- PC and Xbox players can go head to head, plenty of depth and strategy
- Nothing for the single player to sink their teeth into.
Read our first-ever cross-platform review of Shadowrun, the new online shooter that enables PC players to battle Xbox 360 players over Xbox Live.
Price$ 69.95 (AUD)
Shadowrun is a diamond in the rough. Though weighed down by potential barriers to entry and simplified comparisons to other games, beneath it all lies one of the most intense, well balanced, and complex online team shooters in recent memory.
Aside from bot matches and six single player training missions that are highly recommended, the bulk of the game is online exclusive. At its base, the game's structure is a competitive first person shooter with a team focus, similar to Counterstrike. There are three game types including two capture-the-flag variations and a team deathmatch mode. There are nine different maps, plus three smaller variations for the Attrition (deathmatch) mode.
What separates the game from similar offerings is the significant array of strategic options available. After choosing one of 4 races--each has their own nuanced strengths and weaknesses--you begin the match with 2000 dollars (2500 as a human) to purchase weapons, magic and tech to further customize your base strategy. More money is earned each round based on your performance, but only 3 powers or tech can be assigned to hotkeys at any time. Others can be swapped out or activated through the menu when necessary.
The powers and tech are what make this game stand out from the crowd by creating a dynamic and diverse gameplay experience. There are far too many combinations and strategies to discuss in this review, so I'll just give one example: strangle is a magic power that creates an area of crystals on a surface which slow movement and do damage. To neutralize it, you have many options: they can be removed with damage, a tech item, a dwarf player can absorb them while elves can teleport past them. The game is filled with these strategic uses for different powers as well as multiple ways to counter them, making a deeper, more cerebral experience than players of this genre might be used to.
Slogging Through the Mud
The game is not without its caveats. It takes quite a few matches to really see this depth, and has a significant learning curve compared to an average online shooter. A Live Silver account allows you to play dedicated server games, but automatic matching requires a Gold account. Using the TrueSkill automatic matching can often take a few minutes to join, though subsequent matches are nearly instant. Because the game is online only and has nine unique maps, some may question the 50 dollar price tag. However, each map has so many strategic variations that nine is almost an overload, and downloadable content is rumored to be on the way.
Those able to play Shadowrun with an open mind and invest the time to learn the game will find one of the deeper online FPS games to date. The fine-tuned balance of the numerous powers and technology throws a spin on the usual formula. It may not be for those looking for a simple pick up and play experience, or those who aren't willing to push past its initial barriers. For everyone else, though, there is an experience here well worth the cost of entry that becomes more interesting the more you play and will last quite a while.
Join the newsletter!
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
cloudandco Smart Cane
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Apple iPhone X
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Toys for Boys
Bose SoundLink Micro
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Xbox One X
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Acer attempts to woo Australian gamers with reveal of its new Predator range
- Nintendo Switch software update: What does 4.0.0 feature and how to install it?
- Robot House announce vacuum-bot adventure game ahead of PAX Australia
- Wargaming launches ANZ servers for World of Tanks
- VR fairytale game Luna due for Oct 17 release
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
- Get set for Amazon Australia Black Friday launch
- Destiny 2 PC review: A port worthy of PC gaming's mightiest rigs
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTDevOps Engineer/ LeadOther
- FT1st Level IT Support - Microsoft EnvironmentNSW
- CCLevel 1 Help DeskNSW
- CCData Center Infrastructure Specialist - Wintel / VMwareWA
- FTSenior Network Engineer - Client TechnologiesOther
- TPSenior Project ManagerNSW
- FTNetwork EngineerACT
- FTTest ManagerACT
- FTDevops Engineer X 2 positionsOther
- CCDigital Content ExecutiveNSW
- FTSenior .Net DeveloperACT
- TPContracting Specialist - Procurement AssociateNSW
- FTDigital BAOther
- CCSenior Technical Business AnalystNSW
- CCSenior DevOps ManagerVIC
- FTSenior Systems Engineer (WINTEL)ACT
- FTSystem AnalystVIC
- FTInformation Security AnalystNSW
- FTFront End Developer l HTML5 , SCSS, Bootstrap, KnockOut, MVVPNSW
- CCLinux AdministratorNSW
- FTNetwork Security EngineerOther
- FTNetwork Lead AcrhitectVIC
- FTSolutions EngineerOther
- CCSAP HR Functional ConsultantNSW
- CCIntegration AnalystVIC