A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Violence & Scariness
Extremely graphic and bloody shooter uses all sorts of weaponry. Players are encouraged to blast dead bodies into smithereens.
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Fine in the actual game, but this multiplayer online game supports chatting -- aka trash-talking.
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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.
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.
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