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  • Summary: You are Garret, the master thief who's rarely seen and never caught. In the effort to stop the Dark Age from coming, you must steal the City's oldest treasures. The path to these treasures requires you to sneak past guards, pick locks, and break into secured residences. It's best to avoidYou are Garret, the master thief who's rarely seen and never caught. In the effort to stop the Dark Age from coming, you must steal the City's oldest treasures. The path to these treasures requires you to sneak past guards, pick locks, and break into secured residences. It's best to avoid the armed guards, hired muscle, angry thugs, and hideous monsters that populate the streets. You'll have many thief tools to help you skulk around the shadows; in case that doesn't work, you'll have plenty of weapons to defend yourself. Expand
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  1. Positive: 52 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
  1. What really impressed me about Thief: Deadly Shadows was its exquisite attention to detail in all regards. From the graphics to the sound to the level design, every aspect of Thief: Deadly Shadows seems lovingly crafted by those who genuinely cared about what they were doing.
  2. 90
    Carry out your finest work in shadowy places and dole out dagger lobotomies with little chance of being penalized. It's almost as good as being a U.S. president or Hall of Fame running back!
  3. Delivers on its promises and is a worthy addition to the legacy of Looking Glass, we can only hope that more innovation and interaction is present in what all Thief fans are hoping for; "Thief 4."
  4. Overwhelming salvaged by three of the cornerstones of the franchise, an engaging, well crafted plotline, solid premise and impressive sound values.
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    80
    Lead character Garrett slides effortlessly from the shadows in order to pick a lock (or pocket) before silently dropping out of sight. It's an effect you simply never tire of, and it's why it never feels stupid to be hiding three inches away from a patrolling guard without being seen (as is so often the case in "Splinter Cell"). [July 2004, p.104]
  6. 80
    Without the guns, gadgets, and radars of modern-themed games, it's a much tenser experience, and the cunning level design and excellent sound effects really draw you into its world. The variable difficulty levels mean no one should get seriously stuck, but there's still plenty of challenge for those that want it.
  7. It excels in creating a gripping narrative that lends a strong contextual backdrop to the gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. StephanK.
    Aug 10, 2005
    10
    All I can say is...holy crap...this game blew me away. From it's great graphics and lighting system to the wonderful sound, Thief is one All I can say is...holy crap...this game blew me away. From it's great graphics and lighting system to the wonderful sound, Thief is one heluva game. And many people will disagree with me, but Thief leaves Splinter Cell (even though it is a great game) in the dust. Expand
  2. BenjaminH.
    Jul 24, 2004
    10
    Ignore all the misdirected FUD that Dakidski and others have posted about this great game. Seldom have I ever been so captivated by a game. Ignore all the misdirected FUD that Dakidski and others have posted about this great game. Seldom have I ever been so captivated by a game. As a casual gamer, I don't devote more than a few hours a week to gameplay, so I appreciate quality more than quantity. Thief plays wonderfully on the Xbox with the very rare exception of a few slowdowns, and is very appealing visually. The controls are great, and while they don't meet the standards of say, Splinter Cel, they're more than adequate. The sounds and atmosphere are blended nicely, and the voice acting is top-notch. I get great amounts of satisfaction from clubbing a thug on the back of the head and dragging his body around. True, things get a bit repetitive toward the end (enter place, steal all stuff, leave, repeat) but the quality of gameplay more than compensates for the monotony. Somehow, it just never gets old! This is definitely one of the first games an Xbox owner should buy, if you don't already have it on PC. Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Aug 10, 2004
    10
    Thief just got both better and more addicting!!!
  4. GaryC.
    Jun 12, 2004
    9
    A great game,yes there are some frame rate issues but the core gameplay is fantastic.
  5. RobinH.
    Aug 15, 2004
    9
    Thief 3 is a stealth game that differs from Splinter Cell in many aspects. You are Garrett, a master thief and must steal from the guys in Thief 3 is a stealth game that differs from Splinter Cell in many aspects. You are Garrett, a master thief and must steal from the guys in The City. You've got a lot more freedom, can buy your own gear and have a city like in GTA. Bad point vs. Splinter Cell: PT is that it doesn't have (XBL) multiplayer. Excellent Game! Expand
  6. G.Cayton
    May 31, 2004
    8
    Very happy with the purchase. Xbox owner and long time PC gamer. I bought the Xbox so I didn't have to keep upgrading my PC. Anyways, Very happy with the purchase. Xbox owner and long time PC gamer. I bought the Xbox so I didn't have to keep upgrading my PC. Anyways, seems to capture the spirit of the last Thief games. Definitely feels like a more single threaded (steal steal steal) game than Deus Ex: IW was. Great atmosphere. So far, pretty good storyline and gameplay. Not as ticked off about this game as I was about how consolish Deus Ex felt. Same small levels, but... they work better in a medieval castle setting. Good game. Worth the money. Very happy with it. Great controls. Expand
  7. Dakidski
    May 28, 2004
    0
    I will punish all game developers that develop shoddy ports with bad framerates, by not ever buying any of their products again. I will never I will punish all game developers that develop shoddy ports with bad framerates, by not ever buying any of their products again. I will never forget or forgive Ion Storm for Deus Ex 2 on Xbox. Expand

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#59 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004