Half-Life 2 Has Better Water Physics Than Cyberpunk 2077

We get it – Cyberpunk 2077 didn’t quite live up to the hype. Lackluster performance on last-gen consoles, bugs around every corner, and cut features make up the three main complaints hoisted on the still-struggling title. But a new video comparing Cyberpunk 2077’s water physics to a game from 2004 really hammers home the community’s disappointment.

That 2004 game is none other than Half-Life 2. And damn, did it do some revolutionary work for its time.

The short clip – shared earlier this week on Reddit – compares the water physics of Cyberpunk 2077 to Half-Life 2 and Far Cry 5. Both titles were released years before CDPR’s latest game, and both are clearly superior when it comes to water physics – although the jury’s still out on which has the best fish AI.

Needless to say, Cyberpunk 2077 doesn’t look so hot. You can check it out for yourself in the comparison video below:

At the end of the day, it’s just water physics. Although a nice graphical touch, it’s not a make-or-break mechanic. However, much of the community sees this as a perfect example of what went wrong with the game’s development – small cut corners that all add up to a lack of immersion.

Cyberpunk 2077 still has plenty of planned updates throughout 2021 that could right a lot of these wrongs, with Patch 1.2 slated to launch later this month. That patch was originally intended to arrive sooner, but CDPR was delayed due to its recent cyber attacks.

As much as the gaming community likes to rag on Cyberpunk 2077, it still did a few things right. Its first-person storytelling led to deep connections with its characters, and the Judy storyline, in particular, is among the best in recent memory. No doubt there’s an excellent game lurking below the bugs, I just hope CDPR can bring it to the surface.

Cyberpunk 2077 is currently available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Stadia. The game is also playable on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, although a next-gen update is yet to be released.

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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.

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