I love the Shadowrun universe, so I was pretty excited about the kickstart campaing and the eventual release of this game.
As an old school gamer, my gaming history is based on games like Fallout(1&2), Shadowrun(original), XCOM(originals) and many other genre-defining legends, my expectations were pretty high I must confess.
Once I finished the game (about 10h or so) I couldnt believe that it was over, it felt like something was missing.
It was the realization that the experience I hoped for was never going to be delivered.
The game is not a total waste but it's tremendously shallow, as linear as it can possibly be.
Character creation doesnt feel deep enough: generic 3D models, character photos that do not represent your model, lack of customization, lack of classes information...
During the course of the game you do not interact with the game-world but with overlays on it, you will never go up or down a stair, you interact with the overlay near the stair and then you go up or down.
Leveling up feels boring, most of the time you don't feel like getting stronger. Also the possibility to wait for a stat check barrier (the game tells what values are needed) to spend your karma points feels really sad.
All around It's an excessively minimalist game: graphical engine, art, interface, world, combat, skills, progression... everything.
If it was a mobile game it would've been a fair accomplishment, but at this point in gaming history, a "return" to Shadowrun universe as a PC game shouldn't have looked like this.
This game lacks depth for a Shadowrun universe PC game.
Two good aspects of the game though:
- story: Does a good job immersing you on the plot.
- content creating community: The level editor and the content created by the community can keep you entertained if you happen to like the game. The community made a lot of other adventures for you to run if you wish.
For me, that is not enough and, most importantly, not what I was looking for on this "return".
For people with high expectations as mine I cannot recommend this game.