If you want to try something a little different after you've played System Shock 2, you could always try one of the many Fan Missions released for the game.
You can find System Shock 2 missions at the Thief Missions
Once you have a few, you may be tempted to put them straight into your DataTempMods folder but hold on there! It's not that easy.
Long story short, Fan Missions (FMs) may not be 100% functional if you do this. Luckily, The NewDark version of System Shock 2 comes with a Fan Mission loader called FMSel
To use FMSel, Right click on System Shock 2 in your Steam Games list and click Properties.
Click Set Launch Options
and in that box, enter in -fm
and click OK.
When you launch System Shock 2 again, FMSel will start and ask you to create an FMs directory. Click Yes.
Once you've done that, FMSel will ask you to specify a folder in which you keep your FMs so put all your FMs in one folder and have FMSel use that folder.
Once you've done that, FMSel will list all the FMs it finds in that folder.
From here you can do many different things:Skip FM
- Will Launch System Shock 2 without using any FM.Play FM
- Will Launch System Shock 2 with the currently selected FM. It will ask you to Extract Archive which, when Yes is selected, will install the FM into the FMs folder.Start FM
- Will Launch System Shock 2 with the currently selected FM and set your Status to 'Playing' (I presume this is used for things like Windows Live Messenger and other software)
You can also rate your FMs, Search for an FM in the Name
text bar, Read any Readmes inside (Right click > View Info File) and many other things.
Here are some questions you may have:All my Shock 2 save files have gone! What have you done?!
Don't Panic! Your save files are still there. When Shock 2 is launched with an FM, you get to have seperate saves! These are stored in your FMs
folder and every time you launch that FM, you'll see your saves there again from the last time you played.Will my installed mods work with an FM?
They should do! As you can see from the screenshot above, I'm using the Assault Rifle from the Tacticool bundle whilst playing 'Shocking Ruins'.Can I install mods this way too?
No.Can I play Multiplayer with any of these FMs?
That depends on the FM. Read the readme and see if it mentions Multiplayer support.Can I hold you responsible for anything daft I do like try to install Thief 2 FMs into Shock 2?