Next-gen game: Old-Gen Hardware; Cyberpunk 2077
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage
December 2020 brought what many once thought could have been a glimmer of good news amidst all the troubles we had faced through the year. After close to ten years-worth of waiting, Cyberpunk 2077 was finally released. Unfortunately, what ensued was something that I’m sure neither the consumer, nor the developers wanted to see happen.
CD Projekt Red had been developing this game ever since its announcement in 2012. During the time, the game was titled only Cyberpunk. It promised to bring the popular table-top role-playing game that everyone fell in love with into a virtual world where players were given the ability to live and interact however they pleased.
Needless to say, to be able to make such a claim turn into reality is not as easy as it looks. Programmers and game developers will agree that allowing players such freedom, means that CD Projekt Red had to anticipate the multiple ways a player could possibly react to a situation and create that in the game for such freedom to be given, undoubtedly a complicated and arduous task that well deserves the almost decade-long wait.
However, not only did the developers create this vast, open world, they also made it to be one of the most graphically impressive video games released so far. Developers went to meticulous levels of detail when it came to animations, graphical fidelity, and even ray-tracing, which simulates the effect of light bouncing off surfaces.
Unfortunately, CD Projekt Red couldn’t keep up to the promise they made in 2012 when they said, “Coming: When It’s Ready”. What fans were greeted with after paying the 60 US Dollar price tag needed some ‘touching up’ to say the least.
Last-gen console players suffered the worst, with serious amounts of bugs that made the game almost unplayable. In the end, Sony even decided to remove the game from their PlayStation Store close to a week after its release. CD Projekt Red even had to deal with a massive amount of refunds to placate the complaints of unsatisfied gamers.
Needless to say, the question that’s on everyone’s mind right now is ‘who is to blame?’ Rather, that’s what seems to be on everyone’s mind when scrolling through internet comments. Another question that seems to be asked a lot is if it really is worth buying Cyberpunk 2077 now.
Who is to blame?
Cyberpunk 2077 is an extremely complex and graphically intensive game. After seeing the play throughs online, it seems to be a no-brainer that CD Projekt Red put their heart and soul into building this game (even if it was rather unfinished at the release). However, who could blame them for rushing things? Fans have been getting impatient and the pressure was getting too much to handle. No doubt the team rushed to finish whatever they could, going through weeks of sleepless nights to get the job done in time.
To say that the developers are solely to blame would be a disservice to the work they have done. Blaming the corporates is tough too. Pressure had been mounting on their side to give a finished product as well. I believe that while CD Projekt Red does not deserve praise for releasing an unfinished product, the hate they have been getting is definitely unjustified.
Should you buy Cyberpunk 2077?
Now, this is the real golden question.
With all that’s going on, it seems the best advice is to hold on to your money, for now.
Because there will undoubtedly be a bunch of updates coming soon in the future to fix many of the issues that are prevalent in the game at the moment, playing the waiting game first might give you the best value for your money, and a Cyberpunk 2077 with all the bugs smoothened out.
While you wait, my recommendation is to upgrade your PC however you can, especially in the graphics and RAM. This is a game that is best enjoyed with RTX graphics installed. If that’s a price tag too steep for you (as it is for me), then look to find the best graphics card you can get your hands on. That’s all if your PC has an up-to-date processor that can take advantage of the RAM and graphics card of course.
If you own a laptop, especially one on the lower end, then, it would be better off waiting a little longer to upgrade your machine. Technically, you can run the game with lower-end specs, but the tradeoff of losing the gorgeous visual experience of traversing through night city as the developers envisioned it to be, is not worth it in my opinion.
Console owners, of course, will have to wait for the next generation consoles to hit the stores before considering buying the game.
As everyone knows, Sri Lanka doesn’t always get the hardware needed to stay up to date with the latest and greatest games. To be able to do that comes with a premium price tag that most of us really can’t afford. With Cyberpunk 2077 being the next-gen game that it is, running it on older hardware would only hinder your experience. Better off waiting until that premium price tag wears off a bit before going in for the purchase.