Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Nathan Grayson)

System Shock 2 and Thief 2 are regularly hailed as classics for a reason. They’re meticulously designed, tough but not unfair, and, well, they’ve been around for a gazillion years – at least, in gaming technology time. Unfortunately, our light-speed-traveling future machines take about as well to them as modern automobiles to giant stone Flintstones wheels. In other (pseudo) words, clunkity clunk clunk crash. But now – finally, wonderfully, mercifully – some kind soul’s seen fit to release unofficial patches that bring both games up to speed. And, according to early reports, they make some positively massive improvements.



Whoah, System Shock 2 and Thief 2 Just got Surprise PatchesSurprise! Out of almost thin air, a pair of unofficial patches have been released for PC classics System Shock 2 and Thief 2 that not only allow the games to be safely played on modern hardware (and operating systems), but look great while they're doing it.

Their origins are a bit of a mystery; they turned up yesterday on French forum Ariane4ever, uploaded by "Le Corbeau". Their benefits, though, are tremendous. I've spent the morning wheeling through System Shock 2 and, while it's obviously a little spartan, the smooth, and more importantly stable 1920 × 1080 visuals are something to behold.

There are two files available for each game; patches for those who already own them, and demos for those who don't (and just want to see the improvements to visuals and performance).

Mises à jour Thief 2 v1.19 et System Shock 2 v2.4 [Ariane4ever, via Chris Remo]

Whoah, System Shock 2 and Thief 2 Just got Surprise Patches
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