Hey Look, It’s The First Level Of System Shock 2 In Valve’s Source Engine

Hey Look, It’s The First Level Of System Shock 2 In Valve’s Source Engine

Before you get all super excited about “OMG System Shock 2 remake,” well… this isn’t one. What it is is a fun way to imagine what one of the greatest games of all time would look like with a more current engine.

Inspired by those images depicting what BioShock would look like in Crytek’s CryEngine 3, Mark Valentine has recreated the first level of Ken Levine’s 1999 horror-adventure opus.

Thanks, Mark, for a bit more fodder for our hopes and dreams of an up-res’d, smooth running new version of System Shock 2. Now, who wants to go Kickstart the real thing?


  • I don’t even want a more modern version of SS2. I just want the old version to run properly. I’ve tried a dozen times to get it to work, patching, etc., and I can’t get it past the first training course before it crashes. 🙁

    • The game is not compatible with multi-core systems. Try setting the processor affinity once the game starts (Google is your friend for instructions) so it only uses a single core.

      • I hadn’t heard that explanation, I haven’t been able to run it since I upgraded from a system with Windows 98, so I’d all but given up. Thanks!

        • It worked for me with the demo (and I had the same problem as you) and a real copy a friend lent me so I can give the game a try.

          Mind you, after running through 20 pairs of boxers in 5 minutes I stopped playing…..

    • This. I did end up getting it working somehow, but if it was ever released on GOG.com I’d buy it in 3 seconds flat.

  • wise is right! There is a bit of a trick to getting it running but it will work on newer systems! I went though a few months back and played though has to be one of the best games ever made in my opinion!

  • Oooh! Flashback-y! That’s where you wake up…. and that’s where you get your cybermodules, oh and that’s where you need a battery to open the door, and there’s a security camera around that corner, ooh and a turret in that corner, and…

    … yeah I played that game waaaay too much. I seem to recall I also gave the demo a damn good thrashing before I got the game proper.

    • Agree – I load it up every couple of years and do a run through but last time it really felt like it showed its age – even with updating some textures etc. from sites like sshock2.com and systemshock.org.

      But yes – a million times yes – a HD remake of Shock 1 & 2 would be spectacular. The bioshock games never grabbed me the way the system shock games did.

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