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  • Summary: The Enhanced Edition adds a modern touch to this classic gem, without taking anything from its unmistakable atmosphere.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 2, 2015
    92
    So good to see Night Dive Studios revive this classic and make it purchasable and playable again. If you've ever uttered the words 'cyberpunk' or like games that have the word 'shock' or "Deus Ex" in them, give this one an honest try -- it may not look the part in screenshots, but it's a legend.
  2. Oct 11, 2015
    90
    While certain aspects of System Shock don't hold up in today's world, a surprising amount of them do. New players, like myself, can jump right in and have a very enjoyable experience, full of atmosphere and action. The enhanced version is exactly what it claims to be, and makes the game way more playable than the original version.
  3. Oct 12, 2015
    90
    System Shock: Enhanced Edition is the best way to play an immortal classic.
  4. Oct 13, 2015
    85
    If you haven’t played System Shock before, there’s never been a better time. Whether you’re into shooters or RPGs; or just want to experience a cyberpunk romp with a good beat, this one is for you.
  5. Oct 14, 2015
    85
    System Shock Enhanced Edition is clunky, confusing and still absolutely brilliant. Night Dive has done impressive work to make this game playable on modern hardware, but the game still has a steep learning curve. A complicated and chilling experience await those who dare to enter System Shock.
  6. Nov 6, 2015
    80
    The old System Shock was not the easiest game to get immersed in and that was mostly due to its controls. The overhaul makes the game infinitely more enjoyable simply by virtue of no longer needing to struggle with these.
  7. Oct 9, 2015
    70
    If you loved the original and want to go back some scifi horror nostalgia then i highly recommend you get the enhanced version as the changes are aesthetic and don’t take away from the game you loved as a kid.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Oct 18, 2015
    10
    One of the best cyberpunk games you can play. The controls feel a little weird for the first half-hour but then become tons of fun. TheOne of the best cyberpunk games you can play. The controls feel a little weird for the first half-hour but then become tons of fun. The controls allow you to feel like you are actually playing as the main character. If you liked Deus Ex or System Shock 2, this game is perfect for you. Expand
  2. Aug 3, 2020
    10
    There are some insects that can't appreciate this game. Some of them can be observed in review section below.
    This game is a product of so
    There are some insects that can't appreciate this game. Some of them can be observed in review section below.
    This game is a product of so much imagination and labor. Level design is efficient and fun. Music and sound work reached it's electric perfection.
    Some say that graphics and interface aged poor. Needless to say that those pathetic creatures or meat and bone will just can't challenge a perfect immortal machine.
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  3. Dec 5, 2020
    10
    На фоне тотального No Games пришлось обратиться к настолько старой игре. И знаете что? Игра просто великолепна. Культовая вещь. Как толькоНа фоне тотального No Games пришлось обратиться к настолько старой игре. И знаете что? Игра просто великолепна. Культовая вещь. Как только разобрался с управлением, страшно втянулся, и это в 2020 году, когда я играл в неё впервые без примесей какой-либо ностальгии.

    Чередование поиска записок для понимания цели, экшена и исследования корабля не отпускает здесь ни на минуту. Нетривильные задачи, требовательные к внимательности и интеллекту игрока, отлично исполененные элементы метроидвании(и это тогда, когда такого жанра-то не было, лол), интересные мини-игры, оригинальная на момент выхода игры подача истории через записки без использования NPC, которую игрок собирает по кусочкам, постепенно вникая в картину предшествующих пробуждению героя страшных событий на корабле, обширный арсенал оружия и патронов, с возможностью выглядывать из-за угла! и использования многочисленных гаджетов по типу джетпак-сапогов или ночного видения и невероятно увлекательная борьба за контроль над кораблём с супер харизматичной Shodan. В итоге мы имеем просто до одури увлекательную, передовую и уникальную смесь для игровой индустрии 1994 года: только представьте все играют в поинт-клик квесты и в спинно-мозговой дум, а тут такой пришелец из будущего, к которому аудитория игр оказалась попросту не готова, к сожалению, Систем шок вышел слишком рано, не в то время, и не в том месте.

    Итог: Сегодня играется отлично, проверку временем игра прошла, и мне сложно представить, что такое вообще могло выйти в 94 году, за революционность и кучу прорывных идей, которые будут использовать и развивать разработчики других игр и по сегодняшний день: 10 из 10.
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  4. May 26, 2021
    9
    The only reason of breaking 1 point is this game is too ahead of it's time. Because the coplexity of this game causes hard times at theThe only reason of breaking 1 point is this game is too ahead of it's time. Because the coplexity of this game causes hard times at the beginning. But this problem is disappearing in the first two hours. Also you can easily get lost at Citadelat the beginning.

    Now let's talk about story and lore without spoiling. Our story begins with an explaining and epic cutscene about how we dive into the terrifying adventure in 2072. Then our adventure against ai is starts.And from now on we are alone until the end just like the main character. But we find the records of survivors before us and lore and story starts expanding and getting more exciting and wondering.

    Time to talk about controls and graphics. Controls are hard to learn at the beginning. Because the complexity of the game requires a lot of buttons and sometimes remembering the controls is just hard.Graphics are not bad for a 1994's PC video game. But sometimes sparks claustrophobia.

    Gameplay feels like metroidvania most of the time and it's just a perfect choice for a game like that. Also minigames are funny if you are good at this. And there is a lot of types of guns and enemies that changes the action.

    Long story short, if you love sci-fi this game has litteraly one of the best sci-fi lore and story. Also this game is just perfect for metroidvania lovers. This game is a MASTERPIECE.
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  5. May 8, 2016
    9
    This game is an old favorite of mine. I actually still have my 1994 copy of the game. This game was followed by System Shock 2 that was anThis game is an old favorite of mine. I actually still have my 1994 copy of the game. This game was followed by System Shock 2 that was an under appreciated sleeper title. It is also similar to the Deus Ex series of games. Even back in the day, the 800x600 resolution combined with the incredibly visually busy environment made this game tough to play. Also back then there were no real control standards for FPS games and there was no way to tailor the original controls. The Enhanced Edition has fixed most of that. The "original" manual is included, but be sure that you look online for the control setup for the Enhanced Edition which has been updated as much as possible to the standard WASD and Mouselook. Also the resolution has been upgraded and there is now a 16 x 9 option along with the original 4 x 3 mode. Even though this is a 20-plus year old game it was and still is a standout in the cyberpunk genera. The game provides a very tension filled environment. You are presented with many technology based logic puzzles that you must solve while trying to defeat SHODAN, the computer brain that has eradicated most of the crew on board and has filled the station with Mutants, Cyborgs and Robot defense Terminals all programed to kill humans. You escaped SHODAN's notice because you were locked away in stasis while the slaughter took place. This is the kind of game that sucks you into the story after a few minutes and won't notice the aging graphics so much. This was great game in 94 and it still is and updates have made it better. Worth playing! Expand
  6. Nov 27, 2020
    7
    System Shock is an atmospheric shooter with light adventure elements. Without spoiling anything, you are a hacker trying to overcome Shodan’sSystem Shock is an atmospheric shooter with light adventure elements. Without spoiling anything, you are a hacker trying to overcome Shodan’s plans, the enemy AI who has taken control of the space station Citadel. System Shock may be the first FPS which tried to blend in story elements with shooter mechanics and it is hard to ignore its importance in the evolution of FPSs, considering it came out 4 years before the original Half-Life.

    Whereas System Shock still holds up in some areas (story, atmosphere), it shows its age in others… Shooting is pretty bad and the AI is quite poor. Throughout the game, I have killed many enemies, because they were stuck in a doorway, unable to find their way towards me. The UI is very different from today’s standardized UIs and often criticized, but I honestly enjoyed its sophistication. My main problem with System Shock was the maze-like level design and backtracking. I often found myself trying to figure out how to progress, finding out later that I am supposed go back to a small room five levels (floors) earlier. Hacking mini-games are alright and the inventory management is fun.

    Overall, System Shock was too ambitious for its technical limitations in 1994. It definitely deserves respect for what it was trying to do, but if I had to name one game that desperately needs a remake it would be the original System Shock. Thanks to Nightdive Studios, I guess we will get our hands on that out soon…
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  7. Dec 8, 2015
    7
    It's a wonderful game, but I can't get past the dated controls. The graphics are more dizzying than Descent I. You have to toggle between freeIt's a wonderful game, but I can't get past the dated controls. The graphics are more dizzying than Descent I. You have to toggle between free look and movement. It needs a full remake instead just a partial update to be playable. Expand

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