Humorous Game review: Shadowrun Returns

Humours Game reviews by our writer B. Burns

“Shadowrun Returns”

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I spent a good chunk of yesterday playing the new ‘Shadowrun’ game and here is my verdict, for those of you who have been sitting on the fence.

I’m attracted to the same qualities in RPGs as I am in ladies. That is to say, I am generally drawn towards something which is extremely complicated and often, slightly older than me. Thistends to be to my dismay though, as with both RPGs and girls, these qualities inevitably lead to me getting my ass kicked and I end up tearing my own hair out. I must just be a glutton for punishment. ‘Shadowrun Returns’ is so old-school that I had to give it a Worther’s Original to make it stop going on about how the bin-men didn’t come round on time last week. It also has a shit load of complex mechanics which are not explained at all. So, in short, you probably won’t enjoy this game unless you have a shelf full of old-school RPGs at home. If you do though, this will be a great ride down the highway of RPG nostalgia, with a wonderful stay at the motel of turn-based strategy combat fun!

Having said that, there are a lot of things about this game which everybody can appreciate. The environments are atmospheric and evoke a strong sense of a dystopian future in which people live in absolute squalor and half of the population are strung-out druggies. The characters are likeable and often, quite original. Overall, the writing is absolutely excellent, so if you’re looking for an engaging story, you won’t go far wrong. But if story isn’t your thing then you won’t like this game, because it absolutely takes precedent over the action, of which there is a somewhat minimal amount.

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The campaign is short. Very short. But the editing toolkit that comes packaged with the game is what you’re really paying for here. Within a couple of weeks I can promise you that some busy bees will have made epic campaigns that far outstretch the meagre 12-hour long affair that comes with the game at launch. This really is a game designed around the community and for those of us who are fans of the original pen & paper game, this is a great way to get creative and share our ideas with one another.

All in all, this game is easily worth £14.99 as long as you’re a hard bastard when it comes to RPGs. Stick this game on anything above ‘normal’ difficulty and you’ll find yourself with a real challenge.

B.Burns

From the office of Falchion Games: Go To Hell Dave

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