With all the trials and tribulations of Cyberpunk 2077 with its very broken release on last generation consoles and lots of bugs and other issues everywhere else, there was a saving grace for the game.
The world, the story, the characters are all very good. CDPR did a Witcher-like job here, building up these storylines and these characters in a way that is pretty awesome.
And all it took was one mistake to completely throw away most of the game’s history for me in the last few moments. It was such a bizarre phrase that I had to write about it and see if anyone else experienced it too.
Now of course I’ll have to Talk about spoilers hereThat includes things about relationships and at least the “arasaka” bit of the tripartite ending so you have been warned.
I didn’t particularly like the ending I got in Cyberpunk 2077 as I decided to trust the Arasaka daughter because the alternatives just didn’t seem good. Passing control to Johnny for one third Storming Arasaka Tower when the last two were disastrous didn’t seem like a good idea. I also didn’t want to risk the life of Panam, a character that was really close to my heart, when I didn’t have to.
But my end seemed to be “bad” everywhere. Johnny just yelled at me because I was sold out and we went on bad terms. The dead Arasaka took over his son’s body and society seemed stronger than ever. And I had the choice of either going to an immortal “soul prison” or returning to Earth as a result of my Johnny extraction operation for six months, essentially back to where I started. Not good options.
But well, I made the wrong choice. This happens in role-playing games (although I know many elements of the other endings are similar). That’s not my problem with the ending or the mistake I’m talking about.
I need to talk about Judy.
Judy is the braindance editor that you meet at the start of the campaign, the tattooed girl you see in most of cyberpunk marketing. There are limited romance options in the game, and they are pretty strict about NPC preference. My female V has tried to be more than just friends with Panam, but she’s only into male Vs. So what was left was Judy, the all-female Vs. And I was pretty fond of Judy.
We did everything from storming a mob owned dolls club to diving together in their flooded hometown. She gave me a key to her apartment and told me she would leave town before I came, but now she had a reason to stay.
You can call someone in your area before this final mission begins. I called Judy. She assured me that she would wait for me and be careful. At the end of the mission, you may call the people in your area again. I called Judy. She said she wanted me back on earth right away and couldn’t wait to see me.
So I chose the earth. I thought I was going to be spending my last six months with someone I loved, Judy.
That was until she broke up with me in the credits.
When cyberpunk ends for the end of the earth, you’ll see an animation of you going home on a shuttle. The credits roll and characters from the game appear and send you messages. In-game people you know, Panam and her crew, Johnny’s old bandmate, the cop you ran a series of investigations with, and so on.
But the first call was from Judy. And it was short. She said she was leaving town and that was goodbye. She told me to have a nice life.
I was shocked. After building this romance over the past 20 hours, my girlfriend literally broke up with me in the credits When she was less than five minutes earlier, she said she couldn’t wait until I got back on the phone.
Bad writing? No, I really believe this is one of CDPR’s flaws that come into play, but at its worst. What I believe It happened here that the game forgot to register my relationship with Judy. That call sounded like what could have happened if I had skipped all of Judy’s side quests before going to the final mission, or if I had turned down her romantic advances. It doesn’t sound like something that makes sense based on all of our previous interactions. So I think rightly that this bugged and that the game just “forgot” about my relationship with Judy. And yet that made it totally angry whole ending for mehow it was all I could think of after the game ended.
Well, the end of the game isn’t really “the end of the game”. You can go back to the moment before starting this quest and play through the other two endings. And when I reloaded I went to Judy’s apartment, there she was, talking about how she was ready to start our life together.
But I was wondering if this happened to anyone else, this fork in the credits scene, and I’m going to do the other endings now to see if this is really a mistake or just a startling decision the CDPR made with the character Has. Everything about it, however, screams for Bug.
That made me really angry. More than any T-pose or goofy glitch from the rest of the game. This destroyed the whole core of the story for me and whether it was a mistake or bad writing left a bad taste in my mouth as that was the main thing cyberpunk had before it. Such a shame.
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