Shadowrun (Mega Drive)
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|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Developer: BlueSky Software|
|Licensor: FASA Corporation|
|Sound driver: GEMS|
|Genre: Action / RPG|
|Number of players: 1|
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Shadowrun for the Sega Mega Drive is a top-down RPG/action game based on the tabletop role playing game, Shadowrun. Aside from sharing the same source material, it is entirely unrelated to the Sega Mega-CD game.
Story takes place in Seattle. Joshua, a Shoadowrunner, (term used to describe people who can solve problems for a price, such as mercenaries, spies or fixers) using the last of his money travels to the city after he witnesses the death of his brother Michael in a news video. While trying to track down his brother's murderers, Joshua discovers a massive conspiracy that could potentially destroy the city.
Compared to the SNES version, Genesis version of Shadowrun is considered by many as true representation of the table top PnP game due to its focus on life of a shadowrunner and much more non-linear gameplay.
Shadowrun is a top-down RPG with shooting mechanics. While not exactly a true sandbox game, (like the ones we see today) game consists of large areas connected each other. Many non-playable characters exists in the game, allowing the players converse in order to advance the story, conduct transactions and learn about the world they are witnessing while they are playing.
Players can take jobs from "Mr. Johnson"s (Shadowrun slang for brokers who give jobs to shadowrunners). These jobs are generally randomly created and difficulty is dependent on the person who is giving it, ranging from simple courier jobs to extremely tough extraction or acquisition jobs.
Completing missions will award player "Karma Points", basicly skill points without level up system. These karma points can be used to increase a particular skill when resting in hotels.
Money can be used to purchase weapons, armor, items, magic and cyberware.
"The Matrix" is Shadowrun version of cyberspace, in which players can hack into systems and acquire information, money or other files that can be sold for nuyen.
In addition to weapons, magic can be used for attacking enemies or giving various bonuses to the player.
A recruitment mechanics exists to hire other characters. Depending on how much you are willing to spend, a Shadowrunner can remain for just one job or for long run until you fire them or they are incapacitated during combat.
At the beginning of the game, players can pick any of the three classes. While it is technically possible to created a multi-class character, it is generally advisable to focus on one path (combat, hacking or magic) and stick to it.
Street Samurai is a combat oriented character. He starts the game with several combat related cyberware, better weapons and health. Samurai is the only character in the game to gain karma points by killing enemies which allows easier development. Since a Samurai will not have to worry about magic, he can completely wire himself with cybernetics if he wants to.
Shadowrun version of a hacker, Decker starts with equipment and cyberware allows him to dive into the matrix and acquire valuable information that can sold for credits. His combat abilities will be weak throught the game however (if he focuses solely on hacking skills) and he has to rely on other shadowrunners to survive.
Gator Shaman (not to be confused with Mage, which is a completely different class in Shadowrun universe) bring his magic skills into combat. Shaman must carry his totem with him at all times, which means one less item slot. Shaman must also stay away from cyberaware. A stat called "Essence" is necessary for successfully casting magic and this stat drops permamently if cyberwares are installed.
- Original Universe Creation: Jordan Weisman, Bob Charette, Paul Hume, Tom Dowd, J. Ross Babcock III, Sam Lewis, Davied Wylie
- Game Design: Tony Van, John Fulbright, Heinrich Michaels, Scott Berfield
- Programming: John Fulbright, Heinrich Michaels
- Additional Programming: Bonita Kane, Jason Weesner, Brian Belfield
- Art Direction: Dana Christianson
- Art: Dok Whitson, Ellis Goodson, Rick Schmitz, Jeff Remmer, Jeff Jonas, John Seidel, Mark Dobratz, Jerry Huber, Joe Shoopack, John Roy, Geoffrey Knobel, Brian McMurdo, Tom Moon
- Additional Art: Ernie Chan
- Sound & Music: Sam Powell
- Cyberspace Voice: Karyn Mason
- Original Story: Jim Long
- Writers: Tony Van, John Fulbright, Jim Long, Don McClure
- Lead Testing: Julio Martinez, Jeff Todd, Casey Grimm
- Additional Testing: Crisi Albertson, Dante Anderson, Jennifer Brozek, Blair Bullock, Joe Cain, Brian Dawson, Marc Dawson, Dan Jung, Jeff Junio, Jason Kuo, Max Loeb, Jeff Loney, Dermot Lyons, Mike Madden, Heather Meigs, Chris Pepper, Loran Pudinski, Eric Rawlins, Ben Szymkowiak, Conan Tigard, Maria Tuzzo, Greg Vogt, Christina Watson, Stan Weaver, David Wood
- Product Manager: Jaime Wojick
- Producer: Tony Van
- Manual: Tony Van, Jaime Wojick, Carol Ann Hanshaw
- Source: US manual
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- Main article: Shadowrun (Mega Drive)/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
|Mega Drive, US|
ROM dump status
- File:Shadowrun MD US Manual.pdf, page 45
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "May 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 11
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "June 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 123
- Sega Visions, "October/November 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 123
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "June 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 38
- Mean Machines Sega, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-04-30), page 80-82 (80)
- Mega, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-19), page 43