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Shadowrun Chronicles - Boston Lockdown is a turn-based, tactical role-playing game set in the Shadowrun universe. The game requires an online connection and is meant to be played in cooperation with other players, although it is also possible to play alone.

The game is set in 2076, and shares the timeline and metaplot of the 5th edition of the Shadowrun pen-and-paper game. As its name implies, Boston Lockdown takes place in Boston, as the city gets quarantined following ominous events: the awakening of an unknown Dragon, a mysterious, rainbow-coloured rain, and a pandemic of people getting insane. As in any Shadowrun plot, things quickly become messy, with gang warfare, corporate shenanigans, and different agendas pulling the strings in the shadows.

The player plays a "shadowrunner", a mercenary doing dirty jobs for the Megacorporations and other shady clients. After meeting NPCs (and other players) in a "hub" environment, the player(s) can use the map of Boston to tackle various missions ("runs"), earning nuyens to buy better equipment and karma to improve their skills.


Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown Windows Casting a manaball spell
Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown Windows Character creation
Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown Windows You can create several characters.
Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown Windows Showdown in the open space

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Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown Screenshot
Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown Screenshot
Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "Shadowrun Online" -- working title

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Critic Reviews

GameStar (Germany) Windows Apr 30, 2015 70 out of 100 70
Destructoid Windows Apr 27, 2015 7 out of 10 70
Shacknews Windows May 01, 2015 7 out of 10 70
IGN Windows May 05, 2015 6.5 out of 10 65
Hooked Gamers Windows Apr 30, 2015 6 out of 10 60
Christ Centered Gamer / Christ Centered Game Reviews Macintosh Jul 25, 2015 56 out of 100 56
GameSpot Windows Jun 05, 2015 3 out of 10 30
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jul, 2014 3 out of 10 30


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Authentication server offline

The game servers have been shut down on Nov 30th, 2018 due to the expiry of the Shadowrun license and high costs to operate the servers. As the game required a connection to these servers even for single player mode, the game cannot be played any more.

False DRM claims on German retail packaging

The game was marketed as being "DRM free", prominently printed on the front and back cover art - however to be able to play the game a permanent internet connection is required. This may have meant the the game can be installed without Steam.
The packaging also claims to contain a "Hybrid DVD-ROM" with "PC, Mac & Linux" versions, but the disc only contains a Windows installer image on a ISO 9660 file system with Joliet extensions. The Mac and Linux version can only be accessed when using the Steam code.

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