We've sung praises for System Shock 2 time and again and well, we're not going to stop any time soon. SS2's brilliance is especially blinding when you get a chance to peek behind the development curtain, as Eurogamer's Rick Lane did recently when he spoke to level designer Ian Vogel about the ever-unsettling MedSci deck.
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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.
Should I care about Solarix? Yes and no. I really love what Solarix tries to achieve -- a new game in the mould of the original Deus Ex or System Shock 2 -- but it lacks their spirit, their soul.
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.
I once played $2 for a Banana in Circular Quay. It was a good banana, but no banana on this earth could compete with eight PC games on Steam, so I'm gonna go right ahead and say that this new All Stars Bundle, which costs $1.99US is better value than the banana I once ate.
There's no two ways about it: System Shock 2 is an ancient, if venerable relic of gaming's past. Yet, here we are in 2015 and you can download it for $US10 from Steam or GOG right now and play one of the most important (and terrifying) first-person shooters ever made. And it's still being patched!
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.
There's a horrifying scene PC gamers of a certain generation will never forget. It takes place midway through System Shock 2, the predecessor to BioShock and, to many who played it, the scariest game ever made. One fan has been hard at work recreating the game's iconic plot-twist, and it looks scarier than ever.
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.
Playing System Shock 2 is a frightening experience, and no moment is quite as shocking as seeing the face of the villain SHODAN for the first time. Now, one modeler is taking the time to render that scene in all its glory (Spoilers ahead).
Briefly: Who would have guessed that this is what the Little Sisters inBioShock started out as? Eurogamer just published a thorough report on the origins of the seminal first person shooter that's worth a close read.
It's been a long time coming -- the folks at GOG have claimed that System Shock 2 was the most requested game to be brought onto the service, considering how difficult it was to actually find and play the game on modern PCs. But now the game is available for purchase at $9.99US.