As a community, I think we should knowledge two things:
- In the context of the whole industry, this isn't a bad game. Hell, I would even say that the artstyle, music, details, atmosphere are superb, one of the best worlds to look at I had seen in years. The gameplay shortcomings are there, but even I, who don't like racing or GTA type games, had a blast doing Clair's storyline with all those car races.
- The advertisement of this game was very misleading in a way that many things were shown out of context, many things were left unsaid and some were presented in a way that was supposed to create a notion, that game's mechanics will be up-to-date with or even surpass the standards of what we have seen in open world genre for the past 10-15 years, which isn't the case.
CP2077 is a pretty good game, even with the shortcomings. At 150 hours into the game, I would still buy it again. I don't see a reason to stop recommending that someone buy it. Unless they are on PS4, that is. Fix the bugs and work out some of the rough game play edges, like driving , and even without the cut content, and given the shallow world and somewhat short story, it will be really great.
As for the industry, I think that one studio has soured the ale. Comparing CDPR to that studio is going a little far. With CP2077, I think that the exaggerated hype for the game can be shared by on the studio, influencers, and the players. This resulted in an unchecked feedback loop, and I guess there wasn't enough interest in quenching it.
If anything, CDP/CDPR suffers from the sin of Pride. I think they created a monument with The Witcher 3, and they wanted to create another one with Cyberpunk 2077. Scuttlebutt says that this was more than they could reasonably accomplish.
As I have no history with CDP/CDPR, I find myself wondering whether the studio will just walk away. Will they follow up and treat CP2077 as an "early access" game and continue building it until it matches their internal dream? Will they simply define the dream as what they have, release a few bug fixes, maybe some DLC that they have prepped, and call it a wrap?