Saturday, 20 June 2015

Shadowrun: Boston Lockdown

   Umbralievable

Shadowrun Chronicles, which was formerly known as Shadowrun Online, is a neon drench MMORPG that you definitely won’t want to miss. This grim sci-fi adventure is available right now on Steam for the price of $39.99 (or $59.99 if you’re willing to go deluxe), but is it worth it? Way back in 2012, this game was funded on Kickstarter. Cliffhanger Productions received a phenomenal $558,863 thanks to 6,003 backers. While it has been delayed for quite some time, theShadowrun Online game does the original pen and paper game proud. It is exciting, and the gameplay will keep you on your toes.
The game is very visually appealing, though there is very little background noise from characters.
The game is very visually appealing, though there is very little background noise from characters.
Visually, Boston Lockdown is very appealing. The game is set in the year 2076, where apparently mankind has given up on green energy and just said “I want everything made of metal and broken dreams with a side of orphan tears.” The futuristic steampunk dystopia is reminiscent of Final Fantasy VII’s Midgar, and there’s even a blue naked female NPC who made me choke on my coffee when I thought Jenova had returned. In all seriousness, it looks fantastic and it’s a fun environment to run around in. The landscape definitely compliments a distinctly nihilistic theme that exists within the game. There is good variety in the scenery; we get a look at a more modernized industrial city as well as slums and all the shades in between.
The characters have quite the varied design, but this is to be expected since the game’s character creation is pretty extensive. In the very beginning, you get to choose a name and race. My personal preference was the elf, but there were also humans, dwarves, and trolls. Each race has different advantages though I don’t think they rock, paper, scissors each other like Pokémon starters would. There are also different professions to choose from. If you hadn’t guessed by the title, a lot of what you do is of a mildly insidious nature. There’s a lot of personalization that can be done. I managed to pretty much recreate a dwarfish Skrillex while playing about. There are also some sweet accessories such as goggles or a very mafia looking cigar. Overall, it’s a great element that completely sucks away hours of time before you ever even start the game. It also has quite the intriguing mechanic to give your character flaws, which I thought was a nice touch