Shadowrun Returns – The Brief


There is more in the shadows than just shade

Welcome to one of the first great Kickstater successes. This game is set in the greater Shadowrun universe. It is a place of many people, some places are slightly less dark and sinister than others. In the centre of it all are the shadow runners, the hired guns who get to take on any task. You are a shadow runner.


Shadowrun Returns is a turn based RPG. It is set in a 2054 version of Seattle where magic has returned and technology is starting to take on a whole life of it’s own.  The character creator gives the player a vast quantity of flexibility to go down the path they choose. Considering the vast number of choices players can make when they construct their avatar, it is a good thing that included are some suggested classes that you can run with.


Going beyond the skill based build, there is also a nice range of weapons, body modifications, drones and spells that players can pick up. The adventures in Shadowrun are not limited to the streets. Navigating a synthetic digital world also plays a large role when doing actions like hacking into doors, turrets and other stores of information.

The story for this game is quite well written with plenty of dialogue. While action happens, it does seem to slow down frequently to allow for the story to take centre stage. Still, the main story line only took me about 10 hours to complete. While there are side quests that you can do to pad out the experience. It is a good game overall, but I cannot see myself rushing to play more side quests.

Julian has been involved in the games industry for more than a couple of years now, from working in retail to developing board games to judging Magic: the Gathering tournaments Australia wide. Now as a writer for OK Games he likes to explore niche titles that try to approach gaming from a different perspective. Now all he needs to do is start finishing all those games in his Steam Library...

  • I like your review style, Julian. Very authentic :). Would love to feature your reviews in our weekly curated email digest that goes out to thousands of people.

    • Howdy Elissa, I am glad you like the style of our reviews. We would be happy for you to link to our reviews in your weekly digest. Julian

  • If you think Shadowrun Returns was good, check out the expansion Dragonfall. It’s even better!

    • I think I might have to. As with all first world problems though I think my greatest obstacle is finding the time to play!