Being a huge fan of Grand Theft Auto (GTA) it is safe to say I was pretty excited about the prospects of a Cyberpunk-themed, top-down reimagining of the original GTA game and Glitchpunk seemingly checked all those boxes.
Sadly, it doesn’t take too long before you start to notice that Glitchpunk is a flawed game, with a lot of wasted potentials.
You start the game as a newcomer to the city and are instantly asked some pointless question, that ends up with the same results no matter what you choose.
Magnus quickly explains that you are not considered human, but instead are an android, and to not be destroyed by the city officials you must act as the cities gun fire hire, complete tasks, which often involve killing other androids and cleaning up the streets.
Yet, when completing the first task, which has you killing 3 andriods that refused the same pointless test you had taken, within moments of taking a shot, you become wanted by the police.
So with little to no tutorial, you have religious faction members and the police hunting you down, for a job that you are seemingly doing with the permission of the city officials, somewhat confusing.
Glitchpunk's City & Districts
At first, the city looks good, it’s vibrant, there are lots of futuristic cars, lights and buildings scattered around the streets, which are full of life.
But before long, you start to notice that it all looks the same, even when moving out of one district and into another, there has been little to no effort to make anything in the city really stand out.
I have to admit though, driving around the city is a lot of fun, the futuristic cars feel amazing to drift around corners at high speeds, which encouraged me to initiate as many high speed chases as possible to keep me entertained
Each time you complete a mission in Glitchpunk, it will directly affect one of the three factions standing with you.
So there’s a constant battle to ensure that you balance your standing with each of these factions, or you will start finding them attacking you when you enter into their districts.
Each of the factions control a district in the city, meaning you will have to be careful where you go depending on how each of the factions view you.
Glitchpunk has potential, I cannot deny that, but at the moment it just feels like wasted potential, making it a game that is easily forgettable and not particularly exciting to play.
The game’s plot isn’t compelling, and the gameplay quickly becomes old and repetitive, unless future content improves the game, it’s not one I will be rushing to return to.