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  • Summary: Shadowrun is a multiplayer first-person shooter based on the much beloved RPG franchise. Shadowrun propels team-based combat into a new dimension with a revolutionary blend of modern weaponry and ancient magic. Up to 16 players battle for control of this new world through Windows Vista's Xbox 360-to-Windows Vista online compatibility. In Shadowrun, vie for supremacy in a constantly evolving battlefield where advanced technology and ancient magic provide an unprecedented and high-velocity tactical action experience. After a 5,000 year absence magic has returned to the world of 2021, and global corporate might battles a relentless ancient order to harness this reawakened power. Be a part of the RNA global megacorp and bring order (and profit) into a world of chaos, or join the Lineage to keep magic wild and free at all costs. Choose a side and wage war for the future of magic in the new world of Shadowrun. Dive into a universe where ancient magic co-exists with deadly weaponry, and experience a revolution in multiplayer FPS gaming. Purchase advanced technology and magic each round in an extraordinary arms race to improve your abilities and open up new tactics for your team. Use your cybernetic eye to spot your enemy through walls, teleport behind your opponents in the blink of an eye, trigger a hologram as a distraction then cut them down with a burst from your rifle to clear the room before they even know you're there. [Microsoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 57
  2. Negative: 3 out of 57
  1. In sum, don’t let the pricepoint keep you away from this game. This is one of those rare games you encounter where the gameplay is addicting, refreshing, refined, and innovative - making this highly recommended as a purchase. It really is worth the cost.
  2. Shadowrun is far from perfect and the things that are missing will definitely be missed by many, but it is a very fun take on an old FPS formula and offers addictive gameplay that will make you overlook otherwise major flaws in game design.
  3. 75
    Shadowrun is a good online FPS.
  4. 68
    Shadowrun has no visible persistent statistics, no way to modify character models, nothing, outside of Achievements, to serve as reward. As gamers, it's rewards we crave, be it of the narrative variety, in-game items, new options or modes, or something entirely different.
  5. Shadowrun doesn’t just trample on the memories of the classic RPGs many people fondly remember. It’s a sham and a rip-off, especially on the Xbox 360. If you absolutely must buy this game, buy it on the PC. Better yet, don’t buy it at all, at least not until it hits the bargain bin.
  6. Shadowrun has stacks of good ideas; it just fails to rest them on a bed of good value and substance. [Aug 2007, p.104]
  7. Rent it for a bit if you're particularly interested, but what could have really been a solid game turns out as almost half of one with an obvious focus on the unorthodox abilities that is just not going to cut it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 89
  2. Negative: 7 out of 89
  1. SamShepherd
    Jan 17, 2009
    Cannot put the game down! One of the best games in the world and my second favourite only beaten by Halo 3, if this game did have a campaign it would make it even more better than it already is! And it's absolutely brilliant already! 5 out of 5 stars. Expand
  2. DerekR.
    Jun 5, 2007
    This is far and away the best online shooter released for the 360 to date. It manages to blend the slightly arcade-ish action feel of Halo with an excellent tactical element to make a blend not seen before. The result is a hugely satisfying spectrum of combat options ranging from ultra-violent to highly cunning tactical nuance. There are a so many ways to approach and adapt to combat situations and this really feels fresh to play. Its quite ridiculous to see the low scores given to this game by the listed media above ... especially, when (so far) sixty-plus gamers here have an average review score upwards of 8! Expand
  3. lucas38
    May 31, 2007
    I was part of the beta test for "Shadowrun" and I am very impressed with the final product!!! I know, I know, there are those out there who simply aren't happy with the fact that the game doesn't resemble it's PRG roots (this game is BASED on the original RPG...BASED), for what it is (a great strategic shooter) it's awesome; a thinking man's shooter, Imagine that! Frankly, as much as I love Halo, I am more of a "Phantom Dust" kinda guy, and "Shadowrun" will sit poudly beside that very title, because for me this is good gaming! Expand
  4. Kyrandos
    Jun 3, 2007
    I'm an old school fan of ShadowRun. I admit it. I loved the pen and paper game, and I loved the SNES version. They were my first real taste of steampunk, well before I ever read William Gibson. Ever since, I have longed for another ShadowRun. It's nothing like the old school games. Ok, alright. I expected that, because they advertised it as an Unreal Tournament style game. And as such? It's EXCELLENT! Highly polished gameplay and well laid maps make this just an incredibly fun and surprisingly addictive shooter, with a couple twists that just make the whole thing that much better. All sorts of combinations of skills and magic offer you numerous methods of play, and it's a lot of fun finding out what's best for you. There's a strong sense that the game just wasn't finished, however, in that it is curiously missing so many standard features that have frankly BEEN standards for half a decade.... or more. No clan system, no leaderboards, no ladders, no single player, only 3 game modes... It leaves a consumer frustrated.... As far as remaining loyal to the old school Shadowrun, It's close, but dumbed down,which sucks in many ways. However, if this is what it takes to revive the shadowrun name - and possibly result in a future single player campaign? OK by me. Expand
  5. TimW
    Oct 11, 2008
    This is an excellent online fps. It is surprisingly balanced with all of it's different races, magics, and techs. As of now(October 2008) you can get this used at your local gamestop for 15-20$. It's a great game if you have xbox live and you'll be playing it for hours. Expand
  6. JamesH.
    Jun 4, 2007
    The 'official' critc ratings are more than a tad harsh. Ok... there's no single-player (unless you count the 3hrs or so of training missions) but what a game! The depth and variety allows the formation of multiple tactics and strategies to a degree not seen before on a console shooter. The graphics are certainly passable, if not stellar but its the gameplay that brings it home here. Certainly worth picking up and learning to play... once you've understood how the game mechanics work, you'll be hooked. Expand
  7. TraceA.
    Jun 1, 2007
    Wow this game feels so uninpsired and bad. No wonder its FASA's last game.

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