OpenCritic accuses Cyberpunk 2077 dev of being ‘deceptive and exploitative'

Review aggregator site OpenCritic has taken the unprecedented step of warning gamers away from the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Cyberpunk 2077.

As the controversy over Cyberpunk 2077’s performance deepens, website OpenCritic has published an article accusing CD Projekt of ‘deliberately attempting to misrepresent its product’ over the quality of the game on consoles.

Review copies of the console version were only sent out a few days before release and nowhere near in time to complete a review before launch. As such there are still very few dedicated console reviews for Cyberpunk 2077, although those that do exist, such as IGN’s 4/10 review, are extremely negative.

In a scathing attack, OpenCritic insist that CD Projekt, ‘did it knowing that what they were doing was wrong. It was deceptive, selfish, and exploitative. They did it anyway.’

Unlike Metacritic, OpenCritic does not organise reviews by format (which seems unwise at the best of times) and admits that ‘the single-score approach has failed our users in regards to Cyberpunk 2077’.

OpenCritic has also posted a tweet indicating that they are adding a notice to their Cyberpunk 2077 page, warning people about the quality of the console versions.

At time of writing the warning has not been added to the website (or has perhaps been removed after contact with CD Projekt) but according to the tweet it reads as follows:

‘This game has significant disparities in performance, player experience, and review scores between the PC, next gen consoles, Xbox One, and PS4 versions.

‘The OpenCritic team and several critics suspect that the developer, CD Projekt Red, intentionally sought to hide the true state of the game on Xbox One and PS4, with requirements such as only allowing pre-rendered game footage in reviews and not issuing review copies for PS4 and Xbox One versions.’

It’s indicated the warning will be taken down in February, presumably a reference to CD Projekt’s promise to release the second of two major patches in that month.

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