Shadowrun: Dragonfall - All News
Thursday - March 27, 2014
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Review @ GameBanshee
Gamebanshee reviewed the Dragonfall add-on of Shadowrun concluding that although it is still somewhat lightweight it is worthwhile to play this addition to the original.
Combat encounters are also better designed and more varied than in Dead Man's Switch, but still err too much on the side of caution in terms of challenge. I died about two times in the entire campaign (I played on Normal) despite playing with a character that wasn't particularly optimized for combat (I used a high charisma Shaman), and both times were entirely due to my carelessness. In fact, in some instances the game has been made easier, as a character that falls in battle is automatically revived by the Trauma Kits in their inventory. It's also worth noting that, despite the side objectives, special mechanics and additional fail conditions that are often attached to the encounters, the relatively short length of the campaign (18/20 hours for me, if Steam is to be believed), and the new critters that have been added to the title, the combat still ends up feeling repetitive after a while. I'd honestly recommend trying to not purposefully get into combat encounters too often because, despite Harebrained's best attempt to shake up things (which were mostly successful, credit where credit is due), there's simply not enough meat to sustain the interest of a combat-oriented player for the entirety of the campaign.
That's not to say the few new additions are bad though. Sniper rifles are extremely powerful weapons that give their best at long ranges, incentivising the player to better study the layout of the area. Grenade launchers are far more situational, but there's no denying that lining up a shot when enemies are clustered up in the same space is satisfying. Throwing weapons aren't quite that useful in my experience (though I admit I might just not have learned how to use them properly), but at least it's now possible to build a character that uses Throwing Weapons as their main combat skills, given it now governs more than just grenades. Adepts' abilities have also been improved, and now sport passive bonuses that make the archetype far more playable. The new monsters that have been added by the expansion, while not as unique in behavior and abilities as I had hoped, at least offer that little bit of visual variety that was sorely lacking from the game at release. Even when put together, these additions aren't exactly game-changers, but it's that Dragonfall didn't only add a new campaign, a few portraits and some environmental assets.
Saturday - March 22, 2014
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Review @ Strategy Informer
Strategy Informer is the latest site to post a review for Shadowrun: Dragonfall. They award the game with a final score of 8/10, and suggest everyone should play it.
I finished my first run of Dragonfall with my long-suffering, short-tempered but ultimately loyal dwarf Rigger in around 15 hours, and immediately wanted to roll up a new character and give the campaign another go. If you liked Shadowrun Returns but felt the main storyline was missing something, you'll find that Dragonfall improves on the original in almost every way. Don't expect major changes to overall gameplay, but do expect an excellent story with rich characters and a great new setting. New to Shadowrun? Dragonfall isn't available standalone, but if you're looking to get into the series I'd suggest picking it up along with the main game. It's well worth it.
Sunday - March 16, 2014
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Review @ RPG Codex
RPG Codex's Darth Roxor has written a new review for Shadowrun: Dragonfall.
Dragonfall was precisely what I wanted it to be. A vastly improved Dead Man’s Switch with more content, but the same gameplay. I’d say that you should definitely go ahead and buy it if you liked the original campaign, but you might also want to give it a shot if you disliked DMS for one reason or another.
There is one thing, however, that really needs to be said here. Whoever was in charge of the marketing for Dragonfall needs to be flogged. What I mean is how it was constantly referred to as “DLC” before its release. This really couldn’t be more inaccurate. The original campaign took me 13 hours to finish on my first playthrough, but Dragonfall took me 23. This is not "DLC", but a fully fledged old-school expansion pack, just like Brood War was to Starcraft.
Finally, I’d also like to say that I really wouldn’t mind if Harebrained stuck with this formula. That is, keep the engine and just release new campaigns with improvements and new features every now and again. They've showed with Dragonfall that they know how to learn from their mistakes, and they could potentially produce something truly great if they kept improving on the current state of the game. And you know, I would be pretty happy if Shadowrun Returns could take me on a tour of the Renraku Arcology...
Friday - March 14, 2014
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Review Roundup #4
Here is another round of reviews for Shadowrun: Dragonfall.
Cheat Masters - 8.5/10
There may still be some elements that are not as fleshed out as desired, but Dragonfall has done quite a lot to bring more out of this game. The review for Shadowrun Returns was rated quite highly mostly due to its potential, as well as what it offered for its price. However, its story and save system were actually disappointing, even though there was a lot to like with the game. Perhaps that score can still stand due to how earnest Harebrained Schemes has been with the development of their game, which culminated in the release of this expansion.
Gamespot - 8/10
Harebrained Schemes has shown that it is committed to improvement. It has fixed a lot of the critical problems from the first entry (most notably that abhorrent save system), and the writing is leaps and bounds better here, making Dragonfall the first game that truly capitalizes on this incredible universe's great potential.
Eurogamer - 8/10
If you played and enjoyed Shadowrun Returns, Dragonfall is a no-brainer. It's more professionally made and superior to the original campaign in every way, and likely to clock in at around 12-15 hours depending on difficulty settings: enough to tell its story, but not enough to outstay its welcome. The scale feels right for a Shadowrun game, keeping the action primarily at street level, but with a big looming threat to make the main plot more than just another job.
PC World - 4.5/5
The expansion plays much like its predecessor—isometric camera, no voiced dialogue, plenty of reading, and lots of systems. In many ways,Dragonfall is the campaign the game should've shipped with from the start. An amalgamation of fan feedback and the developer's own ideas, Dragonfall manages to right a fair number of the original's wrongs, while still delivering the same compelling dialogue and an even better world to explore.
Monday - March 10, 2014
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Patch 1.2.5 Released
Harebrained Schemes has a new post on Steam with information patch version 1.2.5 has been released, and posts the change log. Here is a part of the post.
Shadowrun Returns version 1.2.5 is now live!
Release 1.2.5 contains a variety of Dragonfall and Dead Man's Switch campaign fixes and general system improvements. If you are encountering any campaign issues in Dragonfall, please update to build 1.2.5 immediately. (To update, restart Steam and then allow Shadowrun Returns to fully verify and download the new build.)
If you are experiencing a campaign-related issue, you may also need to restart your current scene (select "Restart Level" from the PDA) or rewind (select "Rewind" from the PDA save screen, then select a previous level) to before you encountered the issue in order to resolve the issue.
TROUBLESHOOTING & REPORTING BUGS:
If you are experiencing technical issues with Shadowrun Returns or Shadowrun: Dragonfall, please see this post: http://steamcommunity.com/app/234650/discussions/0/558749191390963834/
Saturday - March 08, 2014
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Path 1.2.4 Released
Harebrained Schemes has a new forum post with information patch version 1.2.4 has been released, and posts the change log. Here is a part of the post.
RELEASE NOTES 1.2.4
New Features, Improvements
- [Core] Adding ability for item prerequisites to check for race.
- [Editor] Can evaluate a decker’s jack in point and a persona’s spawn point with Compare Prop and Get Matrix Prop
- "Auto" Injector costs 1 AP to use. Reduced to 0 AP to match other buff cyberware abilities.
- Fixed issue with Shadowrunner AIs becoming player controlled on reload of triggered autosaves and quicksaves.
- Fixing issue where loading waypoints spawned before all characters are loaded, causing edge case load fail.
- Fixing issue where prerequisites weren't being checked every time equipment change happened, added popup notification when item prerequisites are no longer met.
- Fixed issue where multi-shot weapons would have unexpected spread when target died before attack finishes.
- Fixing transparency issues with some outfits.
- Fixing issue where a duckling NPC could fill an empty hiring spot.
- Fixing issue causing players to 'lose' an outfit to a previous outfit.
- Fixed issue causing talking Drones in the False Flag mission.
- Cleaning up goals surrounding optional objectives in the MKVI mission.
- Unreachable interactions are now disabled in the MKVI mission.
- Cleaning up goals surrounding optional objectives in the Sewers mission.
- Added a new autosave to the False Flag mission.
- Polish to subway entrance/exit.
- Disabling NPCs when they have no new conversations.
- Fixing issue causing mission success toast to appear more than once during Bloodline mission.
- Fixing issue causing hacked cameras to follow you through the teleport in MKVI mission.
- Fixed issue causing second Decker’s Persona to be trapped when jacking into Matrix in APEX Rising mission.
- Fixed issue causing double interaction needed to leave from False Flag mission.
- Fixed issue allowing player to get second copy of mission item after completing objective in APEX Rising mission.
- Glory personal story progression fix. Story variables added for Glory progression.
- Fixing issue causing optional objective to fail prematurely in Humanis mission.
- Fixed issue causing conversation inconsistency in APEX Rising mission.
- Fixed issue where Decker could not interact with mission specific interaction in APEX Rising mission.
- Updating grenades to be unusable by Dante.
Dead Man's Switch Campaign
- Fixing issue preventing hiring list from correctly populating for Telestrian Industries mission
- Fixed an issue preventing Shannon Half-Sky from being hired for Mercy Mental mission.
- Fixed an issue preventing Coyote from being hired for Telestrian Industries mission.
Thursday - March 06, 2014
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Review Roundup #3
I found a few more reviews for the recently released Shadowrun: Dragonfall.
Capsule Computers - 8.5/10
I found Dragonfall to be a top-notch follow-up to one of my favorite games of 2013. It boasts a great story, accentuated by excellent storytelling and deep characters. Combat is both cognitively satisfying and visceral, delivering an addictive system you’ll look forward to. There are a few bugs, but they’re insignificant compared to the strength of its offerings. If you don’t have Shadowrun Returns yet, it’s easily worth the price of admission. If you do, Dragonfall is a must-have. Overall, Shadowrun: Dragonfall is a finely crafted RPG experience, showing that Harebrained Schemes knows its audience and continues to hone their craft.
Gaming Bolt - 7/10
The game doesn’t really try anything new within the other areas such as gameplay. This can be looked upon in two ways, the first being that the gameplay is so well established and solid that it wasn’t actually required and the second being the personal desire for changes, tweaks or adjustments. It lies fairly in your own perspective, involvement, and joy of the game but as nothing appears to be broken or taking on anything new that can harm the core mechanics or foundations of the series it’s not something that can really be held of fault.
Gizorama - 4/5
This may put some of you off, but hear me out: Shadowrun Returns as a whole is a good RPG for people that aren't super into RPGs but enjoy many of their traditional aspects. Personally, I love crafting a well-balanced party, but I hate being forced to sit through their tragic backstories (but if I have time I'll totally do it). I like turn-based combat so long as it makes me feel involved (which the cover system definitely helps with), and I don't mind if a game's environment isn't comically huge just so long as it feels well-thought-out and there's plenty to keep me interested. All of these are things that Dragonfall excels at and things that many RPG series would do well to try and imitate. Too many role-playing games nowadays mistake size for quality. A big mistake they all seem to make is to design a world far too large to fill with quality content. Dragonfall, almost moreso than its predecessor, focuses itself down to the core of what a good RPG should be and succeeds all the more for it. If you'd like a break from wandering around a non-descript mountain range or flat wasteland for a while, but you're not quite ready to give up being an elf, I can't recommend Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall enough.
Monday - March 03, 2014
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Review Roundup #2
Another day and I have more reviews for the just released Shadowrun: Dragonfall. So lets get started with the second round-up.
Hardcore Gamer - 4.5/5
In the end, Dragonfall is a more complete and sophisticated version of last year’s Shadowrun Returns. The new campaign setting is utterly compelling, the writing is some of the industry’s finest with astounding prose and character development and the added content simply equates to an experience that is only rivaled by the genre’s best. The fundamental gameplay is still the same, though that should be viewed as a glowing endorsement of the already refined mechanics presented in the game’s predecessor. Having said that, this isn’t a flawless experience; the various bugs and glitches, in addition to limited graphics engine, means there are some hiccups along the way. In truth, though, these hitches are somewhat marginal when juxtaposed with everything else that the game does right. Harebrained Schemes has proven here that they are far more than a one-hit wonder, clearly demonstrating that the success of Returns was anything but mere happenstance. This is a developer that understands and loves their source material, which very evidently comes out in their work. Consequently, Shadowrun: Dragonfall is another home run for the up-and-coming studio.
Leviathyn - 6.5/10
Shadowun: Dragonfall might offer players another fix of its cool cyberpunk-meets-magic RPG formula but it doesn’t try to offer them anything deeper than that. Despite it improving upon the level design and storytelling of its predecessor, Dragonfall fails to improve upon the gameplay surrounding those elements. It pushes the boundaries of the game’s engine yet fails to produce anything truly substantial and unless your love of Shadowrun’s rich universe can overlook these shortcomings, there’s nothing special here.
Spawnfirst - 8.5/10
If you do not already own the base game, Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun: Dragonfall will set you back $35 ($20 for the base game and $15 for the DLC). The DLC is basically a whole second game, though, with a campaign that took a comparable amount of time to the original. It's not a first-person game with great cinematic views and cut scenes like Mass Effect, but it also isn't $60. For $15, Shadowrun Returns is more than enough game. Minor technical difficulties aside, this DLC will serve to be a memorable playthrough for RPG fans.
Daily Gadget - No Score
Jacking back into Shadowrun Returns for the new Dragonfall campaign, I thought I was ready for anything. In a post-magipocalypse future where trenchcoated, wizardly elves cast shield spells on hacker allies while orcs with machine guns shower them with lead, it pays to be prepared. Dragonfall managed to get the drop on me, though. I wasn’t expecting one of the most memorable and complex RPG stories of the decade.
Cinema Blend - No Score
If you have no interest in Shadowrun returns or the nerdy wares of cyberpunk storystelling, this expansion isn't going to change your mind. However, if you enjoy old-school point-and-click RPGs from the yesteryears of gaming, with an ample helping of textual cyber-talk and futuristic fantasy elements, Dragonfall definitely starts off on a better track (and in a better way) than the original Dead Man's Switch.
Sunday - March 02, 2014
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Review Roundup
Shadowrun: Dragonfall was released a few days and as usual I managed to roundup a few reviews. So readon for the links with a brief description.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - No Score
The elevator pitch is the same as last time around: elves, dwarves, trolls and orcs living (slightly uncomfortably) alongside humanity on a near-future Earth, where the lines between technology and magic are blurred, and crime – street, organised and corporate – is rife. Techno-D&D basically. In Dragonfall, the setting switches from Seattle to the Free City of Berlin, which turns out to look a lot like Bladerunner’s Chinatown. But then, that’s basically what we expect of cyberpunk worlds, isn’t it?
PC Gamer - 81/100
I’m going to remember Dragonfall for a long, long time. When the topic of great RPG stories comes up, I’ll mention it in the same breath as Dragon Age or Knights of the Old Republic. Even if you didn’t play, or didn’t enjoy, Dead Man’s Switch, Dragonfall is well worth your time—and the extra $20 for the base game, should you not already own it. It may lack the flashiness and cinematic drama of a bigger budget production, but it lacks none of the heart.
SpiderDuck - No Score
Let's just get to the nitty gritty, Dragonfall is still Shadowrun. If you enjoyed your time with Shadowrun Returns last year, you will absolutely enjoy your time with Dragonfall seven months later. Dragonfall improves the most when it comes to the characters and what they mean to the world presented in the campaign. There are slight overall gameplay improvements, but Harebrained Schemes isn't changing what works. This new campaign isn't going to change your mind on Shadowrun Returns, but it's an absolute must buy for those that want a new experience in the Shadowrun universe.
Shadowrun: Dragonfall! A new expansion for Shadowrun Returns, bringing you back into the world of "tech meets magic". But is the expansion for this cyberpunk RPG world worth it? Here's my Shadowrun: Dragonfall review!
Thursday - February 27, 2014
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Now Available
Harebrained Schemes sent out a press release with information that Shadowrun: Dragonfall is available today. As of now the game has three hours left till launch.
Harebrained Schemes’ Shadowrun: Dragonfall Now Available
Community Feedback Inspires Full-Length Expansion Campaign Set in Berlin
Kirkland, WA (February 27, 2014) Harebrained Schemes’ Shadowrun: Dragonfall, a major expansion for the magic-meets-cyberpunk tactical RPG mashup Shadowrun Returns, has launched today. Featuring a 12+ hour campaign set in the city of Berlin, Shadowrun: Dragonfall also contains a multitude of new features and enhancements for the core Shadowrun Returns game. The title is available for $14.99 (requires the original game to play) for Windows, OSX and Linux at the Steam store http://store.steampowered.com/app/272030, and a DRM-free version is offered at GOG.com. The original Shadowrun Returns game is also on sale for $14.99 for a limited time.
“The response to Shadowrun Returns was so overwhelming that it inspired us to pull out all the stops in creating Shadowrun: Dragonfall. We really did our best to listen to fans and act on their feedback,” said Jordan Weisman, founder of Harebrained Schemes and creator of the Shadowrun game universe. “We are thrilled to unveil our next story and can’t wait to see all the awesome new Shadowrun stories that the community will create with the Dragonfall expansion and the Shadowrun Editor.”
In addition to the incredible support they gave the project, from its announcement through its historic milestone as the first $1m+ Kickstarted videogame to ship, fans have shared hundreds of free Shadowrun adventures and content with the Steam Workshop community (http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/browse?appid=234650), greatly expanding the game world developed by Harebrained Schemes.
Wednesday - February 26, 2014
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Developer Play Session
Gametrailers is hosting a new developer play session for Shadowrun: Dragonfall.
Join the Shadowrun devs for an exclusive long-look at the upcoming, full-length expansion! Germany! Dwarves! Techno Music!
Warning: The video is an hour long and may contain spoilers.
Sunday - February 23, 2014
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Keys Are Now Available
In the latest post-finding update for Shadowrun Returns we get information from Harebrained Schemes that keys are being sent out for Shadowrun: Dragonfall.
Shadowrun: Dragonfall Keys Away!
We are excited to let you know that we have begun emailing Shadowrun: Dragonfall keys to all Backers and anyone who ordered the Shadowrun Returns Collector’s Edition from the HBS website. You can add the game to your Library with your key when you receive it, but note that it will not pre-load. You can download the game when it unlocks on Thursday, February 27 at 10am PST.
It will take a few days to get all the emails out, so watch your inbox and be sure to check your spam folder. If you don’t receive it by the end of the day on Monday, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We thank you for your patience in advance!Please note that if you previously requested a GOG.com key for Shadowrun Returns, we will begin sending Dragonfall GOG keys early next week. If you have not requested a GOG or Humble Store key yet and would like one, no problem! Just shoot us an email and we’ll get that to you as soon as we can.
Update on the DRM-free Version of the GameWe've been so impressed with the level of service that our partners at GOG.com and Humble Store have been able to provide that we have decided to let them handle all future DRM-free updates. This will allow us to stay focused on Shadowrun. If you haven’t requested DRM-free keys yet, and would like one, please send us your Kickstarter email address along with which partner you prefer so you can continue to have access to those updates.
Friday - February 21, 2014
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Preview @ Kotaku
Kotaku has a new preview of the soon to be released Expansion Shadowrun: Dragonfall.
My visit to Berlin has only lasted for a handful of hours so far, but I'm already pondering moving in completely. Sure, an evil being from the early days of magic's re-emergence has set its sights on my group of happy murder chummers, but there's plenty to distract me from that fact. Plus, Mitch Gitelman has assured me that past the point where my demo ended the capmpaign really opens up, allowing my team and I to take on jobs as we see fit. Not sure I am ready for the responsibility.
Friday - January 31, 2014
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Audio Interview
Eight And a Half Bit has an audio interview with Mitch Gitelman of Harebrained Schemes.
Friend of the show Mitch Gitelman of Harebrained Schemes returns to discuss the upcoming expansion to Shadowrun Returns entitled Dragonfall. Aside from that we delve into RPG’s and get Mitch’s thoughts on player agency among many other topics.
Thursday - January 30, 2014
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Interview @ DHGF
Die Hard Game Fan interivews Mike McCain the Project Lead of Shadowrun Dragonfall.
Diehard GameFAN: Will players be able to port their characters from “Dead Man’s Switch” over to Dragonfall or with this require an entire new protagonist?
Mike McCain: Dragonfall’s story is completely independent of the story told in “Dead Man’s Switch”. As such, you’ll create a new main character when you begin the Dragonfall campaign.
Diehard GameFAN: Approximately how long will it take to complete Dragonfall‘s core storyline and how many options/side quests will it contain?
Mike McCain: Our early playtests suggest that the campaign is actually longer than anticipated. We initially set out to create an experience somewhere in the 8-10 hours range. It currently looks like even a bare-minimum playthrough would take more than 10 hours, and I think you can count on at least 12 to 15 hours if you’re exploring and doing more of the game’s side content. We’re also trying to tune this campaign to a slightly more challenging difficulty level than “Dead Man’s Switch”, so that may factor in as well.
Diehard GameFAN: What does Harebrained Studios have planned next? I know you have Golem Arcana in the works. How is that proceeding? Anything else in the pipeline?
Mike McCain: Golem Arcana is in full production! The Golem team recently brought on a dedicated UI artist who’s been making some really exciting progress on the design of the app component of the game. I see the design team rapidly prototyping Golem gameplay nearly every day in the conference room. Right now, there’s a big push to meet physical manufacturing deadlines to ensure that everything is ready to ship the game on time later this year. You can learn more about Golem Arcana at the official website.
Tuesday - January 28, 2014
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - New Release Date
Harebrained Schemes announces that the new release date for Shadowrun: Dragonfall is February 27th, 2014. Here is a new trailer to go along with the news.
Shadowrun: Dragonfall will arrive on February 27th, 2014 for Windows, OSX, and Linux and will sell for $14.99. The title is currently available for pre-order on Steam and a DRM-free version will be available on GOG.com.
Information aboutShadowrun: Dragonfall
Developer: Harebrained Schemes
SP/MP: Single + MP
Play-time: 20-40 hours
Voice-acting: Partially voiced
Regions & platforms
· Platform: PC
· Released at 2014-02-27
· Publisher: Harebrained Schemes