There are two wolves in Cyberpunk 2077. One is a poorly performing console version that probably should have left the last generation behind. One is a game designed primarily for PC play that got 9s and 10s at launch. CDPR nurtured the PC wolf and it has emerged victorious as the definitive version of the game. Now it’s on sale and as a result it’s tearing up the Steam maps.
Before Black Friday, or sorry, the “Autumn Sale” Steam is running, Cyberpunk 2077 is discounted by 50%. While the game costs $50 on consoles, it was always $60 on PC. But now? It’s 50% off, down to just $30.
As a result, sales have skyrocketed and Cyberpunk 2077 is now the best-selling game on Steam right now, ahead of the just-released Farming Simulator 22 and the also half-off Red Dead Redemption 2.
When I say Cyberpunk 2077 on PC is a different world, I’m not kidding. The game has been received much better there and while the basics haven’t changed (teleporting agents, no real life trails), performanceIn terms of looks, it’s still miles beyond the console on a decent PC and has had further graphical upgrades in recent months for things like reflective surfaces to make it look even better.
The proof is in the reviews, where it wasn’t just critics who gave the game high scores on its release on PC (when they didn’t get console codes from CDPR). Over time, Cyberpunk 2077 reviews have changed to “Most Positive”, while recent reviews are “Very Positive”. Most players just like this version of the game, which also has the added benefit of being supported by a wide variety of mods, and the Cyberpunk 2077 modding community is quite talented.
I maintain that Cyberpunk 2077 would have been remembered very differently if it had only launched on PC and next-gen consoles, and left the horrific problems of the last-gen behind it. The game would still have broken some promises, but it would have been a little less… broken in general. And it clearly would have looked fundamentally better, too.
The console version of Cyberpunk is on sale right now for $10 to $25, which I still wouldn’t buy on PS4 or Xbox One base consoles, and I could wait to play on PS5 and Xbox Series X until the next gen. versions will be released in the first quarter of this year. But the PC version for $30? Yes, absolutely pick that up, and give it a whirl over Thanksgiving holiday here. You may be surprised at what you find. I certainly was when I finally booted the PC version after 50 hours on Series X. It’s a very different experience and clearly where CDPR meant the game was supposed to be played.
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