Average User Score: 5.8Mar 14, 2014I've completed the game and here's what I think. The game looks fantastic. The levels are very well done with an amazing attention to detail and they are fairly varied. The lighting is spectacular, some of the best I've seen. The AI is well made, but too predictable. There is not a lot of variation among enemies, mostly guards with swords or crossbows. However, that's alright, it's to be expected in a Thief game.
The stealth-play feels real and immersive. Picking locks is always fun, and I like how you can look through keyholes in doors, but I missed being able to gradually open doors. There are a lot of secret entrances, so it pays to keep an eye out for hidden switches and buttons.
The difficulty options are insane, they really went all out. Huge props to the developers for including a great variety of difficulty options as well as HUD options. There are also a lot of graphics options, which is nice.
The story is the worst part of the game. It really is a terrible, uninteresting mess, and a huge missed opportunity. With the exception of Garrett and - to some degree - Basso, I felt no connection with any of the characters. I couldn't care less what happened to them or what they did. A lot of the awful story is presented through poorly directed cutscenes, which does it no favors.
The controls are another weakness of Thief. It is clearly made with consoles in mind because they opted for combining the Swoop movement key (think of the Blink ability from Dishonored) and the Climb key, which frequently made me climb objects instead of using swoop to close the distance to my enemies. Frustrating. Also, there is no jump key. Huge mistake, IMO. You can only jump at certain points, like if your character is standing next to an object that can be climbed or a gap that can be jumped. They also nerfed the rope arrow, one of the most iconic tools in the Thief series. You can only shoot the rope arrow on to certain wooden beams, and only in one certain spot on that wooden beam. As you can see, rope arrows are very limited in their use, enforcing the impression that the developers want you to approach situations in a certain way. It restricts your movement options and for me, having played the previous games in the series, feels dumbed down and on rails.
I dislike the way the blackjack works. It feels clunky and very unresponsive to use, and I wish they had stuck with the way Thief: Deadly Shadows did it. The bow works very well, and there's a clear distinction between the different arrow types. However, like the rope arrow, certain arrows have extremely limited use. I never found a good way to use the Blast arrow, it was just expensive, rare and useless. The Flashbang works great, as does the Blunt arrow and Broadhead arrow. Being able to carry a bottle or glass jar to throw as a distraction works great.
Overall, it's an 'pretty good' game if you can live with the irrelevant story and dumbed down controls.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Oct 30, 2013It's a rehash of Arkham City, except it's hampered by bugs and a terrible camera system that makes combat and navigating a frustrating experience. The menu system is a huge downgrade from previous games, attempting a minimalistic style but ending up dysfunctional and clunky to use.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.3Feb 16, 2012Kalypso needs to stop making crappy games. They take a big name like Jagged Alliance and proceed to take a dump on it, sort of like they did with Dungeons. They played it into being in the spirit of Dungeon Keeper, and it was nothing like it. This game is crap too, rather buy JA2 on Steam for way less, and get the community patch.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.0Oct 7, 2011Another shameful console port from a major developer, unworthy of PC release. Stay clear of this one. Blurry textures from the 90s, no graphics options to speak of, Press ENTER to start, consolified user interface, and so fort. All the major red flags are here, this is a game for consoles and not for PC.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.4Sep 19, 2011This game is so bad, I don't know where to begin. Terrible controls, graphics, AI, gun-feeling. It's on-rails, has gray pixellated dots for you to follow (as if you can get lost in the first place, it is completely linear). Stereotypical, boring characters. Just stay away... what a waste of a great franchise.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.8Aug 22, 2011A shameful porting from the Xbox 360.
- No AA.
- Low res textures.
- Limited screen res in windowed mode.
- Frequent crashes (in my experience).
- Horrible online connectivity DRM.
- Shoddy mouse controls.
- FPS capped at 30.
- No graphics options at all.
- Unskippable cut-scenes.… Expand