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Thief II: The Metal Age

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Thief II: The Metal Age is a first-person stealth game, the second installment in the series.


The game’s narrative takes place a year after the first game. The main character, an elusive thief Garrett, is tasked with resolving a crisis brewing in the metropolitan City. Different factions fight for influence and schemes are put into action to undermine each other’s plans. As the story progresses, the protagonist finds more clues about the mysterious prophecy that tells about the end of humanity and risks his own life to prevent it from fulfilling.


The game heavily emphasizes discreteness and stealth, as the guards of the City may often try to stop the main character. Visibility and sounds play a crucial role in completing different tasks, and utilizing the surroundings can help get rid of enemies without confrontation. Different gadgets can be used to mask the sounds, obtain enemy’s location, and snuff out the lights. However, the playable character can still use his weapons to get rid of pursuers, but on higher levels of difficulty, doing so ends up in defeat and the need to restart the mission.

Visuals and features

As with its predecessor, Thief II employs a refined AI system, where enemies can notice sudden changes in the environment and react correspondingly. The lighting and shadowing have also been revamped, albeit keeping the same noir mood to the locations. The graphics of the game are awe-inspiring for its year of release, as each texture is highly detailed, and physics are made to be life-comparable realistic.

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Looking Glass Studios
Square Enix
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows XP or Windows Vista
  • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
  • Memory: 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • Hard Disk Space: 2GB HDD
  • Video Card: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended)
  • DirectX®: 7
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Thief II: The Metal Age reviews and comments

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At the Time, one of the best Games ever for me!!! < 3 I would only think it really great if the Sound were to get a German Sound Track!!! :D So I have to watch German Lets Plays in even poor Quality ..
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You love the Game, you hate it or you just like, you live it. A compelling Story of tragic Moments and Thrills. Graphically a marked Improvement of the Predecessor, dispensive a few really insignificant Bugs, sound technically a super atmosphere. 9 out of 10 Points (s)
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Subject THIEF 2 In addition, I would like my Money back for this Part ' Thief2 ' because the Graphics are a Joke since I can honestly sit down also before old Atari that comes out the same, what did the developers think of here?! At ' Thief ' self there for me to Mecker was really Fun to play through as much as I really liked on the 2nd Part ... But as I said the Graphic is a No Go for me and has kinky my day off, I hereby ask for the Repayment of my Money in Forn of a Credit to my Steam Account. Thank you
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Since the release date of this game I think I haven't spent a full year without digging it out and getting sucked in again. It's possible that this is the game I have accumulated the most hours in, ever. I'm aware that stealth is a problematic genre. Many people, including myself, have a hard time taking the patience to learn the controls, how to sneak, how to use given tools to help you stay undetected, and essentially spending a chunk of your play time just sitting in a shadowy corner. I can understand how a slow pace like that can seem unattractive. Still, give it a try. You will be amazed at how much fun it can be to observe a bunch of guards, overhearing conversations, just waiting for the perfect moment to make a run past them and into the next dark corner. This, combined with a highly immersive story and a never before seen setting makes Thief 2 an experience of its own. Sure the graphics are not up to date at all, but if you can overlook that, a fantastic experience awaits you. For me at least the graphics have a wonderful nostalgic flair to them and I haven't seen anything else like it ever since. And even if you can't get over the graphics, there's patches out there that feed this game with wonderful HD textures and objects. Speaking of fan made content: After finishing the main campaign, there's lots and lots of fan missions to try out. Many of which even surpass the original game in quality and originality. Given the fact that there's still new fan missions coming out regularly, the game practically offers infinite content. So yes, Thief 2 is definitely worth the few bucks it costs on steam, so try it out!
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