Thief II: The Metal Age
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Slip Through the Shadows. Steal to Survive. For a master thief like Garrett the choices are clear: profit or perish.
The ultimate thief is back! Tread softly as you make your way through 15 new complex, non-linear levels full of loot to steal and guards to outsmart. Improved enemy AI, new gadgets and a riveting story will draw you into the world of Thief II: The Metal Age, a place of powerful new technologies, fanatical religions and corruption.
Thrilling, stealth-based FPS gameplay
Complex, non-linear levels allow you to choose a different path every time
Advanced enemy AI and sophisticated new master thief tools to outwit them
Gripping narrative with intriguing subplots through 15 huge missions
Garrett once againObsessor | 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.
A true gemDurandir | 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!
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.
A very worthy sequelGmen | 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.
The pinnacle of the stealth genre to this dayUn0va | 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.