This review is mostly for tabletop RPG fans(esp. those who have played SR tabletop).
To all others: this is a really fun, turn-based tactical game in a really cool setting, that plays well in both single-player and multiplayer! So buy it for sure, if you like those kind of games!
OK now for you tabletop RPG fans:
2 things about SR Chronicles I REALLY like:
1) Hackers/Deckers are a completely viable, distinct form of combat all their own. They interfere with opponents’ cyberware & gear which can stun, damage, and debuff opponents. They can also buff allies, giving them bonuses to hit, for example. This is far superior to the tabletop SR game IMO. The great part is they do NOT need any LOS(line of sight), effectively “shooting” thru walls etc. (since they are using the matrix and/or wireless to access opponents), so go ahead & hide your decker behind walls, large cover, etc.
Of course they can also use guns, magic, and/or rigging if built that way, but no NEED to!
2) No Increased # of actions in combat! Just 1 movement + 1 action per player per round. I have been saying for YEARS multiple action passes in combat need to go (in tabletop SR). They slow combat to a crawl. This game all but eliminates them (some few exceptions) which makes combat FAST, and much more FUN. Speed can still give you other bonuses, and yes, in a few cases an extra action, but it’s rare and doesn’t slow combat too much.
As you can infer, it’s skill based, no classes. So you can be a Mage/Hacker/Blademaster if you really want to. You can also just specialize in one or two things if you prefer.
Some very viable builds: Melee (melee does more damage than ranged in this game), Automatics (obvious), Hacking(see above), Spellcasting (tho nerfed compared to tabletop, to balance it). Rigging is said to be one of the best in single player campaign mode, but not good (ie. very challenging) when you get to the endgame/multiplayer. People seem to dislike summoning(they say it does less damage than everything else).
All in all, it is a fun game. If you like turn-based RPGs, tabletop RPGs, or the pencil&paper version of SR, you should definitely check this out! The Boston setting is something different, too. And…Dragons!
: upcoming supernatural, post-apocalyptic, turn-based tactical RPG!