Posted: May 5
I finished it yesterday (on Easy, full disclosure) for the first time, and had never played or seen it played before, though I was VERY familiar with otehr Irrational games like Bioshock, etc. After repeatedly hearing this game's name in conjunction with the words"best of all time" I decided it merited a try.
System Shock 2 is Bioshock's older, far more badass and brutal brother. I loved Bioshock, Bioshock 2, and to a slightly lesser extent Bioshock Inifinite, and I've gotta say, this 16 YEAR OLD game makes them all look like garbage.
Scratch that, System Shock 2 makes just about every other game look like garbage.
Letting alone the fact the this came out IN 19-♥♥♥♥ING-99, it has a brilliant, immersive story; great equipment and RPG elements, and is scary as all hell. The sole way in which this game shows it's age (aside from the graphics, which i'll discuss in a moment) is in its melee hitting. Sometimes hitting small monsters is kind of annoying. That's It.
Aside from slighgtly dated graphics, which again, were released in 1999, the game still looks pretty good, and after spending enough time on the Von Braun you'll stop noticing their dated look.
This game does present one problem; after playing it to the end, the influence this game has had on every game that has followed it is STAGGERING, you will become infuriated as you realize your favorite franchises just copied System Shock 2 (inb4 its a sequel, nothing is original. Shut up), like, blatantly. And then the logical conclusion, which is far more infuriating, HOW HAS THERE NOT BEEN MORE GAMES OF THIS QUALITY THIS WHOLE ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ TIME?!?! NINETEEN ♥♥♥♥ING NINETY NINE FOR ♥♥♥♥S SAKE.
If you haven't played it, finish reading this, then seriously, REALLY SERIOUSLY, buy it right ♥♥♥♥ing now and set out aboard the Von Braun. This game will fall into your favorite games of all time, and deserves all the praise and more it has ever received.