Widescreen Thief

How to play Thief: Deadly Shadows in widescreen:
  1. If you only just installed the game, run it and then quit immediately.
  2. Open the user options file in something like Notepad.
    • In Windows Vista, this will be located somewhere like C:\Users\Public\Documents\Thief - Deadly Shadows\SaveGames\User Options\options.ini
    • In older versions of Windows, it will be located somewhere like C:\Documents and Settings\your username\My Documents\Thief - Deadly Shadows\SaveGames\User Options\options.ini
    • If it isn't in one of those places, search your hard disk for files called options.ini and pick the one that has Thief - Deadly Shadows in the path!
  3. Look for a line that says something like Resolution=2. (The number after "Resolution" might be different.) Change the number to -1.
  4. Now it's time to hack the game itself! Download T3FovPatch. Open the archive and run T3FovPatch.exe. (If you're using Vista with UAC enabled, you will be prompted for an administrator password.)
  5. Under "New aspect ratio", pick the right aspect ratio for your monitor.
    • This will normally be 16:10 (1920x1200, 1680x1050).
    • If you're not sure what aspect ratio your monitor is, you can type in its resolution instead (e.g. 1920x1080).
    • If you want to undo the changes and get back to the original settings, pick 4:3.
  6. Now click "Change FOV", and your game will be hacked automatically.
  7. Launch Thief 3, start a new game, and enjoy!

This isn't perfect, of course. It's good enough to be worth doing, but there are still some improvements that could be made if anyone with the skills had the time:

Comments, questions, bug reports to daremo at this domain.

Much credit goes to Paddy the Wak at the Widescreen Gaming Forum for coming up with the original Thief 3 widescreen solution (steps 1-3 above).

Thanks also to EvaUnit02 at the TTLG forums for testing the first version of T3FovPatch and noticing that I messed up the calculations!

Copyright © 2008 daremo at mugon. Except the Thief 3 screenshots, which probably technically belong to Eidos or someone. "Thief - Deadly Shadows" is going to be their trademark, too.