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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
There's a consistent undercurrent of community and trying to find ways to give peace and power to those who live in chaos, discord, and unstable regions. Although many conflicts end in violence, players can also use their wits to end certain situations peacefully.
Positive Role Models
Although there are many well-meaning characters featured within the trilogy – and players can have mostly positive influences on many of the eccentric figures they'll meet along their journey – most of the major characters lie, cheat, and manipulate others to get what they want.
The game touches upon many real-life issues that plague displaced and oppressed people and groups -- sometimes through actual people of color and sometimes through fantastical creatures such as orks, elves, etc.
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Ease of Play
Players are given an in-depth, accessible tutorial that introduces them to the game's many nuances and systems. The process of moving around and taking action is seamless and snappy.
Violence & Scariness
Players will use guns, grenades, melee weapons, magic, and a host of other weapons or abilities to kill anyone who opposes them, creating small pools of blood under dead enemies. There's also dialogue with heavy, violent implications. But there aren't any instances of graphic, visceral gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are plenty of sexual references throughout these games, which range from mild implications to more overt turns of phrase or suggestions. But there's no nudity or visible sexual acts.
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Plenty of profanity is featured throughout the trilogy, including "damn," "hell," "bitch," "bastard," "s--t," and "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Based on the Shadowrun tabletop game, which may inspire players to play the game in its original format. It's also inspired other video games as well.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are many drug and alcohol references featured throughout the trilogy, mentioning people taking drugs to cope with pain or their circumstances or drinking alcohol excessively. You also could interact with characters who are clearly intoxicated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Shadowrun Trilogy is a downloadable single-player tactical role-playing game (RPG) available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac. Based on the Shadowrun tabletop game (which inspired other video games set in its universe), players will play through three games, all containing the unraveling of conspiracies and the emergence of old evils. The games have a deep sense of diversity and inclusivity, offering looks into the many disenfranchised people and groups of the Shadowrun Trilogy and giving players the opportunity to help them. When situations turn violent, blood can be shed and people can die by guns, grenades, melee weapons, magic, and other weapons and abilities – although players are able to talk their way out of tense scenarios to prevent as much violence as possible. There are plenty of sexual references through dialogue, as well as references to drugs and alcohol as they negatively impact people's lives. Cursing is prominent throughout the trilogy, featuring profanity such as "damn," "hell," "bitch," "bastard," "s--t," and "f--k." Players are also given an in-depth, accessible tutorial that introduces them to the game's many nuances and systems, ensuring everything a player does is quick, easy, and snappy.
Is It Any Good?
Sometimes, a classic game gets released to a newer audience and proves itself all over again. Shadowrun Trilogy accomplishes just that by offering layered, engaging systems that allow for player freedom and choice. The game uses its tabletop origins to create an engaging world that has so many satisfying details for players to discover. The combination of traditional fantasy and science fiction serves to make every strange interaction you have with any character unique while implementing a tactical element to combat that rarely loses its shine throughout the trilogy. While each game has a main storyline to follow, players will find themselves lost in everything else. Most of the side quests players can find offer a deeper look into the larger Shadowrun universe, and the colorful cast of characters with their wonderful quirks will keep players doing anything but what they're "supposed" to do. Adding to that sense of discovery are all the meaningful dialogue options and skill-based actions, making the world and characters feel like dynamic pieces of a bigger puzzle.
Beyond the well-written stories and characters, of course, is stellar tactical gameplay. In addition to being able to choose from a variety of classes and archetypes that change the moment-to-moment gameplay drastically, players will also have plenty of options when it comes to interacting with the surrounding environment as well. While players can absolutely choose to be simple run-and-gunners with little else to back them up, there's also the option to be mages, shamans, and hackers. Hacking, specifically, is a treat as it's possible to hack into a "matrix" and manipulate the level to access new areas or stop enemy reinforcements from getting to your party. Throughout the three games, there's a good sense of pacing when it comes to the action vs. the layered, well-written stories featured. The only thing that brings the trilogy down is the fact that its middle entry, Shadowrun: Dragonfall, is easily the best of the bunch, a perfect distillation of the trilogy's best qualities. Shadowrun: Hong Kong, while a worthy end to the trilogy, doesn't quite hit the highs of its predecessor. But all in all, the Shadowrun Trilogy is the best the tactical RPG (role-playing game) sub-genre has to offer, and for fans of the intensity and close calls of these sorts of games, you'll feel right at home here and then some.
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