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It's 2050. You are a shadowrunner, a predator of the modern concrete jungle and a mercenary for hire. You've just gotten news that your brother has died mysteriously. You must reclaim his possessions — and figure out who killed him.
Shadowrun is a futuristic cyberpunk RPG set in the 2050s world of the Shadowrun pencil-and-paper role-playing game world from FASA. Starting as a weapons-savvy street samurai, a technically inclined decker, or a mage, you must unravel the mystery of your brother's death. To do so you must acquire better weapons and equipment, as well as upgrade your skills and abilities. Weapons and equipment can be purchased at various stores. Success in combat or "shadowruns" earns you karma points that can be spent to upgrade your skills and abilities.
A shadowrun is a mission contracted from "Mr. Johnson," an anonymous client who needs tough jobs done and can pay well. Missions range from package delivery missions to breaking-and-entering. The amount of money paid depends on the difficulty of the mission. The missions themselves are open-ended in their solutions, allowing you to try to sneak your way past security by hacking or to gun your way through by brute force. If things get too dangerous, you can even hire other shadowrunners to help you.
The game is played from an overhead view with 2D graphics. Combat occurs on the same screen as the regular game and is handled in real time. Hacking into computers has its own set of graphics and takes place in a pseudo first-person view. ~ Kyle Knight, All Game Guide