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System Shock is the fully fledged remake of the ground breaking original from 1994, combining cult gameplay with all-new HD visuals, updated controls, and an overhauled interface.
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About System Shock

About this game

It’s finally here, System Shock is the remake of the 1994 classic from developer Nightdive Studios.

A Full Remake

System Shock is a full remake of the influential 1994 game, boasting completely new HD visuals, updated controls, an overhauled user interface and fresh audio. It features one of gaming's most iconic villains — the self-aware SHODAN — who has seized control of Citadel Station and plans to do the same to Earth. Players must explore and battle through the depths of space in order to stop SHODAN from destroying humanity. 

Take On A Self-Aware AI

The game offers players a vast array of unique features designed to immerse them into a thrilling struggle for survival. Features include intense combat with various enemies, an innovative art style that marries retro future design with modern technology, and non-linear story progression. Players will also be able to improve their skills as they progress and make use of cyberspace hacking capabilities in order to open further routes. Finally, gamers can use a variety of means — such as shooting, brawling, crawling, climbing or leaping — in order to traverse Citadel Station and complete objectives. 

Save Humanity

Ultimately, System Shock presents players with an unforgettable experience as they battle for survival against an all-powerful AI gone mad. With its combination of revolutionary gameplay mechanics and jaw-dropping visuals, this remake is sure to captivate fans both old and new alike as they explore the depths of space aboard Citadel Station in pursuit of their ultimate goal — terminating SHODAN before it's too late for humanity.

 

Game Details

Release Date:
May 30, 2023
Developer:
Nightdive Studios
Publisher:
Prime Matter
Rating:
ESRB rating of 17
USK rating of 16
Supported Languages:
English +
Franchise:
System Shock
Link:
Genres:
FPS
Immersive Sim

Action

Adventure

Shooter

RPG

Survival Horror

Story Rich

Survival
Themes:
Atmospheric
Sci-fi

Cyberpunk

Space

Immersive

Hacking

Violent

Horror
Play Styles:
Singleplayer
First-Person
Features:
Steam Achievements
Captions available

Partial Controller Support

Steam Cloud

Product Requirements

Minimum:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 2 GB available space

Recommended:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770/AMD FX-8350 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 4GB/AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 2 GB available space

Critic Reviews

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CGMagazine

70 / 100
"System Shock is an upgraded classic with dated elements that needs quality of life improvements, yet despite everything is still a fun treat for immersive sim fans."

GGRecon

80 / 100
"Although it can take some time to sink its hooks in, System Shock it is a fun, challenging, and occasionally spooky experience that's worth putting time into. Solving puzzles...

Player 2

67 / 100
"A visually stunning but too faithful recreation of a cult classic held back by its dedication to the source material."
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Don't Ragequit! 46.51%  of players consider this game to be Tough

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Completionist! 11.11%  of players have Conquered It

System Shock User Reviews

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User Rating

Average score from 24 ratings
84% of users would recommend this.
4.9

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1 - 8 of 10 Reviews

Superb and faithful remake

Liam
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It's a fresh new coat of paint and just the right amount of controls simplification, while being absolutely uncompromising in its commitment to faithfully recreate the original. Level design is pretty much identical which is a very very good thing. One of the very few remakes where you could justifiably tell somebody that they're totally fine to skip the original! Night Dive may have taken a long time to get this one out, but they really hit it out of the park.
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Recommended

Wesber
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System Shock is a game that refuses to hold your hand, it's constantly confusing you with its labyrinthine level layouts, vague objectives and even worse to top it all off several key points of the game like codes are randomized. And yet I absolutely love it, all of those things are usually the opposite of what modern games do, they tend to hold your hand tell you exactly where to go so you're never lost and always just following a trail that's set for you and while that's fine and dandy its been SO LONG since a game has really forced me to sit down and actually observe the world that its setting me in. It forces you to immerse yourself in the world it has placed down for you and is always reminding you that you are COMPLETELY on your own against a pseudo-god AI that has lost all empathy, hell bent on destroying the human race. It plays very well in its favor by making you actually read over the logs you get, piece things together, make you realize "THAT'S what those stray explosives in the storage were for!" In a market completely saturated with games that refuse to let you do things on your own and refuse to let you get lost its nice to actually experience that feeling again in a way that doesn't make me want to turn the game off and never boot it up again. Overall the game is fantastic, combat is admittedly simple but still very engaging while the puzzles can really make you think and engage with them. My only complaint is that on the flip side of things being very loose with guidance it can be pretty tedious having to look through logs constantly and backtrack to specific areas in the hopes that its correct. Still though, amazing game!
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Very good, but not for the common current gamer

Emanuel
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It's a very good game, in the same vein as Prey and Bioshock, but it's not for someone who depends on questmarkers showing where to go next. If you're fine with listeting to audio logs and ingame messages to find out where to go next like the old days, this game fits you.
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Recommended

DoctorRespect
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As someone who never played the original but greatly enjoyed some of the spiritual successors (Bioshock, Prey), exploring System Shock's space station was a fun and atmospheric experience. Be warned though, the remake sticks to the design principles of the original and does not have similar degree of hand-holding as modern games. Instead of a quest log or mission objective pointers, you're expected to listen to audio logs to figure out what to do. If interpret that as a positive or a negative is up to you.
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it's snappin

Sparklefart
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So far. It's a pretty good recreation of the OG. I MAY ACTUALLY BEAT THIS ONE. DEVA DID AN INCREDIBLE JOB.
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Recommended

skub
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A very atmospheric and at times intense game, with a really nice visual look and a haunting soundtrack.
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good geam

drfeels
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i vaporized everything and developed a mental condition called Pyromania, needless to say my system was shocked 10/10
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Highly recommended if you're a fan of deus ex, prey, the og system shock or bioshock.

polysyllogism
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I'm about 90% done with my first playthrough as I write this, and I have to say I'm going to be doing more than one. I first discovered a deep love for this genre after playing Prey 2016, as that game was inspired by this one, I thought I had nothing to lose by giving it a shot. I haven't been disappointed. There is a bit of a trial and error grind to a lot of the game, but if you're anything like me and you carefully walk around corridors checking every nook and cranny for loot or enemies, then you'll likely only find one or two instances where you have to revisit audio logs or an area to get the full scope of what is expected of you. The game looks great, has a variety of weapons, upgrades, and a good crafting system for collecting resources. It's definitely a love-letter to an older time in game design, when there was less hand holding and you would often just be stuck in an area until you brute forced your way to the solution. The puzzles are pretty challenging, but can get a little tiresome after a while. Bugs were practically non existent, but the funny rag dolls the enemies do when you re-enter an area did make a door inaccessible to me for a time.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you ready for a challenge? 44% of GameFAQs users said the difficulty is Just Right. 51% of GameFAQs users said System Shock is Tough or Unforgiving.
According to ESRB, System Shock is suitable for players aged 17 and above.
Yes, System Shock is not fully Steam Deck Verified but the publisher says it is "Playable" on Steam Deck.
  • This game shows Steam Deck controller icons
  • All functionality is accessible when using the default controller configuration
  • This game's default graphics configuration performs well on Steam Deck
  • Some in-game text is small and may be difficult to read
  • This game supports Steam Deck's native display resolution but does not set it by default and may require you to configure the display resolution manually
Minimum:
  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
Recommended:
  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770/AMD FX-8350 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 4GB/AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
The average playtime for GameFAQs users is 25 hours. 91% of users played System Shock for over 12 hours.
73% of critics on Metacritic recommend System Shock. The Metascore is 78 out of 100.
84% of Fanatical users recommend System Shock. The average review score is 4.9/5
System Shock was released on May 30, 2023
System Shock is published by Prime Matter
System Shock was developed by Nightdive Studios
Fanatical users tagged System Shock as FPS, Immersive Sim, Action, and Adventure
Fanatical users tagged System Shock as Atmospheric, Sci-fi, Cyberpunk, and Space
Yes, Fanatical users tagged System Shock as FPS
Yes, Fanatical users tagged System Shock as Immersive Sim
Yes, Fanatical users tagged System Shock as Action

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