Fangirl Rant!
Fangirl Rant!

Shadowrun is one of my favorite games. In fact, it’s the first tabletop game I ever played in on a regular basis, and that makes it very, very special to me. I have fond memories of dodging cyber-ninjas and holding intricate planning sessions dedicated towards sneaking into corporate complexes…

So when I heard that Microsoft was making a new Shadowrun game, I was understandably excited. There have been other Shadowrun video games – some good, some not so, but the idea of making a Shadowrun game with today’s graphical capabilities made my inner fangirl -very- happy.

And then I saw what Microsoft was doing with the property, and I was sad.

Are there any Shadowrun fans out there who are looking forward to the new XBox360 Shadowrun game? I must admit that I’m not. From what I’ve seen, it’s not the Shadowrun I know and love so much as it is your standard first-person shooter that just happens to have orcs and trolls and magic. Where’s the gritty post-apocalyptic cities? Where’s the lean-and-mean cybersams fighting against the corrupt corporate conglomerates? The Shadowrun universe hold so much possibility as a really incredible MMO that it seems a shame to waste the franchise on a shooter.

Granted, that doesn’t mean it’ll necessarily be a bad game. Some of the screenshots [link] are pretty shiny, even if the trolls are a little Warcraft-y. (But that’s another rant for another day) I might even end up playing it, since Quake III would be pretty fun if you could play as a troll with a HMG. But is it Shadowrun? Not in my books.

News: Posted April 25th, 2007 by Alina

^ 5 Comments to “Fangirl Rant!”

  1. Scott Says:

    I’m hoping this Shadowrun game will be enough to generate interest in the franchise again, and from there, spawn a MMO. Though I will admit, not sure how well it’d work as an MMO, since the whole ‘doing buisness in the back alleys, in total secrecy’ doesn’t translate well to an MMO that’ll have people spamming shouts for ‘fat lootz’ and the like *shrugs* Will see 🙂

    Posted April 28th, 2007 at 1:59 pm
  2. Skreyola Says:

    I’m afraid Microsoft(tm) only knows one thing to do with original ideas… pillage!

    Posted May 2nd, 2007 at 1:59 am
  3. Abenation Says:

    Alina, I share your excitement and admiration for Shadowrun. Its always good to find other Shadowrun fans out there. Its like a secret society even amongst the most hard core sci-fi geeks.

    When I was a wee lad I spent countless hours and days playing Shadowrun on the Sega Genisis. I must have played that game (and finnished) about a dozen times.

    If you have not played it before its a overhead 2D/3D scroller. Much like any 80’s adventure game. It was such a mind blowing game for me back then. You had to run missions, jack into the “matrix” and fight your way through encryption blocks, Black Ice, all in efforts to steal the corporate data. Sooo cool.

    I could go on, but even now the drool is messing up my shirt.

    Peace out and keep up all the good work.

    ~Abe from Ottawa

    Posted May 2nd, 2007 at 7:45 am
  4. Alina Says:

    The Sega Genesis version of Shadowrun… Oh, man, now there was an awesome game that -felt- like Shadowrun!! So. Cool!

    Now I really, really want to play that game again…

    Posted May 4th, 2007 at 5:09 pm
  5. Punstarr Says:

    If you notice, the new X-Box SR game looks as if it has absolutely nothing to do with the actual Shadowrun world. From what I can tell, it may not even be set in Seattle. I’m so disappointed it’s not funny.

    Posted May 11th, 2007 at 1:37 pm