System Shock 2
Games Like BioShock if You’re Looking for Something Similar
In many ways, BioShock is seen as the spiritual successor to System Shock 2, and the two games do share a lot in common. System Shock 2 was actually developed by Ken Levine and Irrational Games, the same developers behind BioShock and BioShock Infinite.
System Shock 2 takes place aboard the spaceship Von Braun, as your character wakes up from cryo-sleep with amnesia and an illegal cyber-neural interface implanted into their body. Soon enough you find out the ship has been overtaken by an infectious being known as The Many, and it’s up to you to unravel the mystery of what they want and stop them. System Shock 2 is played from a first-person perspective, and grants players multiple different weapons and psionic powers, like fireballs and teleportation.
Although it has many more RPG systems than BioShock, there are a lot of elements shared between the two, like a hacking minigame, an in-game currency that can be spent at vending machines, and even a research system that lets you collect parts off of dead enemies to increase damage against them, similar to BioShock’s photography.
If you’re a big fan of BioShock, System Shock 2 is the definitive game you need to play to see where the foundation came from.