System Shock remake demo fuses trendy design to a retro FPS/RPG package deal

A humanoid mutant approaching the player in a dark corridor in System Shock.

Enlarge / Darkish corridors, cyberpunk lighting, low ammo, mutated humanoids: identical because it ever was.

No one was anticipating to see a PC demo for the System Shock remake this week, least of all me. I have been ready to revisit Citadel Station and its malevolent AI for the reason that challenge’s announcement almost seven years in the past. Having spent a pair hours within the first degree, I am actually impressed however inquisitive about a few of the selections and focus areas.

When you performed and cherished the unique, this demo, and sure the complete recreation, is nearly actually value your whereas. You possibly can punch 0451 into the medical storage locker prefer it’s 1994 once more, however this time at trendy resolutions and body charges, utilizing much more snug controls, even a gamepad. You possibly can blast and pipe-bash enemies, however they don’t seem to be Wolfenstein-era 2D sprites anymore. And, after all, you’ll be able to play the sport on Steam, GOG, or Epic, moderately than having to search out an historic CD-ROM.

There are some new conveniences, like a completely overhauled interface with higher shortcuts for secondary gadgets, like grenades and stim patches. However the beats of the story, the puzzles and enemies and traps, the very core of the progressive, quirky recreation continues to be there. You possibly can nonetheless spend far an excessive amount of time meticulously organizing your stock and accumulating scrap for junk credit, whereas supposedly within the midst of a humanity-endangering disaster.

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