Quick Look: System Shock Infinite

How to surprise someone that has played System Shock 2 since 2004:

Take System Shock 2, add Groundhog Day, mix with a lot of fan devolution, and shake well.

This mod isn't a new game in that it uses the same levels longtime fans are familiar with and the basic story of SciFi Haunted House, yet it makes it so much.... More. Don't believe me? Here is a promo trailer from a few versions back.

For starters we get a halfway reasonable feeling explanation on how we got here with SHODAN somehow having a pod from beta grove traveling faster than light without engines, why she's on the box even though she doesn't show up til a third of the way in, and we get a sense of dynamism as Marie Delacroix goes from leaving logs here and there to outright actively helping you as a psionic 'ghost' of sorts. Even better is we get a sense the crew is still alive and fighting here.

There are multiple endings depending on actions you take ranging from standard good/bad, to a 'how we got here' easter egg ending, and even a 'now for something completely different' end. However that isn't even the best part! This thing isn't even done and the next series of updates adds in old school 3D cyberspace segments for several key events to further separate them from the more mundane types of hacking, an expanded path branching system where you can choose to actively side with SHODAN, the Many, go for broke to make everything right, or even... Well. That would be telling wouldn't it? There are smoothed out and expanded animations, more scripted events, and it's just packed to the gills with things that make even fans that've had this game since 1999 feel like it's something fresh without being completely unrecognizable.

There is all new voice work, a rebalanced weapon system, further incentives to explore, story twists, and for the most part outside of voice work it is one guy putting all of this together. Don't get me wrong the community at large has been helping with feedback, suggestions, even writing a few segments here and there, but this is one guy in his spare time giving us not just an expanded story that feels like what Looking Glass and Irrational might have done if they had more time, but also a look at what the fans of the franchise are able to do with the new more stable editor that the NewDark update gave us.

Give it a spin, put your thoughts down, and Embrace the Chaos.
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