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System Shock 2

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User Reviews

Shockingly great Windows אולג 小奥 (169544)
Intense, pulse-pounding, and challenging. The essential survival horror game. Windows Steelysama (106)
One of the best games ever made Windows Black Death (6)
The greatest and most harrowing experience in games yet. Windows Shazbut (158)
Falls just a little bit short of genius, but amazing game nonetheless. Windows Zovni (9360)
Sadly overlooked fps/rpg Windows Terrence Bosky (5235)
Spooky Windows Baxter (38)
Play it coop, there's little original MP games out there Windows MichaelPalin (1195)
Scary, frustrating and unbelievably good. Windows Mattias Kreku (423)
If you don't think games have the power to scare you, I dare you to play this one Windows Jim Newland (53)

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The Press Says

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100
WindowsMeristation
Lo bueno: La historia, la ambientación, las posibilidades de personalizar el protagonista con sus habilidades y los diferentes modos de juego que se derivan de ello, el sonido, la música y los gráficos. Lo no tan bueno: No incluye soporte multijugador (aunque está previsto que se le añada con un parche) y los personajes mejorarían mucho con algunos polígonos de más.
100
WindowsDaily Radar
From the word go, System Shock 2 is, hands down, the most unsettling and frightening game I've ever played. There is no doubt that something very, very bad happened aboard the Von Braun, and this is conveyed masterfully by the game's graphics, the pacing of the story, and its unbelievable sound effects. Taken as a whole they pull the experience off seamlessly, and the result is truly spectacular.
100
WindowsGood-Evil.net
System Shock 2 is far too dense and deep to pry apart as such, so I chose to focus on the elements which made it the best game I have ever played. You’re doing yourself an extreme disservice by not trying it, so go scour the bargin bins and hawk the ebay auctions for your own copy. Or ask me and I’ll send you one of mine, the game is just THAT good.
100
WindowsESC Magazine
This game has to go on the list of must-haves; it will alter the way FPS software is approached, forcing other companies to implement quality storytelling and broader characterization. Buy it today, human insect.
100
WindowsGameguru Mania
System Shock is one of a kind game. Not only because it joins in one rpg, 3d action and adventure elements. Mainly it is because its atmosphere which keeps your adrenaline on maximum and makes you instantly jump off your seat.
100
WindowsHonestGamers
System Shock 2 is a virtuoso presentation, certainly worthy of the legacy its predecessor wrought. I cannot recommend it highly enough; it’s the best PC game I’ve ever played.
100
WindowsGamesFirst!
Irrational Games and Looking Glass have outdone themselves with the modified Thief: The Dark Project engine. Don’t get me wrong, the graphics aren’t ground-breaking, but they are better than par for a serious game at this point. It's the overall design of the levels, the architecture, the art, and the sound that makes for the deep suspension of disbelief. The AI is excellent, your enemies are smart, and they will stalk you, hide, and come back for you later. Everything about System Shock 2 screams excellence, and makes it what I believe to be the best game on the scene since Half-Life. If you don’t have it already, go get it and get back to the real deal.
100
WindowsElectric Games
Overall, this game is a marvel. I was very happy when I heard that this game was in development, but never thought it could be nearly as good as the original. I was pleasantly surprised when I found that it is not only much better than I had originally anticipated, it is completely worthy of the name System Shock. Bottom Line: Just an excellent game, a true contender for game of the year. The graphics and sound combine perfectly to create a moody, dark, and scary environment. The storyline is riveting and creepy. The interface is detailed, but perhaps just a bit too complex.
100
WindowsJust Adventure
Irrational Games and Looking Glass have produced one of the best games I've ever played. System Shock 2 is truly scary, smart, challenging, fascinating, and disturbing. I recommend it to any adventurous adventure player.
100
WindowsComputer Games Magazine
If you liked System Shock, or Thief, or you just like single-player games that aren't afraid to shatter genre boundaries, pick up a copy of System Shock 2. If all PC games were this good, we reviewers would be out of business.
100
WindowsWithingames
Die Looking Glass Studios gehören zu den kreativsten Spielhersteller überhaupt: Klassiker, wie "Ultima Underworld" gehen ebenso auf ihr Konto, wie das letzte Jahr erschienene "Dark Project". Nun liefern sie uns endlich den langerwarteten Nachfolger des 1994 erschienenen Klassikers "System Shock". Das Spiel darf die Auszeichnung "furchterregendste Atmosphäre in einem PC-Spiel" für sich verbuchen. Außerdem kann es mit einigen interessanten Rollenspielelementen aufwarten. System Shock 2 ist allerdings nichts für Einsteiger und Leute mit schwachem Herz: Der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist sehr hoch, die Schockeffekte reichen an manchen Horrorfilmklassiker heran.
100
WindowsGame Revolution
System Shock 2 is, bar none, the best FPS game to come down the pipe in quite awhile. This game proves that there is more to this genre than most developers are willing to give it, and first person games can have more than just constant action. By successfully blending the RPG and action elements, System Shock 2 has assured its place in gaming history. Don't believe me? You can see for yourself with the Demo. Of course, after playing the demo, you're just going to have to go out and buy the game. You won't be sorry.
100
WindowsGamePro (US)
Plague against the machine - System Shock 2 inherits the strengths of the original-the cybernetic upgrades, wide variety of weapons and equipment, constantly moving plotline, and fully realized environments full of alien enemies-and jacks it up with an updated version of the engine used in Thief: The Dark Project.
100
WindowsJust Adventure
During my final year in college, I forked over a semester's worth of financial aid to purchase my first computer--a 486 DX2/66 with 4MB RAM and a 40 MB hard drive. I did not, unfortunately, have a CD-ROM drive, and so as that format grew in popularity, there were fewer and fewer games that I could install and play. That's when I found the original System Shock.
100
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
If playing games is more of a religion than a hobby to you, meet your new bible. And on that same point, if you weren’t a religious person before you started playing, you will be once you’re done. System Shock 2 will scare the hell right out of you — and you’ll like it for that reason. It’s like no other title on the market. Its design is fresh, compelling and oh so addicting. And did I mention it’s scary?
95
WindowsPC Zone
System Shock 2 must rate as having the most suspense ever seen in a computer game. It's almost certainly one of the deepest and most enjoyable role-playing games we've ever played, requiring focus, skill and determination. It's a game you will complete, then play through again. It's nothing short of a classic of its time. Go out and buy it now.
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WindowsPC Gamer
Just like the original before it, System Shock 2 is a unique and terrifying experience. There were literally moments in this game where I would come to a door and hesitate; I didn't want to go in; I didn't want to see what horrors awaited me on the other side. To me, that sort of vested emotional interest is any computer game's greatest ambition, and System Shock 2 achieves it in style. It's fitting that our first ever Game of the Month award should be given to the stunning return of a classic dating back to PC Gamer's early days. Second chances this good don't usually come around - do yourself a favor and don't miss out on the ride this time.
94
WindowsPelit
System Shock kakkonen tarjoaa uusille tulokkaille unohtumattoman ensikokemuksen, jota ei pidä mennä pilaamaan juonesta liikaa lepertelemällä. Shock ykkösen vanhat ystävät taas pääsevät viimeinkin jatkamaan vuosikymmenen kiistatta parhaan scifi-toimintaseikkailun tarinaa niin, että se todella tuntuu luontevasti tarinan seuraavalta osalta "kakkososan" sijaan.
93
WindowsGamer's Pulse
System Shock 2 has so much going on, so much to tell about, and so much to do that it's hard to do the game justice in print. Even as I beat the game, I was in shock as to how wonderfully Looking Glass Studios had done in making the game. The game has the most fear-invoking atmosphere I have seen in quite some time. I was constantly finding myself fearing for my character's life, and quite often finding myself startled by a creature sneaking up or a sound coming unexpectedly. The creators of the game must have had an affinity for the art of suspense because this game was a thriller all the way through. Top it all off with absolutely wonderful gameplay, be it puzzles or action, and you have the masterpiece that is System Shock 2. I feel that as far as first person shooters go, Half-Life has seen its day. System Shock 2 is what a sequel should be, and more.
93
Windowsgames xtreme
SS2 is a great game, despite the small flaws that happen to be mostly related to your machine the game plays well. The great mix of First Person Shooter and RPG elements means it caters for 2 types of people, although you cant play the game using only 1 method there is enough of each in there to satisfy everyone. SS2 is a game I recommend to everyone, it looks good, plays good and sounds good. What more could you want?
92
WindowsPower Play
Bereits „System Shock 1“ hat mir vor Jahren nächtelang den Schlaf geraubt, und dieser Effekt stellt sich nun auch beim Nachfolger ein. Die Bedienung (eine der Schwächen des ersten Teils) wurde optimiert, die Grafik kann sich dank der Thief-Engine durchaus sehen lassen, und durch die beklemmende Sci-Fi-Horror-Atmosphäre sträuben sich einem ohnehin des öfteren die Nackenhaare. Mit seiner unglaublichen Intensität erinnert „Shock 2“ an „Half-Life“ - schon allein, wenn unvermittelt Terminals explodieren oder Teil der Deckenverkleidung plötzlich zu Boden fallen, steigt der Adrenalinpegel. Wie Charakterwahl und -entwicklung in das Spielgeschehen integriert wurden, ist einfach fabelhaft. Denn, obwohl der Titel optisch auf den ersten Blick wie ein Ego-Shooter daherkommt, verbirgt sich dahinter ein waschechtes RPG der Extraklasse. Man kann wirklich nur hoffen, daß man auf den dritten Teil nicht mehr so lange warten muß, wie auch dieses schlichtweg geniale Sequel.
92
WindowsGaming Entertainment Monthly
This sequel lives up to that pedigree. Your old pal Shodan is back, and she's pissed! I'll take attendance for you: engaging story? Here. Great graphics? Present. Addictive gameplay? Yo! Multiplayer support right out of the box? Absent. (Looking Glass says there will be a patch to remedy this. ETA? Unknown.)
92
WindowsRPGFan
System Shock 2 is a step forward in making a FPS/RPG Hybrid, and if other companies decide to ride on this bandwagon, it can only benefit the RPG community. While the story is a bit predictable, it is still quite interesting to follow and it is definitely worth following through to the end. Final comment? If you like First Person Shooters as well as RPGs and have the necessary system to run it, you owe it to yourself to buy System Shock 2. It may very well be a shoe-in for the PC game of the year.
92
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Einen Ruf als kreativer Entwickler von Programmen allerhöchster Qualität hatte sich Looking Glass schon vor vielen Jahren erworben. Etwas wehmütig erinnerten wir uns an Prachtstücke wie "Ultima Underworld", "Terra Nova" oder "System Shock", war es um die Entwickler in den letzten Jahren doch erheblich stiller geworden. Titel wie "Flight Unlimited 2" zielten auf einen gänzlich anderen Spielertyp. Mit "Dark Project - Der Meisterdieb" feierte man aber Anfang des Jahres eine triumphale Rückkehr in alte Reviere. Und dieser Erfolg wird nun vermutlich wiederholt werden. Wer auch nur das geringste Interesse am Spieltyp "3D-Shooter + Etwas ganz Besonderes" besitzt, kommt an "System Shock 2" nicht vorbei.
91
WindowsGaming Age
I could go on and on about System Shock 2, games like this only come once in a blue moon. This is one of the best PC games of all time, no doubt about it. It is a total experience, and any fan of first-person shooters, or just great stories, need to have this in their PC game library.
91
WindowsPower Unlimited
Een zeer spannend sci-fi horror masterpiece met ongekende diepgang, dat met name voor gamers die de sfeer van Half-life zo geweldig vonden, verplichte kost is. Gaat dat spelen!
91
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
System Shock 2 is een 3D shoot 'em up voor ervaren spelers of voor newbies voor wie geen enkele uitdaging te veel is.
90
WindowsRetro Spirit Games
System Shock is an incredibly deep game, but is so well designed and executed that it all becomes second nature after a short amount of time spent playing. It can be genuinely scary at times, and will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. It has exciting combat, an addictive looting and upgrading system, and most importantly, bags of atmosphere. It is easy to see why this game is held in such high regard among the PC gaming community, and why is was the most requested title for GOG.com. It is also clear to see why the excellent Bioshock (also developed by Irrational Games) is seen as a spiritual successor, as that game borrows many of the mechanics seen here. If I were to nitpick, I would say the only minor flaws in System Shock 2 are some rather ropey voice-acting, and the last part of the game isn't as much fun as the rest (though it isn't Half-Life 'alien world' bad).
90
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Lastly, even though the game features a novel setting and contains significant RPG elements, gameplay doesn’t evolve significantly beyond that of recent first-person shooters. You’ll spend much of your time firing at enemies around corners, opening crates, and engaging in key hunts that demand meticulous exploration. But the realistic environments, intriguing plot, and creepy atmosphere make SYSTEM SHOCK 2 compelling throughout. A patch is planned to add a cooperative multiplayer mode to give the game additional longevity. Like the original classic, this is a hybrid game that effectively blends a variety of genres into a thoroughly enjoyable, accessible package.
90
WindowsSpel för Alla
System Shock 2 är ett väl genomtänkt och mycket underhållande spel. Med tonvikten på problemlösande snarare än skottlossning förenas det bästa hos flera genrer. Snygg grafik och bra handling utöver detta gör spelet till ett måste.
90
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Véritable perle mêlant avec habileté les codes du FPS à ceux du jeu de rôle, System Shock 2 est une aventure inoubliable que tous les fans de science-fiction, de cyberpunk, ou juste de bon goût se doivent de vivre. Sans commune mesure, le jeu transcende toutes les catégories pour trôner comme l'excellence d'un genre unique au Panthéon du Jeu Vidéo, au même titre que son descendant connu sous le nom de Bioshock.
90
WindowsRPGFan
In the end, though, the positive aspects of System Shock 2 greatly outweigh the small flaws. With the immersive atmosphere, cohesive gameplay, entertaining story, and terrific villains, System Shock 2 is one experience that anyone with a taste for gaming should try.
90
WindowsGamesmania
Das letzte Mal hat mich Half-Life so vor den Rechner gefesselt. Allerdings schrecken die sehr komplexe Charakterstruktur und der hohe Schwierigkeitsgrad Anfänger und Gelegenheitsspieler ab. Beide Faktoren sind aber für die Spannung und den hohen Suchtfaktor unerlässlich. Für mich bis jetzt das beste Spiel des Jahres. Und deshalb auch unsere bislang höchste Wertung 1999.
90
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
System Shock 2 vermengt 3D-Action und Rollenspiel auf so perfekte Weise, als hätten die beiden Genres schon immer zusammengehört. In Ihrem Helden züchten Sie keinen Supermann heran, sondern einen Spezialisten: jede Fähigkeitssteigerung will gut überlegt sein. Einsteiger seien jedoch gewarnt: Stellenweise wird System Shock 2 extrem happig, gerade am Anfang stirbt man sehr schnell - dann müssen Sie wieder die penetrant langen Wartezeiten beim Laden des Spielstands auf sich nehmen. Dazu kommt die leicht komplizierte Bedienung, die einige Einarbeitungszeit benötigt. Wenn Sie sich davon nicht abschrecken lassen, werden Sie mit dem bislang stimmungsvollsten Spiel dieses Jahres belohnt.
90
WindowsGameBoomers
Get this game if you are interested in sci-fi action aiming to scare you. Just remember one thing: Behind you…
90
WindowsNZGamer
So will you still be playing this game after the initial completion? Yes and no, the yes is if you actual manage to finish the game then chances are you will want to play through again as a different styled character, the no is that chances of you finishing the game are slim, not because the game is bad but because most of the time you will only be able to manage 1 hour stints of it before your spin has tingled so much you have to switch it off, playing this game at night is not recommended. So if you can fight your way past the atmosphere of the game you will be playing this game for many years to come.
90
WindowsThunderbolt Games
Once System Shock 2 is running properly it becomes easy to see why this game is hailed as a classic. Simply put, the creepy atmosphere is incredible. Forget those survival horror games full of cheap scares and dark alleys. System Shock 2 manages to frighten without succumbing to horror contrivances. Considering this game is six years old, it truly is an achievement.
90
WindowsRetrogaming.it
Personalmente lo reputo uno dei migliori giochi di sempre, ma il suo comparto tecnico non eccezionale e una giocabilità straordinariamente punitiva mi costringono a sottrarlo dalla massima valutazione. Storico, ad ogni modo.
90
WindowsJust Games Retro
I don't think it requires a certain kind of person to enjoy System Shock 2, you just have to be willing to accept its style and challenges. And I don't think that people didn't "get it" when it was released, like "OMG! Y R MY GUNZ BrEaKiNg d00d?!?" I think that many people just weren't interested in creeping around, building a character, and using weaker attacks to hoard supplies for later. That's okay, and why I've gone to such trouble to make what you're getting into clear. If any of these descriptions sound intriguing, you're going to have a swell time in a kind of experimental game that doesn't usually get made. As a can't-miss sequel to System Shock though, that's harder to swallow, and why it seems that BioShock was really the game Irrational was out to make all along. Put it this way - I'd be surprised if much of the events here get referenced in a System Shock 3.
90
WindowsFiringSquad
Humans like to categorize things. "He's a thoughtful person." "That soup was delicious." You hear descriptions such as these all the time in daily conversation. But only once in a while do you come across a person or object that is truly a tangible idea.
90
WindowsIGN
Looking Glass shows the gaming world what constructing a sequel is all about.
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WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Wie bereits sein Vorgänger ist auch System Shock 2 eine harte Belastungsprobe für die Nerven. Wenn man schon vor einem harmlosen Fliegenschwarm panisch flüchtet, zeugt das von der atemberaubenden Atmospähre des Spiels. Der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist dabei angenehm hoch - und wenn man wie ich die Eigenschaften der Spielfigur in eine völlig falsche Richtung entwickelt, ist System Shock 2 nur mit sehr viel Mühe zu gewinnen. Dennoch war ich schon nach etwa 15 Stunden am Ende des Spiels angelangt, was zwar eindeutig zu schnell ist, aber auch zum Erneuten Spielen einlädt.
88
WindowsGamezilla
Those of you who have read my previous reviews know that I’m not big into “role-playing third-person shooters” where you run and jump, etc., etc. But boy, did System Shock 2 suck me in and not let me go. It’s been two weeks since I got this game and I look forward to playing it every day. Each day I say to myself, "Okay, let's see if we can get a little farther today and maybe figure out what went wrong with the ship," so on the addictive rating it is way up there. I never had the opportunity to play the original System Shock, but if it is anything like its sequel I can see why people love this game. On that note, gentle reader, I give System Shock 2 a score of 88/100.
85
WindowsPC Joker
(German version)
Keine Sorge. Electronic Arts konnte die beklemmende Spannung der SF-Handlung praktisch verlustfrei über die Hürden der Synchronisation retten, Viele Fans empfanden im Vorgänger die elektronische Stimme des größenwahnsinnigen Supercomputers Shodan mit teutonischem Zungenschlag ja sogar als bedrohlicher und auch diesmal stimmt die technische Qualität. Dass man in der englischen Fassung einen Tick mehr Wortwitz und etwas exaktere Formulierungen findet, liegt eben in der Natur eines Originals. Wichtiger ist, dass die teils recht umfangreiche Lektüre im Abenteuer (E-Mails, Logbücher etc.) mit ihren Handlungsanweisungen und Lösungshinweisen jetzt für jedermann verständlich ist.
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WindowsPC Joker
Ganz persönlich hat mich System Shock 2 von der ersten Minute an gefesselt. Die Rollenspielelemente wurden konsequent ausgebaut, ich hatte immer das Gefühl Teil eines lebendigen Szenarios zu sein. Eine ähnlich dichte Atmosphäre vermittelt aus der Egoperspektive allenfalls „Half-Life“ — jedoch zum Preis von deutlich geringerer Komplexität. Es wäre also wirklich schade, würde dieser PC-Schocker wegen der angegrauten Präsentation keine Fans unter der neuen Spielergeneration finden: Die gelungene Steuerung macht den Einstieg in den modernisierten Klassiker leicht, die Gesamtqualität stimmt.
85
WindowsJust RPG
In fact, I will start playing it as soon as I get back from the local waterworks. I owe them an apology for calling their repairmen ‘pipe-wielding zombies’ when they came to fix the plumbing in the neighbourhood.
85
WindowsSvenska PC Gamer
Vissa saker tål att upplevas igen, och till den kategorin hör SS2. Även om intrigen är lite rörig, enligt den modell som överambitiösa manusförfattare brukar använda, faller pusselbitarna så småningom på plats och man börjar förstå hur allt hänger ihop. Medan man spelar har man väldigt roligt, och emellanåt känner man suget efter det när man stängt av.
85
WindowsGameSpot
System Shock 2 both retains the best attributes of its predecessor and provides a fresh experience in its own right.
85
WindowsWomenGamers.com
Being a fan of the venerable System Shock, I was eager to get my hands on the new sequel. After perusing the manual, installing the game, and setting up my system preferences, I dove into a remarkable game that from the start eerily embraces you. It is immediately reminiscent of other Looking Glass titles like Ultima Underworld or Thief that combine unique gameplay with action game pacing to provide a special experience.
82
WindowsGame Over Online
The one sad flaw I would have to comment on in this title is that the RPG aspect is still rather shallow, I would have loved to see your stats upgrade as you use them often. Perhaps still being able to ?buy? your stats as well, but as with any real RPG, you gain advances as you utilize them which gives much more of a thrill then just popping by a terminal and buying them. The game is rather short to, having completed it in 10 hours (that?s what the saved game says, x2 to get the actual playing time) is still rather short, although for most people it should keep them happy for many an evening. System Shock 2 certainly appealed to me, although looking back on it now, it is hard to explain what made it fun to play. Perhaps it's the whole atmosphere of the game, the unraveling of a long story while blowing away evil looking things, the satisfaction of getting one step closer to the master behind it all.
80
WindowsEdge
With a tightly scripted plot, great audio, and measured, challenging progression, System Shock 2 is a far from typical FPS outing. Its engine is not at the cutting edge of PC graphics but, grasping the baton from its lamentably overlooked forebear, it succeeds in offering an advanced, progressive spin on firstperson gaming mainstays. With all due respect to Rebellion, this is the game that Aliens Vs Predator perhaps should have been.
80
WindowsAdventure Classic Gaming
System Shock 2 is the sequel to the sleeper hit System Shock. True to its name, the sequel brings forth another epic fight against a new army of mutants, robots, and cyborgs. As with the original game, you and your cybernetic implants stand as the last chance between humanity and its destruction. Again, a corrupted AI is killing everyone around you and you are charged with the mission to destroy it. This time, there is a wider array of weapons, upgrades, and psychic powers at your disposal to aid your quest to fight the enemies and stay alive.
75
WindowsPlayer One
Mélangeant plusieurs genres, System Shock 2 est donc un petit jeu sympa qui sort du lot. Pour cette raison, et malgré ses quelques défauts, il mérite le coup d'œil.
75
WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
S’il y a des jeux qui ont marqué leur époque, par une approche novatrice ou l’exécution quasi-parfaite d’un genre connu, System Shock fait partie de ceux-là. Dans le premier volet de la série, développé par Looking Glass, vous luttiez contre une entité informatique désireuse de mettre un terme au règne des hommes dans une ambiance à mi-chemin entre Tron et Blade Runner. Pour cette suite très attendue, Irrational Games a préféré suivre le modèle du huis clos spatial rendu populaire par la série Alien à l’écran…
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WindowsAftonbladet
Kombinationen Quake-spel och rollspel verkar lovande. Men uppdragen går mest ut på att springa fram och tillbaka i enorma byggnadskomplex och hitta pusselbitar, då och då avbruten av någon enstaka zombie eller muterad apa (!). Som actionspel är spelet bara godkänt. Grafiken är detaljerad och fin och vapnen välavvägda. För rollspelsdelen blir betyget bara bläää. Det finns för få saker att påverka, och man märker ingen skillnad när ens färdigheter förbättras. Och - se till att ha en kraftig dator, annars går det segt.