Cyberpunk 2077 | FAQ

by Maki . February 14, 2021

Cyberpunk 2077 | FAQ

 

Cyberpunk 2077 has had some shaky beginnings. Once the most hyped and anticipated game of the decade, it was able to achieve the largest digital launch ever with 10.2 million digital copies sold, according to data from Superdataresearch.com. Launch day is when their real issues started though, we've all heard the outrage, seen the memes, and heard the cry for refunds. The product presented (specially to current-gen gamers) was unacceptable, nothing like what was teased to the masses in the years, months and even days leading up to its release. Xbox One and Playstation base console players were hit the worst, their years of anticipation screeching to a halt as they finally booted up a barely playable Cyberpunk 2077 for the first time. 

Some time has passed now since that fateful day, things have changed, updates have been shipped, apologies and promises have been made. There still may be hope for Cyberpunk 2077 just yet! Whether you're considering buying, have just started or are well into the game looking for tips to 100% it, you've come to the right place. This FAQ is created to grow and evolve over time, shaped by the questions you have! Get in touch with us in the comments section at the bottom of this page or reach out to us on instagram (@timewasters.ca) to ask your burning questions so we can include them in this resource! In the meantime, we hope you find the answers you've been looking for and enjoy the world of Cyberpunk 2077!

 

Should I Buy Cyberpunk?

Are you trying to decide whether or not you should buy Cyberpunk now? There are a lot of factors to consider but the most important one by far is your hardware capabilities. Although Cyberpunk was marketed heavily as a current-gen title, it was apparent from launch that the game just was not built with current-gen in mind. Playstation 4 base and Xbox One base consoles aren't capable of generating a playable experience in the game's current state. Although CDPR is making steady improvements, they've noticeably changed their tune from originally marketing towards Xbox one and PS4 users, to now referring to those consoles as "last-gen" - nodding to their focus on PC and next-gen console users primarily. Our advice at this time would be to forget about Cyberpunk 2077 for now until you can upgrade to next-gen or make the switch to a PC!

Even Playstation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles struggled to keep up with Cyberpunk's graphics heavy game world. The experience on these systems is passable but still not recommended. Considering that the power required to bring out Cyberpunk's full potential is really only seen on today's most powerful gaming PC's. 

Cyberpunk 2077 xbox one vs series x comparison

So what about Xbox Series X and Playstation 5? Cyberpunk was clearly built for next-gen consoles and PC and it really shows when you compare the performance between consoles from the current and next generation. Load times, frame rates, frequency of glitches and image quality is FAR better on the Series X and the Playstation 5, so if you can actually get your hands on one of these consoles - you can play Cyberpunk with relatively no issues. I can't speak for Playstation's performance specifically but the lightning fast SSD and Processor in the Series X allows for steady 60fps gameplay in "Performance Mode" or 4K crispy graphics in "Quality Mode". Where Cyberpunk really shines though, is on a high performance gaming PC, before we get into that though, let's briefly talk about CDPR's comments about the current state and future plans for CB 2077! 

 

Current State and Future Plans

A recent apology video from a CDPR co-founder revealed the development crisis that was experienced in the weeks and months leading up to Cyberpunk's release. None of what was said really excuses the dishonesty of the pre-launch marketing... giving fans the image of a polished next-gen experience running smoothly on all systems from PC to Xbox One. This footage was hand picked and didn't demonstrate the actual state the game was in at the time of launch which was so poor that some game marketplaces took down the listing for Cyberpunk altogether and were forced to arrange swathes of refunds. Also revealed in this video was the hopeful and naïve perspective that Cyberpunk's development team apparently had, claiming that they felt they could get the game up to par in the weeks running up to release. After launch though, apparently is when they realized just how much work the game really needed. It wasn't just bug fixes that were needed to improve the current-gen experience but really a complete rebuild of the game's infrastructure. Specifically, the hardware demands of the technology that is used to render Cyberpunk's sprawling and detailed world - was just completely underestimated. Whether or not CDPR truly had the best intentions, they also revealed their roadmap for 2021 - detailing next gen upgrades, DLCs and more! 

cyberpunk 2077 2021 roadmap updates dlc upgrade

Patch 1.1 and numerous hotfixes have already been released at this point, and with DLC and next-gen upgrades (supposedly bringing Ray-tracing and other next-gen goodies to PS5 and Xbox Series X) coming later this year we can assume that CDPR is dedicated to redeeming Cyberpunk in a big way. We've seen this pattern many times before and sometimes it's very possible that a game that completely bombs at launch makes a 180 degree turn and comes back in a year or two's time! Think about where No Man's Sky, Skyrim or even The Witcher 3 started; Bugs, community outrage, refunds and performance issues. These games have since made huge comebacks and now command giant communities of loyal fans. It's very possible that Cyberpunk could share the same fate!

 

What if I have a PC? What do I need?

cyberpunk pc requirements gpu cpu ray tracing

According to CDPR, you can max out Cyberpunk 2077 with Ray Tracing Ultra and 2160p resolution with an RTX 3080 GPU and an intel i7 or Ryzen 5. For RAM, 16gb is listed which is pretty standard for any Gaming PC. Third party sources suggest that these benchmarks are a little misleading - recommending even more powerful systems at each level. Long story short, this game is going to stretch the limits of your PC so make sure your system is up to par! If you're not concerned about Ray Tracing or UHD graphics though, you should be just fine with a 1660 Super GPU and an intel i5 or Ryzen 3 CPU (and make sure you have at least 70gb of SSD available, M.2 preferably).

 

TLDR - It's all in the Hardware!

PS4 or Xbox One base? Do not Buy Cyberpunk 2077

PS4 Pro or Xbox One X? Buy with Caution and don't expect a next-gen experience.

PS5 or Xbox Series X? Buy with confidence

PC? Make sure your specs are ready to tackle Cyberpunk, and if they are, enjoy! 

 

Where do I start in Cyberpunk 2077? 

Welcome to Night City where your imagination is the limit. Climate change, organized crime, corporate greed and post-humanism run rampant across this futuristic haven for fame seekers and dreamers alike. From your very first introduction to the game and the world it exists in, it's scale and potential can be totally overwhelming. If you can do anything you want, become anything you want - where do you start?

 

Beginner's Guide/Tips

 

Tip #1 - Don't sweat the prologue

Immediately after completing character creation, you will be faced with a choice - Establish your character's life path! You may choose from; The Nomad, The Corpo-Rat and The Street Kid. This is not a momentous choice to be mulled over for hours. No matter what you choose, all missions, romances, un-lockables and even endings are reachable. The tangible effects of this choice are;

A) Your prologue mission (Spoiler alert, you end up in the same place no matter what!) All 3 life path options are represented by MJ01, MJ02 and MJ03 in the roadmap below.

B) Dialogue choices in main missions and some side missions. In certain situations, you may find yourself with an advantage because of your background. This could result in a more favorable mission outcome or more commonly - a witty one-liner that adds some color to a drab NPC interaction. Just to ease your mind, here's an excerpt from Cyberpunk 2077's Official Guidebook showing that each life path choice leads to the same mission path! 

 cyberpunk roadmap completion prologue guide

Long story short, just pick the life path that interests you most! And if you are still suffering from FOMO after your choice you can always save your game and return to the prologue to experience the sequence from each life path before continuing with your game.

 

Tip #2 Try Everything

Choice is everything in Cyberpunk 2077. One thing that CDPR certainly got right was freedom of playstyle. Similar to how Skyrim's progression system essentially rewards you for what you do, you'll earn experience with certain weapon types and tactics just by using them! Of course you'll also level up and add attribute points and climb the skill tree manually - this makes for a very customized leveling experience.

Our advice when starting out here is not to rely on your preferences from other RPGs to choose a playstyle and weapons. When you're starting out, try it all! Weapons types in Cyberpunk include; Sniper rifles, Shotguns, Handguns, Swords, Blunt weapons, Assault Rifles, Sub Machine Guns and various forms of Cyberware like Mantis Blades. Whatever style you usually gravitate towards, we highly recommend branching out and trying everything before specializing.

 

How to romance Judy, Panam, River or Kerry? 

One of the most anticipated and talked about features of Cyberpunk 2077 was undoubtedly the mechanic of Romance. Early promotional footage of the game featured clips of steamy sex scenes and intimate romantic moments with characters the internet seemed to fall in love with over night, such as Judy Alvarez. Whether you choose to play a Male or Female character (and oddly enough) what voice tone you choose makes all the difference in determining which of these romantic options become available to you in your play through. With that out of the way, let's dive into how you can romance each of these fine Bachelors and Bachelorettes!

cyberpunk 2077 judy romance guide how to

 

How to romance Judy Alvarez

Character Requirements: Female body type + Female voice tone

how to romance judy alvarez requirements

Mission Requirements: Turn down Maiko's plan and/or payment during side job 30 -"Pisces"

Accept side job 31 - "Pyramid" (One of the coolest side jobs in this whole game by the way). Complete the mission and stay the night in the beach bungalow.

To initiate romance scene: Kiss Judy when you have the opportunity in the bathroom.

To establish a relationship: Join Judy at the dock in the morning and tell her your night together was "The beginning of something amazing."

Additional flirting moments: During the "Pyramid" Side job you can attempt to flirt with Judy as a Male character but Judy will shut you down. This has no negative outcome on the game.

Judy will call and text you occasionally after completing her quest-line, as well as give you access to her apartment! See Endings section for how to get a Happy ever After ending with Judy!

 

How to romance Panam Palmer

Character Requirements: Male body type 

how to romance panam palmer guide

Mission Requirements: Flirt with Panam at the end of Side job 45 - "Riders on the Storm". 

NOTE: "Riders on the Storm" must be completed within 24 in-game hours or the mission will fail and romancing Panam will not be possible.

Don't tell Saul Panam's plan at the beginning Side job 49 - "With a little help from my friends"

Do not tell Panam that you're just in it for the money during Side job 49

To initiate romance scene: Accept Panam's offer to neural sync during side job 50 "Queen of the Highway"

To establish relationship: After the ambush is completed, during the conversation with Panam, take the option to Kiss Panam. 

Additional flirting moments: During the "Ghost Town" main job you will have multiple flirting opportunities at the Sunset Motel. Scooch closer to Panam during the campfire scene in "With a little help from my friends"

Panam will text you to tell you she misses you occasionally after completing her quest-line as well as be available to call during the Epilogues. See Endings section for how to unlock a Happy Ever After ending with Panam!

 

How to romance Kerry Eurodyne

Character Requirements: Male body type + Male voice tone

kerry eurodyne how to romance guide cyberpunk

Mission Requirements: Complete Johnny's side quest line, starting with Side job 34 - "Tape Worm", key romance decisions start at Side job 43.

To initiate romance scene: Kiss Kerry when given the chance on the yacht during Side job 43 - "Boat Drinks"

To establish relationship: During the beach scene, confirm your interest in Kerry when he asks. (Give him a hug)

Additional flirting moments: Show your interest (It's pretty obvious which lines to choose) during the roof top conversation during Side job 42 "Off the Leash". This will lead to the option to kiss Kerry.

Kerry will be available to call during most Epilogue sequences, or will call you during the credits. There is no Happy ever After option with Kerry.

 

How to romance River Ward

Character Requirements: Female body type 

river ward how to romance guide

Mission Requirements: Save Randy during Side job 20 - "The Hunt". Save before this mission as being unsuccessful will lock the ability to pursue a relationship with River.

Show your interest in River at the end of Side job 20 (multiple dialogue lines)

To initiate romance scene: Kiss River during at both opportunities during Side job 21 - "Following the River"

To establish relationship: Confirm your interest the morning after the romance sequence by saying "I feel good around you"

River will be available to call during most Epilogue sequences, or will call you during the credits. There is no Happy ever After option with River.

 

All Cyberpunk 2077 endings and Secret Ending (Coming Soon)

 

  • Brief overview of endings

  • Point of no return

  • How to play all endings

  • Unlocking the secret ending

 

How to make money? (Coming Soon)

 

  • Money making tips

  • Breach protocol (Net Runner method)

  • Gigs and big money missions

  • Current glitches and exploits

 

Can you play Cyberpunk 2077 without killing anyone? (Coming Soon)

 

  • Weapon types

  • Stunning vs Killing

  • AI Weapon (Skippy)

 


 

Time wasters maki

Written by: Maki

Co-Founder of Time wasters. Japanese action RPG's and couch co-op is my flavor of choice! I spend most time on my Xbox One but my trusty NES is never far away.

Favorite Game: Kingdom Hearts 2 | Read more of Maki's work




Maki .
Maki .

Author



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


More Articles

Oculus Quest 2 Review
Oculus Quest 2 Review

by Sandoozee . March 06, 2021

The initial hurdles of getting into the system can be frustrating. Honestly something that I found a little frustrating was attempting to read my WIFI password and enter it into the VR headset although I can only see where I am typing when I have the headset on. Aside from that the main struggles were just related to learning how to properly function with a headset on. The controls are very comfortable and easy to use making the process easier. After getting past that I got sucked into using the headset way way too much. 
Stardew Valley Split Screen
Stardew Valley Split Screen

by Sandoozee . February 28, 2021

With the latest update to Stardew Valley there’s more reason than ever to get back into the game! Especially if you own it on console. SPLIT SCREEN CO-OP!!!!! This was a long time coming but even so I still am taken back by how much extra enjoyment is added to the game by playing it split screen with my partner.
Ingress Prime
Ingress Prime

by Sandoozee . February 26, 2021

Looking for a mobile game that not only has massive draw but will also get you out of the house? Something that you can play with others and even meet new people through? Ingress from Niantic is the game you're looking for.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars: Mario 64
Super Mario 3D All-Stars: Mario 64

by Sandoozee . February 24, 2021

There are a few games that are a major part of my childhood and Mario 64 is one of the top games of the “throwback” category to me. I remember spending hours trying to get through the simplest of tasks and I'm glad to say that as an adult the game is not so intimidating. Updated with smoother controls really elevates the gameplay to something a lot more enjoyable.
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Throwback
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Throwback

by Sandoozee . February 14, 2021

So a review of this game would be kinda absolutely useless based on the age of it. It’s been out forever so instead it lands as a Throwback to all those old games that bring back wonderful childhood memories. Much like Super Mario 64, I recall playing Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 obsessively as a child. Although it might not hold up as well as some games, the nostalgia is always nice.
Guide to Fixing Connectivity Issues in Minecraft
Guide to Fixing Connectivity Issues in Minecraft

by Sandoozee . January 26, 2021

Are you having issues playing Minecraft online? There's some fairly basic steps that you can follow to fix that. Follow this guide and start building up those bases!!
No Man's Sky: derelict freighters and freighter upgrades
No Man's Sky: derelict freighters and freighter upgrades

by Sandoozee . January 13, 2021

a quick guide to getting yourself some freighter upgrades in No Man's Sky
Gravity Rush: Attack of the Back Log, Episode 1
Gravity Rush: Attack of the Back Log, Episode 1

by Guest Writer January 10, 2021

alien isolation
PC
Epic Games 15 Days of Free Games!

by Sandoozee . December 17, 2020

Epic games is releasing daily games for free until the end of the year! Keep and eye out and jump on the chance, each game is only available for a day!
Death Stranding Review
Death Stranding Review

by Sandoozee . December 14, 2020

Hyrule Warriors Age Of Calamity release Demo play
Hyrule Warriors Age Of Calamity release Demo play

by sandoozee . November 22, 2020

It's finally here! Hyrule Warriors: age of calamity came out today. Did you wonder what happened during those 100 years that link was napping? Get your hands on Hyrule Warriors to see what went down. Not sure about the game? Grab the free demo on the Nintendo eShop and test it out for yourself.
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles Review
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles Review

by Sandoozee . November 18, 2020

ReGifting - Breaking the Stigma
ReGifting - Breaking the Stigma

by Sandoozee . November 10, 2020

Shopping for the gamers in your life this holiday season? Before you go into the store, read this!
watch dogs legion review
Watch Dogs: Legion - Review

by Maki . October 29, 2020

Watch Dogs: Legion has a more serious vibe than it's predecessor and a unique progression system that has lots to offer! This is our review.
Watch Dogs: Legion - Spider Bot Tower Climb
Watch Dogs: Legion - Spider Bot Tower Climb

by Maki . October 28, 2020

Watch this incredible Spider Bot climb of a London watchtower in Watch Dogs: Legion!
Darkest Dungeon
Darkest Dungeon

by Sandoozee . October 22, 2020

Darkest Dungeon is captivating as soon as you start it up but will that maintain. With so many games out there some just aren't worth your time and for me Darkest dungeon falls into the latter category.
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles Quick Blip
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles Quick Blip

by Sandoozee . October 20, 2020

Looking for an open world game full of quests yet with the options to craft and farm? Yonder might be what you've been waiting for! With its mix of crafting elements to build up the world and exploration you'll find yourself scouring the island to save the inhabitants from the murk that is taking over this island.
Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact

by Guest Writer October 19, 2020

Genshin Impact: Gacha gaming that’s… good? I often find myself not knowing quite how to feel about mobile games. While capable of providing cheap thrills and alleviating temporary boredom, they generally don’t possess the sort of staying power more robust console and PC titles do.
Do You Have Gamer’s Block?
Do You Have Gamer’s Block?

by Maki . October 19, 2020

Has gaming lost its magic? Are you unable to find a game worth your time? Do you scroll endlessly through your library and waste time watching trailers - but nothing engages you? You might have Gamer's Block! Don't worry though, there's hope for you yet.
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War beta Day 2
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War beta Day 2

by Sandoozee . October 18, 2020

The game is a blast to play. I am not one who tends to play these competitive first person shooters but I'm starting to think maybe I should be spending more time playing them. I did get better over the course of playing but still got obliterated each round. Some of that was due to glitching in the game but generally it was just me. 
Call of Duty Cold War Beta
Call of Duty Cold War Beta

by Sandoozee . October 18, 2020

I don't play a lot of competitive first person shooters. Call of Duty specifically I haven't played since high school. That made getting Beta access to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War a little nerve wracking. I figured that I should record my first attempt at playing this game so that you can what it's all about
Katamari Damacy Reroll
Katamari Damacy Reroll

by Sandoozee . October 17, 2020

Most games that I remember from years past are the classics known for their great gameplay. I can confidently say that's not the case for this game. The crazy nature of this game, from animation to concept, is definitely what has kept it in my mind all these years.
Shovel Knight
Shovel Knight

by Sandoozee . October 10, 2020

This quirky throwback to old style gaming got me hooked pretty quickly. Even with it's simple play style the game offers a variety of challenges that'll keep you staring that the screen.

Jump in

Don't have time for this? Click the X, go ahead, it's right there!

If you've got a little time on your hands, enter your best email. No spam, ever. That's a Time Wasters guarantee.

Not convinced? Click here and get to know us first!