A quick post about two things I immediately dislike about Shadowrun 4:
1. Replacement of fake Shadowrun swear words with real world swear words. I don't want to see the word "fuck" in my Shadowrun book, not because I'm a offended (which I'm not), but because part of the color and flavor of Shadowrun is the fake cuss words like frak and drek. I'm also pretty sure they ditched chummer, though I can't be certain...I might have missed that. It strikes me as an attempt to be unnecessarily "edgy," which annoys me more than Joy Division lyrics in a chapter heading.
2. The Qualities system, which was introduced in SR3 as an optional rule, is now non-optional, so I get to deal with a bunch of optimizational bullshit. Does anyone ever take Ambidextrous in a game for any reason other than using two guns? (Sure they do... some of them want to use two swords!) A character's ability to be a magician, and what type of magician he will be, are built into the Qualities system, offering no easy way to excise it.
I will continue to dissect SR4. There are some things I like, and I will post about them as well.
Oh, one right off the bat: the core game now acknowledges a future in which wireless internet exists. :P