The Thing Cheats & Codes

Enable Game Saves

Note: This procedure involves editing a registry value; do not attempt this if you are not familiar with working with your system registry, as a mistake can cause serious problems with Windows. Start Regedit and use the "Registry/Export Registry File" menu option to create a backup copy of your original registry. Go to the following entry:
Create a string value by selecting "Edit/New/String Value" menu option. Name it DoInGameLoadSave and press [Enter]. Right click on the "DoInGameLoadSave" entry, click "Modify" then type 1 at the "Value Data" field and press [Enter]. Exit and save the modified registry. "Load Game" and "Save Game" selections will now appear in the options menu when you press [Esc] during game play. Note: Do not use "Load Game" option in that menu, as it does not work properly (go back to the main menu instead); however the save option works as expected. The saved game name will be called "TestGameName".

Cheat Mode

Note: This procedure involves editing a registry value; do not attempt this if you are not familiar with working with your system registry, as a mistake can cause serious problems with Windows. Start Regedit and use the "Registry/Export Registry File" menu option to create a backup copy of your original registry. Go to the following entry:
Create a string value by selecting "Edit/New/String Value" menu option. Name it one of the following "String Value" names and press [Enter]. Right click on the "String Value" name entry that you just created, click "Modify" then type 1 at the "Value Data" field and press [Enter] to activate that code. Note: Replace 1 with a 0 to disable an activated code. Exit and save the modified registry. Note: Cheats will work after a new level is loaded -- loading a saved game will not activate them.
Effect                     Registry String Value  
Unlimited health for player PlayerInvulnerable  
Unlimited health NPCs       NPCInvulnerable  
All weapons                 FullWeaponEquip  

The Thing Hints, Tips, Tricks, Secrets, & Glitches

Being Watchful

Pay very close attention to your team. If you see someone doing odd things, such as not shooting at enemies when they appear, or moving rather far away from you when your walking, be on alert as this could be a sign of infection. However, do not waste a Blood Test Kit on him to see if you are correct. Just be on alert because they could mutate at any second. This also goes for you as well -- if your team sees you doing the same things, they will question your trust and may attack you.

Unlimited Flares

Highlight "Flare", enable it, but do not throw it down. When it is low, press Left or Right and highlight another object. Then, highlight "Flare" again. It will have restarted and you will not lose another one.

Blood Test Kits

Save Blood Test Kits for showing your team that you are not infected to gain trust. Using them on a team member is useless because they get infected randomly, and usually break out within a minute of infection.


Always try to keep medics alive because medical packs can be few and far between. If you want your medic to heal a member of the team, tell your team to stay, then push your medic into the wounded team member. If he is hurt enough, the medic will heal him.

Saving Ammunition

Try not to give all your team members the same weapon because your ammo will go quickly. A good combination is you with a Shotgun or Machine gun, your second man with the one you are not using, then a Pistol. The rest depends on your ammunition supply.

Helicopter Pilot And Whitley

Activate the "Enable game saves" code. When you are in the helicopter fighting the end Boss, press [Esc] and save the game. When you load it, you will not be on the helicopter. Instead, you will be behind all of the snowy mountains and see Whitely and the helicopter pilot models stuck together. At first you will not see yourself. Press [First Person View] once (do not hold it). You will now see your character in third person view. You can separate Whitely and helicopter pilot by shooting them. Unfortunately, you cannot move.

Keeping Your Team Together

Listen to your team. They will tell you how they feel. If you hear someone say something similar to "We're gonna die", check the team menu and see how he is doing. If there is an X across his face while he is shaking uncontrollably, bring out the Tazer and shock him. Wait for him to calm down, move out of the area, and give him back his gun. He might be bitter, but after you kill a few more things he will be fine. Otherwise, he might start shooting you and your team, ending with himself in the head.

Skip First Boss Battle

When you encounter the first Thing Boss, hold Up/Left to run diagonally and you should run under it before it can hit you. This will also aim you directly at the junction box. Immediately start fixing it. As soon as it is almost fixed, hold Right to run through the door. Since he will still keep fixing it as long as you do not release the button, with luck it will be fixed before the Boss attacks for the third time. At the intermission sequence you tend to take off in a random direction, so this may take a few attempts -- save immediately before trying this. If successfully completed, you will lose only about half a bar of health and no ammunition, making the next area much easier. Hang back in the back left corner of the room where you are out of reach from the Boss. Wait there patiently, and after awhile the Boss will knock out the lights. A bit later, he will lean over to the right of the room, as though inspecting something there. Choose this moment when he is leaning to the right to make a run for the switch you need to fix to get through the door. You can get by without too much loss of health (less than half).

Defeating The Second Big Thing

Go into to his garage. Fix the electrical panel that operates the hoist. Step back towards the middle of the big door. There is an opening between two of the crates. Using your grenade launcher in first person targeting, send in a grenade. If the Thing turns its head toward you, then you have him targeted. Continue sending in grenades until he begins to burn. You can send in a few more if desired for extra fun. Run into the Thing's room and on the far wall from the big door is a switch. Throw the switch and watch as the Thing dies. You will probably take one hit from him. Use all 25 of your grenades from behind the crates.

Defeating The Third Boss

Run around the Boss in a circle while shooting it with the machine gun. When it is low on health, use the flame thrower to finish it off. If done correctly, you can kill it without being hit. After you kill the Boss, the Thing in the glass in the room will break out, and the door will be opened with a few guards. This Boss has a sweet spot. If you get directly under it, it will not attack. When you get under it, blast away until its health is in the red, then burn it. Place Peltola in front of you in the room, just before you enter the room where the Boss is located. Inch him into the doorway. When the door fully opens, push him in and fire at the same time. He will enter with you and fight. Use him for his fire power and to keep the walker busy while you attack the big Boss. Peltola will die during the battle.

Shutting Doors

Always shut the door of the room you walk into, if you have the chance. For example, on the level where you have to kill all the walkers, a walker will enter from the front door if you do not shut it.

Hidden Trailer

Wait about one minute at the main menu to view a longer, uncut television trailer for the game.

Persuade A Person

When someone's trust is in the orange and they will not do anything for you, enter first person mode and aim the gun at their head for three seconds. They will now do things for you without good trust.

Get A Doctor To Follow You Into A Fight With The Thing

Use the following trick to get a doctor in the same room with you during your battle with the second giant Thing. Walk to the large garage door. Get the doctor close to the door as well. Then, tell him to not follow you anymore. Push him as close to the door as possible; and close enough to you that when you flip the switch to open the door he will not move. Before you flip the switch, tell him to follow you again. Flip the switch and when you are shown in the locked room with the second giant Thing, he should be beside you. Use him to heal you during the fight with the Thing.

Get Whitley To Follow You

The following trick requires Stun Grenades (found in the back of the room with Boss 3), Blood Test Kit (found in the same room), and the Grenade Launcher (in the save room down the hall from Boss 3). Starting after third Boss fight (hanging tentacle monster), backtrack your way out of the weapons lab, back up the air vent, and to the "mine" elevator. As soon as you reach the surface, strafe left, and equip both the Grenade Launcher and Stun Grenades. If you step forward at all, it triggers an intermission sequence you have to die and start the level over. Enter first person mode and aim up the corridor, parallel with the bottom of the last metal wall panel. Launch a grenade and quickly walk forward. The intermission sequence will trigger, but Whitley will stand still instead of running off. Now, quickly run ahead of him (preferably block his path to slow him down) and use the Blood Test Kit. He now trusts you enough to follow orders. Order him to follow you (otherwise he walks around the corner triggering guards to attack) and give him a weapon. You have now backup. He only lasts a brief amount of time, and will disappear roughly halfway up the snow corridor, which appears scripted. However, every bit of backup firepower helps in that spot. In the last level where you have to find Whitley as an objective, as you stand in the elevator strafe left and launch a grenade just outside the opening. If done correctly, you can bring Whitley with you to help kill all the troopers. Note: You have to give him some weaponry.

Two Medics

In the level where you must find Faraday, do not hit the switches until you have met the medic downstairs. Bring him up to the top of the ramps and tell him to stay. Hit the switches and go to find Faraday. Leave, and on your way out, the medic will not have turned. You will get two medics for the remainder of the level.

Keep Williams

On the level where you must gain access to the weather station, go to the side of the building to your right. Throw a grenade under the vent and the door will be blown off, allowing access. If you had gone in regularly, Williams would have turned into a Thing. Using this trick will save many medikits for the levels ahead

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