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System Shock

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Prime Matter
Developer: NightDive Studios
Release Date: 2023

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18. 'System Shock' (PS4/XOne/PC)

by Judy on Jan. 30, 2018 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

After more than two decades, NightDive Studios are completely remaking the genre-defining classic from 1994, rebuilt from the ground up.

Tony "OUberLord" Mitera: As a franchise, System Shock holds a special place in my heart. I have fond memories of holding a wrench in System Shock 2 while hearing terrifying noises in the hallway of a spaceship filled with murderous intent, but replace "fond" with "Dear God, why am I playing this"? The reason to keep playing became clear: The game was a masterful balance of RPG and first-person elements, and it set a benchmark that few games have been able to meet in the two intervening decades. I never played the original System Shock, so the big reveal of the sequel didn't hit as hard as I suspect it did for other, more experienced fans. I'm hopeful that the remake of the original System Shock will allow me to fill that hole in my gameplay experience, and in a way, that pays homage to the original that elevated the entire genre.

Rainier Van Autrijve: System Shock is a reboot of the 1994 classic action/RPG, which is considered by many to be one of the best titles ever made. Developer Night Dive Studios released an Enhanced Edition, but I'm not a fan of remastered versions, as they usually disappoint — especially for a 20-year-old title. A reboot using the Unreal Engine 4, on the other hand? You have my interest. Night Dive Studios brought on some people from Obsidian Entertainment (Fallout: New Vegas) and famed designer Chris Avellone (Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II, etc.), so there are a lot of heavy hitters who are familiar with the ins and outs of action/RPGs. Night Dive Studios is taking some creative liberties to modernize the game layout, but the story remains intact, so what's not to like about a totally rebuilt version of one the industry's legendary titles?

Thomas Wilde: Prey was low-key one of my games of the year for 2017, so I'm really up for another -shock.

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