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System Shock (1994)

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A first-person fight to the death in the depths of space.
You're a renowned hacker, the most notorious cyberspace thief in the corporate world. Caught during a risky break-in, you become indentured to Diego, a greedy Trioptium exec who bankrolls a rare cyberjack implant operation. After six months in a healing coma, you awaken to the twisted aftermath of a terrible disaster. Where are the surgeons? Why is the station in such disrepair? Slowly, the chilling realization that something is very wrong creeps over you.
Once a prime corporate research facility, Citadel now teems with mindless cyborgs, robots and terribly mutated beings, all programmed to serve SHODAN, a ruthless A.I. There's scarcely time to think before it unleashes the first terror...
Twenty one years after its first release, System Shock is back!
The Enhanced Edition adds a modern touch to this true classic gem, without taking anything from its unmistakable atmosphere.
See for yourself that the game that has been called the benchmark for intelligent first-person gaming, has lost nothing of its ability to keep you on the edge of your seat.
System Shock: Enhanced Edition features:
Higher resolution support: up to 1024x768, and 854x480 widescreen mode.
Mouselook support added.
Remappable keys with three profiles to choose from: original controls, custom controls, and lefthanded controls.
Some original game bugs fixed.
Gameplay features:
Rocket through cyberspace to steal information, hack security and grapple with watchdog defense programs enslaved to a maniacal computer.
Survive battle after battle against armies of killer cyborgs and deadly robots as you collect hardware attachments, life-sustaining patches and deadly weapons to combat mindless mutants.
Test your intelligence by solving puzzles, rewiring access panels and outwitting SHODAN in its own cyber-realm.
Enjoy the vastly improved controls and graphics of the Enhanced Edition - or keep your experience as close to the original as possible with the Classic version.
Included Extras located in your Steam\SteamApps\common\SS1EE\Bonus Content folder!
Enhanced Edition Quick Start Guide
Original Manual (English, German, French)
Game Maps
I.C.E. BREAKER - Official Origin Hint Book
System Shock - Strategies & Secrets - Strategy Guide
OST - (Midi, MP3, FLAC)
TV Commercial

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Looking Glass Studios
Nightdive Studios
Origin Systems
Night Dive Studios
Nightdive Studios, Night Dive Studios
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17+ Mature
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System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
  • Memory: 128 MB RAM
  • Graphics: Any 100% OpenGL capable card (Card or Onboard)
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX capable sound card or on-board audio
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM
  • Graphics: Any 100% OpenGL capable card (Card or Onboard)
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX capable sound card or on-board audio
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System Shock (1994) reviews and comments

The first half of this game was EXCEPTIONAL. The second half of the game was EXCEPTIONALLY disappointing. First off, the FPS gameplay is surprisingly solid for a game of its era. The Enhanced Edition makes it feel even more modern. The plot is great and you can see how this company later went on to make classics such as BioShock, all the elements of the storytelling that the BioShock series does is here, like learning the plot from your surroundings and logs and the such. The first half of the game gets you hooked and is just pure gaming bliss. Unfortunately the second half loses that because of the sheer amount of frustration and having to backtrack when you miss a crucial puzzle (I despise backtracking, unless it is done right, it wasn't here). Also, there was a common game-breaking bug that has not been resolved, well, only game-breaking if you are trying to 100% it like I was. What really put the nail in the coffin for me was the ending. I won't spoil anything, but lets just say the endgame is a massive letdown to an otherwise good game. I would recommend this game for people who like classic FPS like Doom or Wolfenstein 3D, and maybe even those who like the BioShock series who aren't afraid of aged games. I, however, would not recommend this for the general masses, due to all the problems and frustrations I had in the second half.
Holy shit. This game rips. I was blown away. Most of all, I can't believe this game flew under my radar for so long. Start to finish, this is just a joy to play. The vibes are insane. A great example of emergent gameplay. There are no objectives or quest markers. No hand holding. Just you, alone on a station full of corpses, left to pick up the pieces. It's obvious the inspiration Half-Life took from this game. It's honestly a crime that System Shock doesn't get much attention. If you ask me, it belongs right up there with Doom as a pioneer of intelligent design. 
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I Remember when I was about 10 years old and had in my possession a Spanish magazine called PcMania, which in each issue included a CD with many programs and games shareware. Among them was System Shock, that when I tried I was amazed even when at that time did not understand what to do and obviously to be shareware only allowed me to play the first level. 20 years later I learn that relaunch the game with improvements, as they did compatible with Windows And EVEN ADDED MOUSELOOK ❤ ️. So without hesitation I took advantage to buy it, and so give it a great opportunity that before I could not or did not want. It Is a shooter with RPG elements and cyberpunk ambience. It Is the spiritual predecessor to the Bioshock saga. It Should be noted that it has a moderate degree of complexity and is not suitable for casual players. Much of that complexity is due to the controls (already inherited from the normal version) and it is difficult to get used to them, but it is a matter of patience. In General summaries you will collect weapons, ammunition, medicine kits, enhancers, voice data, messages (the latter two to be aware of the story), annihilating mutants and robots, and enter cyberspace to make hacks and so move forward for all Levels. I repeat: it will not be easy, even in a normal difficulty. But If you like challenges, this classic will be a long way from getting bored. 8/10. By the way, they are developing a remake that I look forward to.
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Well recently I just finished the game. It is the best FPP [first person perspective] that I have played (This is not a FPS [first person Shooter = > First Man Shooting]). Because a FPP tends to mix many elements of other genres such as RPG, FPS, Shooter, Logic, Exploration, Stealth, etc. So I'll summarize things, to be a 1994 game. Based on the Classic version, which is the one that loads through DOSBox 0.74 in Liñux, the "Improved" does not even use "Wine is not emulator":(, That to work properly you must load it directly without Steam, but before suggest edit the file sshock. ini for Improve some things, besides that the classic edition does not have page to write analysis like the improved edition. If you are using SDL2 and OpenGL Because You do not have an adapted version and cover for Liñux? Returning to the analysis of System Shock Classic 1-Is a Masterpiece 2-The Engine, is 2.5 D, with impressive physics for the time 3-The Graphics are good if you consider the time 4-The Controls at first can be somewhat uncomfortable, but it is a matter of accustom Se 5-Your character you're improving through acquisitions of technological equipment not through levels and experience, To access some areas, functions or lights, you must hack some things or fail to get them in another game mode when you enter the " Cyberspace "6 – I find it extremely strange that this videogame genius has not been recreated as a MOD with another engine like: DarkPlaces, Yagami Quake 2, ioQuake3, IORTCW, IODOOM3, dhewm3 or some other type Free Software or at least Open Source. Looking on the Internet di with a Spanish translation of the text of this wonderful title, but replace the audio files to translate if it must be much more complicated. 7-The Story I think is great, in summary in the following: You Are a hacker that someone contract to modify the artificial intelligence of a space station in the orbit of Saturn called "Citadel", to remove the moral limitations. Thanks to this, the one who hired you, allows you to do a neural surgery so you can put on technological implants and the contractor erases all records of your existence, after the surgery lasted 6 months in recovery in the Citadel, and wake up. You realize that SHODAN artificial intelligence, doing biological experiments with the inhabitants of the station, and attempts to infect the earth, discharging itself in the nets of the planet, and sending its creations. And you're the only one who can do anything to avoid it.
I played the original game when it was first released, and I was absolutely immersed in this dreadful world ruled by the AI S.H.O.D.A.N., who has no morality because you deleted the subroutines. She is one of gamings most evil antagonists for me.
«Blew my mind»
A true classic, has some issues with control but it is a true breakthrough.
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