I saw that System Shock 2 was on sale at GOG, and got interested. Can I realistically play the game and follow on the plot without prior playing of the original? How connected are they?



The introduction to SS2 recounts the story of SS1.

While there are callbacks, and of course, the games share a universe, you don't need any background to just jump right in with the sequel.

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  • The only downside would be that it lessens the shock of the big reveal. ("Who is she anyway?" versus "Wow, so she was behind all of this?") – vsz Mar 24 '14 at 7:17
  • I did not play System Shock and when I played SS2 in '99 I was shocked at Shodan's reveal. The game gives you enough information for it to be ...well shocking. :D – Adam Arold Jul 31 '14 at 23:09

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