System Shock 2 appears on Steam


Being an old game, it took a great deal of effort to get System Shock 2 running on a modern computer. You’d need to delve into emulators, old drivers, almanacs, and consult druids before you could go toe-to-toe with SHODAN.

Then, in February, GOG released an updated version that would run just fine on a modern machine.

Yesterday it came to Steam, too.

You can pick it up here.

System Shock 2 is one of the best reviewed games of all time, sitting up there with Half-Life and Deus Ex as a first-person game which advanced what could be done with the genre. Co-developed by Irrational Games and Looking Glass Studios, it followed in the footsteps of the Thief games and led the way for Bioshock.

In fact, playing Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite today you will notice many parallels with System Shock 2 – audio diaries, malevolent unseen enemies, a world already past the point of disaster.

Essentially, if you like first-person games then you really, really need to pick up a copy. Particularly as it’s currently 30% off.