Twenty one years after its first release, System Shock is back!
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Release Date: Sep 22, 2015

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“While certain aspects of System Shock don't hold up in today's world, a surprising amount of them do. New players, like myself, can jump right in and have a very enjoyable experience, full of atmosphere and action. The enhanced version is exactly what it claims to be, and makes the game way more playable than the original version.”
90 – Destructoid

“System Shock: Enhanced Edition is the best way to play an immortal classic.”
90 – Multiplayer it

“If you haven’t played System Shock before, there’s never been a better time. Whether you’re into shooters or RPGs; or just want to experience a cyberpunk romp with a good beat, this one is for you.”
85 – COGconnected

About This Game

A first-person fight to the death in the depths of space.

You're a renowned hacker, the most notorious cyberspace thief in the corporate world. Caught during a risky break-in, you become indentured to Diego, a greedy Trioptium exec who bankrolls a rare cyberjack implant operation. After six months in a healing coma, you awaken to the twisted aftermath of a terrible disaster. Where are the surgeons? Why is the station in such disrepair? Slowly, the chilling realization that something is very wrong creeps over you.
Once a prime corporate research facility, Citadel now teems with mindless cyborgs, robots and terribly mutated beings, all programmed to serve SHODAN, a ruthless A.I. There's scarcely time to think before it unleashes the first terror...

Twenty one years after its first release, System Shock is back!

The Enhanced Edition adds a modern touch to this true classic gem, without taking anything from its unmistakable atmosphere.
See for yourself that the game that has been called the benchmark for intelligent first-person gaming, has lost nothing of its ability to keep you on the edge of your seat.

System Shock: Enhanced Edition features:
  • Higher resolution support: up to 1024x768, and 854x480 widescreen mode.
  • Mouselook support added.
  • Remappable keys with three profiles to choose from: original controls, custom controls, and lefthanded controls.
  • Some original game bugs fixed.

Gameplay features:
  • Rocket through cyberspace to steal information, hack security and grapple with watchdog defense programs enslaved to a maniacal computer.
  • Survive battle after battle against armies of killer cyborgs and deadly robots as you collect hardware attachments, life-sustaining patches and deadly weapons to combat mindless mutants.
  • Test your intelligence by solving puzzles, rewiring access panels and outwitting SHODAN in its own cyber-realm.
  • Enjoy the vastly improved controls and graphics of the Enhanced Edition - or keep your experience as close to the original as possible with the Classic version.

Included Extras located in your Steam\SteamApps\common\SS1EE\Bonus Content folder!
  • Enhanced Edition Quick Start Guide
  • Original Manual (English, German, French)
  • Game Maps
  • I.C.E. BREAKER - Official Origin Hint Book
  • System Shock - Strategies & Secrets - Strategy Guide
  • OST - (Midi, MP3, FLAC)
  • TV Commercial

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Any 100% OpenGL capable card (Card or Onboard)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX capable sound card or on-board audio
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Any 100% OpenGL capable card (Card or Onboard)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX capable sound card or on-board audio
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
One of the few games that uses audio logs/emails effectively. KILLER level design as well
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
I came very close to not recommending this game; I loved System Shock 2, and I have wanted to play this for so long, but I have been put off by the control scheme and graphics.

The good news is, the game is playable, now; the graphics and controls have both been improved immensely. The bad news is, they are still huge barriers to the game. I have simultaneously enjoyed and been extremely frustrated by the time I spent playing this game.

I recommend picking it up and experiencing a piece of gaming history, but only if you are willing to be VERY patient with this flawed gem.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
This is the closest you'll get to playing a game based on Neuromancer. I'm a sucker for the cyberpunk atmosphere and this game does it perfectly. Let's start with the story. Basically you are a hacker who is forced to remove the ethical restraints of an A.I. belonging to a corporation known as Trioptimum, or be imprisoned for hacking into their network. Obviously your choices are limited so you decide to take the more attractive option and remove the A.I.'s ethical restraints. This allows the A.I. to take over a trioptimum space station, killing everyone except you and it is your job to take the rogue A.I. down. Shodan is the name of the A.I. and it has come to the conclusion that it is a god and that it's new goal is to take over Earth. Shodan is one of the best video game villians I have ever seen in the game. You will notice something very off about Shodan the moment you hear it speak. It has a feminine, yet inhuman, computerized, glitchy voice that will often contain various hiccups and malfunctions. It is a very intimidating voice, a voice that it will mock you and put you down with throughout the game.

The new enhanced edition has new mouse look controls, making the combat feel more like doom. I personally prefer the classic version because it makes you feel more human. It makes you feel like you are in an actual human body, bringing along all of the limitations a human would have as well. It gives you a better sense of helplessness that the newer version eliminates in parts. The combat is pretty great. It relies on taking cover and leaning around corners to get the advantage on your enemy. It involves tactically using grenades, if you are careless with them you will wind up killing yourself. There are melee weapons to use. Different weapons are better depending on what enemy you are fighting. There are also cybernetic upgrades available. Some useful, some not as useful. For example, one gives you a head mounted flash light, which sounds cool. Or, at least it would sound cool if there wasn't a night vision upgrade in the game, which is basically just better when it comes to seeing in the dark. There are also dermal patches (basically drugs) in the game that give you different abilites such as making you smarter, or making you as stong as the hulk. They also have side effects. For example, if you take the strength boosting patch you will be able to take things down with a steel pipe with ease, but you will also hallucinate and see the world through multiple, atlternative colors. It's pretty great.

The levels can be confusing at first. When I first started playing the game I saw the level design as a big downside of the game, but once you are in the game for a while and become more familar with the levels, you notice that they aren't as maze-like as you first thought and are actually really well designed. Certain doors in the levels can't be opened until you lower the security of the level. This can be done by destroying the security cameras around the level that Shodan has taken control of. Some doors are opened by hacking the lock. It is kind of like lockpicking in the future. You play this mini game where you direct the current of electricity from one side of the panel to the other. Some are easy, while later on they get more difficult. Some doors can only be opened in cyberspace and this it where it really takes inspiration from Neuronmancer. Cyberspace is sort of how Neuromancer describes it. It looks like an old 80s wire frame game (see Battlezone). It is really fun and simple. Basically you go through wire frame corridors leading to different wire frame rooms. There are different things to pick up in these rooms such as passcodes and even video games such as a version of wing commander. These rooms will usually be populated with enemies. They are pretty easy to beat. You basically dodge their attacks and shoot your cyberspace weapon, called the pulsar, at them.

At the end of the day the reason I had so many good memories of this game after beating it was the story, the music, the amazing level design, the non-linearity of the whole game, the freedom it gives you to explore, the environment and the enemies that populate it, the combat, cyberspace, and just feeling like the most bad ♥♥♥ hacker of all time. I definitely give system shock a 10/10. The game is old so a lot of new players might find it hard to get into, but if you give it a chance and stick around until the end you won't regret playing this historical, influential masterpiece. You will be extremely happy you did.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
This is probably the finest game i have ever played on pc, BAR NONE. I should write it up in a proper review sometime.
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162 of 186 people (87%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 22, 2015
One of my personal favorite games of all time throughout the years. If you liked Deus Ex and System Shock 2 you really can't go wrong with this one. Highly recommended!

As for what comes to this particular port, it's great. What it basically does is add up all the best mods like the mouselook and high resolution options and have it in a package where you only need to click "Play" and you're done. But the thing that really caught my attention was how they included the ICE Breaker Hint guide (Which i've read so many times as a kid i remember most of the stuff in it from my head. :D) along with other cool stuff like the soundtrack, strat guide and such.

Keep in mind however, that this game was originally released in 1994 and as such isn't really up to snuff with the latest games in terms of graphics or control layouts. Still, if you played this game back in the day or just don't mind practicing a bit before getting into the experience it's easily worth the asking price.
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94 of 104 people (90%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
Special memories with this game.

Somehow, I ended up with a really old, barely ticking PC; after I had to escape a crack den in 2005. That dying, old PC and this game, from some abandonware site. (Bought a mint condition boxed version years before but could never get it running)

Bare in mind I had played Systemshock 2 around it's launch in 1999, the golden era of PC, and that has gone on to be in my top 10 games.

It gets harder and harder to go back to SS1, at this point it's FAR, FAR beyond archaic, despite all the efforts to modernise the controls, up the resolution.

But I can 100% guarentee that if you give this game a few hours you will be in there, it puts the later shock games to shame even. I kind of miss the older controls tbh, promoted a different style of play and a lot more caution, turning a corner was akin to landing a jet fighter.

All you need to know is that everything they continue to dumb down in shock games has it's origins here....everything. This is classic, PC gaming, that you could never find anywhere else. The type of game you need to "build" a man cave for, divorce your family for, Grow a beard playing. Get in a months supplies for.

It has the Audio logs, the scavenging for resources, the paranioa, the augs (plasmids later) and more, it has cyberspace.
You won't look at the other games in the same way again.
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129 of 155 people (83%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 22, 2015
20+ years later...I still sometimes hear Shodan talking **** in my sleep... Forget BioShock :p System Shock (and SS2) are the REAL DEAL!
I've played this through atleast 10 times over the years and just bought it again to know that I'll always have it in my collection.

This is one of the games that started it all for me. Wolfenstein, Doom, and Wing Commander were all greatness in their own right during this era, but this game brought it all together:
1) Awesome atmosphere
2) Intriguing story w/ one of the best villains of all time, SHODAN
3) Horror RPG/FPS elements
4) At the time of it's release, a revolutionary engine (crouch/lay/look up and down)
5) Cyberspace!
6) ...I give up, I can't properly give this game justice, find the original PCG articles online

For you "youngsters", you will have to get over the dated graphics. Trust me, the gameplay more than makes up for it and these days that's not very common. You will have to work for it though, namely because this game is over 20 years old, but also becomes games of this era didn't coddle gamers. No auto health regen, no hint bubbles (ok maybe a few, but you get the idea), etc... But if you make it through, you'll understand how much this game contributed to those that came after.

After you beat this game, make sure you go pickup System Shock 2...another epic classic.

Lastly, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, someone please make System Shock 3!!!!!!!!!

Oh, almost forgot the obligatory "10/10 phrase" :rolleyes:

10/10 would hack again!!
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71 of 80 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2015
Basically, this is System Shock with all the tweaks from SSP, and with one big difference: game now runs natively on newer systems which means that it can be played on higher resolutions quite painlessly, whereas those resolutions would result in abysmal framerates when played via DOSbox.

Game itself is as great as ever. Controls and interface will present something of an obstacle to new players, even with mouselook hack, but that is an obstacle well-worth overcoming. System Shock's storytelling is still engrossing, its mechanics still excellent and its level design is as elaborate as ever. Citadel Station is still a world of technological nightmare that is well worth exploring.

As many a other Looking Glass classic, this game is a window in a style of game design that is so radically different and in so many ways ahead of what we have today. It will leave you impressed, but also depressed, as one can't help but ponder what kind of games we could have been playing today, with today's engines and budgets, if western game design followed the road that was paved by Looking Glass.
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40 of 47 people (85%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2015
An extremely well made remake, instead of focusing on graphics, they focused on good controls and making the game compatible with modern operating systems. I now know what it's like to play a 1996 game on a computer made more than 10 years after it came out, and how far gaming has come is tremendous. This game is excellent.
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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2015
Much easier to get into than you'd expect. Somehow I was able to become accustomed to the controls rather quickly, switching back and forth between free-look and the point-and-click modes became almost second nature. This definitely isn't a design element that should be put into modern games, but as a product of its time, it's great.

The main aspect that anyone going into this should be aware of is that you really need to listen/read the audio logs in the game. This is probably the first game I've played where they're absolutely critical to fluid progression. If you find you're stuck or lost, just go through your audio logs and you should be good to go. The info you need is there.

For a 20+ year old game this is fantastic. It boasts some of the best atmosphere, enemy design, and a great soundtrack. You've gotta commend Night Dive Studios for reviving this forgotten classic. Hopefully more people check it out.
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17.2 hrs
Posted: September 22
This is my second favoriteFPS game I've played. 10/10 IGN
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Wolfram & Hart
15.2 hrs
Posted: September 22
I played this System Shock 1 back in 1994. It was amazing and ahead of its time, only held back by its control scheme. Back in the 2000's, System Shock became abandonware and a community banded together to make System Shock Portable. It improved a number of things including performance, graphics, and most importantly the control scheme.

Well it looks like Night Dive Studios has learned from the success of System Shock Portable and produced the best version of System Shock ever created. The Enhanced Edition plays like a modern shooter and the enhanced resolutions make the 1994 graphics even more palatable. Night Dive Studios knocked this out of the park. Most people missed System Shock 1 but they have played System Shock 2, Deus Ex, or Bioshock. If you appreciate any of those games, you owe it to yourself to go back and try the Enhanced Edition to see an upgraded version of a game with gameplay and mechanics that wouldn't come into fashion until the end of the decade.
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26.7 hrs
Posted: September 16
Fantastic game, I loved SS2 And This is amazing. Doesn't have a creepy as an atmosphere as SS2 does, but The gameplay is action-packed and overall a fantastic game! Buy Now And Play For Coinage
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19.2 hrs
Posted: September 8
Playing in-game pong on in-game time-slowing drugs makes you much, much better at it.
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senteshi センテシ
13.5 hrs
Posted: September 3
It's one of those games which are very hard to get into. While the controls are at least approachable in contrast to the classic edition, it still needs time to get used to.

The game, however, is fantastic. The whole of Citadel Station has an unforgettable atmosphere and almost every room feels like it has a purpouse. The enemies are unforgiving, attacking you the very microsecond you share a line of sight. I even got jumpscared many times, unexpectedly.

I assure you that it's not just a piece of gaming history, but a lot more.
As Warren Spector said, "(...) if you updated the graphics, sound and UI on System Shock you'd have something that competes directly with any game on the market today."
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39.4 hrs
Posted: September 1
A underrated classic that is a necessary addition to any old-school gamers library. The developers of this gem took many genres, Adventure, Survival Horror, FPS, Dungeon Crawler, some RPG elements, and seamlessly blends them together. This game contains great atmosphere, fun exploration, puzzles that present a challenge without being frustrating, a story that keeps you interested, a solid soundtrack, and wraps it all into a Cyberpunk backdrop that would make Philip K. ♥♥♥♥ proud. Not to mention this game also introduces one of the most evil and insidious villains in all of gaming.
The mechanics, in particular the HUD interface and the cyberspace sections may take some getting used to at first but actually quite easy to get the hang of.

Looking forward to the reboot of this gem.

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