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First off, you'll need a pretty powerful system to play this game at its fullest -- I have a Pentium II 300 MHz with 128 megs of RAM, and a 16 MB Riva TNT video board...SS2 runs fine for me at 640x480, with a little choppiness here and there. My only complaint is that it seems to take a long time (20-30 seconds I guess?) to load a saved game.
But that aside, you'll never notice any choppiness. You'll forget it's even a computer game. You'll be too busy gritting your teeth in terror as you hear the footsteps of someone -- or something -- approaching you, wondering if that one last slug in your shotgun will be enough -- and praying that your badly-damaged weapon won't jam when you pull the trigger. These types of scenarios are common in SS2 -- weapons degrade and misfire, ammunition is at a premium, and the approaching footsteps of the nearby mutated monsters or security robots are ultra-realistic. The only way to play this game is with the lights off, in a quiet room, through a good surround speaker system or headphones. You will come to appreciate the suspense, the atmosphere, and the downright creepiness of the thing that much quicker.
Previous reviewers were right when they said this is a thinking person's 3D shooter. And indeed, it is almost more of an RPG than a pure action game like Quake, et al. There's a wonderful character development system, which is neither too simple nor too complex...Read more ›
Next, you take part in the UNN escort mission of the newly constructed Von Braun faster-than-light space voyage. 5 months into the mission, you wake up to find the ship in chaos: crewmen murdered, some transformed into horrible alien hybrids, and the ship's computer has turned down-right evil. Slowly you realize that the alien force, known as The Many, are somehow connected to the horrific events on Citadel Station and the insane AI, SHODAN. A bloody scrawl on the wall warns you, "Remember Citadel".
I enjoyed this game, but sometimes I was afraid to actually play it; I wasn't sure I wanted to see what horrors awaited me beyond the next door. That isn't to say it isn't fun as well. The audio logs you find scattered around the ship give you a glimpse of what happened here, plus some occasional laughs at what the crew thought of each other.
Have a powerful computer handy for this one, because this thing is a systems hog. Another downside is that the load times are quite tedious; I could make myself a sandwhich while waiting for the next deck of the ship to load. Still, the pros squash the cons. Heavily immersive gameplay, compelling and surprising story, and a fun ride all the way through.
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Looking back on cultural artefacts from past decades one must always remember that people back then genuinely believed that mini-disc players were the future. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Luke Mitchell
Despite being a 16-year-old game SYSTEM SHOCK 2 has a lot to offer. Yes the graphics look very dated when compared to today’s games but they can be improved by the mod packs... Read morePublished 19 months ago by sft
This is the best horror RPG that I have ever played! There are a few moments when you wont know what to do. This game is really fun and has a great story! Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by Moosey
It came with the jewel case and original manual with the disk in pristine condition. The reason it has a 4 star rating is no original box,install guide and the jewel case had a... Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by ty
This is one of the games that made me decide to go into game development. It's a bit dated now but I'd put it up against any of the modern survival horror games out there now. Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by Marcus Aurelius
Recommend this game! Fun to play and fun to watch!!
Graphics and effects are excellent! If my boys choose this game
you should too!
The game is amazing. I love Shodan, the plot, voice acting. System Shock 2 is a pure gem. The only problem with it is that since it's old, you can't really play it without issues,... Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by Rarity
After playing and enjoying Bioshock (although not enough to warrent repeat playthroughs) I looked at what the developers have previously done and came across this little gem, and... Read morePublished on June 6, 2012 by I'm Right
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 morePublished on April 22, 2012 by God is a refuge for us (Psalms 62:8)