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System Shock Remake Compared to Original System Shock

A remake worthy of the original that changed it all!

System Shock Remake is a great reiteration of a legendary sci-fi RPG first-person shooter that set the stage for many classics after it. Titles like Dead Space, Deus Ex, and Pray certainly wouldn't exist, at least in their present forms. Plus, as an homage to the original, the developers at Nightdive Studios made it their mission to do the cult-classic justice it deserves.

Having played the original, I still fondly remember the incredibly-looking graphics, but the remake made me wonder how does it compare to the original? Let's dive right into the analysis.

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What are the differences and similarities between System Shock Remake and Original

System Shock Remake and Original, the most immediate differences I noticed lie in the graphical department. Staying true to the art style of games of old, System Shock Remake really tries to play the nostalgia card, maintaining the appearance and charm of its predecessor. Doing so doesn't make it outdated by any means, seeing as the System Shock Remake uses fully 3D-modeled objects in the game world, unlike its predecessor, which used 2d sprites to represent enemies and other models.

Don't expect any graphical miracles, however. This game doesn't try to be a triple-A title but a worthy refreshment of a classic, which will be good news for those who don't have the latest gaming rigs. Here's its system requirements if you're curious.

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If you're like me and still remember the original game, you'll be pleased to hear that the original voice actress for the dreaded rogue AI Shodan makes a return in the Remake, adding a lot of value to its authenticity. The developers also took special care to carefully recreate audio logs and scripts from the original game and reintroduce the most memorable ones into the Remake.

The gameplay remained true to the original System Shock, having that same retro shooter game feeling and weapon handling. Unfortunately, the game will probably turn the younger players away with its clunkiness and missing creature comforts. Modern shooters' fluidity is also missing, with most missions being fairly linear. The feeling and overall charm of the original are preserved, however. Ultimately, it all comes down to personal preference.

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Luka Rakocevic works as a full-time staff writer at Pro Game Guides and is a new-generation gamer. Backed with old-school gaming knowledge, his oldest gaming memories are on SNES, trying to beat Super Mario. Games are his big inspiration, and he frequently draws from that well to create new art. He prefers narrative-driven games like God of War, Killzone, Half-life, Uncharted and similar. Luka mainly writes science fiction in his free time. When he's not home banging away at his computer keyboard, you will most likely find him at a local pub or a metal concert in the middle of a mosh pit.

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