Shadowrun Returns features a turn-based tactical combat system that has been described as similar to that of X-com: Enemy Unknown. During runs, the player controls the customisable main character and up to 3 additional hireable NPC runners, as well as shaman-summoned spirits and rigger-controlled drones. Characters can take cover behind walls and objects in the environment to gain an additional measure of protection. Fog of war hides the enemies and their actions from view until the player's team has line of sight on them. It is also possible for the player to gain sight of the enemies by using a drone.