I know that this game was developed with both "current" and "next" gen tech in mind and with that said that some comprises were maybe made. However some things are just unforgivable. Thief stumbles on a lot of little things. First, loading screens are absurd it feels like I'm always loading, when you travel between "hubs" like downtown and waterfront you have to go through a loading screen, and this travel happens often. That for me is the number one problem, everything else, for me, is just lack of polish. The movement feels often times very clunky, not very master thief-ish. Opening a window, requires a small animation then mash x to open the window then you have to repeat to leave. Why are we still mashing buttons? I want to open the window why can't it just be a press of x? I don't know about everyone else but mashing x doesn't do anything for my "immersion". Dialogue sucked, character development was shallow, everyday thieving was monotonous and boring. etc
On the plus side atmosphere was very good. I liked the way the city felt really tight, some will say it's cramped, and it is, if you compare it to something like assassins creed. But it felt intimate and it helped get me into a sneaky mindset. Also it really smacks of the time period it's trying to portray. victorian england was dirty and cramped and horrible and that really comes out. the lighting was awesome. aside from some of the character models (faces mostly) everything looked really good.
overall thief does some things right but most things wrong. It just doesn't live up to promise of "next gen awesomeness" of course things will get better with time but thief won't be remembered for for being a trailblazer.
Big fan of the thief series. this one just didn't cut it for me. I feel this game was made in a rush. If you want to play good stealth game I recommend dishonored. If thief could have just taken the gameplay of dishonored and applied it, this game could have done much better. Sad. Verdict RENT
posted by epians77 (COLLEGEVILLE, PA) Feb 27, 2014
Member since Jun 2012
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
While it isn't like the old Thief series (had to get used to the voice difference) it is entertaining and does what it is supposed to do. Still getting used to the fighting portion.....but as a Thief you are not supposed to have direct contact with Guards etc. Staying in the shadows and sneaking up on someone is key. Worth a grab and you will enjoy.