How did you discover System Shock 2?

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  1. BMTelle

    BMTelle New Member

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    I was just browsing a video game store and the box art just caught my eye.
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    I mean.. how could anyone not be immediately interested in this?
     
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    WP_20160807_002.jpg I have em both :D


    Have been hyped by magazines and a friend of mine bought game on release. Later he lent me his copy and I played for days.
     
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    I found out about System Shock after playing through Bioshock and hearing that it was based on some older cyberpunky game.
     
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    Heard a lot about the game so soon as it was added to Steam I knew I had to get it. In all honesty I didn't like the game the first time around, didn't make it too far. Next time I tried it I couldn't put it down and ended up beating it and playing it coop with friends many times.
     
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    I was a teenager back in 99 and used to follow websites like IGN, pretty sure I saw a preview of the game there. I'd played the SS1 demo and the cyberpunk-horror type atmosphere fascinated me, so when they announced the sequel I followed the development of it. Then they started posting screenshots and I remember thinking the graphics were really chunky - even at the time - compared to games like Quake 3 or Unreal. But the lighting was always good, still is. Something about it is just incredibly atmospheric in a way that other games still aren't, can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it's just my nostalgia.
     
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    You played SS2 first? Now I feel lied to by what was depicted in the System Shock Kickstarter video! :p

    Jokes aside, I too played System Shock 2 first from a demo off a PCF cover disc. I actually lost count of how many times I played that demo because at the time the most advanced FPS I had played was Quake II, so the new mechanics offered by SS2 completely changed my perception of what to expect from a game. I was truly blown away and that was only from the limited demo! :eek:

    Eventually I did I get a copy of the game and I was finally able to experience more than just the Med-Sci level, even though that experience took a long time because I was utterly terrified to traverse the Von Braun. :p
     
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    It was about 17 years ago. I wanted to buy Deus Ex, but decided to read review first. System Shock was mentioned there.
     
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    These latest replies remind me that I also played the SS2 demo -- repeatedly -- before the full game was released. In fact, playing the demo inspired me to write a multi-thousand-word review, which might still be floating around somewhere on TTLG. (I just re-read my local copy, which is date-stamped July 31, 1999.)

    That review is too long to repost here and probably not all that interesting to anyone. (And parts of it are a little embarrassing -- I actually complained about SS2 using WASD+mouselook instead of the crazy mouse-only controls from UU, SS, and UU2. Errr.)

    But... back in May of 1999 I had read everything I could find online and in print about System Shock 2. This included general descriptions of the gameplay and story as well as developer interviews, and I was STOKED.

    So on May 9, 1999, I wrote a song. About an unreleased computer game and its predecessor.

    Here is that song, which is meant to be sung along to some kind of up-tempo Hank Williams, Jr. country-rock accompaniment:

    ***

    I woke up this morning with a pain in my head
    All the crew on Citadel Station are dead
    The messages they left make it plain to see
    That whatever got them is gonna come after me

    I'm heading down the hallways, picking up clues
    Trying to survive while I assimilate the news
    That on Citadel Station all the exits are blocked
    And it looks like I'm gonna get my system shocked, uh-oh

    We got humanoid mutants in the Medical bay
    And the cyborgs in Research are headed my way
    There's a crazy computer yelling for all she's worth
    She keeps calling me "insect" and threatening Earth

    But cyberspace is full of security codes
    And the Reactor's linked to Shodan's processing nodes
    If I find that the door to the armory's locked
    I'll either open it up or get my system shocked, uh-huh

    -- bridge --

    Maintenance, Storage, and the Flight Deck too
    Are crawling with drones looking for you-know-who
    They're in Exec, Engineering and Security
    And what's in the Groves needs some DDT

    Security robots are all over the place
    And Edward Diego keeps getting in my face
    So my Mark Three is loaded with the hammer cocked
    If it gets in my way, it gets its system shocked, that's right

    (up a semitone)

    Now it's forty years later and I'm back on the scene
    As a psionic, hardware hacking, space marine
    It's irrational to peer through the looking-glass
    Instead of taking names and kicking cyborg ass

    It's time to get moving, to get on with the show
    And those security cameras are the first things to go
    I'm on the Rickenbacker and I'm ready to rock
    I had to come back again... to get my system shocked
     
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    i found this awesome game by looking on google when searching: old games worth playing. i also saw some others i might try soon like system shock
     

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