Shadowrun Returns is the Steam daily deal today, and you can grab a download on the cheap until 1oAM (pacific) on Wednesday, Oct. 30th. The link to the steam site is right here, where you can get the game for just $13.99!
The Shadowrun universe began as a tabletop RPG. But the compelling Cyberpunk world its creators built spawned several other properties, including some excellent video games. The separate Shadowrun games for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis brought deep Western RPG gameplay and gritty Cyberpunk story telling to console known more for colorful Japanese side scrollers.
Those games came out in 1993 and 1994. This year Shadowrun Returns finally revisited that world in video game form. Now you can grab it on Steam for 33 % off, just $13.99!
The new Shadowrun unites the storylines of both the Sega and SNES games from 20 years ago. It’s set in a dystopian futuristic Seattle where technology has run rampant and supernatural creatures like orcs and elves are real and roam the streets. It’s a universe based as much on William Gibson’s Neuromancer as Dungeons and Dragons.
Like the older games, you find yourself in the shoes of a “Shadow Runner” who runs secret missions for governments, cartels or other organizations. Everything about the game is true to the Shadowrun universe and a nod to the classic earlier games, from the art style to the gameplay.
Shadowrun Returns is $13.99 on Steam right now for PC and Mac, discounted from the normal price of $19.99. A touch screen version of the game is also available for iOS and Android devices for $9.99. For more info, the game’s description follows below:
About the Game
MAN MEETS MAGIC & MACHINE. The year is 2054. Magic has returned to the world, awakening powerful creatures of myth and legend. Technology merges with flesh and consciousness. Elves, trolls, orks and dwarves walk among us, while ruthless corporations bleed the world dry. You are a shadowrunner – a mercenary living on the fringes of society, in the shadows of massive corporate arcologies, surviving day-by-day on skill and instinct alone. When the powerful or the desperate need a job done, you get it done… by any means necessary.
In the urban sprawl of the Seattle metroplex, the search for a mysterious killer sets you on a trail that leads from the darkest slums to the city’s most powerful megacorps. You will need to tread carefully, enlist the aid of other runners, and master powerful forces of technology and magic in order to emerge from the shadows of Seattle unscathed.
The unique cyberpunk-meets-fantasy world of Shadowrun has gained a huge cult following since its creation nearly 25 years ago. Now, creator Jordan Weisman returns to the world of Shadowrun, modernizing this classic game setting as a single player, turn-based tactical RPG.
- Gripping Tactical Combat: When you’re running the shadows, every turn matters. Choose your actions wisely – move to better cover, charge into melee, or lob a fireball into a crowd of enemies. With the variety of weapons and spells at your disposal, every turn is filled with meaningful choices. A successful run requires commanding a team of runners with the right balance of combat, tech, and magical abilities.
- Skill-Based Character Progression: Choose a starting character archetype and build from there! Street Samurai and Physical Adepts use advanced combat skills to dominate the battlefield, Shamans and Mages summon powerful allies and cast deadly spells, while Riggers and Deckers provide critical technological support, projecting their consciousness directly into drones and computer systems. Shadowrun Returns’ classless skill system allows you to grow your character in any direction you choose. Want to start summoning spirits as an ork Shaman and evolve into a cybered-up weapon specialist? Do it!
- Engaging 2D/3D Art Style: Shadowrun Returns mixes dynamic 3D characters and lighting with a vibrant, hand-painted environment. Illustrated character portraits bring every conversation to life. Explore a world filled with detail, from the slums of the Redmond Barrens to the extravagant offices of powerful corporations.