The unique cyberpunk-meets-fantasy world of Shadowrun has gained a huge cult following since its creation nearly 25 years ago. Now, creator Jordan Weisman returns to the world of Shadowrun, modernizing this classic game setting as a single player, turn-based tactical RPG.
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Release Date: Jul 25, 2013

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“Diehard GameFAN: 2013 Game of the Year/Best PC Game/Best Digital-Downloadable Game/Best Tactical RPG, Softpedia: Best RPG 2013, Hardcoregamer: Nominated Best Strategy Game 2013, Gamezebo: Best Games of 2013, Gamasutra: Top Games of the 2013”
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“Shadowrun Returns drops players headfirst into this richly realized fiction, combining classic role-playing storytelling with modern tactical battles . . . running the shadows has never been more fun.”
8.5/10 – Game Informer

“This is one of the most satisfying and complete tactical roleplaying experiences to come out of 2013 and realistically the last few years.”
4.5/5 – HardcoreGamer

About This Game

MAN MEETS MAGIC & MACHINE. The year is 2054. Magic has returned to the world, awakening powerful creatures of myth and legend. Technology merges with flesh and consciousness. Elves, trolls, orks and dwarves walk among us, while ruthless corporations bleed the world dry. You are a shadowrunner - a mercenary living on the fringes of society, in the shadows of massive corporate arcologies, surviving day-by-day on skill and instinct alone. When the powerful or the desperate need a job done, you get it done... by any means necessary.

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.

The unique cyberpunk-meets-fantasy world of Shadowrun has gained a huge cult following since its creation nearly 25 years ago. Now, creator Jordan Weisman returns to the world of Shadowrun, modernizing this classic game setting as a single player, turn-based tactical RPG.

Key Features

  • Gripping Tactical Combat: When you’re running the shadows, every turn matters. Choose your actions wisely - move to better cover, charge into melee, or lob a fireball into a crowd of enemies. With the variety of weapons and spells at your disposal, every turn is filled with meaningful choices. A successful run requires commanding a team of runners with the right balance of combat, tech, and magical abilities.
  • Skill-Based Character Progression: Choose a starting character archetype and build from there! Street Samurai and Physical Adepts use advanced combat skills to dominate the battlefield, Shamans and Mages summon powerful allies and cast deadly spells, while Riggers and Deckers provide critical technological support, projecting their consciousness directly into drones and computer systems. Shadowrun Returns’ classless skill system allows you to grow your character in any direction you choose. Want to start summoning spirits as an ork Shaman and evolve into a cybered-up weapon specialist? Do it!
  • Engaging 2D/3D Art Style: Shadowrun Returns mixes dynamic 3D characters and lighting with a vibrant, hand-painted environment. Illustrated character portraits bring every conversation to life. Explore a world filled with detail, from the slums of the Redmond Barrens to the extravagant offices of powerful corporations.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP3/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: x86-compatible 1.4GHz or faster processor
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX compatible 3D graphics card with at least 256MB of addressable memory
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6
    • Processor: Intel-based Macs only (x86-compatible, 1.4GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard disk space: 2 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: x86-compatible 1.4GHz or faster processor
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Modern 3D graphics card with at least 256MB of addressable memory
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
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timi38
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Shadowrun Returns is a great game. It's been a while that I forgot the time while playing, but hey the Shadowrun games in general are very interessting with great stories, a lot of choices that actually matter and on top of that its challenging.
Shadowrun Returns is on the second place of Shadowrun "rankings" I personally like Dragonfall more, but both of them are great though,
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Delerium
( 28.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Excellent tactical rpg with a great story and quality battles. I was going to start with the most recent Shadowrun game (Hong Kong) but I am glad I went back and started with the first of the "re-boot" It's not terribly long... I finished the main storyline (Dead Man's switch) in about 13 hours of gameplay and I tend to finish games slower than most.

Excellent writing, good character developement, decent soundtrack, can't wait to play Dragonfall now.
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prezes_wojtek
( 18.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Very, very nice... VERY!
Nice idea, nice "universe", consistent but suprising story, nice mechanics, not too long,
Can't wait to start DragonFall :)
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christian.hambrock
( 37.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Please make more of these games
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DeaD_SychO
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Loved it. Trully loved it
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Nasty Pirate
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Quite good old school RPG game! Set in the cyberpunk world of Shadowrun (duh!) you take the roll of an investigator detective trying to solve the murder of his friend. The story is decent and the variety of classes/skills/weapons is quite big. Enjoyable!
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Rawrbin
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
Great introduction to the Shadowrun universe!

Biggest downside, is that the game is very short and linear.
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FedEx
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
I kickstarted this and was excited to play it when it came out. Was very well excecuted and fun. If you like the Shadowrun setting, you'll love this game.
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Sarah Hawke
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
The fps was better.

Heck, most things are better. It's not a great game.
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inspectorwebert
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
It's a nostalgia trip. If you don't have any familiarity with the setting, a lot of stuff will be lost on you. Still worth playing, but be prepared to look up some names.
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Recommended
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
★★★★☆

For a better introduction to Shadowrun, play Shadowrun: Dragonfall instead.

The Good
+ The game picks up after you find the killer.
+ An interesting theme regarding broken families and how they are exploited.
+ Provides a preachy liberal message as is Shadowrun tradition.
+ Great ending.

The Bad
- Mediocre first half of the game.
- Team banter is almost entirely absent, missions feel like it's just you with a bunch of puppets.
- Most NPCs aren't very fleshed out though there are exceptions.

Worth a try if you're already a fan.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Solid turn-based cyberpunk RPG. Street punks and high society, massive corperations and crazy cults (also Orcs and Elves) it's all here. Enough deapth here that I played through the campeign twice and bought an expansion (I will get around to playing one-day).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
My first experience with Shadowrun was the old genesis title. After that some friends got into shadowrun and G.U.R.P.S... along with alot of other table top games. Played a bit, had some fun... was fun while it lasted.

Then I kept seeing news about 'new games in the shadowrun universe!' popping up, but never saw anything concrete. Then this game came along and I scoffed.

Turn based rpg's... so oldschool. Nevermind the fact that we all loved those games... I assumed it wouldn't be any fun. It has the same general style of oldschool games (If you never played oldschool tactical RPGs... think somewhat like XCom).

The different weapon styles allow for some interesting fighting, although honestly the later games are much better at this. Magic isn't overpowered or underpowered... and can be quite interesting in some situations. I had alot of fun playing a decker (hacking isn't half bad, but is much better in the followup games), and the story is interesting as well. Lets you feel just how hopeless life is in this universe.

Buy it if you want a good read, and love noir films or style of story.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
So, after many breaks, I finally finished this game.

I suppose up front I should say I don't have nearly enough time for games as I used to. So being able to actually finish an RPG in around 10 hours was a very enjoyable experience. Not every RPG needs to be epic, you know? I don't remember what I paid for this, I think I got it in a Humble Bundle, but $15 seems about right for this.

Now I'm not familiar with Shadowrun at all. But this game did a good job of easing me in. The world building was relatively minimal, and didn't hold things up too horribly. In fact, I think the world building was appropriately spread out and well integrated into the game. No audio logs you listen to while doing other things in this game. Or worse, audio logs you listen to unable to do anything else. I'm looking at you Mass Effect.

I perhaps could have used a bit more of a combat tutorial. I didn't realize until halfway through the game that I could overwatch, or that I could command my guys in any order I wanted. But perhaps I should have Read The ♥♥♥♥ing Manual instead. On second glance, there doesn't appear to BE a manual...

Combat did start to get a bit repetitive towards the end. Equipment wasn't too glamorous either. But I think my biggest complaint is that I never got attached to any of the hirelings you can get. Well, except for Coyote. But for the most part, your team will just consist of a rotating cast of randos, with maybe a story required NPC. It really hurt my engagement in the somewhat stale combat. I had my guy, who I cared about, and then 3 bags of meat.

That being said, at the end of the day I really enjoyed this game. It took me a few months to stop being distracted by other games and actually finish this one. The reptitive combat may have contributed to that. But the story was interesting enough to keep me coming back. And the story really does wind and twist through some interesting nooks and crannies. Probably the strongest aspect of this game, aside from the generally creative setting.

Probably not the strongest recommendation, but it's still a recommendation all the same.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Great atmosphere and story. Thanks nerds
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Simply an absolute must have!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Story lasts for 8-10h and is highly linear without a lot of room (actually none) for own decisions which affect the story in any way. In my opinion Shadowrun Returns is a well executed mix between Fallout 2 and XCOM although its lacking the depth of both titles.

However, its not a bad game especially for people who need an introduction to the Shadowrun world.

PS: Cover doesnt matter.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Best title of Shadow run series....nice story and highly recommend for turn based strategy players...

Cons :-
Very Short Story.....
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
44.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Huge original shadowrun fan here and this game does not do the original justice. They have all the shadowrun goodness but failed on the execution. Leveling system sucks, Combat sucks. Quest/story sucks, My main problem is that it is not even OPEN world; you are forced to follow the story and you cant even explore at all every thing you do and everywhere you go is controlled by the story; its more like reading a book than playing an RPG you dont get to make any choices.

I really wanted this game to be more like the original :(
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Frankly, I'll give anything that has Shadowrun in the name a try. Kind of like I used to be with Battletech. I like the atmosphere of the game. I like the turn based combat. I'm not a youngster anymore, so I can't keep up with the fast muscle responses of these Call of Duty gurus. This is fun, has a little strategy and tactics to it, has a little problem solving, and has a nice cyberpunky atmosphere. I like it.
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