- Engrossing levels of depth and strategy, plenty of variation in gameplay.
- No single player story campaign, initially hard to get into.
Shadowrun will offer lots of fun to anyone who enjoys online gaming. If you prefer to play solo however, there's not much here to recommend.
Price$ 69.95 (AUD)
Shadowrun is a diamond in the rough. Though weighed down by potential barriers to entry and simplified comparisons to other games, beneath it all lies one of the most intense, well balanced, and complex online team shooters in recent memory.
Aside from bot matches and six single player training missions that are highly recommended, the bulk of the game is online exclusive. At its base, the game's structure is a competitive first person shooter with a team focus, similar to Counterstrike. There are three game types including two capture-the-flag variations and a team deathmatch mode. There are nine different maps, plus three smaller variations for the Attrition (deathmatch) mode.
What separates the game from similar offerings is the significant array of strategic options available. After choosing one of 4 races--each has their own nuanced strengths and weaknesses--you begin the match with 2000 dollars (2500 as a human) to purchase weapons, magic and tech to further customize your base strategy. More money is earned each round based on your performance, but only 3 powers or tech can be assigned to hotkeys at any time. Others can be swapped out or activated through the menu when necessary.
The powers and tech are what make this game stand out from the crowd by creating a dynamic and diverse gameplay experience. There are far too many combinations and strategies to discuss in this review, so I'll just give one example: strangle is a magic power that creates an area of crystals on a surface which slow movement and do damage. To neutralize it, you have many options: they can be removed with damage, a tech item, a dwarf player can absorb them while elves can teleport past them. The game is filled with these strategic uses for different powers as well as multiple ways to counter them, making a deeper, more cerebral experience than players of this genre might be used to.
Slogging Through the Mud
The game is not without its caveats. It takes quite a few matches to really see this depth, and has a significant learning curve compared to an average online shooter. A Live Silver account allows you to play dedicated server games, but automatic matching requires a Gold account. Using the TrueSkill automatic matching can often take a few minutes to join, though subsequent matches are nearly instant. Because the game is online only and has nine unique maps, some may question the 50 dollar price tag. However, each map has so many strategic variations that nine is almost an overload, and downloadable content is rumored to be on the way.
Those able to play Shadowrun with an open mind and invest the time to learn the game will find one of the deeper online FPS games to date. The fine-tuned balance of the numerous powers and technology throws a spin on the usual formula. It may not be for those looking for a simple pick up and play experience, or those who aren't willing to push past its initial barriers. For everyone else, though, there is an experience here well worth the cost of entry that becomes more interesting the more you play and will last quite a while.
Join the newsletter!
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Apple iPhone X
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
cloudandco Smart Cane
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Toys for Boys
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Google Daydream View VR Headset
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Bose SoundLink Micro
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Xbox One X
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 2 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 3 Google Home Mini review: a welcome addition to the smart speaker family.
- 4 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 5 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
Latest News Articles
- Australian Destroyer joins in World of Warships
- Acer attempts to woo Australian gamers with reveal of its new Predator range
- Nintendo Switch software update: What does 4.0.0 feature and how to install it?
- Robot House announce vacuum-bot adventure game ahead of PAX Australia
- Wargaming launches ANZ servers for World of Tanks
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- PC World 2017 Editors' Choice Awards Nomineees Announced
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FT.NET DeveloperACT
- FTSenior .NET DeveloperWA
- TPICT Manager | Business SystemsVIC
- FTFinancial AdministratorOther
- FTPEGA ArchitectOther
- FTAGILE Business AnalystOther
- FTPortfolio Lead. PMONSW
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- TPCommunication Advisor | ICT Project ImplementationQLD
- FTBroker Support/ Applications SupportOther
- TPDigital SupportVIC
- FTSenior SAS DeveloperOther
- TPProject Manager - CRMQLD
- FTSenior Business AnalystOther
- CCJava LeadVIC
- PTAxway developersVIC
- FTSenior Data Warehouse Developer, Power BIOther
- FTMid-Level Software EngineerOther
- CCTechnical Field EngineerNSW
- FTBI DeveloperWA
- FT.Net DeveloperOther
- FTBusiness AnalystACT
- FTSenior SQL EngineerOther
- FTLevel 2 and 3 Support TechnicianOther
- FTNetwork and Telecommunications ArchitectOther