Cyberpunk 2077 had a rocky start when it was released. I remember playing it on the PS5 at the time, even though it was only available as a PS4 title, and it was clear the game needed more development time. Sure, playing on PS5 was better than on a regular PS4, but it couldn’t mask the numerous bugs and issues that plagued a game rushed to release.
Now, over two years later, the game has received a series of updates and improvements, culminating in the significant 2.0 update. Having completed the game at its original launch, I was eager to revisit and explore the enhancements, along with the new Phantom Liberty DLC.
Despite its initial problems on PS4, Cyberpunk 2077 really stood out on PC. With the subsequent PS5 release and the various performance upgrades, the game has transformed into a fantastic experience. Night City now truly comes to life, especially at night when neon lights cast their glow across the urban landscape.
A stroll through Night City’s streets highlights even more enhancements. There’s a noticeable increase in pedestrian density without the earlier glitches, and, at last, cars spawn correctly. As someone who has played numerous GTA mods, I can attest that lively streets with walking people and smoothly flowing traffic are essential to creating a living, breathing city atmosphere. This aspect was sorely lacking at launch, significantly detracting from the overall experience.
Cyberpunk 2077 now feels like the game we were all anticipating. It exhibits the polish and quality one expects from a AAA title and from a renowned developer like CD Projekt RED. Although it’s disappointing that the game didn’t debut in this state, it’s commendable to witness the transformation of Cyberpunk 2077 into the experience it was always intended to offer.
I have decided to start the entire game from the start rather than recovering my old game save where I did beat the game but it has been so long now, I forget everything. Rather than have previous bad memories color the experience, I decided it’s better to experience the entire game, 2.0 update included to see just how much better the game really is before sinking into the Phantom Liberty DLC.