Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic 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 12, 2015
    90
    System Shock: Enhanced Edition is the best way to play an immortal classic.
  3. 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.
  4. Oct 26, 2015
    85
    If you can look at it through the lens of when it was created and get past the control scheme, you will find a satisfying experience and show younger gamers why System Shock was so influential to the gaming community.
  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. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Nov 5, 2015
    80
    It is still a classic, and one that planted some incredibly important seeds for the fps genre as a whole. This enhanced edition brings all that back and adds a little more, but unfortunately the control system hasn’t aged well.
  9. 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.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 42
  2. Negative: 4 out of 42
  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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. Dec 20, 2015
    9
    Ohh the good old classic that nobody played because System shock 2 was so much better. Okay in all seriousness this is a pretty good game. OnOhh the good old classic that nobody played because System shock 2 was so much better. Okay in all seriousness this is a pretty good game. On with the review then.

    Pros:
    -The gameplay. This is one of the most strategic and most innovative games for it's time. Literally anything that can be collected, you can collect. From the smallest chip to the biggest gun, there's nothing too big for your inventory.
    -The atmosphere is top notch. Everything feels like is trying to kill you and it really looks like an abandoned spaceship. It is downright perfect

    Cons:
    -This is a nitpick but i seriously can't stand the graphics. They looks so bad but that's to be expected from a game from 1992/1993

    Overall System shock is a great game that will kick any so called hardcore player in it's ass and overall deserves to get recognized more like it's younger brother System shock 2.
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