I actually hated the RPG stuff in System Shock 2. A lot of the skills were useless, some were excessively essential (Didn't take repair? Have fun using nothing but the wrench), and they mostly felt like they locked you out of doing things, which isn't very fun. Compare to Deus Ex, where the skills granted bonii, but you could, for instance, but you could, for instance, still swim or use pistols WITHOUT having any skill in them (and Deus Ex was also generous with stuff like rebreathers and multitools, so you had other solutions to problems if your skills were low).
Also took issue with the level design in 2. And the hacking. And the general feel of the physics in the game.
Yes, System Shock 1's interface is terrible. I still prefer everything ELSE about that game to SS2.
(I've yet to play Bioshock. Got it from some Amazon sale. I know what the story's about though, and I'm just going to try to ignore it. How pretentious the story is really depends on how satirical you think it's being, and in which direction you THINK it's being satirical. Which probably also relies on your own point of view.
Personally I don't give a damn about the writing. I just want to blow shit up with plasmids).
Anyway, been playing Dark Souls a bit. I get a consistent 15 FPS on my laptop. Might be able to improve on that if my suspicions about some hardware conflicts are correct. It's actually quite playable at 15 FPS -- just slow (I grew up on King's Field soooo). The key here is that it's a consistent framerate, I'm not getting much input lag, and from what I've seen so far, it's not a game that rewards rushing anyway.
Also, up to Primm in New Vegas. This game feels... delightfully bereft of a lot of the Bethesdaisms that I assume plagued Fallout 3, and definitely plague the TES games. Narrative and setting wise, the game reminds me of the original fallout more than anything.
Okay based on how the integrated graphics on my laptop work, installing a second ram stick should improve things a lot.