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Realistic Combat Overhaul Mod for Cyberpunk 2077 improves bullet-sponge combat

The Realistic Combat Mod rebalances combat to prevent enemies from feeling like "bullet sponges" (Image source: CD Projekt RED)
The Realistic Combat Mod rebalances combat to prevent enemies from feeling like "bullet sponges" (Image source: CD Projekt RED)
While Cyberpunk 2077's official 1.2 patch has been delayed somewhat, enterprising modders are improving aspects of the game by themselves. The Realistic Combat Overhaul by cortlong50 promises to revamp combat by making both the player - and enemy NPCs - significantly more dangerous to each other.

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CD Projekt RED's Cyberpunk 2077 had a, well, less than ideal launch late last year. Severe performance issues on last-gen consoles including the Playstation 4 and Xbox One were part of the problem. But critics and users also pointed out that many gameplay features - like the game's AI - were underdeveloped or broken. 

Modder cortlong50 felt that Cyberpunk's combat system could also use a bit of change. As it stands, level scaling means that higher level NPCs can soak up entire clips of ammunition. The same holds true for the player, too, when going up against lower-tier opponents.

When going up against high-powered enemies, multiple grenades and shotgun blasts often fail to get the job done, a potential immersion-breaker. To counteract this, cortlong50's mod sets all NPCs - and the player's - health to 100 and eliminates health scaling on leveling up. This means that NPCs will die much faster, but that it's also much easier for the player to die. 

The mod is still in beta. However, it could offer a good reason to get back into Cyberpunk, for more dynamic gunfights. 

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I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2021-03- 8 (Update: 2021-03- 8)