GTA 5 or Cyberpunk 2077? Does Night City have the same allure as Los Santos?
Cyberpunk 2077 was released on December 10 and soon after, players found several bugs in the game, especially on the console versions. CD Projekt Red's ambitious open-world title was highly criticized and the game had a rather disastrous launch.
Even so, Cyberpunk 2077 managed to sell over 13 million copies and it hasn't even been one month since its release. When it comes to open-world RPG's, there is one specific game that comes close to Cyberpunk 2077- Rockstar's GTA 5. While GTA V is not an RPG, the gaming community has been comparing GTA 5 to Cyberpunk 2077 over which is a better open-world title. So far, things look solid for GTA 5, let's a take look.
Is GTA 5 better?
CDPR did roll out 2 hotfixes for Cyberpunk 2077- hotfix 1.05 and hotfix 1.06 but there are still tons of issues that need to addressed. For a game that was under development for 7 years and got delayed thrice, everyone expected Cyberpunk 2077 to be a masterpiece when it releases but that was not the case.
GTA 5 was released 7 years ago and it is still one of the most played games in the world with over 50,000 players at any given time. In terms of scale, GTA V has a bigger map, with more realistic NPCs. So why is it that a game so old is able to compete against, and still stay ahead of a latest release like Cyberpunk 2077?
Driving and shooting
To start with, things look more real in GTA 5. When you shoot the tyres of a car in GTA 5, they actually burst and deflate whereas, in Cyberpunk 2077, it's as if the tyres are made with some indestructible material. Even doing a burnout causes the tyres to burst in GTA 5 but in Cyberpunk 2077, you can go at it forever. If you were to jump out of a running car in GTA 5, you will fall, stumble, crash. In Cyberpunk 2077, you jump out a running car and you will just stand.
When it comes to shooting, weapons have a more simple shooting mechanic in GTA V. In Cyberpunk 2077, you are given access to a host of different weapons, which can then be equipped with various mods, scopes, muzzle attachments to make your gun play out the way you want it to.
Both of these games have a large open-world cities with tons of areas to explore. But in Cyberpunk 2077, players have reported that they can see cars melting in the distance and other weird glitches. A positive is that Cyberpunk 2077's narrative has a rich history behind it as we saw in Night City Wire Episode 3. The Night City which is divided in 7 different districts and each district has lethal gangs fighting for domination.
Sure, there are gangs in GTA 5 but Cyberpunk 2077's gangs look more savage and lethal. That's a point to Cyberpunk 2077 from me. Plus you can take different approaches as the game is choice-based where you can choose how you interact with different NPCs.
There are several areas more where we can compare these two games. Like swimming in GTA 5 is a lot smoother, the NPC's in GTA 5 sometimes put up a fight if you hit them whereas in Cyberpunk 2077 they will almost certainly run away if you hit them and other drivers in Cyberpunk 2077 are a lot more patient than those in GTA 5.
Overall, when it comes to being realistic, GTA 5 is ahead by a big margin. But is it fair to criticize Cyberpunk 2077 so early? The game still looks amazing on PC and CDPR is actively working towards fixing the bugs and optimizing the game.
There's no denying that Cyberpunk 2077 has a better visual presence than GTA V. However, the little details in NPCs, their behaviour, how they interact with the player and more in GTA V really make the city of Los Santos come alive.
These two games are extremely different from one another, but when comparing the similarities among the two, it seems that Rockstar Games' years of making open world cities in games have given them an edge over CD Projekt Red.