THIEF REVIEW – When Everything Is Part of One Big Puzzle

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The wait for a new Thief game has been long. The latest installment in the series was released in 2004 so there has been over ten years gap since Garrett’s last adventure. Without experience of the past games, we took a challenge to get into the world of Thief and steal everything we can. This meant spending a week as the master thief Garrett.

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Playing as a master thief, you must know how to move in the area without getting detected by the enemies. Unlike in other games, in Thief shadows and darkness are you allies and light your worst enemy. Moving around is smooth and miss controls barely happen.

But when it comes to the combat, it’s very lacking. That’s why enemy encounters are quite frustrating even though with a few ability upgrades you can ease the fight against them. Still when facing an enemy group, only way is to escape – other way you are a goner. It’s a bit weird that a master thief doesn’t move that smoothly during fights or when evading. Still, it’s a stealth game after all but I wish it would have provided a smoother combat system. Since if you get detected, you are going to die rather easily, and at the worst case the game throws you a bit too far back in the mission.

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As a victim of roller coaster video game experiences, my approach to the situations may have been too aggressive but I think it’s the gold of the game. You can play it in different ways and I’m looking forward to see how others solve the different situations.

Searching treasures from the areas is surprisingly fun and additive. There are lots of treasures to loot in the maps and I didn’t even find most of them! There will be lots of replay value for people who like to snatch and loot everything. After each chapter there will be a completed screen with stat which you can compare to your friends’ on leaderboards.

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Exploring the World

In the world of Thief, The City is the players’ playground for exploring, and committing burglaries. There are houses waiting for the player to break in and find the hidden treasures which are waiting for their taker – in this case – stealer.  When exploring The City, it’s quite easy to get lost since the map designing can be confusing at times. For example, in situations where you’re in need to refill your inventory at the market you may face problems finding the right way.  You can check the map but it isn’t helping much since there is no information about the locations. You can’t highlight the location you want to go either – only mission objectives. Unclear maps can cause frustration, if you plan to avoid enemies other ways and you find yourself in the corner and start to wonder where to go.

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Soundtrack

When it comes to music,  it’s meant to create tension and give a dark touch to the atmosphere. But this also means you won’t be hearing much of it during the gameplay and the few tracks you are going to hear aren’t exactly the most rememberable. Since it’s a stealth game, silence and environmental sounds play a bigger part during the gameplay.

Technical Execution

Now we’re experiencing a trend of cross-gen releases and Thief isn’t an exception. This also means it’s not completely a true next-gen game. Sure it has its moments to impress player  but there are still some last-gen coldness in character animations and movements. Also the game experiences dramatical FPS drops, not in gameplay, but during cutscenes which is quite surprising. Other flaw I experienced was repeating dialogue glitch where NPC just continuously repeated the same. Designing choice or not – it wasn’t pleasing. Another sign of cross-gen game were the rather long loading times between some areas.

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The Story

Thief may cause a disappointment for players who are looking forward to the story since it’s not revolutionary. The player is thrown in the setting where Garrett is experiencing some sort of insomnia due to the events happened in the beginning of the game. Soon Garrett finds himself trying to find information about himself and his lost friend. This leads to the different kinds of events  in the world of The City where people are starting a revolution while a mysterious disease is threatening them.  The events, setting and storyline reminded me a lot of Uncharted games which makes it feel a bit generic. But the story isn’t the main point of the game – it’s the stealth gameplay and solving huge puzzles.

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In Conclusion

Thief is a great game for players who are looking for an escape from shooter dominated next-gen market since it’s very slow phased gaming experience. Even though the  game lacks a good combat system, it executes stealth action well which is its main focus. Every situation feels like one big puzzle where all players decisions count.  Thief may suffer a few technical issues but it still is a welcome addition to the game library.  Garrett may stumble but he still manages to snatch the treasure.  I’m looking forward to see the first true next-gen Thief game.

Thank you, Namco Bandai, for the review code.

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Square Portal Plays: Watch Thief Gameplay a Day Before The Release [LIVE]

We’re happy to announce that we will be live streaming THIEF gameplay today – A  day before the actual European release!

The live stream will be starting on 6PM / 18: 00 [GMT +2].  The video player will be included in this post. We highly recommend you to follow us on Twitch and watch the stream on our official Twitch channel. Log/sign in Twitch to chat with us and other gamers who are following the stream.

Remember the internet etiquette when chatting with others. This way we all can have a great chat and stream session!

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Watch Thief’s Launch Trailer

THIEF will be out on February 25 (North America), 27 (Australia) and 28 (worldwide) for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

You are Garrett, the Master Thief. The City you once knew has changed. Your thieving skills are all you can trust as you walk the fine line between politics and the people, entangled in layers of conflict. With time running out, you’ll unravel a dark, personal secret from the past that ultimately threatens to tear your world apart.

Get ready to become the shadows. Become the Master Thief. Become Garrett.

Steal What You Want: A Playthrough of the First Mission of THIEF

Enjoy this pure, unedited, uncommented playthrough of the first mission of THIEF.

After a heist gone wrong, Garrett is trying to make his way back to his hideout in the clocktower. Along the way, he happens upon a jewelry store. Garrett being who he is, you can imagine what happens next…

This playthrough was recorded on a PC with fully optimized AMD hardware. Here are the specs, for you hardcore PC gearheads:
CPU: AMD FX 8350
RAM: 8GB
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7970
Hard Drive: 125GB SSD
OS: Windows 7
Controller: Xbox controller

THIEF will be out on February 25 (North America), 27 (Australia) and 28 (worldwide) for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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New Thief “Stories from the City Part 2″ Trailer and Artwork

Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal, the award winning studio behind the critically acclaimed DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION® today released the second trailer in a series of stylized videos that focus on the rich narrative and characters of Thief’s corrupt and broken city.

Each trailer in the series tells a story from the perspective of a different character describing life in the broken, repressed City that is being ravaged by the ruthless Baron Northcrest and the mysterious sickness known as ‘The Gloom’.

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“Let me tell you about the City.

We both know a thing or two about survival. We have grown old together.

Time and again it has been brought down, only to rise from its own ashes.

But this time is different. The balance has shifted;

There will be blood. Seeping, oozing; bleeding from every artery in this city.

But still… there is one who may yet be the key.

One who fears the light inside him as much as the darkness.

Yes… He will do nicely”

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Nobody knows how old the Queen of the Beggars actually is; rumour has it she’s as old as The City itself. Some say that although she is blind – she sees through the eyes of rats that riddle the city streets.

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Despite being on the lowest layer of society the Queen of the Beggars operates the beggar’s court with more respect, diplomacy and wisdom, than many of the people with real positions of power in the City. She is a wise, some say all knowing character whose words, beliefs and judgements should be revered.

THIEF is due for release on 28th February 2014 in all European and PAL territories for Windows PC, PlayStation®3, PlayStation®4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Thief: Stories from the City – PART 1 – “BASSO’S GAMBLE”‏

Thief_BassosGamble_Screenshot_1383308228Montréal (1st November 2013) – Square Enix® and Eidos-Montréal™, the award winning studio behind the critically acclaimed DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION® today released the first trailer in a new series of stylized videos that focus on the rich tapestry of Thief; its City and its characters.

Each trailer in this new series tells the story of the City from the perspective of a different character in THIEF’s narrative describing what life is like in the broken, repressed City that is being ravaged by the evil Baron Northcrest and the mysterious sickness known as ‘The Gloom’.

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“Now I get others to do the hard work. ‘Cause I’ve got the contacts.

If you’re a wrong ‘un, chances are you know me.

Maybe you owe me. Maybe I owe you.

 

Now it’s a different. We’re all in the same shithole.

The Gloom’s got the City by the neck; The Watch has got it by the balls.

The City’s dying, right enough.

But maybe there’s a fella I know who can steal back its life.”

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The first trailer focuses on Basso, a former boxman (safe-cracker) turned fence, who uses his vast connections to The City’s underworld to organise thieving jobs for Garrett. He owns an intelligent, but bad tempered magpie called Jenivere who delivers messages for him. Garrett might consider himself a loner, but Basso is the nearest thing he has to a friend. And whether he readily admits it or not; he rather likes the fellow.

THIEF is due for release on 25th February 2014 in North America / 28th February 2014 in all European and PAL territories for Windows PC, PlayStation®3, PlayStation®4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

New Thief Trailer, Screens, and Info For PC Gamers

Watch the first gameplay trailer for Thief below, featuring the first in-game look at the City, including Garrett’s clocktower home, the dark back alleys of Stone market, the splendor of Northcrest Manor and the Auldale bridge. Meet that old rascal Basso and his thieving magpie Jenivere. And of course, watch Thief’s engrossing gameplay in action!

Infiltration: Watch Garett swoop and creep around the City on his way from Basso’s hideout to the Baron’s mansion.

Theft: See him snatch the Heart of the Lion and everything shiny that isn’t nailed down, including some guards’ coin purses.

Escape: Mission accomplished, Garrett climbs a rope arrow to the relative safety of a giant burning bridge on the point of collapse.

Be sure to check out the Gameplay Demo playlist on YouTube for more gameplay footage!

Some new screens:

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Bank Heist mission screens:

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Master Thief Digital Download Edition for PC

The MASTER THIEF Edition will be exclusively available for PC through digital download. It includes the Bank Heist mission along with the following:

Official Digital Artbook – Stunning concept art that offers a sneak peek into the shadowy world of Thief.

Digital Comic – Delve deeper into the shroud surrounding Thief’s obscure world with this complete collection of digital comic books.

Booster Pack – Get access to an exclusive bundle of optional in-game consumables (extra gold and arrow capacity, choke arrows, poppies) that can empower you.

Digital Soundtrack – A remarkable collection of Thief tracks.

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Reserve your copy of this edition through Steam or your digital distribution of your choice today! Thief is due to come out on February 2014.

THIEF Pre-order Extra Announced & Two New Trailers

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New THIEF news from Montréal! Eidos-Montréal, the award winning studio behind the critically acclaimed DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION, today announced THE BANK HEIST™, the exclusive THIEF pre-order in-game mission.

THE BANK HEIST

As the Master Thief, infiltrate the City’s most secure location, Stonemarket First Bank, to steal a coveted family heirloom called the Star of Auldale. To this day, this heavily guarded and treacherous place remains impregnable, but that’s about to change…

  • A challenging mission that will put your thieving skills to the test.
  • Outsmart security measures found exclusively in this mission
  • Search for the Bank’s unique loot and many other secrets
  • A true homage to the Bank mission in Thief II: The Metal Age.

Please check with your preferred retailer for further details.

THE BANK HEIST will be available for THIEF pre-orders made ahead of release on the 28th February 2014 in all European and PAL territories for Windows PC, PlayStation®3, PlayStation®4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.