Use Notepad to edit "default.ini" file (make a backup first!). Scroll down to
the [Difficulty] section and change the values of the following variables:
AI visual acuity multiplier - How well AIs can see
AI auditory acuity multiplier - How well AIs can hear
AI tactile acuity multiplier - How well AIs can feel
AI hitpoints multiplier - All AI starting hitpoints will be scaled by this
AI-to-player damage multiplier - All damage applied to the player by the AI is
scaled by this
For example, set them to 0 (zero) and enemies won't be able to see you, hear you
and even hurt you.
Disable First-Person Head Bobbing
To disable the up-and-down bobbing motion of the camera use Notepad to edit file
"T3PlayerAnims.ini" (make a backup first!). In the "-- NORMAL GROUND MOVEMENT
--" section change all [Forward1] through [Forward6] from 'Translate=false' to
Disable opening movies
To disable opening movies open default.ini file located in the Thief 3\System
folder using Notepad (make a backup first!). In the "[PCStartup]" section change
the 'ShowIntroMovies=True' line to 'ShowIntroMovies=False'. Now when you start
the game, you'll be taken directly to the loading screen.
Disable loadscreen tips and loadscreen flavor text
Use Notepad to open 'HelpText.sch' file located in the Thief
3\Content\T3\Books\English folder (make a backup first!). Select all the text,
delete it, and then save the changes. This will loadscreen tips.
To disable flavor text that appears on the loading screens, you need to open
'Quotes.sch' file located in the Thief 3\Content\T3\Books\English\String_Tags
folder using Notepad (make a backup first!). Now you need to replace each quote
with a " " (a space; do not leave an empty string, or you'll get a message about
having no messages to display). Save the changes. Note that removing these
quotes may cause you to miss out on certain details of the story, so keep this
Don't Leave Angry
Since the stages are often divided up into separate maps, you find yourself
transitioning from one part to the other. If you are being chased by a guard,
never leave the map and come back expecting everything to be normal. The guard
chasing you will still be there and alerted to your presence. Always make an
effort to hide in the same map you are to avoid forgetting that a guard (or
party of guards) are waiting for you on the next map.
The map transitions are a good place to hide (they are almost always completely
dark). Simply go into the map transition and decline to go into the next
section. Garrett will stay in the murky, smoky portal and almost always out of
the way of all patrols.
Metal Age Nightvision
Although shadows are important to hide Garrett, sometimes it can too dark to see
while hiding. Crank up the Gamma/Brightness correction in your options menu to
see the surroundings while remaining hidden.
Gear and items are bought to be used in Thief: Deadly Shadows. Don't go to great
lengths to save items if you think they can help you stay alive and
undiscovered, but don't waste them on lone guards or civilians who cannot fight
back. On normal, the maximum gear Garrett may carry is:
Health Potion = 10
Broadhead arrows = 30
Noisemakers = 5
Water Arrows = 25
Moss Arrows = 20
Gas Arrows = 5
Fire Arrows = 15
Flash Bombs = 20
Explosive Mine = 5
Gas Bomb = 5
Oil Flask = 5
If Garrett proceeds to pick up another item when he is at maximum capacity, the
item is "picked up" but is not added to the inventory. Be sure you have room
before you start grabbing items or you're just wasting hard earned loot!
By day 3 (after meeting with the Keepers the first time), players may choose to
ally with the Hammerites, the Pagans, or both by doing them small favours.
Allies are helpful since they will not attack you, and allow you to hide in
their turf when you flee the City Watch (who you may never ally with).
Befriend the Hammerites by locating and destroying the large cockroaches that
inhabit the city. For each one you destroy, you increase Hammerite friendliness
by one point. You also befriend Hammerites by destroying any undead using Holy
Water or Fire Arrows. This may take a little while, but the beetles are easy to
find. Undead are even easier to find, but you may need to stock up on fire
arrows to deal with them adequately.
Befriend the Pagans by locating green stones with the mark of the Trickster or
by locating the elemental archway in the Pagan turf and firing a moss arrow into
the target. The green stones are harder to find early in the game, so the
elemental arch is a much better choice to befriend the Pagans. Simply shoot any
one of the four purple nodes on the arch with an elemental arrow. Consider using
moss arrows for this purpose; you can fire as many elemental arrows into the
Pagans' elemental arch as you can afford to immediately ally them with you when
the opportunity arises.
Moss arrows are more plentiful as you pick up many in the city; more if you
don't use them. You can save your fire, gas, and water arrows for your missions.
Killing, blackjacking, or looting from the Hammerites or Pagans will decrease
your standing with that faction.
Easy Lock Picking
For those of you who don’t have the knack to pick lock using the mouse feeling
technique, you can use the W, A, S, D, keys on the keyboard (note no key mapping
changes) Adjust accordingly if W-run forward has been changed etc.) You still
have to press the keys and figure what comes after what but it cuts the time to
lock pick more than in half.
Free Water Arrows
You can get free water arrows in the training mission (which carries over to
your subsequent missions) by waiting by the douse the torch exercise for water
crystals to keep respawning. Before you leave the Blue Heron Inn forever, you
may want to take your fill of 25 water arrows, which will go a long way in
helping you keep shopping costs down.