Unique and compelling RPG
An adaptation of the tabletop role-playing game of the same name, this is a hard-edged cyberpunk thriller that incorporates action, real-time strategy and RPG elements to create a well-crafted and compelling experience that was undoubtedly ahead of its time. The complex plot finds protagonist Jake Armitage, an ordinary data courier, being gunned down by a shadowy death-squad. However, after he survives the attack, he becomes caught up in bizarre conspiracy where fantasy creatures like orcs and vampires mix with the futuristic world of 2050 and where guns are just as potent weapons as magic and spells. What follows is an enthralling adventure through a well realised world that requires to complete quests, engage in action-oriented combat and interact with various NPCs to uncover the truth behind mystery. The game plays out in 3D isometric perspective, with Jake also able to enter cyberspace to gain money with which to hire mercenaries to back him up. Although not for everyone, Shadowrun is an undeniably important game and fuses many distinct elements to create an experience which has proved highly influential and which remains popular today. While complex, with a twisting plot and challenging combat, for fans of RPGs like Final Fantasy or Fallout, this is a must play. There is much to explore here and the world is both unique and fascinating, with numerous unusual characters to meet and exciting environments to discover. There is a lot of depth on display here too, with several innovative mechanics to enhance the gameplay, while the script is intelligent and thought provoking. Anyone after an original gaming experience would be advised to check this out.