I’ve been playing Thief: Deadly Shadows, and this evening’s session had me breaking into a haunted asylum. I played for about an hour, sneaking around while listening to creepy noises, the voice of a ghost-child I’m supposed to save, and the chilling strains of “mood music” from the game’s soundtrack. I kept waiting for the cat to jump out, or the zombies to materialize, and boy was I on edge.
And then I said “screw it.” I play to have fun, not to be startled or terrified. So I saved, quit, and looked up a walkthrough on this “internet” thing I’ve heard so much about.
Sure enough, the level gets creepier. But now I know what’s coming. I also know that I’m about 80% of the way through the game, which is nice information to have. I didn’t read any further ahead — I just counted “milestones” in the walkthrough. I mean, it may be even scarier further along, but I’ll take that chance.