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System Shock 2 on GOG.com

GOG.com now offers digital distribution of System Shock 2, following the revelation that the classic action/RPG was being tweaked for re-release for current computers on the DRM-free marketplace. For the uninitiated (which is unlikely around here), here's what Jason "loonyboi" Bergman wrote here about the game, going on 13 years ago:

Boy am I ever hooked. I haven't enjoyed a single player game this much since Half-Life, and I can't recommend the game any more highly. Of course, it should be pointed out that the game is certainly not for everyone. It's definitely more RPG than action...there's quite a bit of action in it, but if you aren't willing to put up with the skills and inventory system you ain't going to get far. If you can make it past that, you'll find yourself totally addicted, much like I am right now. Oh, and one other thing - make sure you've got a great sound setup for this one. The positional audio is some of the best I've ever heard. Really creepy stuff.

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34. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Feb 15, 2013, 12:23 Mad Max RW
 
I can confirm the patching program and all the mods installed and work flawlessly on the GOG release. Although if you're new to SS2 it's worth playing vanilla first.  
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33. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Feb 15, 2013, 09:48 Ant
 
nin wrote on Feb 15, 2013, 09:31:
Ant wrote on Feb 15, 2013, 09:25:
We want SS3.

It'll be Win7/8 only by then ant, so you can't play it.

I will be forced to upgrade to play it! Yuck for W8. However, SS3 cannot suck like that new Aliens game!
 
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32. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Feb 15, 2013, 09:31 nin
 
Ant wrote on Feb 15, 2013, 09:25:
We want SS3.

It'll be Win7/8 only by then ant, so you can't play it.

 
http://www.nin.com/pub/tension/
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31. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Feb 15, 2013, 09:25 Ant
 
We want SS3.  
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30. No subject Feb 14, 2013, 23:37 bfg9000
 
While my nostalgia goggles scream at me SS1 was best (claustrophobia: the game) my brain is willing to admit that 2 was overall superior.
OMG I just remembered the goddamn monkeys! DIIIE super monkeys Rifle
 
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29. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Feb 14, 2013, 20:57 fujiJuice
 
nin wrote on Feb 14, 2013, 16:57:
I'd love for them to get Undying next...


Such a good game, used to scare me so much I would be afraid to play it.
 
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28. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Feb 14, 2013, 18:12 Frags4Fun
 
I'm still waiting for another game like it. 13 years of disappointments. /sigh  
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27. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Feb 14, 2013, 17:53 Beelzebud
 
If you missed this game the first time around, you now have no excuse. It's worth $10.00 even today. I'd buy it again, but I still have my CD, so that would be pointless.  
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26. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Feb 14, 2013, 16:57 nin
 

I'd love for them to get Undying next...

 
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25. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Feb 14, 2013, 16:38 gilly775
 
Drayth wrote on Feb 14, 2013, 15:44:
Only game to give me a true nightmare. Epic release, GOG.

It was for me until Undying came out. Nothing has topped that yet.
 
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24. Re: System Shock 2 Mods Feb 14, 2013, 15:47 Optional Nickname!
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Feb 14, 2013, 12:08:

First here: http://www.systemshock.org/index.php?topic=4141.0

Then follow what's here: http://www.systemshock.org/index.php?topic=4447.0

The site is getting hammered by so much traffic they had to temporarily limit access. It should be back up tomorrow. Mirrors are showing up here.

Quoted for magnificence. My Windows 98 System Shock 2 CD thanks you, I thank you! Installing now for 1600x1200x32 and 48 audio channel goodness!
 
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23. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Feb 14, 2013, 15:47 nin
 

"(C)1999 Star Insurance Company" - hey whatever, Thanks!

 
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22. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Feb 14, 2013, 15:44 Drayth
 
Only game to give me a true nightmare. Epic release, GOG.  
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21. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Feb 14, 2013, 15:23 wtf_man
 
Be careful installing some of those mods... they aren't all compatible with each other.

Read the comments below the FAQ:

SS2 FAQ on GOG
 
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20. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Feb 14, 2013, 14:24 jdreyer
 
Here are some vids of how it looks with the mods installed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUI8y2ImtmY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN82pHdtzcI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji2e_ePmzhA
 
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19. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Feb 14, 2013, 14:20 Ant
 
So SS2 is just compatible with newer Windows and hardwares. No DRM, but did the original SS2 have it? Wasn't it just CD required? Nothing else?  
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18. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Feb 14, 2013, 14:09 theyarecomingforyou
 
Dev wrote on Feb 14, 2013, 12:45:
More than likely thats just what win 7 needs to be comfortable. I don't think they tweaked the graphics that much.
Exactly. It's basically the minimum specs for Windows 7 (1GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, DX9 GPU) but with a slightly faster processor. Common sense dictates that the operating system needs to run well if you want to run anything on top of it.
 
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17. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Feb 14, 2013, 14:03 Gonad
 
For anyone thinking of buying this because it might somehow offer something new in the way of tweaks or fixes: It just consists of available fan-made patches cobbled together.

The links Mad Max RW provided earlier in this thread will provide you all the same fixes and tweaks. In fact, it provides additional tweaks and enhancements they didn't include and it still works right over the top of this GOG release.

 
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16. Re: System Shock 2 on GOG.com Feb 14, 2013, 13:31 Orphic Resonance
 
it will be interesting to hear from people who have never played it before as opposed to people drowning in nostalgia  
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2013, 13:19 Rigs
 
Sho wrote on Feb 14, 2013, 11:55:
Man, I envy you. To play SS2 was ridiculous amounts of fun even the third time, but to play it again for the first ...

Indeed, I haven't played SS2 either. I always had it on my 'To play' list but just never got around to it. I did, at one point in time, play the demo but it didn't really grab my interest. Maybe this time around will be different?


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