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Cyberpunk 2077 first impressions and performance tests

Exploring the vast world of Night City.

What’s the skinny? Cyberpunk 2077 released last night on PC, breaking records on Steam. Does it live up to the hype? I asked myself this question after logging out of the game for the night. My eyes were sore and burning, a clear sign I needed some rest. I looked at my phone to check the time and was very surprised to see that over seven hours had passed. I honestly thought I had been playing for two, maybe three hours. I guess that answers that question.

I found myself completely drawn into the game and the world of Night City. The quests kept my interest, and I found myself completely immersed in the Cyberpunk 2077 universe. I did lots of exploring, completed a bunch of quests, and did some world events. Everything flowed together seamlessly and effortlessly. If you try one new game this year, this is the one to try.

The attention to detail of CD Projekt Red, creating the world of Night City, a place to get lost in, is incredible and should offer plenty of replay-ability. I am already looking forward to having some free time later tonight and once again exploring the vast world in Cyberpunk 2077.

Cyberpunk 2077 Keybindings and UI

The keybindings in 2077 are pretty standard. I found it a little awkward at times having to hold the tab key and hit F, but other than that, everything was where you’d expect it. The UI is clean and doesn’t distract from game-play, and interacting with the environment feels natural. Overall I would have to give Cyberpunk 2077 top marks for their efforts in making the experience of exploring and interacting with the Night City world pleasant and holistic.

Graphics quality and settings

The graphics are incredible, of course, and it ran very smoothly. The settings defaulted to Ultra when I loaded up the game. I wondered if I would have to make some adjustments but was pleasantly surprised to find that I didn’t feel I had to fine-tune any settings.

I played Cyberpunk on my Ryzen 7, 3800x, and Radeon RX 5700 XT with my 1080 144Hz MSI monitor. With Freesync enabled, the experience was butter smooth with no stutters or hitches. I was getting anywhere from 60-85 FPS depending on what was happening in the game. Switching to High settings allowed for a few more FPS without sacrificing visual quality, so if you have similar hardware, you have options. Overall, the game seems very optimized and should run well on most modern hardware configurations.

If you weren’t one of the millions of people who entered the world of Night City last night and are on the fence about getting Cyberpunk 2077, let me be the one to give you that little nudge over the fence. I have played a lot of great and not so great games over the years, and I can say, in my opinion, this is one of the great ones.

Charles Levere
Charles Leverehttps://www.riverbankwebdesign.ca/
Charles Levere is the editor-in-chief (dork-in-chief) of Urban Dork. When he is not writing or tinkering with hardware, he is most likely playing one of his favorite video games. He also loves being near the water, kayaking, water skiing, or anything that gets him on the water and in the sun.

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