Happy Valentine's Day, indeed! Good Old Games issued a PR blast this morning that will delight/melt the face of most of the PC gaming community: a digital version of Ken Levine's System Shock 2 is now available from their store. For a mere $9.99, you may FINALLY play this piece of gaming history (and most requested game on the GOG wishlist) on modern versions of Windows without jumping through 1,000 hoops.
Here’s an excerpt from GOG’s System Shock 2 page: “The starship Von Braun took a giant leap for mankind as it made its first interstellar journey. The mission was going as planned until a lone distress call from the Tau Ceti V sector was picked up. An away team was sent on a rescue mission, but once it arrived at its destination, there was no sign of any humans and the source of the signal remained unclear. They didn’t realize something crucial, though: they brought something back with them when they returned. Now, you–a member of the ship’s security team–awake from cryostasis to the sounds of screams of pain and horror as everything falls apart. The state-of-the-art spaceship becomes a deathtrap, and the only hope you have is the contemptuous whisper of a voice guiding you through the dark corridors, leading you towards the ominous secrets that lurk in the shadows.”
The new version of the game comes with a few virtual bonuses: the manual, wallpaper, a Ken Levine radio interview, the soundtrack (FLAC & MP3), avatars, artwork and the original pitch document. Veterans of the game and n00bs, I invite you to share your System Shock 2 stories in the comments.