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  • genre rpg / fpp / sci-fi
  • download size 357 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 3109 user ratings.
  • release date August 11, 1999
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.7.0 or newer)
  • languages English, German
  • developer / publisher Irrational Games and Looking Glass / Night Dive Studios
  • game modes single-player, co-op
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • 2 avatars
  • 28 artworks
  • Ken Levine radio interview
  • pitch document
  • soundtrack (FLAC)
  • soundtrack (MP3)
  • wallpaper
  • manual
  • 2 concept maps
  • SHODAN full size render

What's cool about it:

  • The most requested game on the wishlist has arrived at last!
  • Three character profiles to choose from, each with its own strengths and weaknesses: the psionic power-wielding agent, the naval officer--a masterful hacker, and the marine, a combat specialist.
  • You don't have to face the horror alone. Play the story with up to two friends in the co-op multiplayer mode.


TriOptimum wishes you a safe journey aboard the Von Braun, the first craft in the history of mankind capable of faster-than-light travel. TriOptimum Corporation: we give you the stars!

The second--and best!--game in the series stands all on its own as a masterpiece of gaming history. The starship Von Braun took a giant leap for mankind as it made its first interstellar journey. The mission was going as planned until a lone distress call from the Tau Ceti V sector was picked up. An away team was sent on a rescue mission, but once it arrived at its destination, there was no sign of any humans and the source of the signal remained unclear. They didn't realize something crucial, though: they brought something back with them when they returned. Now, you--a member of the ship's security team--awake from cryostasis to the sounds of screams of pain and horror as everything falls apart. The state-of-the-art spaceship becomes a deathtrap, and the only hope you have is the contemptuous whisper of a voice guiding you through the dark corridors, leading you towards the ominous secrets that lurk in the shadows.

A game like this is a masterpiece; you must experience it firsthand. System Shock™ 2 arguably offers the most intense storytelling in the history of computer games. It perfectly splices Sci-Fi with survival horror, FPS gameplay with character stats, upgrades, and inventory system of the role-playing genre, fast paced action with chilling terror. As you slowly and carefully explore your surroundings, the game begins to swallow you whole, and soon enough you feel completely immersed in the terrifying reality of an interstellar ghost-ship. Then, even years after your first contact with the game, just hearing the words "System Shock™ 2" will make your heart race. This is going to be a hell of a journey, for a pathetic creature of meat and bone such as yourself.

Check out our Mod Spotlight for System Shock 2!

-"10 out of 10" - Computer Games Magazine
-"An advanced, progressive spin on first-person gaming" - Edge Online
-"One of the 100 best games of all time" - Empire Online
-"95%" - PC Gamer
-"Greatest Games of all Times" list - Gamespot
-"Top 50 Greatest Games of All Time" list - Gamespy

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Animated Blood and Gore, Animated Violence.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 1.8 GHz Processor, 2 GB RAM, 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c, 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.7.0 or later. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+ Memory: 2 GB of RAM Graphics: 256 MB of video memory Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.Compatibility notice: Intel integrated graphics cards are not supported Patched to version 2.4

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Shock The System!

Posted on 2013-02-14 06:17:19 byFlaose's avatarFlaose:

In System Shock 2, you play a soldier who has joined the UNN’s military force, becoming part of a mission on the Earth's first faster-than-light starship.
Waking suddenly from a healing coma with military-grade cybernetic implants and a bad case of amnesia, you find that the onboard AI has gone rampant, that everyone has been turned into apologetic zombies, and that you canread more see ghosts. While its story is compelling, what makes System Shock 2 so great is the fact that it's dripping with atmosphere. The emptiness of the ship is palpable, and you feel fear at every turn.
So is System Shock 2 worth the buy? Absolutely! This game is so good that it nearly killed me (though that’s a story for another day)! So what are you waiting for? Click that ‘add to cart’ button and get playing!

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Are you afraid?

Posted on 2013-02-14 06:40:20 byGL1zdA's avatarGL1zdA:

I played System Shock 2 for the first time few months after its premiere and I instantly have fallen in love with this game. It's one of those few games, where everything is exceptional and works well together.
To start with - it's an FPP and RPG hybrid. You can't go through the game ignoring any of these aspects - there's not enough ammo to shoot through the levels. You will haveread more to make use of all your skills together: hacking, repairing and maintaining your gear. On top of it you can use your psionic skills - hit you enemies with freezing projectiles, pull objects with kinetic redirection, drain hit points from your target or use 32 other abilities.
What I liked most about System Shock 2 is its story - it's both scary and engaging. You always feel lonely and terrified of what's lurking behind the corners. Everything adds to this atmosphere - the mutants look horrifying and yell at you, the environment is hostile, there are blood marks everywhere. Eric Brosius music makes you even more tense - I still remember the hydroponics music: both jolly and twisted. You can read audiologs left by the crew which make you familiar with the events that happened and you will often see the effects - the whole environment tells the story, which is what I consider the peak of immersion.
All in all I recommend this masterpiece to everyone - although the graphics may feel a bit dated, the whole game still has its charm.

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Return of the Legend

Posted on 2013-02-14 06:07:52 byAgetian's avatarAgetian:

To cut a long story short, System Shock 2 is a legendary game, a rare gem of the very end of the 90s.
System Shock 2 is a 3D sci-fi horror stealth action game with strong RPG character development elements. While the visuals may seem rather dated by modern standards, the angular and "roughly cut" appearance of the game characters seem spot-on for a game like System Shock 2 and onlyread more adds to the horrifying atmosphere that the setting of the game is filled with. The sounds of the various enemies you're going to encounter are at least as terrifying.
Where the game truly shines, however, is its gameplay. While the game focuses on action with pronounced stealth elements, it also gives the player an opportunity to develop the character in a variety of ways, choosing between three distinct character classes, each of which is associated with its own unique playstyle, and giving the player the option to develop various skill trees.
The atmosphere of the game is always tense - the enemies are plenty and strong, the mysterious events surrounding the player are developed carefully and slowly enough to build suspense and keep the adrenaline level high.
In conclusion, System Shock 2 is a unique game which deserves to be loved and played through at least once by every loyal fan of truly great old games out there, and it's finally DRM-free on GOG!

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