Thief-like The Dark Mod now a free standalone

If you're still grumbling and griping about the direction Eidos Montreal's Thief takes the classic stealth series in, or you simply fancy stealing things and knocking men out, give The Dark Mod a bash. Version 2.0 of the first-person sneaker inspired by Looking Glass's classics today launched, turning it from a Doom 3 mod into a standalone game.

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If you're still grumbling and griping about the direction Eidos Montreal's Thief takes the classic stealth series in, or you simply fancy stealing things and knocking men out, give The Dark Mod a bash. Version 2.0 of the first-person sneaker inspired by Looking Glass's classics today launched, turning it from a Doom 3 mod into a standalone game.

The Dark Mod is about as close as developer Broken Glass Studios could get to Thief without infringing the copyright and risking foxing. It plays essentially the same as the classic games, and is set in a similar gothic-y steampunk-ish world with magic and monsters. It doesn't have its own campaign, instead relying on oodles of player-made missions which you can download in-game.

As well as going standalone, by replacing every Doom 3 asset it used, v2.0 brings oodles of changes. AI gets a big overhaul, now responding better to sounds, turning towards doors that open unexpectedly, searching for you better, and calling for help. Then there are improvements to character models, heaps of new sounds, better sound propagation, and loads more.

The official website and mirrors are overloaded, so for now you'll need to download it from a torrent.

"We have spent a tremendous amount of time and energy replacing all the sounds, textures, particle effects, and models that we had been using," Broken Glass said. "Hopefully this will open up a whole new audience of people who didn't want to have to purchase a different game in order to try The Dark Mod."

Here's a little teaser demonstrating just how welcome the AI improvements will be:

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    October 9, 2013 1:00 PM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Thief-like The Dark Mod now a free standalone.

    If you're still grumbling and griping about the direction Eidos Montreal's Thief takes the classic stealth series in, or you simply fancy stealing things and knocking men out, give The Dark Mod a bash. Version 2.0 of the first-person sneaker inspired by Looking Glass's classics today launched, turning it from a Doom 3 mod into a standalone game.

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      October 9, 2013 1:14 PM

      Anyone gave this a try?

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        October 9, 2013 1:33 PM

        Yep. It's quite well done, though of course the individual missions' quality vary as they're by different author's of different skillsets.

        But yeah, at least download it. I haven't tried 2.0, but I've played quite a few missions on prior versions, and if you like Thief gameplay you won't be disappointed.

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        October 9, 2013 2:36 PM

        Not recently. Last time I gave it a go the Thief mechanics and items were spot on, but the AI needed some work. You'd have like 30 guards milling around in one spot for an hour trying to crash the engine. That was some years ago though.

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      October 9, 2013 1:52 PM

      Looks interesting, more download links on the official forum:
      http://forums.thedarkmod.com/forum/1-the-dark-mod/

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      October 9, 2013 3:39 PM

      Why isn't this up on Steam in some format?

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      October 10, 2013 8:06 AM

      Any early thoughts on this frmo anyone that's tried it out?

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        October 10, 2013 7:53 PM

        Well, this might seem a little self serving, seeing as I've helped with the mod for the last almost 9 years, I have to say; Yeah, it's worth trying. It's free, it's very easy to get going. If you like Thief you'll like this.