The CD-ROM version adds SVGA modes, full speech for e-mails and logs, slightly improved intro/end sequences and a few other adjustments and additions.
If you engage the mining laser BEFORE activating the station's shields, then you'll destroy earth! And guess what? Shodan sends you an e-mail thanking you and inviting you to a celebration! The e-mail also includes a nice picture of a city being incinerated, but unfortunately the game restarts afterwards, so no robo-party.
's engine was derived from that of Ultima Underworld
, from 1992. Nonetheless it was more advanced that that of Doom
or Duke Nukem 3D
, featuring sloped surfaces, variable gravity, realistic physics, '2.75d' environments (with limited 'sector-on-sector', but otherwise 3D), functional camera viewscreens, weapon recoil, leaning and several other clever things.
References to the game
- During the end-game sequence, you hack into another corporate computer to grab some data. The data is info on some powered battle armor, which made its way into Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri..
- In the end sequence, the hacker breaks in the corporate network of a corp. called 'Tetracorp'. In System Shock 2, the name tetracorp is printed on a generic two-state switch. Kinda rough change of business..
- It is hinted in the Wing Commander and Crusader games that they are set in the same universe as System Shock. For example, an article in a "newspaper" from the Crusader: No Remorse box mentions an artificial intelligence and the Citadel station.
- The Hacker's employee number, 2-4601, is a reference to the inmate number of Jean Valjean, the protagonist in the novel Les Misérables.
- There is a reference to the movie Soylent Green in the game (although it's spelled slightly different). In level 3, Maintenance, there is a relay panel in the northern section called "Soylant Green Filtration".
There were rumours of a possible sequel, soon after System Shock
's release, but fans had to wait five years for System Shock 2
Information also contributed by
Stefan Pieratzki and
- Computer Gaming World
- November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #98 on the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
- GameStar (Germany)
- Issue 12/1999 - #15 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
- PC Gamer
- April 2000 - #43 in the "All-Time Top 50 Games Poll"