Thoughts on System Shock series?
SS2 often gets praised for the being the best, but I always thought SS1 was far superior. At least from a game design standpoint.
Anybody else think the remake for SS1 is completely unnecessary?
It is weird because the main reason that people hate on the first one is the controls but for me the controls make me like the game more than the second. The tank like controls makes the game unique to go back to. I might be alone on that one though
It's not things that are definitely going to be good about the game, but it has some things going for it.
EA (or any other shitty big publisher) isn't involved. Until recently, as far as I know, EA still had some rights to SS.
The team in charge of it is small, and some of the people there were significant players at Looking Glass (not random playtesters, but creative directors, lead designers, level designers, a concept artist, and such).
They had their wits about them enough to get the iconic voice of the series involved (looking at you, Thi4f and Splinter Cell).
The game they're currently making (not SS3) is for PC only. They said console versions might be considered later, but only when they can be developed separately so it doesn't affect the PC version, and iirc they said they had the same plan for SS3.
Basically everything they say makes it sound like they still know what makes a good old immersive sim like they used to.
Of course there are reasons to be cautious:
Regardless of the developers' pedigrees, they're unproven in their current form.
They have no fucking clue how to into PR/advertising/general presentation (their website has had errors visible for ages and nobody fixes it. Are they incompetent? Are they too frugal to hire a web designer to make a good looking website? Are they just too busy making a game to give a fuck? Who knows).
How many other independent projects handled by classic veteran developers have gone horribly wrong?
The musicians and sound designers still aren't on board and may not be willing to leave their current jobs at Harmonix to contribute.
We'll have to see how their new Underworld game ends up being. As you said having original developers back doesn't mean the game will end up being great. But from the looks of the their current game really doesn't look that great from what we've seen so far.