Undertaking Thief 2: The Metal Age

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Carmine
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I make it a point to always be in the process of tracking down and playing an older game that I felt I should have already played--something not to be missed. I'll often suddenly realize some game I've read or heard about over the years needs to be in front of me. This time it's: Thief 2. I've seen the Thief games pop up on a few greatest all time lists here and there and I'm a rabid fan of Deus Ex. I also love utilizing stealth in first person games (even those that don't enforce it). It looks dark, moody, story driven... It's time I played this game, I can feel it.

Has anyone here played it? If so, should I know anything in particular going into it? How does it compare to the rest of the series? Should I not start with The Metal Age?

Also what else is everybody playing here? Is anyone in the process of playing through a classic for the first time?

Carmine
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This game is awesome

My low end LCD screen certainly produces a lot of blotchy grey in this game, but my mindset is already looking past the dated graphics, so it's not an issue for me. I'm actually extremely immersed in this game. Such a brooding, gothic atmosphere... I'm really enjoying Thief 2.

I don't find it too difficult however. Normal mode is proving too easy on the first play through. Here at mission seven I'm considering switching to hard mode.

Catatonic
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I played the first 2 Thief

I played the first 2 Thief games when they were new. They're both excellent, but I remember getting annoyed at the first game, when it got into supernatural territory, so I didn't finish it. It has a very strong first half, though. Both games are difficult and require sitting in the dark, waiting and listening. So I hope you like that kind of game. The main goal is to avoid being seen or heard. The game has a sophisticated audio system. You will spend a lot of time eavesdropping on conversations and listening for footsteps. With the right hardware, you can get surround-sound working, which enhances the game considerably. You can really get startled by sounds that come from behind. The voice acting is superb, and funny, which breaks the tension sometimes. A skilled player will try not to commit any killings; you can rob a mansion and leave with all the occupants either unaware that anything happened, or unconscious but not dead.

Originally I played in the dark, with a high quality CRT monitor that displayed black as totally black. A lot of LCD monitors will have trouble with this game because the dark colours turn blotchy grey. A glossy LCD screen might work OK. Still you might end up staring at your own reflection.

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