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  • Summary: Garrett, the Master Thief, steps out of the shadows into the City. In this treacherous place, where the Baron’s Watch spreads a rising tide of fear and oppression, his skills are the only things he can trust. Even the most cautious citizens and their best- guarded possessions are not safe from his reach. As an uprising emerges, Garrett finds himself entangled in growing layers of conflict. Lead by Orion, the voice of the people, the tyrannized citizens will do everything they can to claim back the City from the Baron’s grasp. The revolution is inevitable. If Garrett doesn’t get involved, the streets will run red with blood and the City will tear itself apart. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. It’s an early, serious, and unexpected contender for my list of the top 10 games of 2014.
  2. Feb 24, 2014
    At times, the developer seems ill-fitted for the franchise, but the studio has padded out this selection of classic stealth challenges with crafty cat-and-mouse moments that help intensify Thief’s ­slow ­pacing.
  3. Mar 10, 2014
    Satisfying gameplay mechanics and excellent environments and sound design meet an unsound technical production, irritating and overly repetitive character dialogues and a lacklustre enemy AI. Stealth games lovers will still find good elements in the new Thief, but it isn't the triumphant return we'd hoped it would be.
  4. Feb 24, 2014
    A solid stealth genre game. If you’re after an action-packed slaughterfest, look elsewhere – Thief will appeal to long-term fans and gamers that prefer to take a more cerebral approach with their anarchy.
  5. Feb 24, 2014
    Hiding in the shadows and taking out each opponent like a ninja, albeit a non-lethal one, is satisfying. But Thief shows one too many unrefined edges, occasionally catching itself unable to resolve the issue combining classic design with modern production.
  6. Feb 24, 2014
    Ignoring the story and cherrypicking the best side missions is the best way to approach it.
  7. Feb 24, 2014
    Actively unpleasant to play, embarrassingly buggy, and wholly devoid of any personality, Eidos Montreal’s Thief reboot certainly isn’t the worthy continuation fans waited almost a decade for.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 66
  2. Negative: 22 out of 66
  1. Feb 25, 2014
    Thief is truly an excellent game for excellent people. Foreboding atmosphere, superbly controls, complex gameplay systems, intricate graphics, exceptional storytelling, etc. Eidos Montreal have proven once again that their team has the chops to reboot a classic franchise after the incredible Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Thief is a Thief game for fans of the older titles. While some things have changed, 99% of it remains the same but better than ever. Expand
  2. Jul 13, 2014
    I'm a thief fan since it started back in 90's. I've enjoyed every aspect of the game, you can play in any way - as stealthy thief master or super hero (choosing easy difficulty). For those who think it's not as deep and complex as predessors I advise to play on max difficulty setting, and I'm sure then you'll change your mind. It's nothing to complain about at all, if you prefer multiplayer action game then you won't love it for sure. Beautiful graphics, very dark and desperate atmosphere, strong gameplay, perfect art and gamedesign. Overall Thief is one of the best games ever created, very good "re-arrenge" of well known series which fits to veterans and newcomers. Everything is changing, so do we and games. Expand
  3. Feb 28, 2014
    All right, this game it pretty fun if I do say so myself. Its got all the mechanics a good stealth game needs, some good ol' sneaky free roaming and it is all tied together with keeping you entertained at the same time! While I do say this is one fun game at the same time it does have a noticeable glitch. The A.I. sometimes has a problem with keeping a smooth path. Instead of taking a smooth turn it will be a little twitchy or if standing on an uneven surface the foot will twitch a little bit. I know that may be a little picky but sometimes it can be slightly "unimmersive" from time to time. Other than that though, this is one game I recommend you to consider if you like stealth games. Expand
  4. Mar 11, 2014
    So glad I rented this game. I would have been mad at myself for buying this. 1st off, graphics are last gen at best. This game runs like crap. And not to mention its so slow paced and boring the story just slowly chugs along. I blame this on the devs. Don't waste your time on this entry. Expand
  5. Mar 25, 2014
    It's not terrible, but it's not great. As others have said the background characters get stuck in a repetitive dialogue loop which is really disappointing for such a massively hyped up game. It's the simple things sometimes. Also sometimes the dialogue is loud, other times it's quiet.. I kept having to adjust my TV volume. Sometimes it's out of synch too. That's the bad stuff. The good stuff is that the chapters are very different from one another which I loved, especially Chapter 5! Sneaking in and out of the shadows is a lot of fun and the controls are great, responsive nothing sticky at all. Soundtrack is good, graphics are good. 6/10 Expand
  6. Jun 3, 2014
    I wanted so much for this game to be good. Hell, I bought an xbox one for it! That's why it pains me to have to write this review. The level design is meh, the combat is average at best and the story is subpar. Add to it the bugs and the terrible sound design and implementation ( it's a stealth game where all sounds are on top of you no matter where the enemy is) and you have a mediocre reboot at best. Expand
  7. Mar 26, 2014
    I wanted to like Thief, I truly did. There was so much next-gen potential harmonizing with experienced developers, I assumed this was a no-brainer purchase; but alas, you all know what is generally said about assumptions. Thankfully there is GameStop which has a seven day return policy on used games. I first had a hint of something suspicious when the used Thief games were selling at $40 not even a full week after release. I thought to myself, “maybe it’s a niche title, and hey what the hell, I love most niche titles”. I rarely find a game that I just particularly hate in every way, and I have never given a zero to any game, ever.

    Thief starts off in Square Enix’s beautiful medieval city setting. Once the game got going though, I had to check to make sure I was playing my XBONE instead of my PS3 because the graphics were equivalent to Dishonered on PC with the settings all on LOW. This was a next-gen single-player adventure game, where was that awe inspiring stimulation which accompanied the visual presentation of AC:BF or BF4? “Oh well”, I thought to myself, so what if Thief is sporting sub-par graphics, the gameplay will surely make up for it… wont it?

    I set off into the world with my master Thief tools in hand and subterfuge on my mind. Determined to play the game the way it was meant to truly be played, I set on being a ghost and only taking minimal artificial life. This wasn’t an assassin game, this was Thief, it was time to rob a bank Shaun Connery style (Entrapment). Next thing I know, I’m spending the next hour stealing ink bottles and running amuck on the dumbest AI since the zombies in the original Resident Evil. Darting from shaded area to shaded area like I’m playing the original Splinter Cell, these guys would stand a foot away looking right in my direction and would never see me. Throw a bottle directly in front of them and you will get a remembrance of the original Metal Gear Solid; oh yeah, you know, “Huh? What was that? (3 seconds of investigation) Guess it was nothing.” Get in trouble? Just run into a room and hide in the closet, don’t worry the guards will never suspect, because they’re brain dead. If you decide you want to pick off everyone one by one, don’t worry, the guard who was talking to his buddies 5 seconds ago won’t notice if two go missing when he turns back around.

    I ended up taking the game back after only two hours of play time. Maybe I have no room to say that the plot was bland and the filler was mind-numbing. I do know though, that I wanted to stop playing after 30 minutes, but I kept waiting for things to get better. I strongly suggest watching a little on Twitch before making this purchase, or at least buy it using Game Stop’s seven day return option. I was looking for a truly great single player game, and Square Enix built me up just to tear me down.

    Thank you,
    –Nicholas (Merc)

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