System Shock 2 (1999)

Video Game  -  Action | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  31 July 1999 (USA)
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Credited cast:
Kemal Amarasingham ...
Myers / Rosenberg (voice)
Laura Baldwin ...
Turnbull (voice)
Matt Boynton ...
Martin (voice)
Eric Brosius ...
Droids (voice)
Terri Brosius ...
SHODAN / Dr. Marie Delacroix / Bitching Betty (voice)
Rob Caminos ...
Norris / Tommy Suarez (voice)
Steve Canniff ...
Frank Yang (voice)
Erin Coughlan ...
Melanie Bronson (voice)
Bill Farquhar ...
Dr. Marc Miller (voice)
Rob Fermier ...
Yount (voice)
Esra Gaffin ...
Erin Bloome / The Many / Midwife / Janice Polito / Rebecca Siddons (voice)
Fred Galpern ...
Malone / Hacker (voice)
Dorian Hart ...
Xtra Man 1 (voice)
Alexx Kay ...
Makick (voice)
Ken Levine ...
Enrique Cortez (voice)
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Among other reasons, many people consider the commercial failure of this game to be responsible for the closure of Looking Glass Studios. See more »

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The Many: Do you not trust the feelings of the flesh? Our biology yearns to join with yours. We welcome you to our mass. But you puzzle us. Why do you serve our mother? How can you choose cold metal over the splendor of the flesh? But you fear us. We hear your thoughts, and they rage for your brothers who you believe dead. But they are not. They sing in our symphony of life. We offer another chance to join us. If you choose to lie down with the machine, we will rend you apart, and put you separate from ...
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The credits show all of the programmers as dead bodies found in a corridor. One of them has glowing eyes, suggesting they'd been converted into a cyborg. See more »

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Not only will it keep your mind sharp, but it'll scare the crap out of you!
8 May 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

First off, I've never been a big fan of 1st person shoot-em-uppers. I loved the Doom games and that's really the extent of my experience there. I'm also not a big fan of role playing games either but this isn't a turn-based game anyway. Lastly, I'm not into cyberpunk anything. Knowing all this how is it that "System Shock 2" is one of the most gripping, terrifying and engrossing games ever created? It's because this game has one of the best plots ever written into any game in any platform.

I won't go into any of the plot as not to ruin the game when you play it. I will tell you that is has an excellent playing engine; an extensive array of weaponry and tools (yes I said "tools"!). Playing to a particular strength is not necessarily key, but it helps depending on how you approach it. You can rely on weaponry, hacking talents or psionic power. How many games offer that? Well, obviously games after this was released do because of the System Shock games.

There are few issues I have though: The first being the degrading weapons. The weapons after use, break easily and need to be fixed on a regular basis. Second, the enemies regenerate too much and too quick. This is a big problem when you've just killed a couple of baddies then you come back to that same room to fight them again. Third, the auto-save vs. the menu save. For some reason, when you hit the auto-save then save via the menu it over-rides the saved game. Fourth, for some reason, you cannot play the game in 32bit display. I know it was made in 99' but there were plenty of games back then that ran in 32bit. Also the 3D textures look bulky and most of the characters look identical.

Fortunately, for the first two issues there is a patch via the Looking Glass website that relieves the two problems a tad but not completely (don't want it to be too easy).

As for the graphics, there is the "Rebirth" patch that was created changing the textures to a higher grade and it looks great! Make to sure to fully install the game in order to change the textures completely. It's worth it...

Having said all this, I have to say that if Looking Glass hadn't gone under and bought out its players, I would've drooled over a sequel. I've heard that Deus Ex and the Half-Life games (mostly for the problem solving and action not the RPG aspects) are great comparisons and I agree with Half-Life (about to play 2 after I'm done with SS2) in the respect.

Overall, I'd give this title a solid 9. Gaming at its best... |8^D

PS: Staying in theme of a MOVIE database, I think that SS2 would make an excellent film.


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