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System Shock: Enhanced Edition Available Now On GoG

by Mike Futter on Sep 22, 2015 at 03:03 AM

While System Shock 2 has been available for contemporary PC and Mac hardware for a number of years, its predecessor hadn’t been given the spit and polish treatment. That changes today, as the enhanced edition of Irrational Games’ and Looking Glass Studios' groundbreaking title lands on GoG today.

Originally released in 1994, System Shock laid the groundwork for choice in video games. Its own sequel, the Deus Ex series, and later the BioShock franchise expanded and evolved this concept.

System Shock: Enhanced Edition has been updated by Night Dive Studios for high definition resolutions (up to 1024x768), includes mouse look support (not featured in the original), and fixes bugs from the original release. For nostalgia junkies, the Enhanced Edition also includes the original version.

It’s available for $10 (currently discounted to $8) on GoG.

Update: If you're interested in learning more about System Shock and Night Dive's work bringing the classic back, there's a Twitch stream on September 23. Night Dive founder and CEO Stephen Kick will sit down with former Looking Glass Studios creative director Paul Neurath to discuss System Shock's place in gaming history.

You can tune into that stream here at 9 a.m. Pacific / 12 p.m. Eastern. 


Our Take
This one's a classic. And while the visuals understandably haven't aged well, understanding where games like BioShock and Deus Ex started is an important historical adventure worth your time.