(This is part of my journey playing through System Shock 2. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.)
I’m returning after a little bit of a break from all of this depressing dead-ship-in-space madness with a firm decision: I need to reroll my character. System Shock 2 is not a very forgiving game to a badly planned character — and I have no patience for playing one. So I did a little research and took advice from SS2 experts as to what I should roll.
My new character is ditching the whole Psi angle (I didn’t like holding that ball on the screen all of the time anyway) to focus on small arms and hacking. I went the Navy route this time and will hope that I can find/buy enough ammo to make it through the game without resorting to flailing desperately with a wrench on the final level.
In the interest of keeping this series interesting, I try to blitz through all of the areas I’ve done before. It goes a lot smoother this time, with fewer surprises and more goodies thanks to my newfound hacking skill. I find it really amusing how even on a ship with no friendly living people, I still have to pick up currency to spend on store items. What does the ship need with nanites, anyway? Why can’t Xerxes say, “Hey man, you’re our last best hope, here’s a free laser machine gun and full body armor. On the house.”?
The hacking skill comes in very useful, not just to gain access to goodie crates, but also to shut down the security system for a length of time. I don’t really get the challenge of the hacking minigame — you have to connect three boxes in a row and can keep resetting it — but oh well, it works.
Anyway, this power cell might be what I was missing my first time around. I pick it up and start looking for a place to recharge it.
Another thing that I missed the first time around is this regeneration machine. It’s basically a respawn point, which I don’t see a real need for considering all of my save game slots. Plus, have you seen this awesome wrench I’m carrying? Bad guys, you best start running now!
Right back there in the corner is the recharge station that I need, but there are two automated turrets waiting to swiss cheese me (mmm) when I go in. So I dash back to the security station, disable the system, and run back here to recharge in peace. Hacking rules! Also, San Dimas Football.