My group played 3e, 4e, and 5e.
We liked 4e the best, and it has most of my fondest memories for gaming at a con (Origins) as well as the coolest characters I ever played in pretty much any system ever.
5e kind of lost us. We’ve recently discussed trying it again, but basically they copy/pasted a ton of 4e (you could actually find identical paragraphs) and screwed some stuff up so they could release a new edition for some money. After that it was just a matter of new systems not having as much material as old systems, so why bother?
Also only 2 of our players knew the game well enough to run it, and one of them left. AND we loved going as a team to Origins and laying the smack down. When half the GMs left, and the version that lets us show off in public is smaller and plainly shittier, we ran out of enthusiasm for it.
Perhaps when I have some time tomorrow I’ll include descriptions of my favorite 4e characters. Not just because I love talking about them, but because it helps to understand what the system allowed on the street level.
I loved all my Shadowrun characters, and it’s amazing what you could do. It’s all well below the power level of D&D, but the delight is in the details. You don’t compare an Avengers movie to Enter the Dragon. They’re both action, but they’re not trying to do the same things at all.