I bought and played this game quite a bit, and I found it quite fun to be honest. But, popular opinion of the game was negative. Why was that so? What did you not like about it?
I love Shadowrun. In my opinion, the people that hate it get stuck on it's learning curve. It's actually fairly unique FPS. It's one part Counter-Strike, and another part something altogether. It's not perfect, but I really enjoy it's unique charm.
... it's also cheap as dirt, and there's a good demo of it on Xbox LIve. PC, not sure. Prolly good on there too.
I think it was most definitely a case of altering the main idea behind ShadowRun and disregarding what fans of the series expect. Much in the same vein of the recently announced Bioshock Infinite and how it appears that the game uses the Bioshock name solely as a marketing ploy. I think a lot of people didn't even try the game before dismissing it as something they would not like.
I was a huge fan of the SNES version, and upon hearing that it would be a FPS I thought it may be a nice divergence from the isometric gameplay of the original; a FPS with RPG trappings sounded interesting. I later learned that it was a multiplayer focused game without any narrative, I admit to being disappointed as well. Not only that, but the actual game was short on content and variety.. it was just an anemic experience. Jeff agreed.
I rather like it. It's surely butchering the legacy of the pen and paper RPG setting, as well as the Mega Drive and SNES games, but as a "stand alone" title, if you repress any thoughts of what Shadowrun used to be ... it's a fairly good multiplayer FPS with some very interesting ideas and different gameplay.
And I talk for the PC version. I like it a lot, though there is only one dedicated server left right now, so you're best off using the matchmaking, which I assume means I get connected to Xbox players.
I thought it was a very cool concept. I never got the full game (didn't have the money to buy on launch and forgot about it) but the demo was really cool. I heard the main problem was the match making which I can't really comment on. But Shadowrun had it's own MLG tourneys right? Kinda awesome.
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