The Shadowrun franchise has a long and storied history with the videogame medium, despite never really becoming a series. Each Shadowrun game always appeared on a different system, and every one of them felt like something of a reboot. The most recent, a multiplayer first-person shooter from Microsoft, practically killed the franchise. Shadowrun Returns, is a unique revival. It places the videogame series in the hands of the pen-and-paper RPG’s creator for the first time, and attempts to establish something that draws from both of the series popular 16-bit RPGs, as well as the pen-and-paper games, and use that as a launching point for something new. That title is no accident; this is not a reboot, or a reimagining, but the return of a series that hopes to stay a part of the gaming landscape for years to come.