System Shock 2 Community Patch

A Community Patch is now available for System Shock 2 from Systemshock.org, which was released over a week ago as a further community effort at addressing existing issues in the RPG sequel beyond the previous Anomalies, Discrepancies, and outright Bugs mod (thanks Gamer's Hell via rpg codex). This is an unofficial patch obviously not connected with original developers Irrational Games and Looking Glass Studios, which are both now defunct. Here's word on what this does:
SCP is intended to serve as an unofficial patch for System Shock 2 that delivers an authentic but also highly polished SS2 gameplay experience—hopefully approximating the form SS2 would have taken if Irrational had had a few more months to work on it before release. All changes have been made with the intent of respecting Irrational’s original vision. The other goal of SCP is to upgrade SS2 to take advantage of the enhanced graphical features of the NewDark engine in those ways that are beyond the means of standalone mods.

The guiding principle for SCP has been that SS2’s gameplay is fine as-is, and that its greatest strength is immersion—its ability to make players feel like they’re really trapped on board the Von Braun with all its horrors. So while we’ve tweaked game systems and made adjustments to the level geometry, the goal hasn’t been balancing gameplay, but rather eliminating those things that don’t make sense to the point that they take you out of the game. Anything illogical, gamey, or otherwise immersion-breaking, we’ve tried to correct.
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PsychoMoggieBagpuss wrote on Nov 12, 2014, 03:25:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 19:22:
So does this and (the "Dark" patch) work with the GOG version?

Yep.

Good to know About the only version of this game that actually.. you know.. runs Any other version just flat out crashes after tutorial level load screen.
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eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 19:22:
So does this and (the "Dark" patch) work with the GOG version?

Yep.
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Nov 11, 2014, 21:36
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Unknown Soldier wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 17:47:
It is well worth it. The reskinned version is very nice and the gameplay still holds up well. Beware though, some of the mods/options dumb the game down (or at least lower the difficulty) enough so that it isn't nearly as frightening as originally intended. For example you can make it so enemies don't respawn and your weapons degrade much slower. Those changes significantly reduce the tension and practically eliminate heart-pounding-oh-shit-run-for-your-life moments, in my opinion.

You could turn off respawning and weapon degradation by editing an ini, after a (official) patch was released.

Note: This procedure involves editing a game file; create a backup copy of the file before proceeding. Locate the "user.cfg" file in the game folder. If it is not present, copy the "ip.cfg" file from the "\help" folder to the game directory and rename it to "user.cfg". Use a text editor to edit the "user.cfg" file. Add the following entries to the file:

undead
gun_degrade_rate 0
no_spawn


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Nov 11, 2014, 21:34
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best game ever made...
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Nov 11, 2014, 21:09
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Nov 11, 2014, 21:09
 
Unknown Soldier wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 17:47:
It is well worth it. The reskinned version is very nice and the gameplay still holds up well. Beware though, some of the mods/options dumb the game down (or at least lower the difficulty) enough so that it isn't nearly as frightening as originally intended. For example you can make it so enemies don't respawn and your weapons degrade much slower. Those changes significantly reduce the tension and practically eliminate heart-pounding-oh-shit-run-for-your-life moments, in my opinion.

Well, I'd probably use the slow down the weapon entropy patch, because that drove me up the damn wall when I first played, I still remember being pissed at that 15+ years later. Fire my upgraded, 100% shotgun a couple times and it's already at 75%? IN THE FUTURE!?!
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Nov 11, 2014, 19:22
 
So does this and (the "Dark" patch) work with the GOG version?
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Parias wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 12:51:
even after we cram too much crap into the elevator to the point of crashing the game between level loads and having to move everything out until we find which object is causing the problem.

Rotfl

That's awesome
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Nov 11, 2014, 17:47
 
It is well worth it. The reskinned version is very nice and the gameplay still holds up well. Beware though, some of the mods/options dumb the game down (or at least lower the difficulty) enough so that it isn't nearly as frightening as originally intended. For example you can make it so enemies don't respawn and your weapons degrade much slower. Those changes significantly reduce the tension and practically eliminate heart-pounding-oh-shit-run-for-your-life moments, in my opinion.
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MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 14:05:
Hrm, I may have to try this. I haven't played System Shock 2 since the old days, on CD... not even sure I can find my original CDs anymore, but surely it's on gog.com or something by now.

I think I lost my cd a long time ago, or it may have been a friends copy I borrowed. I have both a pirated copy of SS2 and also a legit bought copy on steam. Just for the hell of it though, i want to buy the SS2 box to put on my game shelf.
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MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 14:05:
Task wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 09:31:
In combination with all the best mods one can find there, it looks pretty cool. Here are the patch notes.

Hrm, I may have to try this. I haven't played System Shock 2 since the old days, on CD... not even sure I can find my original CDs anymore, but surely it's on gog.com or something by now.

Gog and steam both, $10...I actually dug my cd out awhile back. I tried it with a texture pack (can't remember which one), but it actually lost a few textures along the way (signs, etc), and kind of gave up on it at that point. Not that that's the fault of the game.

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Task wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 09:31:
In combination with all the best mods one can find there, it looks pretty cool. Here are the patch notes.

Hrm, I may have to try this. I haven't played System Shock 2 since the old days, on CD... not even sure I can find my original CDs anymore, but surely it's on gog.com or something by now.
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Nov 11, 2014, 13:45
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Nov 11, 2014, 13:45
 
JayDeath wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 13:41:
I have this classic sitting in my Steam library and I've never played the game. Maybe now is the time.

Better not. You'll quickly find out how lacking modern games are (game-play-wise).
Get your games from GOG DAMMIT!
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I have this classic sitting in my Steam library and I've never played the game. Maybe now is the time.
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Nov 11, 2014, 12:51
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This remains a co-op favorite -- every year I'll gather together with two of my friends and we'll do an all-nighter through the game, each playing as one of the three different classes. The game is an insane amount of fun in co-op play - even after we cram too much crap into the elevator to the point of crashing the game between level loads and having to move everything out until we find which object is causing the problem.

With this update finally hitting release form, we'll have another reason to play it again! Definitely looking forward to trying this.
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Nov 11, 2014, 11:32
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nin wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 08:38:
JESUS...just the phrase "system shock" made me do a triple take!

some games are burned in our gaming memory and SS2 is one of those for sure
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Nov 11, 2014, 10:29
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I played this game all the way through last year. Even with its dated graphics, it was scary as hell. I wouldn't want to play it with enhanced graphics :/ Those damn psi-monkeys...
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In combination with all the best mods one can find there, it looks pretty cool. Here are the patch notes.
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Nov 11, 2014, 08:48
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nin wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 08:38:
JESUS...just the phrase "system shock" made me do a triple take!

Anyone tried it?


Im tempted. I never did play the reskined SS2 which was quite an upgrade over vanilla. Damn if I have the time to fish out my original discs and update with all the relevant mods and patches though. Recently getting the best Skyrim experience possible took me a few days to setup properly and was a huge pain in the ass. I shudder to think of tackling with this old monster.

Im tempted to just pirate the best modded version (if it exists as a torrent somewhere, that too is doubtful)
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JESUS...just the phrase "system shock" made me do a triple take!

Anyone tried it?

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