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An agent is deployed on a mission to explore a distant planet, but instead wakes up from his cryosleep five months later only to discover that the ship's artificial intelligence has been corrupted and the humans infected by an alien race.

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Ken Levine

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Fred Galpern Fred Galpern ... Malone / Hacker (voice)
Dorian Hart Dorian Hart ... Xtra Man 1 (voice)
Alexx Kay Alexx Kay ... Malick (voice)
Ken Levine Ken Levine ... Enrique Cortez (voice)
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An agent is deployed on a mission to explore a distant planet, but instead wakes up from his cryosleep five months later only to discover that the ship's artificial intelligence has been corrupted and the humans infected by an alien race.

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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 hassenphefferSee 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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