Shadowrun Trilogy PS5 Gameplay Preview

Mike Alexander
Previewing Shadowrun Trilogy PS5 Gameplay, graphics, mechanics and story. Is Shadowrun Trilogy on the PS5 worth playing and a worthy addition to the PlayStation line up?

The melding of sci-fi and fantasy in the world of Shadowrun is a potent combination that has been enchanting fans since its introduction to the tabletop roleplaying game scene in 1989. Since then, it has inspired an entire world of sequels, spin-offs, novels, and even video games. Harebrained Schemes’ first foray into the Shadowrun universe was in 2013 with their game Shadowrun Returns, the title of which was also a reference to the 6-year gap between it and 2007’s Shadowrun game on the Xbox 360. However, in a large departure from that game’s multiplayer-only first-person shooter gameplay, Shadowrun Returns instead took the form of an isometric tactical role-playing game.

In emulating the classic tabletop RPG’s gameplay style, Shadowrun Returns proved to be a success. It went on to spawn an expansion-turned-sequel in Shadowrun: Dragonfall, and a full sequel in Shadowrun: Hong Kong. However, all of these games were only released for PC and smartphones, probably due to the difficulty in translating the game’s controls to a console controller. Now, nearly a decade after Shadowrun Returns hit the scene, we are getting Shadowrun Trilogy: Console Edition. With its release looming close, let’s take a look at some of the features of this collection.

Three Awesome Games, Remastered

The Shadowrun Trilogy: Console Edition contains Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun Dragonfall – Director’s Cut, and Shadowrun Hong Kong – Extended Edition in their complete forms and they aren’t just simple ports of the PC games. The three titles have been revamped with upscaled graphics, improved performance, and, most importantly, overhauled controls to fit the inputs of a controller instead of a mouse and keyboard. 

All of the Shadowrunning action can now be had from the comfort of your living room, on your couch, with controller in hand. Presumably, the developers have streamlined the gameplay and controls instead of just assigning inputs to buttons, as there definitely are not enough buttons to cover a full PC game’s inputs. Tactical turn-based combat will always be easier with a mouse, but the feature has been ported to consoles successfully in the past.

Available On Everything

In order to make it up to the console players they left out in the cold for so long, Paradox Interactive is publishing Shadowrun Trilogy: Console Edition on just about everything. That means PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and even Nintendo Switch fans can get their Shadowrun on soon enough.


Despite the long wait, Shadowrun’s arrival on consoles seems like it will be the same groundbreaking experience it was when it first showed up in 2013. There is always more room for story-driven RPGs, and these three Shadowrun games have some of the best stories in the genre. And, with the entire first game and the extended versions of the sequels, there is an awful lot of extra story and gameplay to be had. Mix that in with sharper graphics and better performance, and you’ve got the makings of a truly incredible experience. Shadowrun Trilogy: Console Edition is releasing on June 21st.


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