Cyberpunk 2077: Expectation & Reality of Staying True to the RPG Genre
In picture, Role-playing games seems to be the most popular genre of video games this generation so far. Add to that, an "open world" with a AAA budget and you have yourself a Game of the year contender.
However, most games out there this generation merely just adopt certain elements of an RPG. In reality, they are not truly an RPG. Take for example titles such as Fallout 4, Horizon Zero Dawn, Assassin's Creed: Origins.
All of the above titles suffer from an identity crisis. They prefer to call themselves a game of RPG genre but are neither completely role-playing games, nor an action adventure title. They fall onto the latter just because that genre is more flexible.
In other words, AAA developers are indeed very good when it comes to painting an illusion that the games they are offering to us are RPGs at heart. But are merely what I call "pseudo RPG."
Aside JRPGs, which mostly has a different fan base, the only real western AAA RPGs we have gotten are Deus Ex Mankind Divded, Bloodborne, Dark Souls 3 and of course The Witcher 3:Wild Hunt.( Please tell me in the comments if I missed out on something.)
These games provided us with the freedom to shape our own characters, provided us with tools to overcome obstacles in as much as different ways as possible and let us form our own stories.
Titles such as Deus Ex and The Witcher 3 told us a narrative that took a drastic turn depending upon our consquences and actions. Games like Bloodborne and Dark Souls 3 let us craft our unamed characters the way we wanted which had severe consquences on the gameplay.
But these games, even though are complex to understand and addictive to play, are very less in numbers. Only because they are too much off a hassle to make, especially for a AAA developer when they have other attributes of the game to worry about as well.
Cyberpunk 2077, even though looks fun and flashy, a big budget AAA game that is meant for "everyone" is actually being misunderstood by many, atleast if we keep in mind the amount of hype the game has been generating in the last couple of years.
Cyberpunk 2077 is a true role-playing game at it's heart and CD Projekt RED has been emphasizing on that time after time. If the overhyped fans expect it to be as simpler to get into as let's just say Horizon Zero Dawn, Breath of the Wild or Assassin's Creed Origins,then they will be extremly disappointed.