Microsoft Studios is Launching Shadowrun in North America

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Who is the better gamer; PC players or console?  We're about to find out. 

Starting today, humans, elves, dwarves, and trolls can join the cross-platform revolution with Shadowrun at the estimated retail price of $59.99 (USD) for Xbox 360 and $49.99 (USD) for Windows Vista. Shadowrun is rated M for Mature by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB). Shadowrun is also part of the Games for Windows initiative, offering reliability, compatibility, and enhanced experiences on Windows Vista.


Additionally, Xbox 360 gamers can get in on the action with the official Shadowrun demo on June 6. The demo will be available for download via Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

The innovative first-person shooter gameplay of Shadowrun, developed by FASA Studio, thrusts gamers into strategic battles that leverage magic and technology. Players must vie for supremacy, playing as a human, elf, dwarf or troll. Cleverness, cunning and split-second improvisation are rewarded through a unique combination of modern weapons, ancient magic, and advanced technology. As the first game to support Microsoft's Games for Windows LIVE service, Shadowrun gives players on both Xbox 360 and Windows Vista a chance to compete, cooperate and communicate across both platforms with a Xbox LIVE Gold or Games for Windows - LIVE Gold account.

Shadowrun will ship with nine unique maps and three additional map variations, showcasing dynamic environments set in a futuristic Santos, Brazil, and its neighboring ancient Ziggurat.  Shadowrun includes six training chapters letting gamers fine-tune their strategy and lethal combinations against the intuitively smart and talented A.I. bots. Gamers can also play with bots at four levels of difficulty on every map and game type.

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    Paul Wilson

    I just hope that it is better than the Shadowrun that came out a few years ago on the Sega. It was just too wierd, and the gangs that roamed the streets were extremely difficult. It may have just been me, because I suck at video games anyways. However, I just couldn't get into the techno-age, medieval fantasy thing and I don't think I could now, especially at $60.

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    Paul Wilson

    I just hope that it is better than the Shadowrun that came out a few years ago on the Sega. It was just too wierd, and the gangs that roamed the streets were extremely difficult. It may have just been me, because I suck at video games anyways. However, I just couldn't get into the techno-age, medieval fantasy thing and I don't think I could now, especially at $60.

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    Dengin

    Hmm, may be something to break my WoW addiction, but I doubt it. Was browsing through some of my gaming forums, and people seem to be liking it quite a bit. The lack of SP (a team with just you and bots does not constitute SP in my opinion) is a bit of a turn-off to me. Either give the option of SP, or go full-fledged MMO. So, with 'enhanced experiences on Windows Vista' do you mean it uses DirectX 10?

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    Dengin

    Hmm, may be something to break my WoW addiction, but I doubt it. Was browsing through some of my gaming forums, and people seem to be liking it quite a bit. The lack of SP (a team with just you and bots does not constitute SP in my opinion) is a bit of a turn-off to me. Either give the option of SP, or go full-fledged MMO. So, with 'enhanced experiences on Windows Vista' do you mean it uses DirectX 10?

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    Matthew Mushall

    I think it's great to have a cross platform game that finally pits PC gamers against Xbox live gamers.  However, to be honest, I don't think the price difference is fair.  PC multiplayer games usually support features the 360 can't offer, but we're still forced to spend $10 more for the 360 version.  To sum it all up, I won't be buying it.

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    Matthew Mushall

    I think it's great to have a cross platform game that finally pits PC gamers against Xbox live gamers.  However, to be honest, I don't think the price difference is fair.  PC multiplayer games usually support features the 360 can't offer, but we're still forced to spend $10 more for the 360 version.  To sum it all up, I won't be buying it.

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    GuyNamedNate

    I bought it for the 360 and love it!  I really enjoy online competitive games, especially team-based games, and this game is exactly that.

    As far as costing more for the 360 than the PC, yeah that is lame.  For me it wasn't an option since my puny laptop can barely run Vista, let alone play modern video games.

    It's hard to describe what the game is like since it is really unique in my opinion.  It takes the successful FPS /  Team Shooter to a whole new level and is extremely fun and addicting to play.

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    GuyNamedNate

    I bought it for the 360 and love it!  I really enjoy online competitive games, especially team-based games, and this game is exactly that.

    As far as costing more for the 360 than the PC, yeah that is lame.  For me it wasn't an option since my puny laptop can barely run Vista, let alone play modern video games.

    It's hard to describe what the game is like since it is really unique in my opinion.  It takes the successful FPS /  Team Shooter to a whole new level and is extremely fun and addicting to play.

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    Ted Bracewell

    Not sure about this one. It looks okay, but I dunno, $59 and there's no campaign mode... Eh... If it were Halo 3 or Gears of War 2 with no campaign mode then maybe...

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    Ted Bracewell

    Not sure about this one. It looks okay, but I dunno, $59 and there's no campaign mode... Eh... If it were Halo 3 or Gears of War 2 with no campaign mode then maybe...

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