After finishing a successful Kickstarter campaign; Shadowrun creator, Jordan Weisman, and Harebrained Schemes, are now ready to let us into the action packed world of tech and magic called Shadowrun Returns!
This unique “turn-based” tactical RPG became available on Steam last week (July 25th) and it invites players to join a dangerous dystopian future. Here’s the games basic synopsis:
The year is 2054. Magic has returned to the world, awakening powerful creatures of myth and legend. Technology merges with flesh and consciousness. Elves, trolls, orks and dwarves walk among us, while ruthless corporations bleed the world dry. You are a shadowrunner – a mercenary living on the fringes of society, in the shadows of massive corporate arcologies, surviving day-by-day on skill and instinct alone. When the powerful or the desperate need a job done, you get it done… by any means necessary.
Reminiscent of the Shadowrun game for consoles of the early 1990’s, this updated Shadowrun features brilliant new art work, a unique character build system (not seen in a lot of games), and the ability to play stories crafted by other players.
All the settings and character portraits are original, hand painted, works which were incorporated into the game for a great mix of 2D/3D art. Every line and neon light gives the game a dark and dangerous vibe missing from the 16 bit cartridge from a decade before. In the offered adventure, Deadman’s Switch, the artwork also ties in closely to the story being played out. It gives it’s players a real sense of a world out of control full of dark alleys and sinister villains! Which, a lot of times, is you. The player!
Shadowrun Returns also does something unique in that you can alter your characters class as the game progresses. There are several starting classes and races to choose from and although you can’t changer race (once a Troll, always a Troll) you can change the characters class with the games unique character class system. So, those who start out as Street Samurai may evolve into Shaman or Deckers by the end of a story line.
The last point to elaborate on is the games unique story building ability. Through the Steam Work Shop, players can use the Shadowrun Returns Editor to create their own stories to share with other players! The editor doesn’t require any unique coding skills and provides all the material from the first adventure to all original stories that can be shared with the rest of the Steam Community!
As a teenager, I was a fan of the SEGA Genesis version of Shadowrun and I still own a copy of that game (and a working Genesis… you suck XBox) some 25 years later. I loved going back and playing an updated version of that game! Shadowrun Returns revisits many of the same territory of the older game but with vastly better graphics, music, and story line. There is a lot of reading in this game, so if you’re not a patient person, you may get frustrated. However, I can see this game being a lot of fun on tablet devices and a good way to pass the time while waiting for a flight or stuck between classes. The only real negative I have for this game is that it is only single player. I feel a version just like this that would also allow a few buddies on board for an adventure would be epic, but then I also hear rumors of a Shadowrun MMORPG, so maybe there’s nothing to worry about. We don’t have a specific rating system here at Atomic Moo so I’ll just say this a game I’ve been enjoying very much and I encourage you to go check it out!
Shadowrun Returns is now currently being sold on Steam for $19.99 or $34.99 for the delux edition! Below I’ve posted a trailer for Shadowrun Returns as well as some screen clips I pulled from the internet. No, they aren’t images from my own game play, but they’ll do to get the point across! If you’ve been playing Shadowrun Returns, or if you’re a fan of the old Shadowrun (best on SEGA) let us know in the comments section so we can nerd it up about a game I loved very much as a kid!