History Videogame / ShadowrunReturns

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15th Nov '16 4:57:11 PM TheRoguePenguin
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'''''Shadowrun Returns''''' is a VideoGame (primarily for the PC) based on the ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' franchise, and the [[VideoGame/{{Shadowrun}} fifth video game in that setting]]. The two following campaigns, ''Dragonfall'' and ''Hong Kong'', were released as separate games, making them the sixth and seventh games in the series. (''Dragonfall'' originally came out as DownloadableContent. An extended version came out subsequently which gamers can play without having to purchase the base game.)

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'''''Shadowrun Returns''''' ''Shadowrun Returns'' is a VideoGame (primarily for the PC) based on the ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' franchise, and the [[VideoGame/{{Shadowrun}} fifth video game in that setting]]. The two following campaigns, ''Dragonfall'' and ''Hong Kong'', were released as separate games, making them the sixth and seventh games in the series. (''Dragonfall'' originally came out as DownloadableContent. An extended version came out subsequently which gamers can play without having to purchase the base game.)
15th Nov '16 4:53:17 PM frogpatrol
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''Shadowrun Returns'' is a VideoGame (primarily for the PC) based on the ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' franchise, and the [[VideoGame/{{Shadowrun}} fifth video game in that setting]]. The two following campaigns, ''Dragonfall'' and ''Hong Kong'', were released as separate games, making them the sixth and seventh games in the series.

Developed by Harebrained Schemes, designed by Jordan Weisman[[note]]founder of Creator/{{FASA}} and co-creator of the original ''Shadowrun'' (and, on a side note, also the co-creator of ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'')[[/note]] and Mitch Gitelman[[note]](producer for most of the Microsoft FASA-licensed games including the Xbox 360 / Windows Vista ''Shadowrun'' game [[OldShame about which he apologizes]])[[/note]], it was crowd-funded through Website/{{Kickstarter}} in March of 2012. The Kickstarter was a huge success, hitting several stretch goals, with lots of {{Feelies}} for backers and the first DownloadableContent pack (set in UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}}) included for free. The game was released on July 25, 2013 for PC and Mac; September 26, 2013 for iOS and Android; and October 30, 2013 for Linux.

The base game comes with its own campaign, ''The Dead Man's Switch'': set in UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} 2054, [[PlayerCharacter you play as]] a down-on-their-luck Shadowrunner investigating the death of their old buddy Sam Watts in exchange for a substantial payday and/or personal vengeance.

The first DLC campaign, ''Dragonfall'', was released on February 27, 2014. ''Dragonfall'' sees [[PlayerCharacter you]] end up in Berlin, aka "The Flux State": a utopia of Anarchy where power shifts like the tides of the ocean. When what appears to be a milk run[[note]]Shadowrun slang for a quick and easy job[[/note]] goes south, you and your new crew find yourselves drawn into a conspiracy surrounding the death of the Great Dragon Feuerschwing, and the whispers that she might still be alive.

An UpdatedRerelease of ''Dragonfall'' entitled ''[[http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/08/17/shadowrun-dragonfall-directors-cut-coming-next-month/ Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut]]'' was released on September 18, 2014 for PC, Mac, and Linux. The update includes, among other things, new art assets as well as entire new missions... which really ended up taking ''Dragonfall'' outside the scope of "DLC" and made it more a full-blown sequel running on the same engine. Citing developers like [[VideoGame/TheWitcher CD Projekt RED]] as inspiration, the team behind ''Shadowrun Returns'' decided to release this update free for original backers and owners of the original ''Dragonfall''. The update is also sold as a stand-alone product on UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} and [[Website/GOGDotcom GOG]]. A version for iOS and Android was set to be released in October 2014, but the was delayed until December 4th.

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''Shadowrun Returns'' '''''Shadowrun Returns''''' is a VideoGame (primarily for the PC) based on the ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' franchise, and the [[VideoGame/{{Shadowrun}} fifth video game in that setting]]. The two following campaigns, ''Dragonfall'' and ''Hong Kong'', were released as separate games, making them the sixth and seventh games in the series.

series. (''Dragonfall'' originally came out as DownloadableContent. An extended version came out subsequently which gamers can play without having to purchase the base game.)

Developed by Harebrained Schemes, designed by Jordan Weisman[[note]]founder of Creator/{{FASA}} and co-creator of the original ''Shadowrun'' (and, on a side note, also the co-creator of ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'')[[/note]] and Mitch Gitelman[[note]](producer for most of the Microsoft FASA-licensed games including the Xbox 360 / Windows 360/Windows Vista ''Shadowrun'' game [[OldShame about which he apologizes]])[[/note]], it was crowd-funded through Website/{{Kickstarter}} in March of 2012. The Kickstarter was a huge success, hitting several stretch goals, with lots of {{Feelies}} for backers and the first DownloadableContent pack (set in UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}}) included for free. The game was released on July 25, 2013 for PC and Mac; September 26, 2013 for iOS and Android; and October 30, 2013 for Linux.

The base game comes with its own campaign, ''The Dead Man's Switch'': Switch'' set in UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} 2054, 2054. In it, [[PlayerCharacter you play as]] play]] a down-on-their-luck Shadowrunner investigating the death of their old buddy Sam Watts in exchange for a substantial payday and/or personal vengeance.

The first DLC campaign, ''Dragonfall'', was released on February 27, 2014. ''Dragonfall'' sees [[PlayerCharacter you]] end up in Berlin, aka "The a.k.a. the Flux State": State, a utopia of Anarchy anarchy where power shifts like the tides of the ocean. When what appears to be a milk run[[note]]Shadowrun slang run (slang for a quick and easy job[[/note]] job) goes south, you and your new crew find yourselves drawn into a conspiracy surrounding the death of the Great Dragon Feuerschwing, and the whispers that she might still be alive.

An UpdatedRerelease of ''Dragonfall'' entitled ''[[http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/08/17/shadowrun-dragonfall-directors-cut-coming-next-month/ Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut]]'' was released on September 18, 2014 for PC, Mac, and Linux. The update includes, among other things, new art assets as well as entire new missions... which really ended up taking ''Dragonfall'' outside the scope of "DLC" and made it more a full-blown sequel running on the same engine. Citing developers like [[VideoGame/TheWitcher CD Projekt RED]] as inspiration, the team behind ''Shadowrun Returns'' decided to release this update free for original backers and owners of the original ''Dragonfall''. The update is also sold as a stand-alone standalone product on UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} and [[Website/GOGDotcom GOG]]. A version for iOS and Android was set to be released in October 2014, but the was delayed until December 4th.



Changes from the previous two campaigns include enhanced player controls and sound, animatic scene transitions, revamps to the Matrix and enlarged selections for cyberware and magic, making this once again more of a full-blown sequel than anything else. A PlayableEpilogue, ''Shadows of Hong Kong'', was released on February 5, 2016 through the free ''Extended Edition'' update. ''Shadows of Hong Kong'' is set a few weeks after the end of the original campaign, you and your team now have the opportunity to turn the tables on the corporate police force that once hunted you.

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Changes from the previous two campaigns include enhanced player controls and sound, animatic scene transitions, revamps to the Matrix and enlarged selections for cyberware and magic, making this this, once again more of again, a full-blown sequel than anything else. A PlayableEpilogue, ''Shadows of Hong Kong'', was released on February 5, 2016 through the free ''Extended Edition'' update. ''Shadows of Hong Kong'' is set a few weeks after the end of the original campaign, campaign. [[spoiler:In it, you and your team now have the opportunity to turn the tables on the corporate police force that once hunted you.
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* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: You can only bring three other runners with you at a time. While it makes sense for the teams to stay small, it's especially noticeable in ''Dragonfall'', where the total crew size (counting the PlayerCharacter) is five, meaning one person always has to sit out in every run. This gets even worse in ''Hong Kong'', as you can have up to 5 teammates, meaning 2 members would sit out each mission. Asking those that didn't go on the last run about their opinions on it [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything has them pointing out that they didn't go along]], and possibly mentioning what they did in the meantime.

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* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: You can only bring three other runners with you at a time. While it makes sense for the teams to stay small, it's especially noticeable in ''Dragonfall'', where the total crew size (counting the PlayerCharacter) is five, meaning one person always has to sit out in every run. This gets even worse in ''Hong Kong'', as you can have up to 5 five teammates, meaning 2 two members would sit out each mission. Asking those that didn't go on the last run about their opinions on it [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything has them pointing out that they didn't go along]], and possibly mentioning what they did in the meantime.



* {{Cap}}: As noted in FiveRaces, the base stats have a cap of 9 with variations based on race, though it can be somewhat impractical to get that high. This cap extends to the skills they govern. Dodge can only goes as high as your Quickness stat, for example. ''Hong Kong'' adds a cyberware specialization stat which allows you to override the maximums with cyberware.

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* {{Cap}}: As noted in FiveRaces, the base stats have a cap of 9 with variations based on race, though it can be somewhat impractical to get that high. This cap extends to the skills they govern. Dodge can only goes as high as your Quickness stat, for example. ''Hong Kong'' adds a cyberware specialization stat which allows you to override the maximums with cyberware.maximums.



* CharacterClassSystem: Averted, in that there are several archetypes available to choose from, but there is no formal divide between specializations which prevents one character from having any combination of abilities that they see fit to work toward. A player can even skip the archetype selection if they wish and just build a character from scratch.

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* CharacterClassSystem: Averted, in that there are several archetypes available to choose from, but there is no formal divide between specializations which prevents one character from having any combination of abilities that they see fit to work toward. A player can even skip the archetype selection if they wish and just build a character from scratch.
27th Sep '16 7:21:46 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* DifficultySpike: The ''Shadows of Hong Kong'' bonus campaign is notably harder than the original campaign. You're regularly pitted against an overwhelming number of heavily-armed enemies from multiple angles, making it the most dangerous ''Shadowrun Returns'' story yet.

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* DifficultySpike: The ''Shadows of Hong Kong'' bonus campaign is notably harder than the original campaign. You're regularly pitted against an overwhelming number of heavily-armed enemies from multiple angles, they use new equipment that does a lot of damage, and they use cyberware that only you could access in the previous campaign, making it the most dangerous ''Shadowrun Returns'' story yet.



* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Renraku's feared elite security forces, the Red Samurai, feature heavily in the plot thanks to Gaichu. For those that don't know the tabletop lore, Red Samurai are listed as on par with the Tír Ghosts and other elite military units.

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* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Renraku's feared elite security forces, the Red Samurai, feature heavily in the plot thanks to Gaichu. For those that don't know the tabletop lore, Red Samurai are listed as on par with the Tír Ghosts and other elite military units. In-game, half of the mission involves setting up everything in your favor (including the option to just outright kill one off before the battle even starts) because they'd be extremely hard to kill otherwise. In terms of combat prowess, they're all pretty tough and one is even packing a minigun (best to kill him beforehand as mentioned).



* GlassCannon: This campaign introduces the Novatech deck. It's every bit as powerful as the top-shelf Fairlight, but has 75 less IP and can be used by a decker at 5 instead of 7.

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* GlassCannon: This campaign introduces the Novatech deck. It's every bit as powerful as the top-shelf Fairlight, but has 75 less IP and can be used by a decker at 5 instead of 7. This works out to being able to take one or two less hits, and if you don't increase your decking skill then you'll likely be hit more.



* InterfaceSpoiler: Take a closer look at [[spoiler:Racter's stats and you'll notice his Essence is 2.]] Revealing that [[spoiler:he's heavily augmented. A fact not revealed until later in his dialogue]].

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* InterfaceSpoiler: Take a closer look at [[spoiler:Racter's stats and you'll notice his Essence is 2.]] Revealing 2]], revealing that [[spoiler:he's heavily augmented. A fact not revealed until augmented well before he actually shares just how extensive his modifications are in later in his dialogue]].



* RazorFloss: You can purchase monofilament whip implants as a cyber-weapon. Unlike in the tabletop, there is no possibility of lopping your limbs off by using it. It's also unique in that it's the only cyberweapon governed by your ranged skill instead of melee, making it a viable backup weapon for gun users.

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* RazorFloss: You can purchase monofilament whip implants as a cyber-weapon. Unlike in the tabletop, there is no possibility of lopping your limbs off by using it. It's also unique in that it's the only cyberweapon governed by your ranged skill instead of melee, making it a viable backup weapon for gun users. It can cause bleed damage with a good hit and hit multiple clustered targets, but only reaches a few tiles ahead of your character.



* SurroundedByIdiots: The [=SysOp=] of Shadowlands trying and hilariously failing to keep his users from opening old poetry slam wounds, which somehow leads to a rogue poetry AI.
-->'''[=SysOp=]''': You fucking people.



-->[[spoiler: '''Qian Ya''': You would be condemning yourself to an eternity of torment. My brethren would not permit you to leave this place alive.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''PlayerCharacter''': You're going to destroy me anyway, right? [[PyrrhicVictory So what do I have to lose]]?]]

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-->[[spoiler: '''Qian Ya''': You would be condemning yourself to an eternity of torment. My brethren would not permit you to leave this place alive.]]
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'''PlayerCharacter''': You're going to destroy me anyway, right? [[PyrrhicVictory So what do I have to lose]]?]]
21st Sep '16 5:35:45 PM Generality
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* RatKing: Gobbet's (a shaman with a rat totem) loyalty mission involves returning to collective she used to live in, in order to confront an old friend (another rat shaman) who's gone [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide toxic]] and started ruling with an iron fist after acquiring a [[UpgradeArtifact fetish]]. [[spoiler: When you meet her, she's somehow merged with a swarm of rats to become a sort of EldritchAbomination.]]
8th Sep '16 8:57:03 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* {{Cap}}: As noted in FiveRaces, the base stats have a cap of 9 with variations based on race, though it can be somewhat impractical to get that high. This cap extends to the skills they govern. Dodge can only goes as high as your Quickness stat, for example. ''Hong Kong'' adds a cyberware specialization stat which allows you to override the maximums with cyberware.
8th Sep '16 10:53:19 AM TheRoguePenguin
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** In ''Dragonfall'' [[spoiler: the megas, spearheaded by Saeder-Krupp and with the backing of the German government, are going to dismantle the Flux State a few months after the events of the campaign]].
** In ''Hong Kong'' [[spoiler: despite how many favors you successfully complete for the Yellow Lotus they are still going to get into all out war with the Red Dragons and are going to lose badly a few years later. Also, Ares is going to seize control of the Hong Kong Police Force is spite of your actions in the bonus campaign]].

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** In ''Dragonfall'' ''Dragonfall'', [[spoiler: the megas, spearheaded by Saeder-Krupp and with the backing of the German government, are going to dismantle the Flux State a few months after the events of the campaign]].
** In ''Hong Kong'' Kong'', [[spoiler: despite how many favors you successfully complete for the Yellow Lotus they are still going to will inevitably get into all out all-out war with the Red Dragons and are going to lose badly a few years later. Also, Ares is going to seize control of the Hong Kong Police Force is in spite of your actions in the bonus campaign]].
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* CashGate: It takes most of the game to earn Alice's fee for the information you need.

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* CashGate: It takes most of the game to earn Alice's fee for the information you need. Each mission has a portion of the payout devoted to the fund, which will reach the limit with one mission to spare. You can also donate your own money, though this is ill-advised since you also need it for equipment.
8th Sep '16 7:24:09 AM tdf4638
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* CashGate: It takes most of the game to earn Alice's fee for the information you need.
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* GambitPileUp: [[spoiler:Harlequin]] credits the current state of the world to this. Rejecting the notion that there is a single all powerful group or conspiracy causing all the world's problems, but rather it being the result of countless smaller intrigues and schemes colliding.
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