But while the mechanics of shooters are - for the most part - exactly the same as every other fast-paced multiplayer blast, it's the aforementioned blending andbalancing that the developers hope will make the difference in Shadowrun.

So, the much-talked about teleport power can be used by any human to flick around a foe in mid-shotgun shell-exchange, but a dwarf could also use it to pass through a wall to appear behind a troll and cleave his armoured noggin with a huge katana. Combination and innovation are key, so a glider and a sniper rifle can be formidable but a chaingun and the ability to turn yourself into a smog-cloud can be better.