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« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2013, 06:49:38 PM »

HBS recently posted a sneak peak of how the Matrix will be implemented in the game:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UZNfXWwn2I


The video is brief and doesn't have any sound, but it still looks amazing, especially considering HBS originally stated that they thought an elaborate Matrix mini-game wouldn't be possible given their limited budget and development time. Although, they stated that missions featuring the Matrix will be rare in the Seattle campaign, players will also be able to design their own Matrix runs for others to play using the game editor.
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« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2013, 08:31:55 PM »

I was thinking about this game today. I definitely going to pick it up.
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« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2013, 11:10:41 PM »

I was thinking about this game today. I definitely going to pick it up.

SRR is now up on Steam for pre-purchase.  It is currently at 10% off the launch price. 

Sounds like they're still on target for June.  I'm so excited!
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« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2013, 11:42:08 PM »

Am I a terrible person for thinking I'll just buy it when it Steam sales at 50% eventually?
I just know it will...
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« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2013, 01:57:06 AM »

I'm curious to see how much detail there is going to be in the level editor. I'm curious to see what people are going to come up with.
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« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2013, 11:21:38 AM »

Am I a terrible person for thinking I'll just buy it when it Steam sales at 50% eventually?
I just know it will...

Well, I'm sure there will be bigger sales but that may not happen for awhile.  If I hadn't backed it, I'd pre-order because I can't wait to play it.  And since some backers are getting early access to the editor, there's going to be a few player-made campaigns available on (or soon after) launch. 
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« Reply #21 on: May 01, 2013, 11:54:17 AM »

I pre-ordered it from HBS when it was 25% off, just before the offer expired. I didn't back the Kickstarter, since I mistakenly got the impression from somewhere that it was going to be mostly about combat, but the gameplay video convinced me otherwise - I didn't expect there to be non-combat areas, dialogue trees and skill checks, which are all positives.
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« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2013, 10:48:29 AM »

I pre-ordered it from HBS when it was 25% off, just before the offer expired. I didn't back the Kickstarter, since I mistakenly got the impression from somewhere that it was going to be mostly about combat, but the gameplay video convinced me otherwise - I didn't expect there to be non-combat areas, dialogue trees and skill checks, which are all positives.

Yeah, I think they added a lot of things that they originally didn't think they would be able to... In the KS their funding goal was only $400K and they ended up getting almost 5 times that much.  So they were able to make a better game as a result.   (Like the Matrix segment which they said originally wasn't going to be possible).  I'm hoping this game does well so that we can get many future updates and expansions.  The Berlin campaign is already planned to be the next expansion but there's so many other cities and locations that have a lot of Shadowrun lore behind them. 

The game editor should allow for lots of great player made content too.  I think the biggest shortcoming will be that there probably won't many wilderness tilesets released the base game.  It's probably going to be strictly urban environments but maybe they'll even surprise us with some trees and stuff. 
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« Reply #23 on: May 09, 2013, 08:56:56 AM »

I sadly never got to play the original even though it was on Genesis and I think SNES. I wanted to though as I think it had graphic adventure elements and that is my fave genre of game. The one that came out a few years ago was a straight up FPS, this looks different again. Does it have graphic adventure elements again?
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« Reply #24 on: May 09, 2013, 10:52:35 AM »

I sadly never got to play the original even though it was on Genesis and I think SNES. I wanted to though as I think it had graphic adventure elements and that is my fave genre of game. The one that came out a few years ago was a straight up FPS, this looks different again. Does it have graphic adventure elements again?

Well, the SEGA Genesis and SNES Shadowrun versions are actually two completely different games.  The Genesis version was (sort of) an open world RPG.  There was a story but most of the gameplay is actually spent completing random runs to get enough nuyen (money) and karma (exp) so that you are strong enough to advance in the main storyline.  The were also a SEGA / MEGA CD Shadowrun which unfortunately never left Japan (apparently some people are working on a fan translation). The SNES version was a more linear RPG, but had many of the adventure game elements you were talking about.

Shadowrun Returns is different, but it definitely will take inspiration from both of the 16-bit games (it even takes place in between both games; 4 years after the SNES game and 4 years before the Genesis game).  You don't need to play those games before this one, but there will be references to them.  On Steam the genres listed for the game are actually "Adventure, RPG, & Strategy".  The combat will be a turn-based tactical system (very similar to the combat in X-Com: Enemy Unknown w/ cover).  And you will of course be able to upgrade your character with cyberware, new weapons, or magic spells.  Outside of combat, there will be lots of conversations with multiple options, many of which take into account your character's stats such as Charisma and Ettiquette w/ various factions). Very often there will be multiple ways to complete a missions such as acquiring a disguise or using stealth to sneak past guards,  intimidating or bluffing your way past the guards, or simply taking them down with brute force.  And Deckers can hack into the security system to disable alarms / cameras, open locked doors, etc. The main storyline will involve investigating the murder of your childhood friend, which is probably where the adventure game aspect really comes in.  They've mentioned in the alpha video that often there will be objects in the environment that you use (such as a computer terminal to get information). 

But what really makes the game for me is that it is going to include a game editor (similar to the toolset for Neverwinter Nights) that will allow players to make their own adventures.  So we can expect a wide range of player generated campaigns; probably ranging from very combat heavy missions to more role-playing / adventure oriented campaigns with little or no combat.   (If it's anything like NWN, there will be some awful stuff, but also some really incredible stuff that may even be better than the official campaign).

Edit:  They just posted an update showing lots of portraits and how the first page of the character generation screen will look:  http://harebrained-schemes.com/post/chris-dev-diary-characters/
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« Reply #25 on: July 26, 2013, 12:44:00 AM »

Anyone get this yet? We get the Jake Armitage appearance a few minutes into the game in a familiar place
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« Reply #26 on: July 26, 2013, 01:01:49 AM »

I got it and posted earlier in new game journal. Good stuff.
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« Reply #27 on: July 28, 2013, 02:03:23 AM »

got the game, really fun! the interaction with jake is pretty funny
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« Reply #28 on: July 28, 2013, 08:34:22 PM »

Yeah, this game is superb fun. I wish I had the skill to use the tools to make some content of my own. I'm tempted to try to learn how.
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« Reply #29 on: July 29, 2013, 04:15:32 AM »

I'm hearing a lot of mixed things! Some impressions would be highly appreciated.
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