In a video shared online, gamers can see the very clear difference between the physics of water in Cyberpunk 2077 and RDR2 (a game that is 2 years older).
A side-by-side comparison video showing the physics of water Red Dead Redemption 2 and Cyberpunk 2077 was shared online, and the difference is, to put it simply, embarrassing for CD Projekt Red. After the month when Cyberpunk 2077 since its release, water physics might just be the last thing on the minds of developers. Either way, that doesn’t make this comparison any easier to watch.
As games have become more advanced and the environments have become more lush, fans have come to expect their interactive experience to be seamless and immersive. Especially in open-world titles, modern game worlds are fleshed out and expansive, with dynamic environments that respond to players’ every move. From the tinkling of pearls on the doors Hitman to the crunch of the snow Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, gamers have become accustomed to an immense amount of developer thinking and time spent on every noticeable detail in the virtual environments they explore.
These high expectations make games that lack the mark of their environmental physics even more painfully evident. And, to add salt to the wound, fans are making direct comparisons between Cyberpunk 2077 quirks and better executed examples of other games and share them online. This is exactly what betta_rdr2 did. By uploading their video to Reddit, the user shows the contrast between the physics of water in Cyberpunk 2077 and the one at Red Dead Redemption 2. When firing a shotgun in the waters surrounding Night City Cyberpunk 2077, there is virtually no visual feedback to reflect that the player has disturbed the eerily calm waters so much. Go forward to Red Dead Redemption 2, on the other hand, each cartridge fired into the watery abyss causes visible ripples emerging from the impact site.
It should be noted that while Cyberpunk 2077 was released only a month ago after several delays, Red Dead Redemption 2 is now two years old. This stark contrast in something as simple as water physics really highlights how CD Projekt Red failed to achieve what it was probably hoping for. Cyberpunk 2077. The fact that gamers even feel the need to compare such a new game with a game that has been out for quite a while highlights gamers’ frustration with the product they got last December and high level omissions like water physics. the one linked above is not limited to just one version of the disappointing Witcher to follow.
It is said that comparison is the thief of joy. For CD Projekt Red, comparisons made between its Cyberpunk 2077 and the technically (and, arguably, generally) superior Red Dead Redemption 2 is certainly enough to steal all the joy that’s left after a truly terrible launch.
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Cyberpunk 2077 is available for PS4 (retail only), Xbox One, PC, and Stadia, and will launch on PS5 and Xbox Series X in 2021. Red Dead Redemption 2 is out now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
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