I usually play games on hard difficulty and had just finished Strife on elite which I found really good, but also quite difficult at times, so I started System Shock 1 on everything maxed out except time limits.
After a few minutes of getting my ass kicked I thought "After Strife, not again, I'm taking a break on this one" and started a new game with combat set to 2.
Then I realized it was just me being crap with the SS interface and now I wish I left it on 3. Not that it's too easy now, but I know after getting used to it I would've been fine.
In SS1 when you toggle mouslook off to mess around with your inventory or go back to listen to logs and take notes, your gun is still active, which I did not take advantage of at first and I got slaughtered more than a few times while picking up items and such. Now when I know I'll be off mouslook for a while I equip a good gun and do my business and if some sucker shows up I zap him with mouselook off while reading logs or item descriptions.
I would say my original plan was good. Every difficulty maxed out but no time limit.
Also keep in mind that WASD+Mouselook is a game changer here. The original control scheme would've added tremendously to the difficulty of the first game.
But that's just combat.
The real deal is gathering information and using it properly. One of the logs even incorrectly states that the laser controls are in the west quadrant on the reactor level, which isn't the case. They are on level 2.
Other than that, pay attention to the logs, the date of the log, and the info contained in them. More than once I was out of ideas and went back to them and got unstuck. You do not find them in order, so the dates are important to piece together the narrative. Listen to the logs you pick up as soon as possible, preferably where you picked them up.
Also, be sure to use the automap messages. Create points with description on energy and health stations, important places and locked doors that you can't open yet. This is very important, explore methodically and take map notes. To remove a map note, click its blue dot on the map, erase your description and save the note again, it will disappear.
A notepad on the side also wouldn't hurt.
But that's just me, I use guides as a last resort and would never fault anyone for using them. Hell I'm not finished yet so I might still have to use a guide later.
Post edited May 10, 2018 by MaimMenu