CD Projekt Red released a new 14 minute video of Cyberpunk 2077. The video covers a mission for the Voodoo Boys set within a supposedly abandoned mall that’s become occupied by a rival gang known as the Animals. Players have to infiltrate the mall and figure out what the Animals are doing in the area. The video is filled with tons of degeneracy, and not much in the way of being able to play as or interact with non-freaks.
So far my biggest disappointment with Cyberpunk 2077 is that your character is steeped in a role that would have otherwise been a villain character in any other fiction media. Heck, even if we were stuck playing as Johnny Silverhand I would have been totally fine with that. But alas, we’re instead a degenerate named ‘V’ and you’re forced to navigate a rather uninteresting, crime-filled world that doesn’t make a lot of sense.
You can check out the 14 minute gameplay video below, which covers the character creation, which we detailed in a separate article here, and the different ways you can tackle a mission.
Right off the bat, you’ll note that the different options for completing a mission are similar to Eidos Montreal’s take on the Deus Ex games. Meaning that you can either stealth your way through levels or go all out and kill everything in sight.
One of the things I notice is that your character is already pretty much a full-on robot.
They may have skin but everything underneath already seems to be mechanical.
A lot of fanboys have been arguing that the game is about transhumanism, but everything they’ve showcased so far seems to indicate that you don’t have a choice in the matter, and ‘V’ is practically a full on cyborg, whether you’re a netrunner, a neural sniper, or a cybernetic-samurai.
Usually in cyberpunk tales you get to choose how far down the rabbit hole you go with giving up your humanity, but in Cyberpunk 2077 it doesn’t look like you get to keep any of your humanity, other than how ‘V’ is aesthetically presented to the general public.
And speaking of the general public… where the heck are all the non-black people?
I understand the trailer focuses on the area where the Voodoo Boys congregate, a group of Haitian immigrants. But really? One of the entire districts is filled with only black people?
Even Saints Row 2 had a more diversified district for the Sons of Samedi, which were pretty much the equivalent of the Voodoo Boys.
Of course, the Sons of Samedi were more grounded than CD Projekt Red’s completely over-the-top fantasy fiction where a bunch of illegal immigrants without an education are somehow the best netrunners and hackers in Night City… Really? Really?!
It’s insulting to the intelligence of any can do more than slap two rocks together, but it lets you know just how much CD Projekt Red is trying desperately to appeal to the minority of ideologues that every single normal person on the face of the planet has a burning hatred for.
A more realistic depiction of the top netrunners operating off the grind would be a district that housed Russian or Chinese hackers, since in real-life they’re typically the ones behind a heck of a lot of hacks. Heck, the Chinese and French try to hack this site at least once per week (although the last big attack came from a bunch of Brits).
Anyway, it completely diminishes the suspension of disbelief when CD Projekt Red tries to unrealistically portray a bunch of emigrated Haitians as the best hackers in the district.
It’s pretty obvious this was CD Projekt Red’s bid to be more “diverse”, since they sure as heck didn’t pull any of this fiction from real-life situations.
At least the Animals are portrayed with a little more consistency and plausibility than the Voodoo Boys.
They’re a bunch of steroid cybernetic freaks. They still don’t make much sense given that how could they be muscular if their appendages have been replaced with robotics? But meh, the entire technological philosophy of Cyberpunk 2077 doesn’t make a lick of sense, especially given that there doesn’t appear to be any normal humans in the game world at all, and most people look like freaks.
Even still, it would have made more sense if the Voodoo Boys were actually cyber-luddites, and preferred doing things the old ways to regain a sense of culture and community that had been lost to all of the technological advancements. This would even make sense if some of them were superstitious about cybernetics and netrunning because they think that the spirits from beyond could manifest through the grid and ruin your brain. Not only would that make for some cool lore, but it would also be a heck of a lot more believable from a grounded, realistic point of view based on Haitian anthropology.
Anyway, CD Project’s diversity-blunder aside, the rest of the video is about the two distinct classes they showcase in the demonstration for completing the mission.
The combat looks passe as ever, and there’s nothing special about the stealth that we haven’t already seen before from the Deus Ex games.
Why people are still head-over-heels excited for Cyberpunk 2077 is beyond me but nothing about this game is original nor enticing.
Basically it’s the exact kind of cyberpunk world that most people wouldn’t want to play in. The world is depicted as a concrete sewage of humanity with a bunch of degenerates running around.
Usually cyberpunk is depicted as sexy and dangerous, and the only thing I’m seeing is “diversity” and degeneracy.
But then again, in today’s society there’s an ample push to weed out normal people from enjoying all sorts of fictional media by catering to a non-existent phantom audience, or bombarding people with the worst kind of Leftist agitprop to enrage and anger. That’s literally all I’m seeing from Cyberpunk 2077. It’s basically what a futuristic version of California will look like over the next couple of decades if Democrats stay in charge.
But some people want that out of life… a hodge-podge of fetid biological stew made up of the worst kind of hoodlums that society has to offer. If that’s your idea of a fictional fantasy universe you would like to explore, then it looks like Cyberpunk 2077 will be right up your alley.
(Thanks for the news tip msoltypl)