THE DARK MOD was once a total conversion of Doom 3, and is now a STANDALONE GAME with the release of TDM 2.0! A dark and moody stealth game, inspired by the Thief series by Looking Glass Studios.
Incredible, simply incredible. Finally, those that thirst for the Thief experience but are afraid of the paper-mache graphics of the original can rest easy. Great controls, great visuals, great performance even on my low-end machine, the lowest I ever got to in framerate was about 20, and I on average had 30-50 fps (although considering it's based off of the Doom 3 engine, this may not be considered remarkable). I wouldn't be surprised if this held its own upon the release of the Thief remake later this year.
I've been a Thief fan for years, ever since I graced by Thief II: The Metal Age. In my humble opinion, the entire trilogy is impeccable, absolutely perfect in every way. The atmosphere, the tense stealth gameplay, the brilliantly designed and content-filled levels... the list of things that made Thief great and unique goes on. No other game has given me as much comfort and as many good memories as the Thief series did.
Now... onto The Dark Mod. What's not to like about it? It sets out to recreate Thief on a modern engine. Does it succeed? A million times yes! It nails the feel that Thief gave me when I younger. It hasn't been since the original Thief games that I've been as challenged as I was in The Dark Mod. I thought Thief was a flawless franchise, but The Dark Mod actually does some things BETTER! For example, the jumping/mantling system has been vastly improved.
The game also runs beautifully on iD Tech 4, the Doom 3 engine. For a game that is a Doom 3 mod, there is not a trace of Doom 3 that is visible to the human eye.
But I haven't gotten to the best part of The Dark Mod. The fact that the game... never ends. Unfortunately there is no story campaign, the game is always getting amazing user made levels. Hell, I'm even working on some of my own.
The Dark Mod is a perfect mod in every way, and the continuing devotion of the team behind is proof enough of that. The Dark Mod earns a ten out ten.
This is what Thief 4 should be. The mod actually improves on Thief 1 and 2, and it's not a small feat, believe you me. It is harder, the AI is more intelligent and reacts in better ways, the mantling system is a real improvement and the lockpicking is made even more interesting this time around with this sound mechanic. While the universe isn't canon for legal reasons, it is still very faithful to the originals and The Dark Mod is a game every fan of Thief should have.