Recently i redownloaded games, that i think don’t get enough recognition of how great they are. I’m talking about Shadowrun games by Harebrained Schemes.
There are three games in total:
Shadowrun Returns (Steam, GOG.com)
Shadowrun Dragonfall (Steam, GOG.com)
Shadowrun Hong Kong (Steam, GOG.com)
Steam Shadowrun Complete Collection
(While i would like to recommend supporting GOG.com, and right now the games are on 75-80% sale there, i need to say that getting the mods and other user-made content is much easier from Steam Workshop, and for GOG version it does require a bit of hussle and research how to install user-made campagins (i think there are some methods to download steamworkshop content, but i’m not certainly sure)) Personally i do have those games on Steam…
They are rpgs with tactical turn-based combat (i think combat is something like X-Com ? ) that takes place in future, cyberpunk with magic, orks, trolls, elves and dragons etc. While combat is enjoyable (not too complicated, but still allowing a lot of tactical approach to win) , what i really like the best about these games are the stories. Especially in Dragonfall, which i consider the best of the series and it was hugely engaging story for me. Loved the main plotline and loved the sidestories and learning backstory and helping your team members.
They are pretty similar, with the same engine, but each next game get a bit of improvements (some more details, some quality of life improovements in each next game). Each game have different story not related much to the other, with different protagonist.
I think i can recommend skipping the first game (Shadowrun Returns). It’s story is only ok/good, but it lacks some of gameplay improovements from other games, and some time ago there was a user-made campaign mod for Shadowrun Hong Kong that is the main campaign from Returns, so it’s better to play it and experience that campaign in last game of the series.
That’s another thing of those games: they have a capaign editor released so users can make additional content and stories to play ( i would recomend The Caldecott Caper for HK for example (there is a romance subplot in this one ))
So, i loved the story, and i got that “feel” that you have when you finish a great book or game, that “have i beat the game, or did the game beat me?” and what to do now with my life now
I played Returns years ago and it was just ok/good, sometime later when Dragonfall was release i started it, actually couple of times, but always got distracted by some other game, without even an hour put into Dragonfall. What a mistake that was Then last December i saw Hong Kong on sale and bought it, and then wanted first to play the previous game. So i finally sat and started seriously playing Dragonfall. I was amazed when i finished. Through many weeks i played whole Dragonfall, then Hong Kong, then a user-made campaign. Just couldn’t get enough
HBS may be relatively small studios, but the level of enjoyment from their Shadowrun games was for me on par with Bioware games.
(And for anyone that decides to try especially Dragonfall, a little tip: Glory is not a “medic with pistol”, click the icon to change her weapon set to her hand razors. She changes from kinda useles to absolute beast Yeah, i was stupid and didnt realised it for 1/4 of the game)
Edit: Also wanted to add that Dragonfall and Hong Kong have amazing companions with deep stories and personalities, which is a quality i like very much in games.