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System Shock is an FPS/action-adventure developed by Looking Glass Technologies and published by Origin Systems in 1994.

Plot[]

The year is 2072. A hacker has been caught trying to obtain secret corporate documents. A crooked executive offers to drop all charges, if the hacker agrees to hack their space station's AI so that he can steal a biological weapon. Big mistake: he wakes up six months later to find that all the crew members are dead, mutated, or roboticized.

Reception[]

The game had only modest sales, but the complex gameplay and elaborate worldbuilding made it a cult classic and critical darling. It is regarded as an influence to later games such as Thief, Deus Ex, Bioshock, and Dishonored.

Sequel and remake[]

System Shock 2 was released in 1999, again to great critical acclaim but disappointing sales. Looking Glass closed doors the following year.

Night Dive Studios acquired the rights to both games and re-released them on GOG and Steam, including an upgraded "Enhanced Edition" that improved performance and compatibility with modern systems. A fully modern remake on Unreal Engine 4 is currently in development.

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