Cyberpunk 2077 has come a long way. First released in December 2020, the open-world RPG was saddled with technical issues, including bugs and very poor frame-rates on last-gen console systems. Sony even pulled the game from sale amidst a wave of negative feedback from early players. Some three years later, most of those initial concerns have been resolved, and current-gen consoles and PCs are getting a major expansion, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty – an impressive evolution of the core game.
This expansion promises bold new gameplay features and a brand-new storyline, alongside a substantial new playable area to explore filled with side-content. It’s a major piece of post-release content, and the game’s only planned expansion. So how does this new release – crafted free of last-gen constraints – run on the current-gen console systems? And does the accompanying 2.0 game update bring any notable changes to Night City?
Phantom Liberty takes place in Dogtown, a dilapidated area just outside the boundaries of Night City. It’s quite open, with broad streets dotted with huge residential towers, nightclubs, and casinos. On its outskirts you can find newer settlements, composed of crudely constructed market stalls and street-level restaurants, spilling out from partially destroyed older buildings. The design of these areas is evocative and each settlement has a very lived-in character that conveys years of strife and struggle. Dogtown has a very different character than Night City, as a walled-off city with more obvious signs of decay, and has a much more open and car-friendly layout than most areas in the base game.