Cyberpunk 2077 on the Xbox Series X

I have now been playing Cyberpunk 2077 on my Xbox Series X for over 65 hours. Overall I feel the experience has been extremely enjoyable. I have opted to play the game not in performance mode but to have better visuals and effects at 30 fps purely because the game is not really a twitch shooter and having the game run at 60 fps is a nice to have but not really necessary. Also from what I have played there have been minimal framerate drops that I have noticed and it is fairly stable and consistent at 30 fps. If I did find that playing it at this setting unplayable then I would have changed to the performance mode to get back all those lost frames. Also note that the game is not yet officially released on the Xbox Series X but is “ported” over from the Xbox One so it is not optimized for the new console.

Throughout my time playing the game so far I have only really experienced a handful of bugs and minor inconveniences. For a game of this size and scale I think it is expected unfortunately. Some of the bugs that I have encountered off the top of my head include:

  1. Appearing nude in the mirror or missing my hair and headwear while looking in the mirror – this however seems to have been patched 🙂
  2. Not being able to loot some of the world’s items or items from dead enemies especially the robots – still persists and can be a major pain when you see a rare icon on the map but you cannot loot it 😦
  3. Falling through the world – this has only happened once and happened when I tried to jump a fence with my double jump.
  4. Voice audio not playing when accepting a phone call – unlike Control, Cyberpunk still plays the subtitles just not the voice audio for the individual that was calling me. A simple restart of the game solved this for me though.
  5. Items and enemies clipping through the world – this can be an enemy clipping and glitching into physical items in the world or my car clipping into other cars when summoned.

Other than the above mentioned bugs and issues the game has been rock solid. I have not had any crashed to the Xbox system dashboard *touch wood* or I have not had any instances where I had not been able to complete a quest. In my total time playing I believe I have only restarted the game twice to fix an audio issue and not being able to interact in the world. It has also been able to be quick resumed with absolutely no issue, so loading in and out of the game is crazy quick.

What CD Projekt Red have crafted is a super immersive world. The environment is a marvel to look at and the atmosphere is absolutely dare I say breathtaking. I have been enjoying the side jobs and police activities scattered throughout the world. All of the main characters I have interacted with have also been played really well, except (which may be controversial) Keanu Reeves. I feel that his delivery on his lines are a little stiff and bland especially when compared to Jackie and the female V voice actress.

My current playthrough of the game is with a hacking and ranged character. The various ways to complete a missions is great and the combat is satisfying too. I have not had much experience with the close combat and melee side of the combat except for the fist fighting side quest, but if the close combat when there are more enemies around plays very similar to that then I think my second playthrough will be with a tanky close combat character.

Overall the game looks amazing, it sounds brilliant, the story from what I have played is gripping, the side quests and odd jobs are enjoyable fillers, the characters you interact with are all unique in their own way, and most importantly the gameplay from the combat to the hacking is extremely fun. I know you will read plenty of impressions and reviews where they talk about the bugs and performance problems which is absolutely fine to discuss but I feel they do not take away too much from the overall package. Again I have not nearly experienced the amount of issues as others who have played the game so that may be the reason why I feel this way. I know CDPR will patch their game and support it very well as they had done an amazing job with The Witcher 3. I still have so much of the story to go through and a good portion of the side jobs but I am looking forward to even more content once the game is more stable for every single player out there.