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Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
Shadowrun Game Poster Image
Cyberpunk 1st-person multiplayer shooter, just OK.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Extremely graphic and bloody shooter uses all sorts of weaponry. Players are encouraged to blast dead bodies into smithereens.


Fine in the actual game, but this multiplayer online game supports chatting -- aka trash-talking.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know this game can be quite graphic. Not only can you shoot enemies -- humans, elves, dwarves, and the like -- with all kinds of weaponry, but you're encouraged to blast them into bits even after they've died and fallen since they could be revived by teammates. It's a multiplayer online game with support for chatting, so anything goes in terms of trash-talking; Common Sense Media doesn't recommend online play for anyone under age 12.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTwilight April 9, 2008

Pretty Fun

Violence really isn't that graphic, some blood that's about it. You can't really blast corpses to pieces, they just disappear. Overall pretty f... Continue reading
Adult Written byTheApprover September 3, 2016

Not so bad actually

I believe that most people can be able to play this game as long as they are 11. They always complain about any tiny bit of blood in any game so i have seen it... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byblancgab April 9, 2008

Buy Rainbow 6 instead

Lack of single player campaign makes this game rather dull. Violence was not an issue, yet graphics where last generation at best. Story plot was weak ("ma... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymasterchief114 April 9, 2008

What's it about?

SHADOWRUN, which is based on a pen-and-paper role-playing game (RPG) of the same name, fuses weapons, ancient magic, and special abilities. Think of it as a kind of team-based Counter-Strike game, but with the ability to sprout wings to glide off steep ledges, teleport to other spots on the map, summon creatures to do your bidding, see through walls, and knock enemies down with a strong gust of wind. Told via entertaining cut-scene sequences, the cyberpunk story takes place in Brazil about 25 years from now, when magic has returned to Earth after a 5,000-year absence. You play as an employee of a huge global corporation, RNA, out to battle for control over this recently unearthed ancient power.

Is it any good?

After a mandatory six-part tutorial, you can only play Shadowrun online against other players or in a simulated multiplayer match against computer-controlled "bots." You can buy the game for the Microsoft Xbox 360 or Microsoft Windows Vista PCs and play across the two platforms in online matches with up to 16 friends. PC gamers can play online for free using the Windows Vista version with a free Xbox Live Silver account, but Xbox 360 owners and PC users who want to join them must shell out $50 a year for Xbox Live Gold accounts.

Gameplay can be fun and frenetic, but the savvy developers at FASA Studio could've done so much more with this rich world by weaving in a great single-player story, memorable characters, and RPG-like "leveling up" -- without losing the first-person action sequences.

In the end, however, the game is a good but not great multiplayer team-based shooter that doesn't leave a long=lasting impression.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence and gore in this game. Sure, this is fiction based on a cyberpunk role-playing game, but there are humans just as there are fantasy race types. Does blasting an already dead enemy into bloody chunks cross the line into excessive violence or is all fair in the context of the game universe? Do you miss the single-player story mode?

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