System Shock 2 Walkthrough - Hydroponics (Part One)

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 1. Arriving on Hydroponics, Polito tells me that I'll need to clean the bio-material from the elevator's shaft, but she has no clues yet on how to do that.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 2. Exit the elevator and grab the log from Miller at the far left of the room to learn about the creatures they discovered. Going left in the corridor leads to a fair deal of combat. Instead, coward that I am, I exit through the door to my right.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 3. I follow the corridor up to this room. Lots of loot in here! Note the OS upgrade machine at the far end and the scary humming. Was Doom 3 ever this scary?

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 4. Don't rush in. Walk carefully near the crates and stay away from the windows or you'll get spotted by the camera and shot at by turrets. From the crates I get 6 standard and 6 armor-piercing bullets as well as 12 anti-personnel bullets. The dead body has no loot, so equip your SwiftBoost implant and run straight for the upgrade machine.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 5. I discover a recharge station as well as a psi and tech upgrade stations to my left. I decide to get Psychogenic Agility here. It makes me faster and it also reduces kickback from weapons.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 6. At the OS Upgrade machine I get the Cybernetically Enhanced upgrade, allowing me to use two implants simultaneously. Sweet! To your right there's a light armor in one of the crates.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 7. Now to use the security station to hack the camera and turrets on the other side of the windows. I get as close to the station as I can without getting spotted but it's still too far for me to use. The trick here is to quickly lunge forward, right-click on the station to open its interface and walk a bit backward to get back to cover. I previously used Cyber Affinity to give a boost to my hacking abilities.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 8. With the security systems disabled I have plenty of time to look around. Note the pistol in excellent condition on the floor and a log from Korenchkin in front of the broken window. Both desks are empty. There's also a "Jack Leather" magazine next to the log... If that's your thing.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 9. Don't jump through the window unless you want to fight some annelids. Instead exit through the door next to the upgrade machine and take the first door to your right to safely enter the room. I spot a medkit to my left as The Many tries to brainwash me some more. Be careful not to get too close to the Aliens' eggs - sorry - annelid's eggs or you'll wake up the babies. Deja Vu...

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 10. The egg at the far end of the room contained an annelid healing gland and there's a pile of disgusting worms off camera to my right. Be sure to pick up an unresearched item from one of the destroyed eggs. I hack the turrets before leaving the room.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 11. I move carefully as a shotgun hybrid patrols close by. The first office on the right contains a research software update and a Swine Hunter game. The second office (shown above) contains a surgical unit key (1), a log from Delacroix in the desk (2), a med hypo and 19 nanites in one of the bodies (3) and three cyber modules in the other desk (4). I exit through the far door (5) as I listen to Delacroix for some info about Toxin A.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 12. I enter the office right in front of the one I left and find a destroyed replicator, a jammed door and on the desk another log from Delacroix. The office next door can only be reached through this window, so I whack it and jump through.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 13. Polito chimes in again with ten cyber modules and instructs me to research the vial of Toxin A found in the desk at my right (1). A LabAssistant implant is on the far desk (2) as well as a second vial of the toxin inside the desk. Polito's pretty chatty and now tells me that I should place one vial into each of the regulators found on this deck. Sounds like a good opportunity to get me some cyber moola, so why not!

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 14. I exit the office and backtrack to the elevator room where I came in, recharging on my way. Armed with my trusty wrench, I'll now explore the end of this corridor in search of more toxin.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 15. As two hybrids rush at me I'm scared straight and switch to my psi-amp. I unleash some brain juice on them.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 16. I enter the office at the far end of the corridor and find 6 rifled slugs as well as a log from Miller, describing what is happening to him and an implant he created. That was probably the Lab Assistant implant we picked up earlier.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 17. I leave and enter the next office. I immediately spot a vial of toxin...

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 18. ... and as I walk toward it a midwife cries and charges through the door. Nhaa... She didn't scare the hell out of me, why do you ask?

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 19. Since the desks are empty and there's only the vial to loot from this room, you're better off using Psi-Pull than to walk around and have to fight the midwife. You may need to pull the vial a few times as it seems to stick to the table. Only one vial left to find.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 20. Heading back I decide to hack the security station. I turn left and tiptoe my way up the small ramp.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 21. My hacking skills paid off as a camera was waiting for me at the end of the corridor.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 22. I turn right. The dead body contains 10 nanites and a Psi Boost implant. The trashcan contains a few beverages, which I presume are fresh and unopened.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 23. Moving forward, the corridor opens to a room with our old pal Xerxes and a dead body containing a disposable maintenance tool and 17 nanites. Above my head I hear another camera and I spy a wrench, solid, to my right.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 24. I exit east through the only way out of this room and deal with a hybrid along the way. Past a door I find a log from Korenchkin and an anti-toxin hypo on the body. I note a ladder at the far left. I leave through the door and plan to come back to check upstairs later.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 25. As I open the door a hybrid jumps me. I'm in pretty bad shape but still manage to whack him but good.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 26. In the new room I find a replicator to my left, which I hack for a repair software version 2 and some med hypos. Be sure not to miss out on these two crates. They're empty, but they really add to this level.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 27. Moving along I find a body with 10 nanites and a log from Delacroix.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 28. Past the door I hear a midwife as well as Xerxes playing dumb for The Many. I spot some nanites caught under the bench (1) and some rifled slugs (2). Psi-Pull doesn't seem to work on the nanites, so I'll need to get closer to collect them.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 29. The midwife spots me, so I rush to take cover and wait for her. At close range the wrench does a solid job. I grab the unresearched item I find on her to get a cool 25% bonus against midwives. Best of all, no chemicals are needed for this one. Moving forward I find a locked door to Sector D and continue to come full circle with the offices I explored earlier.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 30. I decide to backtrack to the ladder I previously dismissed. I climb and find a resuscitation chamber and a security station. I use them both and continue through the door behind me.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 31. I pump my adrenaline up and dispatch both a midwife and a shotgun hybrid waiting for me in the room. In the desk to the right I find a log from Miller. This guy really gets around! Note the camera to your right (inset).

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 32. Easily missed, 3 cyber modules are on the floor next to the desk containing the log. The body has a version 1 repairing software.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 33. Going down the ramp I find the first regulator surrounded by eggs. The body to my right contains 12 nanites. I stuff a vial of Toxin A in the regulator while trying not to get too close to the eggs. Polito rewards me with 13 modules and tells me to do the same with the other regulators.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 34. Before leaving make sure to look under the strobing light (epileptics beware!). The crates are empty but there's a handy auto-repair unit hidden in the shadows (highlighted above). Pick it up if instantly repairing a weapon tickles your fancy.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 35. Up the ramp I jump across the window to find a body on the other side with 20 nanites and a SwiftBoost implant. Be careful not to step on the broken glass floor, or you'll fall in a bunch of very pissed annelids. I then track back through the Xerxes room (inset), past the door and to the window (inset). Greet the pipe hybrid with a couple of cryokinesis blasts. Note the cyber modules on the crates. Time to jump in!

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 36. I exit the room and go left (1) then straight ahead (2). When I turn left I spot a ladder in the darkness.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 37. I climb down and notice a midwife and a hybrid patrolling the area. The midwife doesn't notice me. Dispatch her as you see fit, but a good whack of my wrench did wonders.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 38. Tread lightly as the area is filled with eggs, some of which are toxic. This body has nice loot; 18 nanites, an ICE pick for instant hacking and a keycard to Hydroponics Sector A.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 39. I turn right and go straight ahead to find two bodies with more loot and another regulator. I find nanites, a version 1 modification software, a log from Miller (again!), 6 standard bullets and a speed hypo. I get 13 more cyber modules for placing a vial of toxin in the regulator. Hmm, Polito doesn't chime in this time...

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 40. Think the loot-fest is over? Think again! Before going back up I turn right and dispatch the eggs to find this poor sap, frozen, and 3 cyber modules beside him. I reluctantly search the dead to find 38 nanites and 6 armor-piercing bullets. Rest in peace... As for me, I'm going back up. It's freezing in here!

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 41. I go back toward the room I came in from and follow the corridor to my left up to a door. A monkey prepares to do its brain-thing while I do mine. I find a grenade launcher and some ammo, as well as a door to Sector C.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 42. I teach a quick evolution theory class to three more monkeys. Once that's done, I find a log from Loesser and 3 cyber modules down the stairs to the right. Nothing in the water.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 43. Moving forward there's a body with the access card to Sector B and 6 rifled slugs. A camera to the right spotted me and there's a shotgun, broken, to my left. There's nothing behind those doors so I move forward.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 44. I turn left then left again. More monkeys, so I shock them. I continue forward and end up witness to this scene, gruesome in its implications. I pick up two med and one anti-toxin hypos, plug a key into the surgical unit for healing and search the nearby body. It has a rapier, 12 standard bullets and 16 nanites. The desk is empty. I turn back and enter the door to my left.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 45. The chemical storage area contains some loot. A medkit is on the shelf next to the chemicals, the desk has the chemical manifest and in the trash I find 3 cyber modules!

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 46. Behind the doors hides a midwife, unsuspecting. A good whack results in a med hypo and a log from nurse Bloome. The desk contains the final vial of precious Toxin A, along with some chemicals I drop here in case I need them later. Outside the storage room are three more empty crates, useful for quickly filling large areas. The body has 16 nanites.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 47. The next room has two med hypos in a container (1) and another hypo, anti-toxin, in the water (2). Beware as Uncle Sam is watching from the far corner of the room (not shown here).

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 48. I move back to the intersection as a midwife, and a monkey behind her, race toward me.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 49. At the end of the corridor to the right I see a body between some eggs. You know what they say: you can't get to the dead body without breaking a few eggs! Well... You probably could, but where would the fun be in that! Next to the empty body is a nice find; a superb laser pistol! Go around the bend to hear more of The Many's many threats and get ready to fight a midwife or two and a shotgun hybrid.

System Shock 2 Walkthrough Screenshot 50. Time to move on as we've pretty much seen all of this place. I trackback for a quick recharge and was met with some serious respawning of hybrids and midwives. I head back for the door to Sector A. Opening the door reveals a camera and a broken replicator that's not worth repairing. On to Sector A!