I am a longtime fan of Shadowrun. I've been obsessed with the game world since the late 80's, and am always eager to find new content and new games involving it. This game has been the biggest dissapointment for Shadowrun since the poorly concieved multiplayer FPS a ways back.
You have next to zero character customization. There are a tiny handful of options, all of which look rediculous, and not particularly shadowrun-esque. The graphics are bad bad bad. Characters all look like they have severe posture issues. The environments look okay, but that is somewhat beside the point.
As far as the mulitplayer aspect? Hard to really speak to that much. There rarely seems to be anyone online. In all fairness though, I was turned off enough by the gameplay that I haven't really given it much effort. (As you can see, I have only been able to convince myself to play a little less than an hour.)
Gameplay, you may ask? What's wrong with the gameplay? Well, you see, it's friggin horrible. Cover doesn't work like it should, the enemies are all crack shots, and the runners you have available are horrible at what they do. There is very little in the way of options for how to approach your missions, and there are NO HEALING ITEMS AT ALL!? Whoever even heard of a strategy game that leaves you no way to patch yourself up and get a few HP in the middle of a mission? The difficulty curve is more of a difficulty cliff, and the drop is there as soon as you cross the threshold into the game. I haven't been able to clear even the first mission.
I don't know why it is so difficult to make a quality RPG experience from Shadowrun. Harebrained Schemes has come the closest to -anyone- in this regard. When I think about Shadowrun I think about the OPTIONS. It's all about customization and finding your own approach to every mission. Varied weapons, countless weapon mods, drones, vehicles, spells, summons, matrix warfare, clothing, armor, gangs, corporations, cybernetic and bio modifications, tools, SO MANY FRIGGIN THINGS YOU CAN DO.
Think about how damned good a properly done Shadowrun MMO could be! Imagine passing the time in your favorite online hangout, or hidden away in your safehouse, going on runs when it suits you, teaming up with friends or being added to a team assembled just for a single run! You grab your custom assault rifle, and off you go! Make mountains of Nuyen and Karma, and mold your character and his/her equipment to match your playstyle!
THIS IS WHAT SHADOWRUN SHOULD BE
not pick a dumpy character, choose from 4-5 possible weapons and off you go!
This is turning into a flat out rant, but I am just so frustrated and let down by this horrible game! I was so excited when I first heard there was going to be a shadowrun MMO, and this is just TERRIBAD!
Anyways, if you want a positive shadowrun experience, go get Shadowrun Returns, enjoy the awesome campaigns, go check out the high quality UGC and keep dreaming for the days a company with talent and vision decides to make an online shadowrun.