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A Shock to the System is a now-defunct roleplay on the TV Tropes Forum Games. It is based partly on System Shock.

Not to be confused with the film of the same name.


A Shock to the System contains examples of:

  • 11th-Hour Superpower: "Ogre-Class Powered Armor" for the cargo bay level.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Clear out parasites and spiders inside Life Support - complete. Purge the reactor of radioactive gas - complete. Obtain cookie - complete.
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  • The Artifact: The Smartphone was only ever used to analyze new equipment.
  • Attack Backfire: Using the Incendiary blaster too much results in it overheating and burning Rob's hand.
  • Bland-Name Product: A "Noikus" smartphone; Mrs. Buttersworth, however, remains unchanged (although in this universe, they make cookies instead of pancake syrup).
  • Body Horror:
    • Regular zombies have a huge chest wound with a visibly squirming parasite lodged in them.
    • In the Cargo Bay, hapless stevedores glued to the wall with Meat Moss appear.
  • Degraded Boss: Bear zombies started out as a boss fight at the end of the Life Support level, but later on act as Elite Mooks in the cargo bay.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: The "Hallucination" psi-power involves "Cramming an image of a pretty fem performing an act of depravity up [an enemy's] temporal lobe".
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  • Dying as Yourself: Killing the parasite without removing the crewman's head results in them thanking Rob for freeing them-and then dying from massive internal damage.
  • Easy Amnesia: Rob wakes up with no memories.
  • Elite Zombie: Some can use guns (Smart Zombies); although most of them prefer a melee attack. Some have metal plates bolted directly to their chests to prevent being killed in one shot (Armored Zombies). Bear Zombies are hulking abominations used as boss fights and Elite Mooks (Brute Zombie). Infiltrators are, as the name suggests, infectees without the huge, gaping chest wounds and murderous temperament. ("Help me!" style Trap Zombies).
  • Equipment Upgrade: Weapon mods; including an incendiary module for the blaster (and a power doubler to offset it's power requirements), and tactical kits for the shotgun and pulse rifle.
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  • Everything's Worse with Bears: Bear Zombies, which are hulking mutants with huge claws.
  • Faster-Than-Light Travel: Jump drive style. The ship has to be in perfect zero gravity, so they start and end outside the solar system.
  • Future Slang: "Fem" for woman, "Juvenile" for kid.
  • Hollywood Acid: Downplayed; Rob grabs the nastiest cleaner he can find to combat the spread of the Meat Moss. It's got a WHMIS logo for "Harsh Corrosive" on it. After spraying down life support with it, he slips in a puddle and gets a chemical burn on his rear end.
  • Humble Goal: One quest was to get a cookie.
  • Kaizo Trap: Word-for-word, in fact. Killing certain zombies sometimes results in the parasite attacking Rob personally.
  • Kill It with Fire: A weapon upgrade for the Blaster causes its shots to become superheated, which causes bad guys to catch fire.
  • Laser Blade: The Fiber-Optic Cutlass; which is a length of fiberglass with a laser shining through it.
  • Mega-Corp: The only civilian organizations able to fund interstellar travel; so greedy they charge for air.
  • Parasite Zombie: Crewmen with a Puppeteer Parasite living in their chests.
  • Plasma Cannon: The blaster and the pulse rifle for most of the game, and the Ogre's Mjolnir Plasma Lance and Pulse Autocannon.
  • Porn Stash: The first data chip Rob finds is "A naughty magazine someone put on a flash drive and hid in a box".
  • Powers as Programs: Two abilities come standard on the Psi-Amp; more can be learned by way of thumb drive.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: The result of a botched psi roll.
  • Psychic Powers: Psi powers, and the alien Hive Mind communicates with Rob by way of telepathy.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Firing the shotgun in a tight corridor results in bleeding ears.
    • Trying to operate the Ogre, in vacuum, while in planetside mode, results in overheating until the heat-sinks and radiators are properly deployed.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The Captain, who unlocks the Armory soon after Rob meets him, and gives the Ensign access to the Registrar just-in-case.
  • Red Shirt: The Ensign, who is "On his first cruise, handed a blaster and kicked out the door to guard the real officers from their own diseased crewmen".
  • Repressed Memories: The zombies are crewmembers trapped within their own bodies while the parasite drives them around. Rob takes this information and sticks it "in a little box" buried deep down in the mind. The same with the fact that someone must have baked the cookies for the first Bear Zombie he fights; "into the same grave you buried the ethical questions about the zombies in."

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