Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty Review

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Content Summary

We will review the Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty expansion pack, released by CD Projekt Red for Cyberpunk 2077 in 2023.

As I had previously written a review of on reviewsofgame.com, Cyberpunk 2077, which debuted with problems in 2020 after a seven-year wait, brought with it many controversies. The computer version of the game was not bad, but its performance on consoles was far from playable. For this reason, it was even removed from Playstation’s store for a while. Over time, CD Projekt Red made the game playable with patches, made improvements, and managed to regain a respectable place in the eyes of the players because they did not let go of the game.

One of the Teaser Image of Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC

One of the Teaser Image of Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC

I liked the game even when it was first released, even with its bugs. Maybe what was promised was too much, but I was quite satisfied with the work that came out. CD Projekt Red’s incredibly rich side mission content, which motivated even me, who was addicted to the main mission, to play the side missions, and the wonderful stories it made me experience, made me enjoy Cyberpunk 2077 and spend hours playing the game.

After three years, Cyberpunk 2077 received a major update called 2.0, and soon after, the expansion pack called Phantom Liberty was released.

Story of Cyberpuk 2077 Phantom Liberty City

Phantom Liberty picks up where the main story of Cyberpunk 2077 left off. As you know, in the first game, our main character, V, witnessed a high-level murder while trying to steal a chip called treasure and had to place the chip he was trying to steal into his head. Because of this chip called Treasure, V started a fast-paced adventure with the character Johnny Silverhand, who lived in his head to take over his body. At the end of this adventure, we either gave full control to Johnny Silverhand or entered an uncertain path where we decided to continue the fight.

Phantom Liberty starts exactly from this point. A government agent named Songbird says that she can cure V by managing to infiltrate the chip called treasure, but first she has to help the American President whose plane was shot down. The fact that Songbird can also hear Johnny Silverhand stuns us for a moment, and we begin our journey with a serious possibility of salvation.

It's a nice place to sit after a mission and watch the backstreets of Ithaka.

It’s a nice place to sit after a mission and watch the backstreets of Ithaka.

What happens next continues with an expansion story that is perhaps even better designed than the main story of Cyberpunk 2077.

Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty General Evaluation

Like all of CD Projekt Red’s expansion packs, Phantom Liberty is very elaborate and really rich in terms of both story and side missions. The game has finally reached a near-perfect experience with the updates it has received over the years. In this case, playing this expansion pack becomes a pleasure.

First of all, the game has come an incredible way in terms of atmosphere. The spirit of the first game was in line with the Cyberpunk theme, with multi-storey buildings and neighborhoods, fashion sense, and events taking place outside of us, but here, a darker atmosphere was established with the Ithaka region, where most of the expansion pack takes place, as well as the progress of the story and the nature of the side missions.

New updates have been made to our character’s development tree, and the development has become much more detailed. Our choices also change the characteristics of our character, and once we achieve the necessary development, the tasks do not remain simple towards the end of the game. I really liked this new version. You can improve yourself in many ways depending on your gaming habits.

We're hiding here with Songbird, whose purple hair we're in love with.

We’re hiding here with Songbird, whose purple hair we’re in love with.

Side missions should be mentioned separately. Side missions are structured in a way that will feed the main story. For example, a character we know through side missions can help us infiltrate the skyscraper in the main story. The story of the expansion pack is incredibly consistent with the side missions. For example, in the story of the expansion pack, the death of an important character named Hansen also affects the side missions, and the missions are shaped accordingly. In other words, side missions are not tasks that are just there to keep the player entertained. If Hansen is dead, the dialogues are shaped in one way, if he is not dead, the dialogues are shaped in a different way. After each breaking point in the story of the expansion pack, this change in the content of the side missions also branches out differently.

In these types of games, the trinkets we collect from around and the letters and news we encounter here and there play a very important role in involving the player in the story. This was incredibly good in the first game of Deus Ex, for example. Or think of Last of Us. The letters and obsolete technological products you see around constantly provide details that expand the meaning and atmosphere of what the world you are in is like. The content we can encounter in Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty is incredible, but I am not sure if it is as successful as Deus Ex or Last of Us in putting people into the atmosphere.

A content mentioning the name of Trabzonspor from the Turkish League, which we captured as a result of a raid on a company that scouted football players.

A content mentioning the name of Trabzonspor from the Turkish League, which we captured as a result of a raid on a company that scouted football players.

Interestingly, I do not find the feeling of conflict in Cyberpunk 2077 very good in general. Even though there are improvements in this expansion pack, the combat dynamics of Cyberpunk 2077 are still not at a point where I enjoy it, but it is still fun to change weapons quickly, using shotguns in close combat and switching to rifles or smart guns when we move away.

Apart from this, the Phantom Liberty expansion pack does not offer a romantic experience like the main story of Cyberpunk 2077. In the first game, I abandoned the main missions and dealt with Panam and Judy. There are only a few phone calls in this game. Apart from these, there is no romantic experience. As an player, it would make me happy to see the continuation of incomplete romantic relationships. This stiuation made me sad.

Also, speaking of phones, the frequency with which we use our smartphones in Phantom Liberty is designed to be very similar to real life. While we are waiting for a call for a progress in the main story, our phone does not disturb us or bother us, it rings from time to time with the frequency in real life and messages come from time to time. This also affects the story and side missions. I liked it.

In summary, Cyberpunk 2077’s Phantom Liberty expansion pack has a story that I like even more than the main game and a darker atmosphere that suits the Cyberpunk theme. With the updates, the game has become almost perfect technically. It was a great pleasure to play. I wish it had been a little longer and the story had gone beyond Ithaka.

Video games are a good thing they exist. I’m grateful that they allow us to get away from the real world for a little while.

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4.9

Briefly My Opinion

Cyberpunk 2077’s Phantom Liberty expansion pack has a story that I like even more than the main game and a darker atmosphere that suits the Cyberpunk theme. With the updates, the game has become almost perfect technically. It was a great pleasure to play. I wish it had been a little longer and the story had gone beyond Ithaka.

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