Tagged With system shock 2

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I still remember when people came out in droves and rubbished on Bioshock because they were like, "Nah, it's just a weaker version of System Shock 2?" And then when System Shock 2 was finally re-released digitally, everyone realised how absurdly good it was.

If you haven't played it, now's your opportunity — because Good Old Games are giving it away for free.

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The word "Xanadu" is not particularly terrifying, unless the thought of Olivia Newton-John turns your legs into a gelatine-based foodstuff. The System Shock 2-inspired Spirits of Xanadu isn't letting this get in the way of its scariness however, with the just-released horror shooter making its debut on Steam.

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Briefly: "It's chess meets Hamlet. OK, maybe not Hamlet. But it's a start." Ken Levine, of BioShock and System Shock 2 fame, wrote an interesting review of Shadow of Mordor this week in which he praises its novel ability to tell stories that players "build for themselves simply by playing the game." Read it over at Matter.

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Before there was BioShock, there was System Shock 2. The first full title produced by Irrational Games when it was still a tiny spin-off from Looking Glass Studios, this terrifying hybrid of a first person shooter and RPG first came out 15 years ago today. Let's all remember in turn just how scared we were when we first stepped into the Von Braun spaceship.

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Some of gaming's most cunning foes have been computers. Think GlaDOS from Portal, or Shodan from System Shock 2. At least part of what makes them so memorable is that their artificial intelligence is brought to life by a cold, calculating, female voice.

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Irrational Games, creators of BioShock, uncovered a long-lost treasure the other day: a sketchbook, full of concept art for the game that got the studio rolling, System Shock 2.