|
Your continuous donations keep RPGWatch running!
RPGWatch Forums » Comments » News Comments » System Shock - Mouselook Mod

Default System Shock - Mouselook Mod

February 6th, 2010, 11:15
EvilKoala points us in the direction of a Rock, Paper, Shotgun newsbit about a mod for System Shock that adds mouselook, key configs and other niceties. Many, many years ago, I remember ordering System Shock for my store and (at the time) dismissing it as "stupid" because I struggled to even move around. History shows how wrong I was but it would be hard to underestimate how nice mouselook would be to replay this classic.
Read the RPS article here or head straight for the mod.
More information.

-= RPGWatch =-
Dhruin is offline

Dhruin

Dhruin's Avatar
Watcher
Super Moderator
RPGWatch Team

#1

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 11,964

Default 

February 6th, 2010, 11:15
Hallelujah! This is the bestest mod since… since, well… evar!

One of the biggest hurdles on enjoying this great game were indeed the difficult controls. It was cumbersome to wrangle your character where you wanted him to go ("No! Not there, back, a bit left, no… sigh… Yikes! Turn around, turn, aaargh!") and I too initially quit after several hours of frustration. Very glad I later resumed despite the controls. However, now with this mod, nobody should discard this game due to archaic controls and I recommed this game to everyone. Play it!

"It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue."
Last edited by Lurking Grue; February 6th, 2010 at 11:31.
Lurking Grue is offline

Lurking Grue

Lurking Grue's Avatar
Random Encounter #23

#2

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: I come from the land of ice and snow
Posts: 562

Default 

February 6th, 2010, 12:36
Having never played the game I wonder,wouldn't playing that game with that mod be like cheating?
Kostas is offline

Kostas

Kostas's Avatar
Dormant Watcher

#3

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Dear Green Place
Posts: 1,631

Default 

February 6th, 2010, 13:13
AFAIR there are a number of difficulty settings. So if the experience becomes too easy because of mouselook, simply play the game on a harder level.

System Shock is a classic. I am not sure how fun it is nowadays, but if you are interested in gaming history, fire it up.
Grandor Dragon is offline

Grandor Dragon

SasqWatch

#4

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Ravensburg, Germany
Posts: 554

Default 

February 6th, 2010, 13:36
Originally Posted by Grandor Dragon View Post
System Shock is a classic. I am not sure how fun it is nowadays, but if you are interested in gaming history, fire it up.

Let me reassure you, it's still much better than most newer games.

Gonna give this mod a quick try….
JDR13 is online now

JDR13

JDR13's Avatar
SasqWatch

#5

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Florida, US
Posts: 17,488

Default 

February 6th, 2010, 15:03
I guess I have extraordinary finger dexterity since I never had control problems
with the game playing it through three times. But its good to hear that others
can finally play it too. Its definetly worth it and much better than for example the new bioshock games. Just make sure you play the cd-version of the game.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou
"Those who dont read history are destined to repeat it." Edmund Burke
zakhal is offline

zakhal

zakhal's Avatar
HomelyRebel

#6

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Europa Universalis
Posts: 2,968

Default 

February 6th, 2010, 15:39
Do it for Underworld! Do it for Underworld!
Bedwyr is offline

Bedwyr

Sentinel

#7

Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 298

Default 

February 6th, 2010, 17:42
Originally Posted by Bedwyr View Post
Do it for Underworld! Do it for Underworld!
Precisely what I was thinking… Ultima Underworld is one of those few games that I've started countless times, but I always stopped playing because I couldn't get past the controls.
EvilKoala is offline

EvilKoala

EvilKoala's Avatar
Mutated Mastermind

#8

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Belgium
Posts: 77

Default 

February 7th, 2010, 10:28
Mouselook, as we know it, might be impossible for the Ultima Underworlds. There is only a limited ability of looking up or down in the games. So mouselook would stick to one plane mostly.
Grandor Dragon is offline

Grandor Dragon

SasqWatch

#9

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Ravensburg, Germany
Posts: 554

Default 

February 7th, 2010, 16:55
Originally Posted by Grandor Dragon View Post
Mouselook, as we know it, might be impossible for the Ultima Underworlds. There is only a limited ability of looking up or down in the games. So mouselook would stick to one plane mostly.
Not really.

Games using the Build engine (like Duke Nukem 3D) implemented a mouselook mode that worked just fine, actually - even though it suffered from the same limited up/down view as most games did back then.

Incidentally, I think System Shock is the first "big" game to use true vertical plane 3D. I could be wrong, though.
DArtagnan is online now

DArtagnan

DArtagnan's Avatar
Waste of potential

#10

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Denmark
Posts: 13,911

Default 

February 7th, 2010, 22:35
I thought SS used the same engine and the same tricks to implement 3d.
Bedwyr is offline

Bedwyr

Sentinel

#11

Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 298

Default 

February 7th, 2010, 23:33
Originally Posted by Grandor Dragon View Post
System Shock is a classic. I am not sure how fun it is nowadays, but if you are interested in gaming history, fire it up.
I think that like so many other things - exactly like Betrayal at Krondor, etc - it is an ancient game but possesses a greatness that is only limited by one thing: the potential gamer.

— Mike
txa1265 is offline

txa1265

txa1265's Avatar
SasqWatch

#12

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Corning, NY USA
Posts: 11,329

Default 

February 7th, 2010, 23:47
I try to play SS once a year, that's how great it is!!

If God said it, then that settles it!!

Editor@RPGWatch
Corwin is offline

Corwin

Corwin's Avatar
On The Razorblade of Life
RPGWatch Team

#13

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Australia
Posts: 10,340
Send a message via Skype™ to Corwin

Default 

February 8th, 2010, 09:56
I know that I'm probably in the minority here at the watch for saying this but to me there is such a thing as "too old".

Yes, Homer's Iliad is a great story but in it's original form it is gibberish. For any none-native english speaking persons Shakespeare is also a challenge (due to the use of words that haven't been used for ages) without a "proper" translation, subtitles or just an old dictionary and a lot of time.

I'm sure that the original King Kong movie had a profound effect on the audience in the cinemas in 1933 (like Avatar has on movie goers today), but even though I wasn't very old the first time I saw it, it still looked awful compared to what my movie-inexperienced eyes had already witnessed. Today …

Yes, I was in awe when I played System Shock back in 94 and yes I still remember much of it even though it is now 16 years ago, so if nothing else, then that should give in indication about how great I thought the game was. However, I can't just delete the past 16 years of adaptation to modern graphics, so if I were to try to re-capture the "greatness" of System Shock once again, I'm pretty certain that the result will be the same as when I tried to watch Knight Rider again a few years ago (nostalgia has a way of blotting out all the bad memories, leaving only the fond ones) … Let's just say that it was a lot cooler when I saw it as a kid. Not so much today.

Now if only someone would remake System Shock using a modern day engine …

"Chess in particular had always annoyed him. It was the dumb way the pawns went off and slaughtered their fellow pawns while the kings lounged about doing nothing that always got to him; if only the pawns united, maybe talked the rooks around, the whole board could've been a republic in a dozen moves." - Commander Vimes in Thud! by Terry Pratchett
fatBastard() is offline

fatBastard()

fatBastard()'s Avatar
Hello, I'm a Zombaholic

#14

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Just outside of Copenhagen
Posts: 778

Default 

February 8th, 2010, 10:04
If you look past the technical aspects of the game being ancient - it holds up INCREDIBLY well even today. Knight Rider would fall apart because it was never that good in the first place.

When people watch Avatar in 15 years - they'll never understand why they ever bought into the hype. That's a promise. Actually, I consider Avatar to be the opposite of System Shock. Visually brilliant - but hollow as an empty portable hole.

System Shock is another matter

Some people can get past the visuals and unwieldy UI, others can't. I have trouble dealing with the graphics myself - but I can still become immersed due to the atmosphere and audio logs. The non-linear level design is unmatched to this day, if you ask me. It's a gigantic space station that's pretty open from the get-go, and there's a reason for everything even if the graphics make the rooms look very samey.

That's my opinion, at least.
Last edited by DArtagnan; February 8th, 2010 at 10:27.
DArtagnan is online now

DArtagnan

DArtagnan's Avatar
Waste of potential

#15

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Denmark
Posts: 13,911

Default 

February 8th, 2010, 12:46
Originally Posted by DArtagnan View Post
When people watch Avatar in 15 years - they'll never understand why they ever bought into the hype. That's a promise. Actually, I consider Avatar to be the opposite of System Shock. Visually brilliant - but hollow as an empty portable hole.
I don't think it will take 15 years to be honest …

— Mike
txa1265 is offline

txa1265

txa1265's Avatar
SasqWatch

#16

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Corning, NY USA
Posts: 11,329

Default 

February 8th, 2010, 12:56
Originally Posted by txa1265 View Post
I don't think it will take 15 years to be honest
You're underestimating how stubborn people can be
DArtagnan is online now

DArtagnan

DArtagnan's Avatar
Waste of potential

#17

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Denmark
Posts: 13,911
RPGWatch Forums » Comments » News Comments » System Shock - Mouselook Mod
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +2. The time now is 23:15.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright by RPGWatch