Ready to play the greatest game of all time?

Yeah, I said it. I've played a lot of "horror" themed games that were supposed to be scary. Sure, a few made me feel a little tense, and I thought it was as cool as anyone when that first zombie turned its head in Resident Evil, but none of them actually made me afraid. Not like "oh shit that thing is coming for me" afraid. Only one game ever legitimately did that, System Shock 2. And holy shit and bananas, it's finally available out there in digital form from our friends at

Granted I haven't played this game in probably 10 years at least. Heck, I haven't REALLY played it since about 2000, shortly after its release. I actually tried once about 5 years back, as I still had my old copy, but couldn't get the dang thing to work right. So I gave up.

Now I'm sure that there will be quite a few people that are completely turned off by the dated visuals and/or dated gameplay. Remember that the FPS wasn't really a "thing" when this came out. Control schemes, feel, and all that were still up in the air, not cemented like they are now. Things are going to feel clunky, it's not going to be anywhere near as polished as Bioshock (its spiritual successor,) and it altogether will feel like a 14-year-old game.

But don't be an asshole. It is old, old but very well-regarded. And trust me when I say we weren't idiots back then, we could spot good games. And this one was great. I think once you know about "the many" you'll agree. Now shell out the 10 bucks and play.

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Edited by project343

Now I'm sure that there will be quite a few people that are completely turned off by the dated visuals and/or dated gameplay.

Yup. This game holds up like shit. Never played it at the time, love Bioshock, but I can't for the life of me play this for more than 10 minutes.

Trying to convince people to play older games is a worthless effort, particularly when your passions are so deeply rooted in nostalgia.

Posted by Irishdoom

Did you try the fan-made patch that's out there?

Posted by Nilazz

I'm actually going to try it out, never played before but I LOVE playing older pc games so I'm gonna give it a fair chance.

Edited by OfficeGamer

I'm hesitant because maybe it aged like shit :(

Posted by SirOptimusPrime

Eh, I'm still going to pick it up because I could never get it to work on my PC before. I hope the GOG version is readily playable so I can just drop the fan patch in and get chugging along. I have a really high tolerance for dated mechanics and gameplay, so I hope I can get the full experience from this thing.

Edited by Nightriff

You're going to play Eternal Darkness?!.....Nevermind

Posted by Irishdoom

I finally got home and got the chance to buy it. I guess I'll soon see myself how it holds up.

Posted by Gamer_152

Well, I'd contest the point that the FPS wasn't a thing when System Shock 2 came out, but I am rather worried that I wouldn't enjoy it because it looks like it's aged poorly, and I don't think I'm an asshole for thinking that. Of course people weren't idiots when it came out, but "good" is a subjective term, and times change.

Posted by Video_Game_King
I already have, quite a long time ago.

Posted by Laiv162560asse

I picked SS2 up when it was being treated as abandonware, ie. free, from some place, I can't remember where. It still remains as a black mark on my conscience that I couldn't get far into it due to the primitive nature of the graphics, even with the fan update that's out there.

Having said that, I do confess I'm a pussy when it comes to scary games and I DO recall getting a strong sense of atmosphere from the very short time I played. So maybe it wasn't just the graphics that turned me off.

Posted by DizzyMedal

While I had a good time playing it, I have never understood why people call SS2 a horror game. Probably because I spent my entire play-through thinking 'Look, "lady who I'm not supposed to figure out who you are but come on dude, I wasn't born yesterday" if you have all these upgrade tokens, how about you stop simply throwing me a few when I unlock a door or flip a switch every hour or so and just give all of them to me up front?' and was too annoyed to be scared. (Spoiler text because, well, I guess it just got a re-release kinda and some people might be picking it up? I don't know, I just don't want anyone to cry at me.)

I do remember laughing at the very ending though (and also kind of grimacing, wow, humanoid rendering in graphics, I take you for granted so much).

Posted by BeachThunder

Third greatest* :P

Anyway, I love this game. The only things I didn't like was that the music sometimes felt inappropriate and the ending. Also, just putting it out there, I first played the game four years ago.

Posted by DaMisterChief

Does it age well?? I recently replayed Bioshock 2 and started 1 (though not system shock) and EHHHHHHHHHHHH

Posted by Winternet

I've already played Half Life many, many times. No really need to go back to it, thank you.