developer: Harebrained Schemes
publisher: Harebrained Holdings
Game mode: single player
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Shadowrun: Hong Kong is a cRPG game with a turn-based combat system from Harebrained Schemes – the team responsible for the two previous installments of the cycle: Shadowrun Returns and Shadowrun: Dragonfall.
The title transports the player into a fascinating vision of the future, which combines cyberpunk and fantasy elements. The campaign mode takes place in the city of Hong Kong, in the year 2056; the metropolis is an oasis of political stability and prosperity in the Shadowrun universe; however, the outer districts of the giant town are amongst the most dangerous places in the world. The storyline revolves around the final stage of a thirty year old conspiracy, in the centre of which lies a mysterious, dark power infesting everything around it with pure evil. It is our task to stop this dreadful force. To accomplish that goal we are given control over a group of shadowrunners, mercenaries, who, if offered enough money, are willing to take on any contract. Completing the main story takes several hours, but we can also significantly prolong our playthrough by finishing numerous side quests.
The mechanics of the newest installment of the series have been based largely on the solutions from Shadowrun Returns; the game is an isometric cRPG, in which we command a small team of soldiers and fight in turn-based battles. The advanced class and character progression system has also been included; however, the developers have introduced some major changes in comparison to the previous productions of the Shadowrun saga. First of all, the UI has been significantly simplified, offering, e.g. the possibility to manually activate the turn mode or the opportunity to decide which member of our team will gather the resources scattered around the level; an expanded Matrix system is also one of the new features, offering the player a cyberspace, by means of which he can influence the real world.
Shadowrun: Hong Kong has extremely attractive graphics, with cartoonish 2D backgrounds and 3D character models; the overall visual quality has been significantly improved in comparison to the previous installments of the series, the levels have also been made larger and filled more densely with various objects.
Game score 8.21 / 10 calculated out of 301 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 9.3 / 10 calculated out of 47 players' votes.
age requirements: 12+
PC / Windows
- Intel Core 2 Duo 1.4 GHz
- 2 GB RAM
- graphic card 256 MB Intel HD 3000 or better
- 2 GB HDD
- Windows XP(SP3)/Vista/7