receive console codes through CDPR). Over time, Cyberpunk 2077 reviews have turned “Mostly Positive” with recent reviews being “Very Positive”. Most gamers just love… this version of the game, which also has the added bonus of being supported by a wide range of mods, and the Cyberpunk 2077 modding community is pretty talented.
I maintain that Cyberpunk 2077 would have been remembered quite differently if it had launched on next-gen PCs and consoles only, leaving behind the horrific issues of the last gen. The game would still have broken some promises, but it would have been a little less… broken overall. And clearly would have looked fundamentally better too.
The console version of Cyberpunk is on sale between $ 10 and $ 25 right now, which I still wouldn’t buy on basic PS4 or Xbox One consoles, and I could wait to play on PS5 and Xbox Series X until. to the new generation versions coming out in the first quarter of this year. But the $ 30 PC version? Yeah, absolutely take that back, and take a ride over the Thanksgiving break here. You might be surprised at what you find. I certainly was when I finally booted the PC version after 50 hours on the X series. It’s a very different experience, and clearly where CDPR meant the game had to be played.
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