Are you one of those gamers who sticks to the shadows, moving around undetected and picking off enemies silently one by one? Do you feel the need to explore every cave, house or castle in the hopes of finding hidden treasure? Well then Thief is just about the perfect game for you. Stealth is pretty much the order of the day (or i should say night) and you’ll be doing plenty of sneaking through various scenarios set in a city embroiled in a revolution. You play the role of master thief Garrett and stealing sh*t is your mission.
If he looks like a darker moodier version of the guy in Assassins Creed then you’re right. Running across rooftops and jumping between buildings seems all too familiar as does the sneaking up behind enemies to eliminate them silently.
Right..as always with my reviews i’m not gonna go into too much detail because for one it takes too long and secondly it’s no fun me telling you everything. You’re a Life is Savage reader so i’m assuming you just want a brief summary and my 2 centson what the game was like. I’m not gonna spoil the the surprises and you get to discover the game for yourself.
The lowdown: Step into the silent shoes of Garrett, a dark and solitary thief with an unrivaled set of skills. The most challenging heists, the most inaccessible loots, the best kept secrets. The game kicks off with you and your rookie partner. You get discovered during a mission and after an explosion you awake a year later with no memory. It’s up to you to reveal what happened.
Ya that’s pretty much the drill, but blah blah lets have a look at the trailer hey so you get a better idea of the gameplay and what you can expect.
Stealth has the word steal in it…see what i did there.
Ok fine let’s move along to the summary then shall we.
Presentation: before i even get to graphics it’s rather clear from the trailer footage that the overall look of the game is dark and moody. Lots of shadows and very distinct gloomy atmosphere of a city engulfed in a revolution. Don’t expect bright colourful jaw dropping landscapes. Contrast between shadows and lit areas adds to the environment, but being constantly in the dark can get claustrophic at times. But hey you’re a master thief and this is the world you thrive in.
Gameplay: Garret moves freely and fluidly through the shadows, much as you would expect a master thief to do. Picking off enemies silently while you make your way to treasure can be accomplished in various ways and you are equipped with various weapons and tools to help you. You get to use a variety of arrows (fire, water, gas), wire cutters and a wrench to navigate through the darnkess, but don’t expect to win a fight easily in the open against multiple enemies. The cumbersome melee combat will leave you frustrated. Missions vary from minor theft from strangers to high end heists in the main story line. While you will have the freedom to break into a particular building via various methods there is still a linear aspect to it and you will feel restricted at times when it looks like you jump or climb a certain area but the game won’t let you.
Lastability: While it is repetitive at times the rush of succesfully breaking in, silently eliminating guards and leaving with loot undetected is thoroughly satisfying. Enough so that you will want to test yourself to re-do some missions in order to feel like a true ninja. The main story line is nothing to write home about and won’t grip you as much as the gameplay.
Final thoughts: I never played the original Thief game, but i did enjoy the thrill of testing my stealth and sneaking skills. The game won’t be everyones cup of tea, especially the run and gun type players or the impatient gamers. Those of you who love scavaging for loot and studying enemy movements to predict the best plan of attack or evasion if you prefer will love it. Gets a respectable 7 out 10.
While it won’t appeal to everyone i know that many of you would love to get a copy so i’m gonna give one away to a lucky reader.
GIVEAWAY: Megarom is releasing two other games in March. Head on over to their website HERE and the ‘forthcoming attractions’ page and tell me in the comments section below this post which of the two you would love to play.
Will pick a random winner this coming Friday.
[open to South Africans only]
UPDATE: winner of the copy of Thief is Paul. Congrats. Thanks everyone else for entering. Keep an eye out for upcoming gaming giveaways.