System Shock 2 was released on August 11, 1999 by Electronic Arts. The game was developed by Irrational Games and Looking Glass Studio. System Shock 2 is a first person shooter.
Contrary to popular gaming lore, the original System Shock was not a commercial failure and sold over 170,000 copies over time. But when it first released in 1994, gamers overlooked Looking Glass’s groundbreaking game despite favorable reviews.
Some erroneously discounted it as a Doom clone, even though it was actually the offspring of a line of games that preceded any of id Software’s first-person shooters. In fact, System Shock was a game that defied pigeonhole classification because it borrowed elements and themes from a variety of genres
With System Shock 2 you awake from the cold chill of your cryo-tube to discover cybernetic implants grafted to your flesh and the crew of the starship Von Braun slaughtered. The infected roam the halls, their screams and moans beckoning you to join them as the rogue artificial intelligence known as SHODAN taunts and ridicules your feeble attempt to unravel the horrifying mystery of the derelict starship Von Braun.
The game takes place on board a starship in a cyberpunk depiction of 2114. The player takes on the role of a soldier trying to stem the outbreak of a genetic infection that has devastated the ship.
Like System Shock, gameplay consists of combat and exploration. It incorporates role-playing system elements, in which the player can develop skills and traits, such as hacking and psionic abilities.
The player uses melee and projectile weapons to defeat enemies, while a role-playing system allows the development of useful abilities. Navigation is presented from a first-person view and complemented with a heads-up display that shows character and weapon information, a map, and a drag and drop inventory.
The player can upgrade their skills by using “cyber-modules” given as rewards for completing objectives such as searching the ship, and then spend them at devices called “cyber-upgrade units” to obtain enhanced skills.
The game includes a research function. When new objects are encountered in the game, especially enemies, their organs can be collected and, when combined with chemicals found in storage rooms, the player can research the enemies and thus improve their damage against them.
Many of the elements of System Shock 2 were rather innovative. The game has won many awards including game of the year.
- Deck 1 Engineering – Utility Storage 4: 59004
- Deck 1 Engineering – Auxiliary Storage 5: 34760
- Deck 1 Engineering – Engineering Control: 15061
- Deck 1 Engineering – Self Destruct: 94834
- Deck 2 Medical/Science – Cryo Exit: 45100
- Deck 2 Medical/Science – Cryo Closet: 00000
- Deck 2 Medical/Science – Armory: 98383
- Deck 2 Medical/Science – Maintainence Deck Access: 12451
- Deck 4 Operations – Armory: 13433
- Deck 5 Recreation – Help Desk Safe 12345
- Deck 5 Recreation – Security Room 50220
- Deck 5 Recreation – Locked Quarters: 11111
- Deck 5 Recreation – Distress Signal Activation: 14106
- Deck 5 Recreation – Gardens Room: 34093
- Deck 6 Command – Security Room: 83273
|Operating System||Windows XP or better|
|CPU||Pentium IV 1.8 GHz or better|
|Memory||2 GB or more|
|Hard Drive Space||2 GB|
|Graphics Hardware||DX9: 7800 GT / X1800 XL|
|Network||Broadband Internet Connection Required|
A patch 2.42 version of this game is now available on Steam. Unfortunately there are still some problems to fix, its possible to get stuck on some places.
If you get a black screen with a screen resolution change, press alt-f4 and start the game again. The patch does not fix the problem with the game engine.