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System Shock
RPG
Written by Underdogs     March 21, 2009    
System Shock is one of those games that literally changed things in the industry, and had an impact that is still being seen.

On the one hand, you had a change in how the story was told. Rather than limiting it to static cut-scenes of what's happening now, you got in-game messages that showed you how things WERE. You never showed up in time to intervene, just pick up the pieces and do damage control.

On the other hand, you had RPG-style inventory control and upgradeable abilities in a first-person shooter. Previously, the only upgrades you got in an FPS were new guns, and maybe an increase in ammo-capacity.

No one had done these sort of things before, and they changed the way people thought about action games. You can still see the effects, in titles like Dead Space.

Do a little searching around online; someone has packaged the CD-version of System Shock in an executable that incorporates DOSBox, and is small enough to be run directly from a USB thumb drive.
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9.0
LonePaladin Reviewed by LonePaladin May 26, 2011
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Perpetual Influence

System Shock is one of those games that literally changed things in the industry, and had an impact that is still being seen.

On the one hand, you had a change in how the story was told. Rather than limiting it to static cut-scenes of what's happening now, you got in-game messages that showed you how things WERE. You never showed up in time to intervene, just pick up the pieces and do damage control.

On the other hand, you had RPG-style inventory control and upgradeable abilities in a first-person shooter. Previously, the only upgrades you got in an FPS were new guns, and maybe an increase in ammo-capacity.

No one had done these sort of things before, and they changed the way people thought about action games. You can still see the effects, in titles like Dead Space.

Do a little searching around online; someone has packaged the CD-version of System Shock in an executable that incorporates DOSBox, and is small enough to be run directly from a USB thumb drive.

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