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System Shock 2 - PC

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows 98 / 95
Mature
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)


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  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00004XRBM
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,726 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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It's the future, of course, and you're stationed aboard the spaceship Van Braun, waiting for your first soldiering assignment. Luckily, the future resembles the best of science fiction from the last 10 years--something plucked from Blade Runner with pieces from the The Fifth Element (only with an AI-enabled computer/self-proclaimed goddess running the show).

The universe is run by unbelievably huge corporations, and in one of the biggest (TriOptimum), a hacker is breaking the rules. The result is SHODAN, a supercomputer whose beautiful, eerie face glimmers from the box's cover. The engine used for Thief: The Dark Project, ensures that System Shock 2 hums along on systems with the basic requirements.

With a superior plot and engaging, Asian-inspired aesthetics, System Shock 2 is a visceral, visual treat of a first-person role-playing game. All the devices that in theory seem stale and stupid come to life in this game. It's as if you could go back to the 1970s and take a vision of what the future would look like--and make it believable and cool. All the whirs and beeps and pulsing noises sound realistic. In addition, the designers have added in all the creepy elements we never wanted to have come true--such as the voiceovers that greet you when you're at the airport--only in this case, you're visiting the training sessions held by the United National Nominate.

Suffice it to say, the future of humankind is in your hands. With an excellent supporting cast and well-realized sci-fi visuals, System Shock 2 offers insight into an amazing new world order. --Jennifer Buckendorff


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaky, Atmosheric, Ethereal......Just Plain Spooky!!! August 30, 2000
The game had me dropping my mouse, backing away from the monitor and out the door. The focus here is on how Environmental Audio can go a long way to scare the be-jesus out of you. And it does it well.
Otherwise, an intelligent RPG woven together with a first-person shooter, but with a very clever, puzzle-solving touch.
Basically, you awaken from cryo-sleep on a derelict spacecraft that was sent on a mission to deep space. You awaken to find things have gone horribly, horribly wrong as some form of alien life has taken over. It's all up to you to solve the mystery.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine FRIGHTENING challenge September 4, 2000
After reading the reviews on this game and ordering it online, I eagerly awaited it's arrival. That wait was not in vain.
First I must say that this is not any ordinary shooter. Nor is it any ordinary RPG. It's better than both and much much more. Although the graphics are now slightly dated (running SS2 on a 720mhz machine and GeForce2 GTS is overkill for sure) the gameplay is state-of-the-art. Nothing else out there offers the melding of Shooter excitement, RPG skill and customization, and Sci-Fi Horror madness that this masterpeice sports!
I can't rave on about it enough. It is honeslty frightening! It's addictive and challenging and just a touch psychotic. The first time a baddie dashes around the corner from nowhere mumbling incoherently about "The Many," you'll be changing your shorts! And if that isn't enough, wait until you walk up on the wrong computer terminal...
This is a thinking-person's shooter. You must be very wise with your supplies and limited inventory as you sneak (and I mean sneak) your way around the remains of the ruined intersteller craft. You will need to be very sparing and particular about the upgrades you choose. You will have to be one sneaky cyber-enhanced mother with eyes and ears open wider than than a cheap hooker's legs if you want to survive this little intersteller outing.
Playability? SS2 has it. It's a quick game to learn and easy to get used to (save for those freakish things lurking in the next corridor). The interface is stunningly high-tech. Plus, if you get bored, you can always play with the "Game Pig" you found on that decapitated engineer back in Cryo...
Bottom line? Buy this game now. At the low price you'll pay, you have no excuse for denying yourself such horrific entertainment. Buy it and play it alone... with the lights off... if you dare!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It had me jumping! September 4, 2000
System Shock II was a sequel that came out of nowhere and hit the gaming community like a bolt of lightning. It was one of the first 1st person shooter games that combined the usual tactics and traits of a shooter game with roleplay elements. Your goal isn't just to kill every monster in sight, but also to solve a mystery on the ship.
Another interesting aspect is that you can set up your own skills and traits, either as a fighter, a computer wiz, or a psychic. Each skill will get your through the obstacles in different ways and as you progress your prowess grows in whatever areas you choose.
The atmosphere is wonderful. As you sneak thorugh the darkened corridors there are sounds and bits of ambiance all around you. Zombies gibber as they hunt you down, monkeys chatter as they prowl through the ships, cyborgs politely ask you to come out (so they can explode in your face), steam hisses from vents, computers humm softly. This game has the hairs on my neck standing up half the time or threw me into wild fits as I tried to get myself out of a suprise attack.
The only downsides to the game were the monster re-spawning after you had cleared out a level and the rapid degredation of guns while you used them, but there is a game patch that very nicely handles this problem and also allows you to play cooperative multiplayer if you desire.
All in all this game is very much worth the price. If you want a nice shooter game with enough atmosphere and history to make it seem real then this is the perfect game for you.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars System Shock 2 April 17, 2001
By Andrew
Finished playing SS2 awhile back and though I would provide some quick comments. I really believe this game is highly underrated, although its obvious flaws no doubt resulted in poor counter sales. First off, the graphics are fantastic, especially given there ease on relatively low-medium range systems (the system ran very smooth and had very little glitches or freeze ups). The story is engrossing, highly intelligent (although not original), and massive in scope (this is a huge game in terms of area covered, both story wise and mission wise . . . it never seems to end and just when you think its over, Shoden has plenty more surprises). Two major pluses, the sound effects and the AI are obsolutely astounding and definitely give Half Life a run for the money. Enemies will hunt you down and security systems will track your movements with fine persicion and huanting audio presence. I can't say enought, the AI is very impressive. The major flaw of the game is that it is far too difficult for those of us who have to work for a living. Learning the proper sequence of upgrading your character so as to be super-bionic by the end of the game, and thus finishing the game, is near impossible. The missions are so challenging, that by the time you complete one, the last thing you want to do is go back to the beginning of the game and try to properly upgrade your character in order to finish further missions. However, the challenge of the game makes completing a mission very satisfying. If you save a game before rounding a corner into a shooting gallery, everytime you go back to that scene after being ..., the enemies will not come at you from their previous positions . . . talk about frustrating, but exciting nonetheless. Enemies can be very difficult to... Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A tragic hero of a game, falling just short of perfect
This game is a heroic effort to best its predecessor, System Shock. While the first game was truly an action RPG with first person gameplay mechanics, System Shock 2 is clearly an... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Electroniks
5.0 out of 5 stars System Shock 2 was so far ahead of its time that it still feels...
System Shock 2 is an interesting game to review in 2013. When it first came out in 1999, it was met with a lot of praise from the gaming press, winning over a dozen awards,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ryan J
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Games of All Time!
I'll keep this short.

System Shock 2 is, simply put, one of the best games of all time. No game comes close to being as scary as this one. Read more
Published on February 17, 2013 by Private Quentin Tarantino Fan
1.0 out of 5 stars not for me
With all the great reviews, I thought I would give it a try. Yeah, it's dated, but I expected that. Some dated games are fun...I just didn't think this was one of them. Read more
Published on August 4, 2012 by God is a refuge for us (Psalms 62:8)
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST games ever made!!
Absolutely one of the BEST games ever made!! System Shock 2 is the perfect blend of FPS and RPG with a strong story, addictive game play, tension building environments, and... Read more
Published on September 7, 2010 by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 years on, still great!
It's 2010 and this game has been out ten years, and I only just finished it! I have to say its one of the best FPS games ever, way ahead of its time. Read more
Published on August 26, 2010 by Mr. Moo
5.0 out of 5 stars No Other Game Like it!!!
i wasnt into 1st person Shooters,only one i had played was (Blood) i was walking through (PriceClub) and came across a Bargain Bin they had (System Shock 2) for only $10? Read more
Published on August 22, 2009 by Sic
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap,
What is this?

Got the game for free.

Expected a semi-solid shooter with a decent story to keep me playing it.

Well, this wasn't it. Read more
Published on January 27, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Uneven in places, but ultimately superb overall...
Even though I'm not really an avid gamer, playing games only infrequently, I must say that System Shock 2 is simply the best game I have ever played. Read more
Published on November 2, 2005 by S. C. Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars The Many sings to us...
..and the song is to the tune of "Best Game Ever". Really, that term is thrown around a lot. It seems that every other year or so, a new game comes out that is "the best game... Read more
Published on September 1, 2005 by Rich Kilfoyle
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