Thief's main story ultimately goes nowhere. The game kicks off with an introductory chapter that shows Garrett's protege, Erin, inadvertently falling to her doom at the hands of a cult in the midst of a magical ritual. As you push closer to the truth over the game's eight story chapters, the narrative loses all focus, the mystical mumbo jumbo takes over, and you're left with no real sense of closure. It doesn't help that the final, irritating, wrongheaded boss fight transitions into a final cut scene that offers no emotional payoff.
As Thief seesawed up and down, my enjoyment of it followed suit. Each time I thought I might fall in love, the game doused my passions with a new annoyance. There was the bug that had me swimming in place on top of some boards I'd leapt to. (Thank goodness for reloadable checkpoints!) There were the times I scratched my head wondering why I couldn't take cover behind one crate but could behind an identical one. (The rules of locomotion are never absolutely clear.) But then the love affair was rekindled the moment I pinched out a candle's flame and yanked a dowager's earrings from her lobes unnoticed. (Unrealistic, certainly, but joyful nonetheless.) Whether you are new to the series or cut your teeth on Thief's particular brand of stealth when it was still novel, I'd wager your feelings will waver as often as mine did. The Thief-franchise-inspired Dishonored waves the stealth flag far more confidently than this reboot does. Garrett is not yet on his way out, but he's been shown the door.
I was so excited when I saw the video previews of this game. Let me sum it up in a few short sentences. If you cannot sleep, play this game. It will put you right to sleep. Graphics wise this game is a 8.5, game play wise this game is a 3 at best. I play a lot of FPS style games so maybe I am too used to the run and gun game play style. If you like to be bored, rent this game or save some time, take the ice tray out of your freezer, and watch the ice melt. That is about as exciting as playing this game gets. Your call.