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  • Summary: Like System Shock 1, there will be persistent levels (i.e., drop an item on one level, and you could go back later to retrieve it), gameplay elements like logs, inventory, skills, persistent world, leaning, hacking, rpg elements, multiple weapons and enemies, and a compelling storyline.Like System Shock 1, there will be persistent levels (i.e., drop an item on one level, and you could go back later to retrieve it), gameplay elements like logs, inventory, skills, persistent world, leaning, hacking, rpg elements, multiple weapons and enemies, and a compelling storyline. Unlike most other first person shooters, the purpose of System Shock was not to kill everything in sight; nor was it a "find the key to move onto the next level" game. The plot was always present, but not so confining as in traditional shooters - there was almost always more than one task to accomplish. Levels were realistically designed and had logical reasons behind them. It is the principle of System Shock 2 to continue this game design. [sshock2.com] Expand
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  1. 100
    The first game was an undeniable classic that could easily be ruined in the wrong hands. We're here to tell you to pack those fears away in a box because this is the dream sequel.
  2. Irrational Games and Looking Glass have produced one of the best games I've ever played. System Shock 2 is truly scary, smart, challenging, fascinating, and disturbing. I recommend it to any adventurous adventure player.
  3. If playing games is more of a religion than a hobby to you, meet your new bible...System Shock 2 will scare the hell right out of you -- and you'll like it for that reason.
  4. Simply put, the creepy atmosphere is incredible. Forget those survival horror games full of cheap scares and dark alleys. System Shock 2 manages to frighten without succumbing to horror contrivances. Considering this game is six years old, it truly is an achievement. [Aug 2005]
  5. A gaming triumph...More astonishingly, they've created a system of classes and abilities that are so varied that there's a compelling reason to actually play through the game more than once.
  6. A frightening game to the point that I found myself having to take breaks from playing just to ease the tension in my shoulders.
  7. Utterly immersive in its use of character attachment and amnesiac story-telling, it is a game that will honestly give you the sweats...It's all about replacing your shorts every half-hour or so.

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  1. Aug 11, 2016
    10
    Simply the game that show ideals of level design, atmosphere and that game can offer to go trough as you. And also represent promises of theSimply the game that show ideals of level design, atmosphere and that game can offer to go trough as you. And also represent promises of the whole generation. Remember Citadel? Yes, we remember, as good as the old gaming world, that is unknown in these Godless time. Maybe Shodan-less time too. Hear, this is the game! Expand
  2. Feb 9, 2011
    10
    This is one of the greatest and underrated PC games of all time, simply terrifying to play with its unparalleled level of ambient horror thisThis is one of the greatest and underrated PC games of all time, simply terrifying to play with its unparalleled level of ambient horror this is the RPS that defined the genre and has set the standard for future games in this category. Dead Space/Bioshock/Deus Ex - all the others stem from SS2 and it's no surprise why.
    The gameplay is superior to SS1 and the sound and voice acting are some of, if not the best I have ever heard in my years of gaming. To me reviewing this in 2011 after playing it for about 8 years - this is the pinnacle of PC gaming and if you can get your hands on a copy and get it running then you are in for a world of horrific joy!
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  3. MattM.
    Apr 8, 2004
    10
    The multiplayer patch added later enhances the game immeasurably. Suddenly you and four friends have the freedom to specialize in different The multiplayer patch added later enhances the game immeasurably. Suddenly you and four friends have the freedom to specialize in different skill areas and team up against any enemy you come across - or split up and complete objectives separately to make it through the game faster. Coop is -so much fun- that for a period of 6 months I played it exclusively. I've never seen another game approach anything like this, in the 5 years since its release. Expand
  4. Mar 1, 2013
    10
    One of my fellow reviewers, ShaunDerichuk, evidently has bad taste in games, because this was one of the leading pioneers in both horror andOne of my fellow reviewers, ShaunDerichuk, evidently has bad taste in games, because this was one of the leading pioneers in both horror and 3D gaming. It has genuine suspense, tragedy, action, strategy, and it's graphics haven't aged well...in the RIGHT way. The enemy's jerky movements are genuinely unsettling and paired with their cries for help and warnings towards you to run, even apologizing to you, is piss-your-pants in terror scary. Security cameras are worthy adversaries, causing lengthy alarms if triggered that make you truly think about whether to fight or flee, the turrets are tough and can kill you easily, and equiptment like chemicals for research or maintenance tools are hard to come by. Even RESPAWNING requires strategy, because it requires you to manually activate a machine and pay money to use it. Come to thing of it, money is used for EVERYTHING, which makes it really important to budget out. You can't really be a 'Jack-of-all trades' in this game, so don't expect to be able to hack with your toes while pulling off head shots with a laser and repairing a grenade launcher, while also doing in depth research on ancient alien brains and running really fast. This is a severely underrated gem that is one of the games you HAVE to play before you die. Expand
  5. Jan 31, 2013
    10
    una obra de arte, un juego de culto, todo en uno, en los inicios de la carrera de los mejores programadores de todos los tiempos como lo esuna obra de arte, un juego de culto, todo en uno, en los inicios de la carrera de los mejores programadores de todos los tiempos como lo es Ken Levin, famoso por sus 2 obras de arte: System Shock 2 y Bioshock, un juego que no debe perderse, que gano premios, que se convirtio en un titulo de culto, una jugabilidad impresionante, y una historia que es simplemente fantastica. Expand
  6. May 31, 2013
    9
    One of the best survival-horror kind with some RPG element! The game didnt old good at all, but if you don't like the graphics, there is ModsOne of the best survival-horror kind with some RPG element! The game didnt old good at all, but if you don't like the graphics, there is Mods now where u can retexture about everything. Everyone that called themselves PC players, should play at this at least once. Expand
  7. ShawnDarichuk
    Jul 9, 2008
    0
    This game is broken to the point of being unplayable. I don't get a gun when I start, I'm told that I can't even use the gun IThis game is broken to the point of being unplayable. I don't get a gun when I start, I'm told that I can't even use the gun I just found (because people in the military don't know what guns are), and my only weapon is a wrench. Wow, isn't that fun.
    Easily the worst PC game ever made.
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