Cyberopunk is at its core, a very 80's game. The artwork alone tells you that.
Many advances in hardware have left much of the tech behind - however, I still run a CP2020 campaign, and there is a lively (somewhat) community of CP players on the net who throw ideas together and stuff.
Shadowrun 4th ed has attempted to 'modernise' itself by rebuilding the net, and allowing stuff like wireless comms and networking (all using a bluetooth analogue), but there's still too much magic and fairy stuff in it for me. For me, a dragon is a m-134 minigun with 1-in-6 tracer rounds. Not some flappy scaley lizard beastie.
But it also got me curious enough to buy Cyberpunk v3 <shudder>
Never, ever...EVER buy Cyberpunk v3.
the rules are ok, it;s just the fuzion system used for bubblegum crisis...but they murdered the setting with a heaping dose of 'post-cyberhumanism' and retcon. Not to mention retarded shit like anti-netrunner programs don;t manifest in the net anymore, they assemble out of nanites and attakc your party in person
Also, all the really slick, stylish art the older editions were known for?
Replaced with (I shit you not) pictures of 12" GI Joes with bionic arms made out of Lego Bionicle parts.
The game that used to emphasize style over substance now features really shitty green tinted photos of a half-lego GI Joe battling with (and again, not making it up) a ken doll with a rubber shark head. <shudders>
Just buy every 2020 version book you can find and revel in the sweet retro memories
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