For Cyberpunk 2077 Fans, Dunking Has Become A Sport

For Cyberpunk 2077 Fans, Dunking Has Become A Sport
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The Cyberpunk 2077 saga has been a long one but it’s still far from over. The latest development? Fans co-opting the game’s social media marketing campaign to dunk on things missing from the sci-fi RPG’s open world.

As first spotted by Forbes’ Paul Tassi, a number of posts have been blowing up on the Cyberpunk 2077 subreddit taking shots at CD Projekt Red’s current “Cyberpunk In Numbers” social media campaign on Twitter. In lieu of any updates on the games in the last couple weeks, the Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account has been sharing statistics about the playerbase.

“Since players were first unleashed on Night City’s streets, 13 billion people have been defeated by V. By comparison, the megalopolis has a population of 6.9 million,” reads one of the tweets. “Wellsprings is officially the most dangerous neighbourhood in Night City with an average of 57 player deaths per day (real time),” reads another.

Now players are responding with memes of their own highlighting all the things you still can’t do in the game. The most popular on the subreddit so far with over 20,000 upvotes is “Cyberpunk By Numbers: V has modified its appearance 0 times!” Another one that’s blown up is “Cyberpunk By Numbers: 0 MILLION SPENT on car and truck customisation!” My personal favourite is, “Cyberpunk By Numbers: Police officers have teleported 7,300,000 times behind the players’ backs.”

For Cyberpunk 2077 Fans, Dunking Has Become A Sport

These and many more each highlight a feature players have requested be added to the game since it launched over six months ago, or something they thought would be present in the game based on the years and years of trailers, interviews, and other marketing. A big one has been that despite the emphasis on character modding and customisation, players can’t fundamentally alter their appearance after the game begins, not even by getting a haircut. While cars play a huge role in the world you can’t swap out paint jobs, shoot while driving, or buy a garage to house them in. And then there are Cyberpunk 2077’s cops, which despite subsequent patches can still act pretty wonky.

For Cyberpunk 2077 Fans, Dunking Has Become A Sport

None of this is to say that CDPR developers were lazy, or that they should continue to crunch to try and expedite the game’s possible redemption arc. But it does speak to where some of the game’s most ardent players’ heads are at as they wait for DLC and PS5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrades.

Cyberpunk 2077 finally returned to the PlayStation Store last month, and has subsequently shot up to the top of the sales charts on PS4 as a result. At the same time, the roadmap for upcoming patches and content has gotten even more vague. The game may have finally reached a “satisfying level” of performance for CDPR executives, but players are still clearly desperate to see the game grow and evolve into the genre defining immersive sim they once thought it would be. And until it gets there, more memes.

Comments

  • “Fans”. I guess all those people that dunked on Trump the last five years must really be Trump “Fans” too.

    • Nah, it’s not like that at all.
      You can love something AND criticize it. In fact, it’s more likely. If you didn’t like the game, you’d have peaced out and forgotten it existed, by now, vindicated by its failure. You’d have to be a bit of a psychopath to actually hate Cyberpunk 2077, have no interest in playing it, and STILL be obsessed with dunking on it at this point. Because unlike the scenario of wanting a criminal former president brought to justice to answer for their crimes and the incredible damage they’ve done not only to their own country but others, the harm CP2077 was able to do was incredibly minimal.

      People who want the entertainment product CP2077 to be better are the ones who’ll complain, because they still care.

      • While your point about CP2077 is spot on, however saying “wanting a criminal former president brought to justice to answer for their crimes and the incredible damage they’ve done not only to their own country but others”?? Careful there, that description can fit MANY former and even current world leaders around the world, not just Trump. Hell, look at Bolsonaro or Maduro – arguably worse then Trump on his worst day. What’s good for one former world leader needs to be applied to any and all if you truly seek justice and not just hate Trump specifically and if that is the case, say so, don’t hide behind semantics.

        • Why be careful there? What semantics are there to hide behind, and who the fuck wouldn’t apply those rules to any world leader? No care or hiding needed: Trump was the only example used and replied to, but it should be pretty clear that the types of crimes he’s committed should be prosecuted for ANY world leader (former AND CURRENT) who has committed them. Who the fuck would suggest otherwise that you’d have to bring it up?

          • Because in simple language now – There are far worse people then Trump past and present. Trump has become the modern day form of using Nazi’s in a comment like a bogeyman, yet let us be real here – there are plenty of past and present world leaders who make Trump look good and if there was a pecking order of who should see the inside of a court first, using my previous examples of Bolsonaro or Maduro would be far FAR ahead of Trump and yet you single out Trump which only proves my point. As you were.

        • What are you talking about? I didn’t even use the man’s name in my reply.

          The person who singled him out was Akeashar, not me, and I replied that there was a big fucking difference in motivation between making fun of an entertainment product vs demanding that one specific, previously-referred-to criminal president be brought to justice (before other ‘worse’ ones, or otherwise).

          Trump himself, let alone ‘you can’t target Trump until you get every other criminal president still alive, first’ was irrelevant to the main point at hand, which is memers dunking on CP2077 can actually be fans. Jesus Christ. You reached so hard you fell flat on your ass.

  • Genuinely don’t understand why the game should HAVE to have car customization tbf, also why do you need a garage to store them in… they come to you in the press of a button. Shooting while driving could be cool, but its not in the game… it doesnt HAVE to be in the game. As for character customization and appearance chances, you customize your character at the start… if your unhappy with it then I’m sorry you did a bad job? your in first person almost all the time, your hair is super unimportant

    basically not every game has to be GTA 5

  • I fail to see why fans of the game shouldn’t call out CD Projekt Red and remind them on the many now bullshit claims CD Projekt Red made in the development/lead up to CP2077 being released that their mouths simply couldn’t cash. If CD Projekt Red didn’t want Cyberpunk 2077 to be GTA in the future, then don’t promise things that either don’t fit the game narrative or was never going to be implemented, even after the game is released.

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