My guide features all necessary information you need to make your original copy of system shock 2 mod-ready. I try to keep my FAQ as updated as possible, but I advice you to get your informations from the website that kept and will keep the legend alive: systemshock2.org. Get your copy with a lot of bonus material from GOG.com for $9,99! A mod-ready installation allows you to play the game on modern multi-core CPUs, modern OS like Win Vista / 7 and the use of fan made mods like the amazing graphics or model upgrades.
2/18/2013 You can now buy and download System Shock2 at GOG.com for $9,99 . It is no longer required to use the SS2HOTU version or any other illegal file-sharing platform to get on a copy for the game.
2/17/2013 This guide should actually work with the GOG.com version (buy). I haven’t had the chance to install my copy in the last few days, but I gonna certify this information as soon as possible.
10/19/2010If you don’t own an original copy anymore, because you sold it mistakenly on e-bay (yes, this happened already to someone I know :p) or you want to play it with the original english voice cast instead of the french or german one (like myself), then feel free to use the SS2 HOTU version (download) .
1. clean installation
Install the game
– with the GOGcom Installer
– from the original cd-rom (just copy the shock folder from the cd to your hard drive)
– from your iso file
– or decompress the SS2 HOTU version.
A fresh installation is necessary! (Be advised not to copy the files to your Windows Vista / 7 Programm Files folder.)
2. patch, fixes, mod-ready
Download Koyla´s SSTool v5.0 , run it and select the System Shock 2
Using the tool…
– will patch the game to the latest version
– makes the game mod-ready
– adds the NewDark engine
– adds Bloom effects
– installs important bug fixes (allows it to be played on multicore CPUs)
3. download and unpack mods
Before, you had to use a Mod-Manager to install Upgrade Packs, now you only need to download and unpack the Mods into the DataPermMods folder inside your System Shock 2 directory.
Please follow the instructions in the great SS2 Newbie Modding Guide and enjoy your System Shock 2 experience, again or for your first time.