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Thief II: The Metal Age (Windows)

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Description

Following Garrett's previous adventure, the repercussions of his actions have changed the political landscape. The Hammerite religion has crumbled and a new leader named Karras has risen up to convert many of these fanatics over to the mysterious Order of Mechanists. Meanwhile, a new Sheriff has arrived in town and has been effective at cleaning up crime - maybe too much so. This is bad news for Garrett, whose profession of master thief puts him on the wrong side of the law. As the risk increases however, so too does the amount of treasure available to a skilled thief.

Thief II: The Metal Age keeps much of the same gameplay and abilities from the original Thief: The Dark Project, but also offers a few new items for the protagonist to use. Among them are scouting orbs, which can be thrown to see around corners and flash mines. The heart of the gameplay is still stealth, made up of Garrett's ability to stay quiet, stay hidden and keep signs of trouble out of anyone's view. Garrett's main weapons are his sword, his blackjack and an assortment of arrows, each with a special power. Each level features a variety of objectives as well as several items which don't belong to the protagonist, but are nonetheless valuable and can be stolen.

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Thief II: The Metal Age Windows As with the previous game, you can learn a lot from books and notes.
Thief II: The Metal Age Windows Charge! Nice fountain, by the way.
Thief II: The Metal Age Windows The bank vault! Unfortunately, a guard noticed Garrett while he picked the lock...
Thief II: The Metal Age Windows Completion of any mission displays all kinds of stats.

Alternate Titles

  • "TMA" -- Informal title
  • "Thief II: Эпоха металла" -- Russian spelling
  • "Thief 2" -- Informal title
  • "Dark Project II: The Metal Age" -- German title
  • "Dark Project II: L'Age de Métal" -- French title

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User Reviews

An inspired masterpiece that surpasses the original. An a most excellent farewell gift from LG Zovni (9360) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Great game only gets better with sequel Chris Gordy (4) unrated
Classy and original but you can see why it didn't sell Shazbut (158) unrated
Thief II : Is it better then the beer-coke/pepsi-pizza combo? Yep. Jeremy Johnson (638) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars
How did Looking Glass go out of business with games like this? Cyric (50) unrated
Immersive, incredible gaming Terrence Bosky (5235) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
Brilliant! Daniel Martin (17) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Atmospheric stealing... Heikki Sairanen (105) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars

The Press Says

Daily Radar 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 100
Gamer's Pulse Apr 08, 2000 9.5 out of 10 95
Entertainment Weekly Apr 28, 2000 A- 91
IGN Mar 24, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Gamer 2000 89 out of 100 89
GameStar (Germany) Apr, 2000 86 out of 100 86
Jeuxvideo.com May 22, 2000 17 out of 20 85
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Apr 03, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
incite PC Gaming Jun, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Shadows of the Metal Age 13 St. Martyne (3562)
Jul 04, 2008

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Thief II: The Metal Age appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Covermount release

Computer Gaming World shipped the complete game on their January 2004 DVD.

Engine

Thief II was developed with an enhanced version of the Dark Engine.

Menus

On many of the menus used in Thief II, you can see moving gears and machinery through the glass which may look familiar. In fact the menus are identical to those of the original Thief: The Dark Project, only a faceplate ("fancy covering") has been added over the graphics of the machinery. As a result the sound of the machinery is also muted.

Mods

In May 2005, five years after the original release, fans of the game presented their unofficial expansion: T2X: Shadows of the Metal Age, with 13 new levels, 10 new weapons, new characters and over 3.000 spoken lines. You play as a female thief, Zaya. The expansion can be downloaded here.

References

Brahm Gervaisius' ill-fated librarian in missions 13 & 14 is named Giles. It's probably not a coincidence that in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy's watcher Giles was the school librarian.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2011 – #23 Top PC Game of the 2000s
Information also contributed by Sciere, Scott Monster and WildKard

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Will D (790) added Thief II: The Metal Age (Windows) on Apr 02, 2000