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Not the cyberware version of Arsenal
on September 30, 2010
I picked this up sight unseen because I assumed that it would be the cyberware/bioware version of Arsenal -- a big book full of cool toys with a bit of fiction and fluff thrown in for good measure. My mistake: Arsenal, this isn't.
Instead, it's largely fluff, fiction, and really terrible gear. Looking for extra chrome for your character? Look elsewhere, unless by "chrome" you mean "poison-spewing cyberbreasts." Yes, really.
About 1/3 of the book is actual cyberware, bioware, genetech, nanotech, and other gear/augmentations. Some of the other two-thirds is interesting, but it's mostly just crap I'm not going to read. Contrast this to Arsenal, which is almost entirely fun gear, fully illustrated, and actually feels like a core book.
Top that off with a godawful cover and, surprisingly, interior art that's almost uniformly just as awful, and this book is just embarrassing. It's like a turd no one even tried to polish.