Mixed or average reviews - based on 57 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 57
  2. Negative: 3 out of 57
  1. 40
    Fans of shooters will find, quickly enough, that the absolute reliance on purchased abilities over skill makes this a poor Counterstrike-style title. RPG fans will, likewise, find that there aren't enough RPG elements to make a whole game out of. And both sides should have the common sense to realize that when a company sneaks out a test game disguised as a full retail product, you don't reward it by buying it.
  2. 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.
  3. 40
    Beyond its shameful lack of a single-player component, which its gameplay attributes are absolutely screaming out for, Shadowrun feels somewhat unfinished, like a beta trial for better things to come - only it is a finished offering and it is never going to deliver.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 152 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 89
  2. Negative: 7 out of 89
  1. May 10, 2011
    This is a SOLID shooter. I can't play this without being reminded of Counter Strike, and anyone who has played Counter Strike knows that it isn't about the Quantity of the content, but the Quality of it. This game is still a bit light on content, but in the gameplay department it absolutely dominates most shooters. Fun, balanced, and innovative, this is a shooter that deserves a try by anyone who's a fan of the FPS genre. Full Review »
  2. grantg
    Sep 21, 2009
    The multiplayer is great, and there are so many ways to set up your character in the matches, and all the sets are fairly equal, so no one becomes incredibly dominant in multiplayer. the unique abilities and tech items give this game so much potential, but the developers completely fail to do anything with this game outside of the inventive abilities and the few maps. there are a very few maps, many of which are just smaller versions of larger maps. and since there is no story mode to this game there should be more maps. shame on you microsoft and FASA for taking a game that could have easily been one of the most acclaimed games of the year and selling the idea short. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »