Stealing, stealth and a bad tutorial is the most you will get while playing the new “Thief.” It’s been ten years and this game, for me, fails pretty hard compared to its predecessors. Fourth in the series, but ultimately a reboot, developed by Eidos Montreal, “Thief” almost fell into the hole as much as the also long awaited “Duke Nukem” title that bombed after the 15-year wait.
You play as Garrett, a master thief, who intends to steal from the rich. Similar to the previous “Thief“ games, players must use stealth in order to overcome challenges, while violence is left as a last resort. If you are looking to shoot people or go ballistic I suggest you play “Dishonored.”
This game does some things that are not acceptable in games. It’s been watered down to a few buttons so players don’t have to use much thought while playing. The graphics are ok, but are compared nothing to some titles we have seen this season, like “GTA V” or “Assassins Creed 4.” It’s also very confusing to get around in the city, yes there are markers but in such a crowded town, it’s hard to get around. I also can’t understand how I can steal 200 pieces of gold but can only hold one throwable item, such as a bottle.
There is one thing I did like about “Thief:” the fact that it is not a shooting game. Its a first person sneaking game which is rather rare these days. Even the “Assassins Creed” series ended with blundering pirates. Although “Thief” doesn’t have the open world like “Assassins Creed,” it does have the ability to run up to the wall and climb on top of buildings.
I can’t say I was disappointed by this game, because I went in with no expectation. The graphics didn’t blow me away but were not bad enough to be a complete eyesore. The gameplay wasn’t terrible either, just lacked any complexity to make it interesting. The story is also not really developed which is strange for a reboot. That means they had the whole world already planned out and they just had to add interest, which they neglected to do. That is why I am giving “Thief” a six out of ten.
I know what you are thinking, “this was going to be a game to try over break.” In my honest opinion there are others coming out you should try. PopCap Games just released their new first person shooter/tower defense game “Garden Warfare” and if you are a looking for something scary, take a look at “Outlast.” Also coming out on March 11, “Titanfall” hits Xbox One and PC and “Dark Souls 2” comes to Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.