Reviewing the amount of rain in Cyberpunk 2077 might seem like an odd think to focus on and critique, but this is cyberpunk, after all. Rain is an important element.
As this Polygon video points out, it’s not just that “perpetual rain” is a hallmark of the genre. In Mike Pondsmith’s tabletop roleplaying game (upon which the video game is based), it is a world in environmental collapse (a shot ozone layer, run-away greenhouse gasses, and an atmosphere filled with hydrocarbons). It is that collapse (and nuclear war) that put the red in Cyberpunk Red.
So, is that really reflected in Cyberpunk 2077? Not really. Yes, there is rain, but it’s not persistent. The red skies don’t look all that ominous, and when it is raining, the in-game rendering of it is kind of fake and doesn’t really convey the mood as well as it should.
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