Games Inbox: Why Cyberpunk 2077 cost me £135
The Monday Inbox discusses the benefits of Link as a silent protagonist, as one reader admits to being a control inverter.
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Cyberpunk killed my PC
At 11pm on the 9th of December I had finally made my choice. I was going to download Cyberpunk 2077 on my PC and play as a street kid. I have a mid-range PC and the game ran OK on high settings until it came to running or driving, so I put it on medium and was happy enough. Went out for half an hour to buy supplies. Came back home and my PC wouldn’t turn on. Couldn’t smell burning or see anything out of place so came to the conclusion that Cyberpunk destroyed my PC.
Steam wouldn’t give me a refund as I’d played for three hours (one hour of which I was just looking at menus) so that’s £50 down. I can’t fix the PC despite my poking and prodding (no idea what I’m doing). Very disgruntled and frustrated that my video game holiday I had booked off work was being ruined I went and bought the PlayStation 4 version for another £50. Sent the PC to a repair shop and got a call today that the fix only cost £35 – the memory had become unseated? How that happens I have no idea.
My girlfriend is now enjoying my Steam version of Cyberpunk on her gaming laptop (she offered its services but I was scared that it would also break down). If you have the graphical capability, like her laptop does, the game looks fantastic. I have gotten used to the PlayStation 4 version and deffo prefer driving with a controller but the graphics are naff compared to the gaming laptop. Although I’ve come to accept them as I immerse myself in to the glitchy, grainy, and blurry world of Cyberpunk on PS4.
I was looking forward to an evening of Cyberpunk 2077 but struggled to get past the character creation page due to the game constantly crashing. Eventually managed to get past it and the game is a bug-ridden mess on PC.
Screen tearing on my G-sync compatible monitor and constant crashing every few weeks. These seems to be common issues. How did CD Projekt Red believe it was possible to release a game this unfinished? I think I will leave it for a few weeks before trying again to see if game updates help.
On a brighter note, I am loving my Oculus Quest 2 and VR gaming is a revelation. I hope GC and all its readers have a fantastic Christmas.
SuperDom (Steam ID)/Superiordom (Oculus ID)
Money on the table
Having spent about six hours with the PS4 Pro version of Cyberpunk 2077 I’ve decided to put the game away until the PlayStation 5 patch is available. The bugs, performance issues, and general poor visual quality on PS4 Pro is pretty ruinous to the experience and enjoyment of the game.
CD Projekt Red said the game was nearly new gen only and to be honest that’s what they should have done. But clearly they couldn’t turn away the Xbox One/PlayStation 4 money.
That would of been fine if the base consoles and Pro versions were in a lot better state, but they’re terrible. Coupled with withholding base console footage and careful snippets of mid-gen footage it is pretty scandalous and CD Projekt Red have a lot to answer for.
I was of the mindset that all the warning signs were there before launch, that the console version wouldn’t match all the pre-release footage so you took your chance. But the build that has been released on console is not a mere scaled back version of a high-end PC build. The console version is broken, not fit for purpose and even with the warning signs you have the right to have expected a much better game than what has been released.
The PC version is like a different game from consoles, though the PC still has its fair share of problems. I’m confident the PlayStation 5/Xbox Series X version will be vastly improved. But what a mess the console release is and it should join the likes of No Man’s Sky and Watch Dogs for most disappointing console releases.
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I stumbled across this article that dares to touch upon one of the most divisive issues in gaming, to invert or not invert the Y camera axis. I’m a hardcore ‘verter and it sums up my feelings of why perfectly.
Namely that if a joystick was to be placed on top of, or on the back of, the playable character’s head you would push up to force the head and therefore the view downwards and vice versa. Or, as the article puts it I’m acting ‘on’ the character whereas non-inverters are acting ‘as’ the character.
I know that officially Stadia is meant to be a laughing stock and all, but they have a pretty incredible deal at the moment, that I can’t believe they haven’t made more of. If you buy Cyberpunk 2077 for a perfectly reasonable £50 you get a free Stadia Premier Edition including controller and Chromecast so you can play on your TV! Given how badly Cyberpunk runs on consoles that’s got to be worth a punt surely?
If you sign up to a free month of Stadia Pro you get £10 off your first game… and currently you get Stadia Premiere Edition free with Cyberpunk as well (a controller plus a Chromecast Ultra). That’s a lot for just £40. A friend who has done this says he’s streaming it at 4K and it’s silky smooth. Might be the best way to play if you haven’t got a gaming PC or one of the next gen machines.
RE: Hot Topic. I wasn’t planning on writing in – most of the games I play don’t have protagonists I can really talk about. However, when playing the Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity demo I realised I liked Link a lot, mainly because he doesn’t talk. This stands out when all the voices I heard were pretty terrible (or is that just me?).
Of course, it isn’t just because other characters had awful voices (seriously, setting it to Spanish was balm for my ears), but I like silent protagonists in general. They let me project onto them instead of being bounded by predetermined rules. This doesn’t mean I’m a huge fan of character creators though – I find it hard to feel linked to someone with no set personality, while I can’t role-play as them as the worlds they partake in are so different from our own (games like The Sims and Animal Crossing are exceptions).
In contrast, a silent protagonist lets them handle the otherworldly part, whereas I can still ‘jump in’ and feel a part of them if the activity is more grounded, such as talking to another character.
But what I particularly like about Link is that he (at least in Zelda: Breath Of The Wild) seems to radiate contentment. I like playing as someone who gives off a positive energy (without throwing it in my face with incessant talking), so this doesn’t just include Link but also other protagonists like Mario, the wolf in Ōkami, and characters that just don’t talk very much.
While I won’t comment on the reader claiming Zelda: Breath Of The World is overrated. This is a very subjective matter and everyone has an opinion which they are entitled to. What I find objectionable is the logic behind questioning releasing Wii U games. If those said games haven’t been played by a big enough demographic then it makes sense to rerelease them. It is up to the individual consumer to decide if it’s worth paying for an old game.
Those gamers who are buying the game again aren’t being forced into buying again at knifepoint. The only thing that is an issue in re-releasing a game, as it takes away valuable resources from new games.
PS: The comments section on your site is horrendous, if I try and expand the comments sections or scroll through them then I am sent back to the first comment. I tried Safari, Firefox, and Chrome on iOS. Chrome and Opera on Android.
GC: There seem to be some problems at the moment, we’re trying to get it seen to.
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The problem with this article, about buying a PS4 Pro instead of a PlayStation 5, is it seems to be woefully ignorant of the reality that whilst we will have a cross generation period, wherein some games will be aimed at both PlayStation 4 and 5, you only have to look at the release of Cyberpunk 2077 to see that won’t last forever and the playing Cyberpunk on a PlayStation 4 and even a Pro, will not be a great experience (resolution averages 1080p but can go lower and still can’t maintain 30fps).
This game has brought PlayStation 4 into the late PlayStation 3 era, where games were low resolution and frame rates tanked because the old generation GPU and CPU are simply not able to cope with what’s being thrown at it, despite being scaled down drastically.
We had a similar cross over period coming into PlayStation 4/Xbox One era, but the gulf this time between the two generations, primarily in terms of CPU hardware, is huge.
The Pro will be fine for back catalogue and some less demanding games, but it’s not going to be much use soon for newer AAA games.
The PlayStation 5 allows you to play games at least as well as the Pro from the back catalogue, and potentially with improved frame rates and resolution.
I sold my ageing PC and PlayStation 4, knowing full well that the baseline was just raised by these next generation consoles with their GPU/CPU/storage drives.
My PC GPU was still good (1080 Ti) but I would need to replace CPU/motherboard, RAM and storage drive, and potentially GPU as well, if I wanted to use any form of ray-tracing.
Right now, I would be looking at £100 to rebuild to a PlayStation 5 level of performance.
Personally, I considered a pro plus, but it’s effectively £200 and you could use that towards a PlayStation 5 and frankly £200 wasted.
GC: Let’s not be calling each other ignorant, yes? The tone you’re taking is as if the reader had just insulted your mother. What’s already obvious is that Cyberpunk 2077 wasn’t designed with any console in mind, regardless of the model or generation.
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Just a quick heads up to any retro arcade fans out there. Smyths are selling the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1up Arcade machine for £249.99, that’s £150 off and cheaper than the other Arcade 1up machines with less joysticks. Not a bad present for anyone struggling to get hold of one of the new consoles this Christmas. Good luck hiding it from them though. Merry Christmas everyone.
Been playing Planet Coaster on PlayStation 5, I’ve noticed there is now DLC packs from £7.99 with new rides, etc. Is there going to be a season pass do you think?
GC: There’s been no indication of it as far as we know.
Thanks for the update on the joystick stock at Argos, Meestah Bull. I managed to pick one up on the way home on Wednesday, so have been having fun with it since. It’s a solid, well-built piece of kit that sits comfortably on the lap. I’m really enjoying using it as it adds to the immersion, but also makes it easier to control a lot of the ships systems – shields and power management, etc. Would definitely recommend.
This week’s Hot Topic
The topic for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Xane, who asks what’s the most money you’ve ever regretted spending on a video game related item?
It can be an early mistake from your children or a more recent purchase but what game, hardware, or merchandise do you really wish you hadn’t bought?
Do you blame the game or item itself or misleading marketing or reviews – or did you simply get the wrong idea about what it was? Did the mistake change your attitude at all and have you made a similar mistake since?
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