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Shadowrun (Genesis)

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Description

The year is 2058. Following an event known as the Awakening, magic has returned into the world. Native American shamans and elves reclaimed a vast area known as Salish-Shidhe, located around the free city of Seattle. A small team of shadowrunners - mercenaries working for powerful corporations - is brutally attacked in the wilderness. The massacre is captured in video and broadcast in the news. One of the slain shadowrunners, Michael, had a brother named Joshua. Arriving in Seattle, Joshua begins to investigate his brother's death. He must find out who killed Michael, and what was the nature of the shadowrun job he was carrying out.

Shadowrun is an action-oriented role-playing game based on the pen-and-paper RPG by FASA. It is entirely different from the SNES adaptation of the same license. In the beginning of the game, the player selects a character class for Joshua, choosing between a samurai, a decker, or a gator shaman, who specialize in combat, cyberworld, and magic, respectively. The game is fairly open-ended; the player navigates Joshua through predominantly urban overhead areas, talking to characters and gathering information.

The player can hire characters to join the party; however, only one character can be directly controlled by the player. Combat is action-based; characters can use melee weapons, firearms (with expendable ammunition), or cast magic. "Karma", an equivalent of experience points, is awarded for killing enemies and completing quests. Karma points can be allocated by the player manually to increase the character's parameters.

Certain characters can also enter the Matrix, a virtual network accessed through cyberterminals. Matrix navigation is done from over-the-shoulder third-person view. The player can upgrade and customize Joshua's cyberdeck, allowing him to hack through encrypted systems more easily and store data obtained from the Matrix. Nodes and ICs will try to protect the data, attacking the virtual representation of the character and trying to force him to log out of the system.

Screenshots

Shadowrun Genesis A ghoul-infested cave - there are several of those in the game, used for a generic Johnson's shadowrun mission type
Shadowrun Genesis An encounter with most characters will provide a detailed text description
Shadowrun Genesis or a Shaman
Shadowrun Genesis Meeting Mr. Johnson

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User Reviews

Fantasy, science fiction and good gameplay. Timo Takalo (54) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Take all the great stuff from a RPG game and put it in one Genesis cartridge..you get this. Mango Man (5) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars

The Press Says

RPGFan Jan 21, 2001 93 out of 100 93
Just Games Retro Sep 20, 2013 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Video Games Jun, 1994 81 out of 100 81
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jun, 1994 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) Jul, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Mega Play Magazine Jul, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Sega-16.com Aug 10, 2006 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Game Players Jun, 1994 62 out of 100 62

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Trivia

The event date given in the opening cinematic (January 31) is the birthdate of the producer/designer. (Who is no other than Tony Van. :) --Editor)
Tony Van (2691) added Shadowrun (Genesis) on Jun 08, 2002