Thief — 3Q2014 issue

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It takes a thief

You know, once in a while, a game comes along that is just full of fun stuff and guilty

William Har­ri­son, GI con­tribut­ing editor

plea­sures that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Ladies and gen­tle­men, this is that game. Thief is a game that when I first heard about the orig­i­nal — way back when it was only avail­able for PC — I thought it was one of those games I would have liked to play but didn’t think it would be fun. Man, was I ever wrong.

Thief places you in the role of mas­ter thief Gar­rett as he works his way through a city run by a greedy and blood­thirsty Baron and his guard known as the WATCH. Use the shad­ows to your advan­tage and truly make what is theirs … yours.

Eidos/Montreal and Square ENIX put forth a great effort in mak­ing this game a real­ity and bring­ing it to home sys­tems. Thief is actu­ally the fourth incar­na­tion of the series, set dur­ing the time period around the same time as the Black Plague, I think; they don’t really tell you when it’s set or where it is rel­e­vant to any time period. I only say dur­ing the time of the Black Plague because of the dis­ease that runs ram­pant called the gloom, which is a lot like it.

The stealth game­play is the main rea­son why I’m a huge fan of this game. I like the fact that it’s a major part of the game and there is an achieve­ment for mak­ing it through the game unseen. There is the rat­ing sys­tem where I seem to always strad­dle the line between ghost and oppor­tunist in my quest to see if I’m still as sneaky in stealth games as I claim to be.

As of press time, I haven’t fin­ished Thief but the story and the free roam­ing aspect are awe­some. At times, I wan­der from the story to explore, roam aim­lessly and rob peo­ple blind just like in real life.

The city and the char­ac­ters are beau­ti­fully designed and ren­dered but it seems to be miss­ing some­thing. The music — as far as atmos­phere goes — is OK but it seems that you can’t really hear it. And, a lot of times the inter­ac­tions between char­ac­ters is almost a joke because you can some­times barely hear what a NPC or your­self are say­ing. Appar­ently, sub­ti­tles are a bit of a must to catch every­thing being said.

I’m not quite sure how the old Gar­rett matches up to the new Gar­rett since I haven’t played the PC titles but hope­fully it’s not too far off. I really do enjoy this game, but it seems that it isn’t really all that long, at least not when you get into the story-specific mis­sions. There is still a free roam ele­ment there but there are also points where you can’t go back and that seems like it’s pun­ish­ing the player and slap­ping you say­ing, “You want to explore?! NOW!? The fate of the world is at stake!!”

Thief is a really good stealth, make-you-feel-guilty-in-a-good-way sort of game and should def­i­nitely be played by all. The fact that it’s the fourth game but also a reboot of the series is fine, but the fans of the older games may have a prob­lem with the dif­fer­ences. Sound issues aside, this is a hell of a steal.