When the high-end, graphically demanding triple-A video game Cyberpunk 2077 was first released, many people in the console gaming community were frustrated with some of the technical issues they experienced while playing the game.

The game development studio and company that published this game, CD Projekt Red, received many complaints and criticism. However, not only did they listen to their loyal fans, but they also acted upon those player requests, complaints, and suggestions in a timely manner and fixed the issues.

Many now regard it as one of the best video games ever made. The question being asked here is, is Cyberpunk 2077 a lesson in listening to your community and improving your game? Let’s dive straight in to find out.

How updates and game development studios listening to the gaming community can help shape the gaming industry

When the popular AAA video Cyberpunk 2077 from CD Projekt Red was first released in 2020 across multiple platforms (PlayStation 4, Stadia, Win, and Xbox One), it received mixed reviews. It was also then released on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S in February 2022.

At first, many players reported glitches and other technical issues, but the creator of this game was able to act upon the feedback they were receiving, and the game was quickly able to bounce back from the negative reviews.

Back in the day, it was different. When video games were released, there was no way that updates could be made. Take the original 1982 game, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, for example, which has gone down in history as one of the worst games ever made (although many say it’s the worst game ever made).

Back then, there was no way Atari could update their game. It was already too late when those first editions were released. Today, it’s different. Games are played online and can now be updated in real-time by the studios who make them.

Players are the best form of feedback, so companies like CD Projekt Red must act upon the feedback quickly and make the necessary changes to make it a hundred times better.

They have to admit they got certain bits wrong and then carry on without burying their heads in the sand and not doing anything about the negative criticism.

If a company ignored its target audience, it wouldn’t last long in the business. Take the official online gaming website, for example, which currently has the best real money slots in South Africa.

If the companies that make these games had rubbish graphics, annoying sound effects, unimpressive animated sequences, and boring bonus features, players would simply not play these games.

All online games have been reviewed today at hundreds of trusted review sites, and the market-leading software providers and game development studios that make online games should listen to the feedback from some of the most trusted reviews so they can make their games even better.

They can take out the bad parts and focus/heighten the good parts that players like, just like CD Projekt Red did with Cyberpunk 2077.

What are the worst video games of all time?

Some video game development companies still don’t listen to their fans and the games end up being detested by most players. Examples of some of the worst games ever are the following, starting with some of the most recent releases that have got overwhelmingly negative reviews:

  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum (2023)
  • Babylon’s Fall (2022)
  • Battlefield 2042 (2021)
  • Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition (2021)
  • eFootball (2021)
  • Balan Wonderland (2021)
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (2020) – console versions, although issues have been rectified
  • Warcraft III: Reforged
  • WWE 2K20 (2019)

Other games that also received negative reviews because of things like technical issues, sluggish gameplay, poor graphics, pacing, and stability, to name a few, include Fallout 76 (2018), Star Wars Battlefront II (2017), and No Man’s Sky (2016).

There are numerous other games where the development studios have got it wrong and have NOT listened to their target audience to correct their games.

What are the best triple-A video games worth checking out in 2023?

If you want to play some of today’s best triple-A video games that won’t let you down in any way, some of the hottest titles to check out are, in no particular order of importance, Final Fantasy VII Remake, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Red Dead Redemption 2, and The Last of Us Part II.

If that’s not enough to keep you going, don’t forget to check out games like Mortal Kombat 11, Elden Ring, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, The Outer Worlds, Destiny 2, Resident Evil 3, Grand Theft Auto V, Far Cry 6, Halo Infinite, Resident Evil Village, Baldur’s Gate 3, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, God of War, Forza Horizon 5, DOOM Eternal, and God of War Ragnarök, to name a few.

Many of these games come with an age rating restriction, meaning you generally have to be at least 18 years old to play them, so always check before playing.