Thief Complete Collection (PC CD)
- Thief: The Dark Project PC Gamer 90%
- Thief II: The Metal Age PC Gamer 89%
- Thief: Deadly Shadows PC Gamer 91%
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Slip into the world of Garrett, the greatest thief the world has never seen. Thief - The Complete Collection contains all three of the genre-defining stealth adventures, including the ultra-rare Gold edition of the first Thief game.
CD & Manual
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I remember when the original Thief was released I spend endless hours sat in front of my PC with the lights off playing the game. What an experience! Seldom have I got in to the character of a PC game protagonist as deeply as I did with Thief 1 and 2. These games literally invented the first person sneaker sub-genre and they have certainly not been bettered.
In all the Thief series, success comes from patiently waiting, watching, calculating the timings of guard patrols, selecting which torches to extinguish with your water arrows then picking the perfect moment to bop a guard smartly on the back of the head before hiding his unconscious body. There are some nearve-wrackingly tense moments in Thief 1 and 2 where you find yourself cowering in a corner while an oblivious guard walks past only feet away, whistling to himself as he does his rounds. Oh yes, Thief and Thief 2 are absolute classics.
By modern standards the Dark Engine (which powers Thief) and the Dark Engine+ (which powers Thief 2) are woefully out of date in terms of graphical quality. However, these games are an absolute show case of sound design in a game, and neither engine is so ancient to make the games unplayable. Thief and Thief 2 are all about the game play rather than shallow but pretty graphics. If you enjoy immersive first person games you would be doing yourself an enormous disservice by not playing this series.
Thief 3 was somewhat more controvercial, in that it was ported to the PC from the equivalent console game. Missing some of Garrett's most loved tools of thievery, it was to my mind a great game, but did not blow everything else in the genre away in the way that Thief 2 did. To my mind Thief 2 - The Metal Age has yet to be surpassed in terms of immersive game play for a first-person game. It can take litterally hours and hours to finish an individual level. And there are plenty of them. Usually, the more patient you are the more successful you will be.
One final note - Thief 1 and Thief 2 do not run on Vista as they are, from the DVD. However, 5 minutes spent searching the relevant fan sites and forums, and a downloadable replacement .exe for both games will have you up & running in no time. Thief 3 works fine and it's system requirements are hardly demanding by modern standards.
If you enjoy first person action games but have grown tired of shallow twitch-shooters with little immerson, do yourself a favour and buy this collection. You won't regret it one bit.
I have marked it down a star because of the fact that the cutscenes are cut, but this remains the best sneak 'em up on the market today.
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