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System Shock

Developer: Looking Glass Studios Publisher: Origin Systems
23 September 1994
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First person free movement space station/dungeon crawler. With this game comes a little story so bear with me. I got the demo for this off the cover of a 90s computer gaming magazine - the newsagent and I used to share gaming stories and his endorsement of this game was glowing. So I get home and install it - the demo contained the first level, and the aim of it was to decrease the security rating to zero, just like in the full product. Well, so immersed in this thing was I that I finished it at 4am the next morning, without dinner and without sleep, and needing to go to work that day. That's how good it was. That's how good it still is.

Yes, the movement system is convoluted, and the UI is cluttered beyond belief. But it rightly garnered best game of all time awards for years to come. It has the right balance of action, puzzle and adventure. Every new level you come to presents another world of wonder and challenge. There was nothing like it at the time, and there arguably still isn't. A little thing though: this was 1994's version of Cyberpunk 2077 - not that it was hyped beyond belief, and eventually underwhelming - but that it required a very high end system to play at maximum settings. That was one criticism levelled at it - as one reviewer put it - I hope you have God's own computer here. Having all sliders right is no longer an issue of course, but it still holds up as one of the best games ever made, and I say that without any hyperbole.
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The first System Shock is often looked on as a revolution in gaming and was one of the first FPS games of this level of complexity and open World feel. It was the first true Looking Glass project and it has led to many of the biggest and most complex PC games. System Shock at its time was a great game and offerred a good cyberpunk atmosphere, a creepy story, and a complex system with lots of exploration. The problem is this game just hasn't aged too well, there are moments where you can just get lost and the game is really vague with what you are supposed to do. On top of that the graphics and controls just haven't aged too well, the game controls pretty bad and only can be fixed with the Enhanced edition and even that version controls a tad awkward. The enemy design in this isn't as haunting as the 2nd game either. Its just System Shock 2 improved so much on this and managed to look and feel smoother and wasn't as vague. I'm looking forward to the remake this is getting though plus System Shock 3 is now in development. This is a classic game but just feels a bit awkward to play nowadays.
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twinkiemachine System Shock 2022-06-28T07:09:52Z
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5.0
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Regal_Throes System Shock 2022-06-25T12:48:16Z
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8.0
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intermisson9 System Shock 2022-06-24T13:09:51Z
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Soundsgudd System Shock 2022-06-20T08:11:20Z
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4.0
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xiiv013e System Shock 2022-06-19T13:37:33Z
Windows
2022-06-19T13:37:33Z
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notscrumpyjack System Shock 2022-06-19T09:53:14Z
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RedMorley System Shock 2022-06-19T01:20:37Z
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3.0
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azusanakano System Shock 2022-06-16T06:05:29Z
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Onikira System Shock 2022-06-16T04:16:18Z
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  • koner1 2021-06-22 01:09:31.202954+00
    i gave up midway through the reactor level, fuck this game
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    • modernvvonder 2022-04-16 10:44:47.186789+00
      I don't blame you, incredibly difficult section and so early on, but I promise if you ever return and beat that section, what comes next is just incredibly solid
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  • koner1 2021-06-22 01:14:33.216503+00
    what is the point of having enemies that respawn if you take out too many of them, renders the effort you make to take them out completely pointless
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    • Xantha_Page 2021-06-24 02:26:38.334423+00
      It's like an old survival horror game. Part of the game is learning how to manage limited resources, which includes choosing when not to engage enemies.
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  • Pegarange 2021-09-26 22:04:12.689501+00
    SHODAN is my waifu
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  • Fereval 2021-12-16 23:47:46.729016+00
    that box cover art is sick
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  • TheInverseCynicism 2022-01-03 11:31:14.999035+00
    That thrash metal cover xD
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  • cryospelledwrong 2022-02-08 13:42:54.746771+00
    peak jank
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  • calt 2022-03-18 22:52:25.441577+00
    better than 2
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  • modernvvonder 2022-04-16 10:43:10.558311+00
    the type of game that is insanely rewarding, but thinking about ever replaying it is the most agonizing feeling imaginable. the learning curve for this one is monumental, but getting the hang of it is all the more worth it.
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