At 9/2/13 12:54 PM, Auz wrote:
I beat System Shock 2 (for the first time).
Honestly, this is one of the best games I've ever played.
It's definitely not perfect. The graphics aren't that good (not even for its time) and the game isn't all that hard to beat. But in terms of storytelling and in terms of atmosphere this game is absolutely amazing. From what I heard, it was also very revolutionary at the time it came out and a lot of modern games still derive inspiration from the System Shock series (for example, look at GlaDOS from Portal).
So I highly recommend it. I feel like anyone who has an interest in video games ought to play this game someday.
I loved this game straight through, but those last two minutes ruined it. The horror... the feeling of being actually there... the experience of being nothing but an insect, a pathetic creature of meat and bone... the existential crisis within the walls of the Von Braun... all swept away in a single word.
Some people defend the silent protagonist because it is kind of a badass moment, but I feel like it spoiled the mood and the message behind the entire concept of the game.
Bioshock and it's sequels were great, but they don't hold a candle. Shodan was also the influence behind Glados from Portal, so it's roots are really far outstretched. It came about in that era where FPS was really get it's feet wet and experimenting.
If you haven't try Deus Ex and Thief + Thief II. Some true gems. RIP Looking Glass Studios :'(