Anyway, before I go digging up threads, the "2" in this game's title implies to me I'd be missing something by not playing it's predecessor. Is that true?
System Shock 1 was a brilliant game for its time, but it would be very difficult for a new player to get in to. Very outdated mechanics and controls. SS2 is vastly superior and works perfectly well as a stand alone title.
Right, so I gather. So the two are somewhat unrelated? SS2 doesn't make references to SS1? It's not a continuation of story from SS1?
The games are linked in many ways but knowledge/experience of the first isn't necessary to both understand and enjoy the second as it's not a direct continuation as such. If you're willing to give it a go I'd definitely recommend trying SS1 but as cryocore says, it's quite difficult to play now if you aren't familiar with it already.
Generally speaking, I'd say just forge ahead with SS2 and not worry about the first.
I completed only 13% of SS2. thank you for reminding me to finish this masterpiece. My ADHD, and around 50 other games I had in my collection in around 2001 made me suddenly throw this one into the to play again one winters day again. lol.