I’ve been pondering this for a few weeks. How will I tackle Cyberpunk 2077? I am one of those gamers who likes to get taken along with the story in single-player games and follow the paths set out before me. On the other hand, I have spent a lot of time in MMORPGs too, and when I tackle those, I love to explore. I am now having to decide what to do when I arrive in Night City and the game is still just under two months away from release.
When I started PureCyberpunk it was the Cyberpunk game world that pulled me in. Cyberpunk 2077 is a breath of fresh air and moves away from the more familiar dwarves and elves of most RPGs. There’s been far too many of those in the past decade. It’s also a single-player game and that’s highly appealing when the market is stacked with online multiplayer shooters. Some of the best games ever made have been single-player and that’s thanks to a solid story not relying on fancy visuals or online modes to carry the game. Cyberpunk 2077 appears to tick all the right boxes and then some.
What to do first in Cyberpunk 2077?
So how will I tackle it? Initially, I was for following the story religiously no matter which Life Path I chose then complete the game. Tackle all three Life Paths first and learn everything I can about the game and the game mechanics. However, since I started working on the Cyberpunk 2077 Interactive Map a couple of months ago, I now have a huge urge to get out into the world. explore, and simply see what happens. I did that during my MMORPG gaming period but often came unstuck when reaching higher level enemies.
We know that at the start of the game there are restrictions on where the player can go which will help push players into the initial parts of each Life Path’s questline. When those shackles are removed is when it’s going to get difficult to decide what to do and where to go. Exploring a game world such as Night City will be challenging, there will be areas that are hard to access due to the enemy levels and there’s also that verticality to think about. How much of Night City will there be to explore inside buildings and how many buildings will really be accessible? These are questions that have not been specifically answered by CD Projekt but could be problematic for those wanting to explore.
A lot of the initial parts of the game will have to be tackled on foot keeping players confined to a smaller area. At the point of being able to hop in and out of vehicles is when the game will open up. The problem is, as soon as you get into a vehicle there are going to be quests and points of interesting pinging up on your HUD. It’s incredibly hard to drive by a marker without hopping out to check it out. If you do, you’ll no doubt be sent down the path of a quest or side quest. I’m not sure my inquisitive side will be able to ignore it.
Then there’s leveling up your skills and perks. If you don’t do very much other than walking or driving around, the pace of leveling will be slow. This of course means some areas will just not be easily explorable. We’ll have a much better idea of how this scales when the game comes out but it’s always going to be niggling in the back of your mind as you walk around Watson at the start of the game.
I’ll admit I am torn on how to tackle the game because the point of PureCyberpunk is to get useful information to people who may be looking for help whether it’s finding a location/NPC or understanding some of the game mechanics. I have no doubt some of you will be working out how long it takes to drive around Night City, how long it takes to walk it, or even trying to work out what percentage of buildings are open to exploration. There will be a lot to cover in the first few weeks after launch.
If there is one thing that CD Projekt has done right with Cyberpunk 2077’s development and launch, it’s the amount of information made accessible to both the press and public. They have kept much of the game under wraps for long periods of time. That’s not easy to do in a world now constantly connected through social media and fans that are more demanding than ever. That makes the game even more intriguing and finally setting foot in Night City should hopefully be an amazing experience. How will I tackle it? I am still not decided and I doubt I’ll actually figure that out until I become V.
So who are you going to tackle the game? What are you going to do first? Lets us know in the comments and the new Cyberpoll below.
How will you approach Cyberpunk 2077 when you start playing?
- As soon as I can, I'll go exploring (81%)
- I am going to stick to the questlines. (11%)
- Not decided (8%)