System Shock Game Free Download & Install Guide

Author: Glenn Scrima
(Please do not copy this guide. However anyone is free to link to this page.)

First Download the Free Game System Shock:

Choose from one of the following sites.




Free game download availableAbandonia : Download Game : Download Instructions


Free game download unavailableXTC Abandonware : Download Game : Download Instructions


Free game download unavailableMr Old Games : Download Game : Download Instructions


Free game download unavailableThe House of Games : Download Game : Download Instructions



Next Download & Install the Emulator Dosbox on Windows:

Go To: http://www.dosbox.com > Downloads Tab > Click the Windows version (Under the Dosbox category)

Dosbox homepage
Next: Run the downloaded installer file and install Dosbox on your hard drive in the directory C:\Games\SShock. Simply entering this will create these folders for you.

Dosbox
System Shock game folder
Next: Open the Games folder then the SShock folder within it. Locate and then run Dosbox by double clicking on the Dosbox program icon.

Dosbox program
Next: At the the command prompt in Dosbox type "config -writeconf dosbox.conf" and then press the "Enter" key.

Creating the System Shock game config
Next: Type "exit" to exit Dosbox.

Exit DOS
Now: Locate and right click on the Dosbox config file. Click "open with" & select notepad.

Editing the config file
Finally: With the dosbox config file open scroll to the bottom. We are going to place some text below [autoexec]:

mount c c:\games\sshock
c:
cd sshock
sshock

Save and exit the config file when you are finished.


Now Lets Extract The System Shock Free Game Download:

First: Right click on the System Shock game file you downloaded to your hard drive and click on "Extract All".

Extracting game file
Then: Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will be asked where you would like to extract the System Shock game files, select "C:\Games\SShock" . When you're done click "Next" again and the System Shock files will begin to extract.

Zip program

Log In:

System Shock
Double click on the Dosbox program in the "C:\Games\SShock" folder and the game System Shock will launch, have fun enjoying a true classic!

FAQ:
The config file is missing what do I do?
The game won't run on Windows Vista. What should I do?
The game runs sluggish. Is there a way to improve this?
How do I make the game launch in fullscreen mode?
How do I change the amount of RAM available?
How do I mount a hard drive or CD-ROM drive in Dosbox?
How do I change my machine type in Dosbox?
How do I capture a screenshot during gameplay?
I can't download from Abandonia. What should I do?
How do I close or exit Dosbox?

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

How do i get in game audio?
All the logs and emails are in text form, how do i change that?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi I just did a reinstall and the audio worked fine like before. Are you using the copy of the game on Abandonia or from another site?

Best,
Glenn

Stuart said...

I've got a bit of a problem, I can't download the ZIP file that contains System Shock to my C: harddrive. If you could tell me what to do I'd appreciate it. I'm downloading it from the Abandonia Site. You can reach me at stuwhitley@hotmail.com, Thanks!

Stuart said...

Nevermind, I think I've got it.

Anonymous said...

Please help someone, i did everything the guide told me, but when i finished everything and was ready to go it said

C:\>cdsshock
Illegal command: cdsshock.

C:\>sshock
Illegal command: sshock.

I have no idea what this means, i just want to play the game. HELP!

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi it sounds like the game files didn't extract correctly. Redo that step again to make sure. If you still have trouble let me know where the program sshock.exe is located on your hard drive.

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

Help! Error 2000!

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi is this happening while your playing the game?

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

Not C:\>cdsshock, but C:\>cd sshock .

Anonymous said...

I usualy don't have any problem with old games. I've just instaled DosBox and every executable files working with drag&drop on dosbox icon. It's the simplest way.

Anonymous said...

It works 100% perfect on Windows Vista. Thank you so much, I've been waiting for years to be able to complete the game (years ago I just played the demo version, which was only the first level).

Glenn Scrima said...

No problem enjoy finishing System Shock!

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

When i'm launching SS in DosBox i have terrible lags. What am i doing wrong? Help!

Anonymous said...

Hi i followed the instructions correctly, the game doesn't run though. i type the mount lines but when i doubleclick the program, dosbox opens but the game doesn't run. what am i doing wrong?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi did you extract both files (game and dosbox) to c:\games\sshock? Also its easier if you add the command lines to the config file. That way they only have to be entered once. I'd try that method and use copy/paste to make sure there isn't any errors when they are entered. This is pretty common so I'd give that a shot. I just reinstalled the game with my commands and it worked so the commands haven't changed since I wrote the guide at all.

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

Help! I cant find the Config file. Please respond


-Anonymous

Anonymous said...

NVM!!!!!!!!!!!!