“With only a few short years of evolution, they’ve been able to conquer this starship, mankind’s mightiest creation. Where were we after forty years of evolution? What swamp were we swimming around in, single celled and mindless? What if SHODAN’s creations are superior to us? What will they become in a million years, in ten million years? What’s clear is that SHODAN shouldn’t be allowed to play God. She’s far too good at it.”
The player can respawn via the Quantum Bio-Reconstruction Machines in System Shock 2, but at a price of 10 nanites (the in-game currency). While very useful to play, the price placed on their use kept tension high throughout the experience- players could afford to make mistakes, but only so many times, and each mistake may leave them worse off than before, with no money to buy much needed ammunition and supplies.