System Shock 2
Downloads for System Shock 2
Originally intended to be a standalone title, its story was changed during production into a sequel to the 1994 PC game System Shock; the alterations were made when Electronic Arts—who owned the System Shock franchise rights—signed on as publisher.
Around 2000, with the end-of-support for the game by the developer and publisher, remaining bugs and compatibility with newer OSes and hardware became a growing problem. To compensate the missing support, some fans of the game became active in the modding community to update the game.
players: single player, multiplayer (Internet, LAN / local, co-op)
input: joystick, keyboard, mouse
distribution: cd-rom, download
Abandonware DOS popularity: average
- #1 - 07.09.2016 10:02 KevinDid you like Fallout 3? This game is pretty cool. You need to take time to add some graphic enhancement mods to it (they exist and it helps). It lets you explore a ship, semi linear, semi open ended. You unlock sections of the ship at a time. Find keycards. Find upgrade modules to upgrade your character. It feels fun if you enjoyed Fallout 3's rpg elements mixed with FPS.
You'll get to horde items, manage inventory, and the value of experience points (upgrade modules) will never be enough, in a sense thats a good thing. The game limits your xp through a limited number of items you collect in the ship. Its not really that bad if you specialize. But unlike Fallout or Oblivion, you wont be jack of all trades end game. They had mods to fix that, but it breaks the imersion of the game. Part of the fun is the scarcity in ammo and items. youll search everywhere for everything, and spare what you do find. Definitely not a doom shooter. If you want plenty of ammo, and guns blazing, this wont be for you. Monsters are fewer, but more like obsticles you want to gun down. The story feels like half life, climbing vents, looking for specific things to progress.
Most of the time the game was scary. With its aged moldy graphics, it still impacts fear. I like it becuase its not jump scares, its just the classic... monster voice around the corner, that heard you, and... your like "fck". I mean you might have what you need, to deal with it, but youd rather just scrounge around for free stuff without using ammo.
I enjoyed it. It feels semi open world. You get zones to explore, and there is a lot of backtracking but it only leads to opening new areas in old zones. General story is the ship doesn't work at all, and youll spend much time getting doors, elevators, to work again, and progressively cleansing areas of alien infestation. Eventually youll be forced to end it once and for all, half life style, going into the heart of the alien infestation. If you are playing through the game, and really enjoy it, but want to know what the ending is like... DONT youtube it. I watched the ending, said, oh thats awsome, then lost incentive to complete the game, since I knew the ending.