Reviews for Thief II: The Metal Age

99

Garrett once again

Obsessor | Sept. 29, 2014 | See all Obsessor's reviews »

First of all - Thief 2 is much better than its predecessor. What makes me say that? Well, remember Thief 1? Many zombies, burricks, wraiths, caverns and ruins. In Thief 2 you can forget about all this. All missions are set in the city of Dayport. (Well not all, but I'm not spoiling the fun.) There are close to none supernatural enemies. You face mostly humans with addition of some steam propelled "robots" and sentries. And that's why it's so good. Pure thieving experience set in steampunk world with amazing story, great voice acting. Incredible ambient music too.

As with The 1st Thief, you can easily find mods that will make the game look more than passable for today's gamer.

100

A true gem

Durandir | Jan. 26, 2014 | See all Durandir's reviews »

Thief 2: The Metal Age was the game that made me love stealth. For some reason I ended up playing this before the first one, and to this day I view the Thief series as one of the greatest series of games. From the very first level you are presented with a quite large map, with a myriad of rooms, hidden treasures and other secrets to discover. The clever way of making you have to get more loot on the higher difficulties, while not killing or harming more than a set amount of enemies, makes the game highly replayable. You are also very rarely stuck with only one way to do a mission, with a lot of paths to use and items to help you on the way. The rope-arrow especially is always fun to use. While the graphics are obviously dated, the sound design, aesthetics, story and voice work are still top notch. I cannot recommend this enough!

92

One of the best stealth games to this very day.

DarthMRN | Dec. 9, 2013 | See all DarthMRN's reviews »

Superb steampunk victorian/medieval stealth. You are dropped into a freeform open level with countless nooks and crannies to explore, and tons of ways to get through the mission. Climb on all objects like some primitive Mirrors Edge. Make sure to download NewDark for sharpened graphics and physics (important for climbing, which is weak by default). Use a variety of tools and weapons to make your way through. Including rope arrows which permit you to climb a rope onto any wooden surface.

Less horror and undead than in Thief 1, and more break-ins and burglaries, making it less faithful to its roots in that regard, but more focused towards traditional thievery. Slightly less atmospheric too. Still, if you are a stealth game fan you owe it to yourself to buy this one.

90

A very worthy sequel

Gmen | Nov. 23, 2013 | See all Gmen's reviews »

Thief: The Dark Project achieved the status of cult classic rather quickly, and fans of the game couldn’t wait for the sequel. And it didn’t disappoint. TDP had its share of issues, and Thief II addressed most of them. Firstly the character models look better as do decals like blood stains, and textures are improved. The result is a noticeably prettier looking game, but it isn’t that big of a leap technologically speaking – still using the same engine as the first. But I would say that this game has aged somewhat better than the first graphically.

The level design is significantly better in this game than its prequel, opting for a less linear approach, with more emphasis on sprawling urban environments. The things that made the original so great are still here, with plenty to explore, conversations to eavesdrop on, and a beautiful and at times tense ambient soundtrack in the background.

100

The pinnacle of the stealth genre to this day

Un0va | Oct. 27, 2013 | See all Un0va's reviews »

Thief 2 is easily the best stealth game ever made, and to this day it holds up fantastically. Every level has dozens of secrets to find - in the first level, one whole floor of the house is completely optional, and is just there for you to explore and find treasure if you want! While not as atmospheric as the first game, the game still is full of tension and excitement from start to finish. The graphics hold up fantastically to this day - Looking Glass put immense detail and care into the game's artstyle, and it shows. The sound design is incredible - a game that was released over a decade ago still has guards react more realistically to your footsteps than any other game to date!

I could gush over Thief 2 for ages, but the bottom line is that you cannot call yourself a fan of the stealth genre if you haven't at least given this game a try. Thief 2 is a masterpiece, and you deserve to play it.

89

Another great addition

lok0812 | Oct. 24, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »

This series has done it again, this is a great addition to the stealth genre. The game continues on and gameplay remains to same as its predecessor. Again, this time you are tasked with another 15 missions that requires you to use your stealth techniques to get through. With the increased enemy AI, the game difficulty have increased as well, so no longer the surprised attacks. With new entries comes new gadgets for Garrett to use in an ever expanding environment and non linear missions compared to the original. Definitely a must get for series fans as well as stealth fans.

99

A brilliant game from the age of innovance

Zombine3D | Sept. 8, 2013 | See all Zombine3D's reviews »

This game is something special, it is nearly allive. You can keep playing it for years and keep finding things that you've never seen or heard before. Thief 2 is the peak of the series. It is smart and hard to master, but when you get all the quirks figured out - wou yourself become Garrett.

100

Masterpiece of a game

ConorEngelb | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all ConorEngelb's reviews »

Thief II is a rare sequel that lives up to its predecessor. Taking the mechanics that made the original Thief so brilliant, Thief II pushes the player into a steampunk-ish world, where they must use their tools of the trade and wits to remain hidden and complete their missions.

95

Thief 2

Tabbo7 | June 25, 2013 | See all Tabbo7's reviews »

Thief 2 is an excellent entry into the series vastly improving on the 'tried and true' gameplay mechanics of Thief Gold. For its time it looked excellent graphics wise running on the Dark Engine(System Shock 2). While the graphics may not fare by today's standards, it is still an excellent game gameplay wise, with the use of dark areas to avoid being caught by guards and a huge assortment of weapons in your arsenal you're bound to never get bored with this game. I love this game and I absolutely recommend it to everyone.

85

a very good sequel and keeps high the Thief name.

fable2 | Sept. 13, 2012 | See all fable2's reviews »

This is a very innovative name. The stealth theme makes this game a "must have". at first i though it would be boring but as you can see its not. The way you have to complete the missions, the freedom you have to do them as you like makes it one of the best games ever made. Stealth is something that some games do not have and the ones that have it could not handle it well. but thief keeps its cool with its really good gameplay. I hope that thief 4 keeps the gameplay intact.

for thief 2 i wanted more levels and some more gadgets, but the ones that you had in-game were really creative and original.

Besides Garrett is one of the best character with all his dark personality, a simple lil thief past and a great story, the allies he has to make to proceed, how he gets involved with them, thats just all the fun in thief and more.

81

thief 2

jim67 | Sept. 12, 2012 | See all jim67's reviews »

if you like walking on the dark you will be like this game. Not good as the first game but still fun, now on sale so you have to buy.

91

The sequel to a great game

Zinzun | Sept. 4, 2012 | See all Zinzun's reviews »

Thief 2 take all the goods from the first Thief and adds some new elements to give the game a better gameplay,so now the levels are non-linear,there are also many items to use throught the story,"scientific" things like the robots are now present...a truly good and genuine sequel.

95

Stealth Game masterpiece

panz3r88 | Aug. 5, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »

Thief 2 is probably the best stealth game ever made. The command is in first person perspective and you must use all your tools and weapons to avoid the enemies and complete all the objectives in a level. There are various difficulty level that allow to give the right level of challenge for everyone. If you play at the highest level difficult you usually must avoid to be seen and collect more loot with respect to lower level of difficult. The story is interesting and Garrett is a really cool character. In each level there is a good variety of objective to complete and you have many tools to complete the levels in many different ways

95

Thief Gold is better.

Gh0st233 | June 18, 2012 | See all Gh0st233's reviews »

This game is very similar to the original Thief in the series, but is still very fun to play. The graphics are pretty much the same, and the game still feels very atmospheric. The levels are very well done, and the voice acting is a bit better. Still the same old gameplay, which was very good. One thing I dislike about this and the original Thief, are the loud footstep sounds.

Other than the footstep sounds, I would recommend this game to anyone, but you may want to get the original one if you're on a budget.

96

Thief II

NoLove3827 | June 16, 2012 | See all NoLove3827's reviews »

Thief II may not be as good as the first game in some peoples eyes, due to the presence of "robots" in certian missions, but it still has a great atmosphere, bigger levels, better graphics and sound than the original, and great gameplay. Highly recommended.