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.
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.
Finally got my paws on a copy of Doom3 and have installed THE DARK MOD.
While teh download was downloading i was checking out reviews of some of the missions, I do like intense, tight, and pressuring mansion/big building style missions so i got a farely large handful.
Anyway. The dark mod! I was so eager to play I forgot about the training mission, played the other one, the thieves den.
After choking maniacally for about 10 mins my mission finally loads. WOW this looks sexeh.
Damn, those rain effects are too pretty. Far too pretty. I'll put up with that. Lets see how the sword fight pans out, block like this aye? Shwang! clang, cling! Yeahh! I can do this! Thump, thwarrk, Fail.
Ok, round 2, arrows. The element of surprise will favour me this time. That guard took four of em! He's still up and now he's hunting for me, I'm backed into a corner waiting for him, sword at the ready. utside, then I close the door. And silence! WOW yes! This is thief! Oh yes, I peed a little bit just thenEager I run up to him, Err swing? No, err let go, oh thats it! damn how to block again? Fail no2.
Right, this time! He walks back and forth aah I see now, bonked him on his head. Flumped over. Yay! Vict000r!
Right, check the area now.. Look around trying every door imaginable twice over, hmm.. Lets see, figure out this map thing... climb over here... I see.
Ah, the ledge right ok Mantle up, jimmy onto the wall do I mantle this fence now, ah fail 3. The fence killed me! I'm learning, I'm getting there!
Now I got it, bonk the guard mantle up the fence only HALF kills me this time, yeahh pr0, see this Woaa theres a someone underneath me! crouch round this side of the wall, drop on the floor and bonk this one aswell, Ooh Yoink the purse!
In we go, and what beautiful sound effect transition from the outdoor rain, to indoor hearing the rain outside, then I close the door. And silence! WOW yes! This is thief! Oh yes, I peed a little bit just then.