Daydreamcast Ep. 15: Thief: The Dark Project (1998)

Happy Halloween from your friends at the Daydreamcast! Timely as ever, despite our one week break, we indulge in seasonal musings as we explore the philosophy of modern horror games, the horrors of being a completionist, as well as the most horrific creature known to man: the Pac-Man reimagining from Pac-Man & his Ghostly Adventures. We refuse to move on, however, before tackling the real reason for the season: more F2P gacha games! Please pray for Brogan’s recuperation, but not until listening to our deep dive on the daddy of modern stealth games, Thief: The Dark Project. Thief focuses on providing the player with a toolset within a rule set and going: “Your move”, pioneering emergent gameplay and many more staples of the stealth genre we take for granted now. Complete with a dense atmosphere, an amalgamation of medieval and steampunk, and that Y2K edge™, the game warrants (and rewards) thorough re-examination. Halloween Vile wishes you and your family blessed holidays.

Timestamps:
Whatcha Playing
00:00 Pac’s Scary Halloween (2016)
06:30 Five Nights at Freddy’s (2014) and the modern horror game
19:40 Downwell (2015), a completionist’s lament
26:24 Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem (2018), Rockman X DiVE (2020)
35:15 Hot Take Central (also known as The Hot Take Minute)
Featured Game
45:11 Thief: The Dark Project

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