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System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow

GOG.com now features a countdown that will hit zero around 6:00 am EST tomorrow, saying "System found." This is a confirmation of recent rumors that the online store for DRM-free games will soon offer System Shock 2, the highly regarded action/RPG sequel. This is covered by a Q&A on Rock, Paper, Shotgun talking with Guillaume Rambourg of GOG.com about the news, and with Stephen Kick of Night Dive, who explains how this small developer was able to secure the rights to work on re-releasing the game in this manner. There has also been speculation that development would also commence on a new installment in the series, but according to Kick, Night Dive's next project after preparing SS2 for GOG.com will be an original intellectual property.

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58. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 14, 2013, 12:33 Creston
 
Bleeder wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 20:49:
For those of you taking issue with the control scheme of System Shock 1...

System Shock Portable includes a mouselook patch from Malba Tahan.

Thanks man!

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57. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 14, 2013, 12:32 Creston
 
saluk wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 19:19:
Complaining about clunky SS2 controls and then praising SS1 in the next sentance? Come on Creston


It wasn't so much the controls of SS2 that were clunky, as that the integrate parts of it felt a little clunky. Combat felt a little off, melee felt a little off. You could become a hacker (Marine, I believe?) who could "use turrets to take out your enemies!" and I think there's a grand total of like five turrets in the entire game for you to hack. Psionics start off extremely slow, then suddenly jump into uber-god mode and you basically become Death Incarnate. That's more what I was talking about.

The controls is the original System Shock were perhaps a bit clunky (then again, this was a time when "shooters" allowed you to do shit such as lean, kneel, crawl, go prone, etc. AND it was at a time before we did such a thing as mouselook ) though I never really had any issues with them, but the entire experience was much more smooth. Your power level rose gradually, it had a better gradient of weapon and ammo discoveries, the powers/abilities/mods seemed to integrate better. (God, who DIDN'T love that "skate" mod??)

In any case, it's just my opinion, and obviously System Shock 2 is still one of the most awesome games ever made. But compared to the original it always felt a bit like a step back to me.

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56. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 14, 2013, 10:34 sauron
 
Zanderat1 wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 21:06:
sauron wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 19:39:
Creston wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 14:51:
It can't read my CD anymore. It's got that weird thing where it looks like moisture seeped into the CD, which makes it unreadable.

/sympathies. Well, now you can play it again!

And nin, the graphics mod you referred to in an earlier post was probably Reborn. It has some glitches (eg the wrench model vanishes) but the overall impact is excellent.

My main gripe with the game is the infinite respawns - wish I could turn them off. I know it adds to the tension but I already finished it more than once and at this point I'm just playing to take in details I missed previously.
You can turn off infinite respawns in the game's user.cfg file with the "no_spawn" command.

Thanks!
 
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55. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 14, 2013, 07:21 Jonjonz
 
System Shock 1 and 2 were the true revolutionary games of their day.
Unfortunately Half-Life, which did the same things but more jaggy and with more tedium, somehow had a better PR department.

If you have not played either you are in for a treat, grab 2 when you can.
 
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54. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 14, 2013, 02:22 Ant
 
4D-Boxing wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 21:15:
@Asmo

The cyber-nannies are the ones that really scared me. Something about the sound and how they managed to sneak up on me was just leathal.

Amazing how to this day, I run into others that say this is their fav game ever. Even people that were not born when i started gaming on the vic 20.
Dude, the monkeys!
 
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53. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 14, 2013, 02:22 Ant
 
bigspender wrote on Feb 14, 2013, 00:34:
This is Xerxes. All personal report to the download site

BTW would anyone be interested in doing a graphical / engine remake for this?

I can map like a boss with the NS2 spark engine (unknownworlds.com) It seems like it would be a fantastic engine for it.

we could use the original voice recordings and sound effects possibly
Go to ttlg.com's forums. I think there is someone doing it?
 
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52. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 14, 2013, 02:20 Ant
 
Riker wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 23:44:
My affinity for SS2 led me to try to get into SS1, and I even got into it a fair bit, but the controls were a huge barrier. I'm gonna check this out.

Bleeder wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 20:49:
For those of you taking issue with the control scheme of System Shock 1...

System Shock Portable includes a mouselook patch from Malba Tahan.
Yep. SS1 controls bugged me. I loved SS2 though.
 
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51. Co-Op? Feb 14, 2013, 02:19 Ant
 
Will GOG let us play co-op correctly? I remember the original one had issues?  
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50. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 14, 2013, 00:34 bigspender
 
This is Xerxes. All personal report to the download site

BTW would anyone be interested in doing a graphical / engine remake for this?

I can map like a boss with the NS2 spark engine (unknownworlds.com) It seems like it would be a fantastic engine for it.

we could use the original voice recordings and sound effects possibly
 
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49. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 13, 2013, 23:44 Riker
 
My affinity for SS2 led me to try to get into SS1, and I even got into it a fair bit, but the controls were a huge barrier. I'm gonna check this out.

Bleeder wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 20:49:
For those of you taking issue with the control scheme of System Shock 1...

System Shock Portable includes a mouselook patch from Malba Tahan.
 
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48. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 13, 2013, 21:15 4D-Boxing
 
@Asmo

The cyber-nannies are the ones that really scared me. Something about the sound and how they managed to sneak up on me was just leathal.

Amazing how to this day, I run into others that say this is their fav game ever. Even people that were not born when i started gaming on the vic 20.
 
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47. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 13, 2013, 21:13 nin
 
Zanderat1 wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 21:06:
sauron wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 19:39:
Creston wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 14:51:
It can't read my CD anymore. It's got that weird thing where it looks like moisture seeped into the CD, which makes it unreadable.

/sympathies. Well, now you can play it again!

And nin, the graphics mod you referred to in an earlier post was probably Reborn. It has some glitches (eg the wrench model vanishes) but the overall impact is excellent.

My main gripe with the game is the infinite respawns - wish I could turn them off. I know it adds to the tension but I already finished it more than once and at this point I'm just playing to take in details I missed previously.
You can turn off infinite respawns in the game's user.cfg file with the "no_spawn" command.

You can disable weapon degradation as well...never been a fan of that "feature" in games.

 
http://www.nin.com/pub/tension/
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46. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 13, 2013, 21:06 Zanderat1
 
sauron wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 19:39:
Creston wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 14:51:
It can't read my CD anymore. It's got that weird thing where it looks like moisture seeped into the CD, which makes it unreadable.

/sympathies. Well, now you can play it again!

And nin, the graphics mod you referred to in an earlier post was probably Reborn. It has some glitches (eg the wrench model vanishes) but the overall impact is excellent.

My main gripe with the game is the infinite respawns - wish I could turn them off. I know it adds to the tension but I already finished it more than once and at this point I'm just playing to take in details I missed previously.
You can turn off infinite respawns in the game's user.cfg file with the "no_spawn" command.
 
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45. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 13, 2013, 21:04 Asmo
 
I'm surprised no one mentioned the cyber-nannies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzGHZW6Hw9c about 7:10), those things freaked me the fuck out the first time I played the game...

Awesome that GOG are fighting to unearth some of these classics. They are undeniably dated and I'm sure playing would have a hard time matching up to my nostalgia, but damned if I'm not going to give it a try. ; )
 
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44. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 13, 2013, 21:03 Zanderat1
 
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43. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 13, 2013, 20:58 NKD
 
Looks like I'll be panting and sweating and running thru corridors tomorrow.  
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42. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 13, 2013, 20:49 Bleeder
 
For those of you taking issue with the control scheme of System Shock 1...

System Shock Portable includes a mouselook patch from Malba Tahan.
 
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41. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 13, 2013, 20:39 Fletch
 
Already have it around here somewhere on cd, but I'll definitely be getting the GOG version as well. Wasn't aware of the patch, so thank you, nin.

Hey GOG... SS1 next, MechWarrior2 would be awesome, Wizardy 8, and definitely Tie Fighter (or any old-school LucasArts games). I love you, GOG. A ray of light in an insane world gone console.
 
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40. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 13, 2013, 20:06 sauron
 
nin wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 19:46:
sauron wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 19:44:
nin wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 14:57:
Speaking of creepy! We need to get Undying on gog!

I still have that lying around somewhere. Couldn't finish it - too scary!

I agree. I'm a bit of a chicken when it comes to scary games, and that one was spoooooky!

edit: I'm assuming this is where you can vote, if you've not already.


Thanks! I voted but am still not sure I could finish it even now.

By the way, I notice Grim Fandango is one of the most requested games on the GOG site. It happens to be a LucasArts game - I wonder if it's one of the titles currently under negotiation? One of my favorites - a wonderful game indeed.
 
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39. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Tomorrow Feb 13, 2013, 19:52 Rosco
 
Even though I am mere months away from 50, I didn't come into the gaming scene until '99. Never played Doom, Wolfenstein 3-D, System Shock, etc. My starting point was Quake II, Unreal and system Shock 2. I tried games later on that were not mouse look and just could not get it. Even had a hard time with GTA III and Vice City while driving.  
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