Thief 3 Q&A

The Thief 3 Q&A on Computer and Video Games chats with ION Storm's Randy Smith about the upcoming installment in the stealthy Thief series. They discuss various aspects of gameplay, including how the use of the Unreal engine is influencing things:
One of the biggest differences for Thief 3 is that it uses state-of-the-art rendering technology. We've got fully volumetric shadows, which other companies are using now; but as early as two months ago the only companies we knew that were using this were us and id Software.

We try to use the rendering technology for gameplay all the time, so in a room, say, you might have an oven that's casting light. So the fact that any object casts a shadow from any light source means that the player has a lot more control over lighting in Thief 3.
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Re: Undead Jun 8, 2003, 10:14
Jun 8, 2003, 10:14
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I could handle the zombies in the first. But when I got to the velociraptors, good god. That was nothing but pure shooter. Why, why, why?!?!? Such a good game up to then.

I always played on expert for both games, but this is the first game where I actually hadda look up online in 2 instances to find that last piece of treasure (a ledge over the bottom of the stairs leading into a kitchen) or where the dead guy who escaped the prison was (way down in the bowels you came up thru, under a half-wall.)

This game is far and away the most immersive I've ever played, and that's saying things with games like Half Life (story and environment) or Starcraft (story).

I also hated the fact you could actually beat a guard in a sword battle. Yes, they were trying to hedge their bets and cover all things people liked, but yeesh. That actually cut into the immersion because in any real RPG, there's no reason a thief type should every come close to being able to beat even a lame guard in a frontal battle. This game, unlike EQ, etc. etc. etc. actually implements things for the thief type to do, so there's no reason for the thief to be a "fighter-with-magical-superpower-i.e.-backstab".


But no velociraptors, please!

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