shadowrun returns

Got a spare few tens of hours on your hands and fancy running through some serious cult gaming classics? The cyberpunk setting of Shadowrun should suffice as Shadowrun Trilogy delivers Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun Dragonfall – Director’s Cut and Shadowrun Hong Kong – Extended Edition to the masses.

Helped along by the power of Game Pass and the fact that each of the titles is available as an individual purchase and download should you wish to cherry-pick the finest, the Shadowrun Trilogy is full of RPG goodness, picking up and bundling together three of the finest from years gone by. 

The Trilogy itself is priced at £33.49, with each of the individual games running at £16.74 apiece. You’re basically getting three for the price of two here, at least if you don’t take that Game Pass route. 

But what are you getting? Well, each of the games has been updated to fit the console landscape, with upscaled visuals, improved running performance and controller optimised gameplay in tow. They bring the original Shadowrun tabletop game kicking and screaming to the virtual scape and promise to be something that will appeal to many.

Descriptions of each are as follows:

  • Shadowrun Returns – The unique cyberpunk-meets-fantasy world of Shadowrun has gained a huge cult following since its creation over 30 years ago. Nearly 10 years ago, creator Jordan Weisman returned to the world of Shadowrun, modernizing this classic game setting as a single player, turn-based tactical RPG. In the urban sprawl of the Seattle metroplex, the search for a mysterious killer sets you on a trail that leads from the darkest slums to the city’s most powerful megacorps. You will need to tread carefully, enlist the aid of other runners, and master powerful forces of technology and magic in order to emerge from the shadows of Seattle unscathed.
  • Shadowrun Dragonfall – Director’s Cut – In 2012, magic returned to our world, awakening powerful creatures of myth and legend. Among them was the Great Dragon Feuerschwinge, who emerged without warning from the mountains of Germany, unleashing fire, death, and untold destruction across the countryside. It took German forces nearly four months to finally shoot her down – and when they did, their victory became known as The Dragonfall. It’s 42 years later – 2054 – and the world has changed. Unchecked advances in technology have blurred the line between man and machine. Elves and trolls walk among us, ruthless corporations bleed the world dry, and Feuerschwinge’s reign of terror is just a distant memory. Germany is splintered – a stable anarchy known as the “Flux State” controls the city of Berlin. It’s a place where power is ephemeral, almost anything goes, and the right connections can be the difference between success and starvation. For you and your team of battle-scarred shadowrunners, there’s no better place to earn a quick payday. Now, a new threat is rising, one that could mean untold chaos and devastation. One that soon has you and your team caught on the wrong side of a deadly conspiracy. The only clue: whispers of the Dragonfall. Rumors that the Great Dragon Feuerschwinge may still be alive, waiting for the right moment to return…
  • Shadowrun Hong Kong – Extended Edition – HONG KONG. A stable and prosperous port of call in a sea of chaos, warfare, and political turmoil. The Hong Kong Free Enterprise Zone is a land of contradictions – it is one of the most successful centers of business in the Sixth World, and home to one of the world’s most dangerous sprawl sites. A land of bright lights, gleaming towers, and restless spirits where life is cheap and everything is for sale. As an ex-con living in Seattle, you try to make an honest living but when your foster begs you to meet him in China, things turn grim and you find out the police are trying to arrest you. And by arrest, they mean to kill you on sight! Build your team of Shadowrunners, mercenaries with big personalities who can fight using mystical or technical powers, and turn the tables on the elite corporate and the police. Through real-time exploration and turn-based action, you will be met with deadly conspiracy, corporate greed, Triads, social segregation, and gang wars.

The bold links above will whisk you to the Xbox Store page for each individual game, whilst the full Shadowrun Trilogy can be nabbed from here. Keep an eye out for our full reviews (probably of each game) as time progresses. 

Game Description:

The Shadowrun Trilogy comprises 3 cult tactical RPG games taking place in a dystopian cyberpunk future in which magic has re-awakened, bringing back to life creatures of high fantasy. Initially created as a tabletop RPG over 30 years ago, this one-of-a-kind setting that has gained a huge cult following during the past three decades.

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