-Cyberpunk 2077-

Cyberpunk 2077 is a beautiful disaster. I say this loosely because personally, I have not found one game-breaking problem with it nor any reason to regret the $60 I spent on it. Sure, it’s not a beautiful piece of polished artwork but how could it be? Despite the company’s insistence that the game wasn’t ready, the gamer community demanded no more delays. They wanted it and they wanted it now! Ask and you shall receive but be careful what you wish for, am I right?

All this said, Cyberpunk 2077 is the first game in a long time that I’ve had a hard time putting down. From bizarre ads on the streets to an addicting main storyline, the game has kept me hooked from the moment I even heard about it. And I can’t be the only person who feels this way- after all, Cyberpunk 2077 has already sold more than 13 million copies since launch [This number factors in both digital and retail refunds processed as of December 22, 2020]. What’s so great about it then?

How About The Character Customization

I will say this. The controls on the character creator is atrocious. It takes some serious time to get used to them, regardless of if you are playing on PC or console, using mouse and keyboard or a controller. On console, most games set the option to rotate your character with the right stick. Not with cyberpunk, rather this is set to the left and right trigger buttons. I did spend more time than I would like to admit moving the thumbstick to rotate my character and sending my cursor flying down the list options instead. 

Honestly, the character creator is pretty extensive. Starting with your backstory, you choose Nomad, Streetkid, or Corpo. These don’t affect your attributes or perks, but each option changes your starting area and the prologue you’ll play. Beyond that, the life path you choose impacts your dialogue choices later on.

Now that that’s out of the way, Cyberpunk has options! From the shape and colour of my brows to the grill on my teeth to the paint on my nails, the options almost feel unending. I’m one of those people who want to make my character look like me if I existed in that game and Cyberpunk definitely gives you that option- to an extent anyhow. No, there’s no fat, muscle, or height sliders, but you do get to break down the size of your breasts and the nipples on them for that matter – after you enable the nudity as it’s disabled by default. That’s right! Cyberpunk even gives you genital customization, going so far as to allow cross customization. The female form, male voice, uncircumcised- you know where I’m going with this. You can make that happen. I won’t go into details about the sort of mixing and matching that can be done or my own personal choices, but I for one was happy to have the option. 

If you’re curious, your character’s gender identity and pronouns aren’t tied to your character model but rather which voice you choose. A V with a masculine voice will be referred to as ‘He/Him’ and a feminine voiced V will be ‘She/Her’. I should note this does affect your romance options later down the road. The game also seems to honor your choice, if you want to randomize your character. No matter how many times I clicked randomize, it never actively changed the genitalia preferences I’d chosen.

Now, I had the intention of this article covering every piece of evidence that Cyberpunk 2077 still deserved to be called an albeit flawed digital masterpiece, but once I hit around a thousand words I realized, Cyberpunk 2077 is just too colossal a game to cover in one article. So, if you want to know what else makes this game wholly worthy of the $60 you spent to pick it up? You’ll have to come back for the next article. Until then, I’ll be at Lizzie’s.

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