Cyberpunk

So, CDProjectRed’s “Cyberpunk 2077” released a few days ago.

I’m an old fan of Cyberpunk, from back in the late 80’s when it was a tabletop roleplaying game from R. Talsorian Games. So, when it was going to be turned into a computer-based RPG, I got early seats on the hype train.

The problem for me and gaming is always work hours; I just don’t have a lot of time for games these days. That and I’m in a Mac-phase right now, being very unenthused with the direction Windows has gone — which means my gaming options are limited.

But, after some internal arguing, and the fact my current client will be non-responsive for a while due to being embroiled in a massive nation-state level hack, I decided to ‘bootcamp’ my iMac and load Win10 (20H2). This was followed by loading Steam, and then paying for and loading Cyberpunk 2077.

The Steam portion was the most complicated step, because I’ve not used my Steam account in forever and forgot the password… But Steam password recovery is incredibly onerous and I was unable to prove I was me — so one new Steam account later and I was able to give them money for the game…

Cyberpunk 2077 is really pretty.

My iMac has a Radeon pro 5700 xt and a 10th gen i7 in it, so it’s more than capable for the game. Granted, I can’t do any of the Nvidia raytrace or DLSS stuff — but I’m still pretty happy with how Night City looks.

So far my biggest complaints are some blocker bugs such as one where you drive to see your buddy the ripperdoc, and upon getting out of the car the game CTDs… This looks like a cell load issue though; I found that if I drive past the location, make a u-turn, and come back towards it so that the area is in view as I approach and has a chance to load it works fine. Probably because the actual location is ‘underground’.

CP2077 is also another KB/Mouse UI tacked onto a game that was built around a console controller, so the PC controls are clunky… But this is a problem most newer games have and I just have to live with it.

So far the story for CP2077 is pretty good. I decided on a Corp enforcer type character, like I used to play waaaay back when — and I’m probably 4 hours into it and having a lot of fun. 🙂