Sundays for me are usually a time for cleaning, going to the gym, grocery shopping… Everything I should be doing on an errand day. But this past Sunday, Herb said that he had gotten me ‘Shadowrun Returns‘ for my laptop. “Okay,” I thought, “I’ll just spend a couple of hours playing, then I’ll do my laundry and all my other errands.” Two o’clock turned into five o’clock and I found myself saying “I’ll just do everything I need to do at seven.” By the time I was done convincing myself to do things later, it was around eleven and Herb had just come home from work.
Moral of the story: never leave me with a game on a Sunday and expect anything to get done.
Originally a pen and paper RPG, it has now come out in the form of a video game (goodbye Sunday brunches). In the basic version that I’m playing, you are in Seattle trying to find your friend, Sam Watts’ killer and BRING THEM TO JUSTICE (I typed that in a Judge Dredd voice)… And also you’ve been paid by your dead friend to do so. After you’ve created your character, the tutorial begins with you and Sam and your gang of misfit friends in a job gone wrong, where you have to fight to survive. Gameplay is similar to a tabletop RPG. Think ‘Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic’ or them Marvel X-Men games, where you take a few turns then the enemy takes a few turns.
There were also some minor things like typos and there were some racial undertones that I thought were kind of strange, but I’m probably just used to spotting micro-aggressions. Other than all that, I like how you can build-a-bear your character and playing a female, it was fun and didn’t feel like it was condescending. I noticed that the other female characters that you encounter also have strength to their personalities that make them seem so much more like people, rather than “hot girls with guns”, which I really appreciated.
Try it out for yourself and if you do, let us know what your thoughts are!