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Release year: 1993 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Beam Software
Shadowrun is the cyberpunk-fantasy action RPG video game created for SNES in 1993 by Beam Software and Data East. It is one of the popular retro games you can play on that console. The game is available in single-player mode.
This role-playing game has the best, intense storyline. It is all about Jake Armitage, the main character who wakes up in a morgue with amnesia. He cannot remember his name and why he is there, but Jake will slowly remember everything by talking to people.
The graphics for this game is fairly average. A few items look fuzzy and hard to recognize sometimes. The graphics are still decent in general. With that, Shadowrun may not please everyone. The characters populating the game are also quite pixelated, but it is not difficult to understand what is happening. The boss Drake and the character portraits look great, though.
The control system works like a mouse pointer. You can use this for picking up the items, for targeting the enemies, and for studying a host of examinable points available in this imaginary world. The concept is great, but the control-pad inadequacies appear when you attempt to control Jake and shoot an enemy.
The background music for Shadowrun is also great. The tracks will set a wonderful atmosphere for the game, and you will hear different sound effects in nearly every action. The sound of the gunshots is not so good, but the screams of a defeated enemy will amaze you. The game does not have more soundtracks, though.
Jake occasionally receives karma points instead of level-ups and experience. These points will help boost his stats and abilities. You can also customize Jake as the system will let you do what you want for him. Aside from that, the game comes with a mini-game called the Matrix. These minor aberrations from the usual gameplay took this into the next level.
Pros & Cons
- Intense storyline
- Good background music
- More audible sound effects
- Average graphics quality
- Control-pad inadequacies
- Limited soundtracks
Shadowrun has excellent gameplay and more awesome things to enjoy despite its ragged replay value. If you want another game for your SNES, this is worth considering.