Average User Score: 6.3Feb 28, 2014Every once in a while a game comes along that is hard to accurately review for everyone.
Do I review the quality of the game towards casualEvery once in a while a game comes along that is hard to accurately review for everyone.
Do I review the quality of the game towards casual gamers? Or towards people who understand and are fans of stealth?
Because depending on who you're speaking to, the review score will be wildly different.
Those who never understood stealth games and insisted on playing them as shooters or fighters, when the true intent of the design is to AVOID combat, those overly aggressive types will find this terrible.
Combat is only passable and you are not an assassin. More than one guy on you, you might as well accept death.
Top it off with the old gen animations and speech (bad acting, overly repeated lines from random AI) and a rather dreary city, it starts off with a bad impression.
While the buildings are fine enough in detail, the city lacks personality and feels like a series of generic rooms ultimately.
That's the bad stuff.
Now I'll let it be known I'm a big fan of stealth play in old Thief, Metal Gear and Splinter Cell. I'm the kind of guy that, despite them giving you more than enough weapons for a massacre in Splinter Cell, I like playing completely undetected and killing no one (if I'm good enough, usually I do have to knock out one or two).
And as a stealth fan, playing my PS4 version, I love Thief. The level's furniture and guards may be generic, but the layout of the levels towards your goals is excellent if you play to be a true thief.
And being a true thief is the key here. I've seen many professional reviews complaining about the focus feature and the highlighting where to go in any given room or even Garret himself telling you what to do.
And it's true, all of those would be legitimate complaints except for one thing. It can ALL be turned off. The fact there's an individual option to turn on or off Garret's voice impressed me, someone thinking to add that. (I went with off, let me use my brain and not be told answers)
For me, I'm going to judge this game by the merits for a stealth fan with proper settings.
By proper, I mean turning off everything except your mission marker.
And with that clean screen, your goal is to pick the pockets and steal the valuables....and no fighting.
Try going through the game without killing or knocking out anyone and being a true sneak. Then you will see the genius in the control and level layout.
And instead of ridiculing Square for making a game with added enhancements and hand holding to make it easier on casual gamers, I commend them for it. They made a game with every individual item can be turned off or on, so you can tailor make it towards your skill level. Being all inclusive while adaptive should be the goal of all games.
When played correctly and understanding and enjoying the slower, deliberate stalking nature of this style of game, this may have an older type feel to the build, but it's a top quality older type.
It's fair to say it's rough around the edges on a technical level, but nothing that effects gameplay. My PS4 version has not stuttered, had no pop up and surprisingly, I saw no glitches.
Even Ghosts, Battlefield, and AC4 on PS4 had their occasional glitch. Despite it's aged designed, within those confines it is polished.
The levels offer tons of hidden treasures and replayability and some of the best levels (in the way of how creative or bold you need to be to remain undetected) I've seen in years. And I play so many games a year, I likely rival a pro game reviewer.
But the difference between me and a pro reviewer? I'm playing for the love of it, not as a job.
This is one of those games I see getting overly harsh reviews from people who sound like they don't understand this type of game. So here I am, I only posted this to help speak to the true stealth fan trying to figure out if the game is worth it for them. And that answer is yes.
It's not that those lower scores aren't legitimate. Simply not accurate to people like me who might skip out on a great game because of people who come at a game from a different perspective than stealth fans.
In the end, I'm giving points towards my personal experience. And I think those points are accurate for those older gamers who've been around and played all the stealth types and are fans of that style. Old stealth fans can safely buy this, knowing they'll get their money's worth. It's a long game even without replaying.
As for the kids new to these style of games? That's tough to say. I'm not sure how critical they'll be of the animations or if they'll have patience for this style. For them I'm going to knock down the points to about a 6 and say rent.
And those who treat every game as if it were Call Of Duty and try to barrel through things, yeah, this is 1 or 2 point game for you. Just move on, this game wasn't meant for you.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Feb 2, 2014I owned this on PS3 an loved it. And I do not feel ripped off for buying a game I had for better graphics. Why would I? They aren't trickingI owned this on PS3 an loved it. And I do not feel ripped off for buying a game I had for better graphics. Why would I? They aren't tricking anyone, they've stated plainly that's what this is and then you can choose to buy it or not.
As you've heard, this isn't a simple resolution bump. They have warranted the selling price for me.
Even near the beginning, as I was on a cliff, seeing the wrecked ship down below, there was smoke and debris thick in the air, while birds flew in the distance, I marveled at the scene with all this happening at once without a stutter or pop in.
I'm a console guy, so to play such a scene, where as far as the eye could see, everything remained detailed with no pop in of any kind.....that alone is worth the money, since underneath the graphics lie a fun and great controlling game. They did a top notch job, quality like no other.
At this point, I have CoD: Ghosts, BF4, Killzone and AC4. Now Tomb Raider. Tomb is the best looking of some damn good looking games.
Thank you, Crystal Dynamics, for making an already great game so much better.
And those complaining about the price: If you're that cheap, you just get it when it's older. It's not as though games don't go on sale or drop.
The only things that matter is for your money you will get an exceptionally well made game any action/adventure fan should love. They may play towards the same type of gamer, but I think this game is better than any of the Uncharted.
Well acted. Fun story. Incredible graphics. I've no regrets, I love this game as much now as I did a year ago. It's a game I'm proud to own. No trading in this one!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Nov 4, 2013Not all games need to have identical gameplay. This is not a shooter. It is not even a third person adventure, not in the traditional sense.Not all games need to have identical gameplay. This is not a shooter. It is not even a third person adventure, not in the traditional sense. It is an interactive movie.
What it does is unique and done very well for those open to change.
If you liked Heavy Rain, you'll like this. it is like that, only with better story, graphics, controls and acting.
Truly one of a kind and of excellent quality. I love this game.
But like heavy Rain, be warned going in it has extremely limited replayability and isn't too long by other game's standards. I wasn't watching the clock, but I think it was 10 hours long.
But even one time through is worth buying. Rent if you're poor, but buy if you can to support well made art.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.8Oct 18, 2013Every so often a game comes along and gets unfairly chewed apart. Ironic it's this one, given the whole dismemberment theme.
I see so manyEvery so often a game comes along and gets unfairly chewed apart. Ironic it's this one, given the whole dismemberment theme.
I see so many people blaming the game for what is their own poor game playing skills.
Because the controls are solid, the bosses are creative and the only reason you would spend your time excessively dismembered would be from your playing, not the game's controls.
While, like any 3rd person hack and slash, the camera takes some keeping up with, other than that this was a good looking, funny game.
Not Deadpool funny, but still making fun of typical videogames and a good time.
I really liked this game. What's commendable is they made a game for specific people, not the mainstream. It's true, many people either can't hang or simply don't like these type of games.
But the Devil May Cry and, especially, Metal Gear Rising crowd, this is a great game worth owning.
No, I don't work for the company like some condescending other reviewer insinuated of other positive reviews. I simply bought this and really enjoyed it and think any hack and slash fans would too.
I mark the total a ten to offset the ridiculous zeroes. But more accurate, this is between a seven and a eight. Fans of these games will really like it.… Expand