Thanks For Playing is a bi-weekly game club discussion podcast with occasional episodes dedicated to other topics such as accessibility and esports. In their newest episode, hosts Matt and Lucas take on Cyberpunk 2077. The episode begins by equating the game’s release in a buggy, unfinished state to that of Atari’s infamous E.T. An extreme comparison perhaps, but a reminder that even well-established video game history isn’t a deterrent when holiday revenue is on the line. (And Cyberpunk’s stumbles are bound to be repeated in the future by others, too—though a difference in the modern era is that updates/patches can eventually make things right.)
Matt and Lucas’ opinion on the game overall differs a bit, and the episode is full of great discussion and debate on the game and its design, starting with their initial impressions then diving into their favorite character, sidequests, art/sound design, and nitpicks before delivering their final scores. They even do a countdown and give their final scores simultaneously, so as to not let one of their opinions influence the other. In that final score delivery, Matt calls back to their episode on Super Metroid—a game he turned out not liking (WHAT!) that means now I’m gonna have to listen to that one too!