This is the game I’ve been looking for for a long time. I’ve enjoyed Deus Ex, GTA and Mass Effect games in the past and this seems to draw on elements from all three and intertwine them very nicely.
RPG games make me uneasy because I never grew up on them so I don’t really ‘get’ how to make a good build, and am always wondering whether I’ve approached something wrong. I find this game particularly complex and daunting in that regard but have stuck with it.
I’m aware of the awkward birth it had, but didn’t play it early enough to experience the consequences of that. I’m lucky enough to be playing across both a Series X and S, so am enjoying it as a player in the way that CDPR would want.
I love it.
Futuristic cities are my thing. This one is huge! So sprawling and immersive. So many locked doors lining the streets waiting to be opened later. The stories are engaging, the overall pacing just right, the gunfights tense (I’ve been mostly using some kind of samurai blade though and it’s stupidly effective!). Everything feels nice and real without the game taking itself too seriously.
It has taken me a good while to get my head around the mechanics of scanning, all the perks, augmentations etc and I probably won’t ever get as deep into that as I should. I don’t know yet whether I even have a ‘good’ weapon in my inventory. Crafting has always been a pain in the arse in my eyes, just too ‘bitty’. I haven’t done any but it’s not making me feel like I’m missing out on much. Not yet anyway.
As an aside, I do wonder why, in infiltration contexts in any game of this genre, enemies come out with ‘I know you’re there!’ ‘Come out you pussy!’ ‘Time to die!’ When you’ve just taken out all of their mates and they’re next, but that’s just an annoyance.
Anyway this is truly excellent, I’m really enjoying being a resident of Night City’s mad underbelly and I’ll be here for some time.
Just what I wanted / 10.