Trolls, Elves, Dwarves, OH MY!
Shadowrun is widely known as the flop that put FASA studios out of buisiness, and this is unfairly so. Shadowrun, although lacking a singleplayer story mode, is indeed a must buy. I have had this for just about two years or so, and I still play it constantly. It's addictive gameplay with a great online community mix to make a great game.
Singleplayer story is absent from Shadowrun. However, there is a training mode to be played and you can play against bots, which will leave you wanting more. Multiplayer is where it is at.
Shadowrun offers you four races to choose from- Elves, Humans, Dwarves, and Trolls. Each race has their own little special ability, attributes, and strengths/weaknesses. Magic and Tech can be bought along with weapons. This adds an all new level of strategy to the game. Each race works well with certain magics and techs, but not every single race is good with every single magic and tech. This also adds variety to online play, as everyone has their own little setup.
Controls work really well. You run, crouch, and shoot like the standard shooter so that feel is still there. However you still need to use you magic and techs, right? Well thankfully, assigning these is really simple and easy to use. Once you assign them(only three at a time), by the press of a button you can use them. Almost like when playing on the computer with a keyboard.
Graphically, this game is not the greatest. It could pass for a PS2 game. For a beginner it may be hard to tell teams, or find grenades/weapons on the ground, but it will eventually come if you keep playing. They are easy to adjust to.
The objective for each game is simple, a lot simpler then trying out new races and magics. Basically you need to run the artifact to a score point in the other team's base. There is also a deathmatch-like mode, and a attack and defend-like mode. Paired with a dozen or so maps, this will really bring you back to play more. It all works smooth, the games don't drag on at all, and if you do end up buying this game, you will not be ashamed.
Overall, Shadowrun is a nice experience. It is unlike many other games, simple to get used to, yet fun and addictive. Although not that great for those with XBL, it is a must buy for any XBL subscriber.
This was originally posted by me at http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/xbox360/review/R134812.html