Genre: First-Person Survival Horror
Developers: Nightdive Studios
Publisher: Prime Matter
The original System Shock is one of the most influential games ever, heralding the immersive sim genre from which many games have taken inspiration. These include classics like BioShock, Deus Ex, Dishonored, and Prey.
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So, for the developers of the remake, Nightdive Studios, the work was cut out for them. Keeping the core of the original and modernizing it for new players is no easy task, but judging from the reviews, it seems to have largely succeeded. While many reviews have praised the game for being remarkably faithful to the original, they also wanted to see a little more modernizing to make the game more palatable for today’s audience – for instance, the vast amounts of backtracking is still present. Regardless, many reviewers agree that the System Shock remake is the defacto way of playing the genre-defining game.