Thief is a reboot of the classic Thief series of video games and is created by Canadian developer Eidos Montreal, developers of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The game was ported to the PC by Nixxes Software, also responsible for the PC port of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Thief brings back master thief Garrett as he slinks into the shadows of The City, a place inspired by Victorian, steam-punk and gothic aesthetics.
With The City ravaged under an illness called The Gloom and coming under oppression of the Baron’s Watch, Garrett must sneak past his uniformed foes to steal from the rich and take the most well-guarded possessions for himself. Using his highly advanced skills, Garrett traverses The City in silent secrecy, traveling both horizontally and vertically, across rooftops and through the streets to find the most treasured loot to steal and conduct the most audacious heists. The dark and lonely Garrett, however, soon becomes involved with an uprising led by Orion, the “voice of the people”, who is fighting back against the Baron’s oppression and break down his tyrannical rule.
Players are free to approach levels as they see fit and are armed with a variety of arrows with various uses. Water arrows, for instance, can be used to douse flames, creating shadows for Garrett to sneak through, while Blunt arrows can be used to trigger switches from afar and Rope Arrows, which can be used to affix a rope onto overhanging arches, allowing Garrett to climb up to otherwise inaccessible reaches. Garrett can also pick up and throw objects found in the world, such as bottles, in order to distract enemies. Built with the Unreal Engine 3, Thief features a dynamic lighting system that deeply affects the gameplay, as staying in the shadows, hidden and unseen is a critical element of the gameplay.
The game introduces a new “Focus” mode, which enhances elements of level design that might aid Garrett, such as candles that can be extinguished, pipes that can be climbed, switches for traps, and special signs and marks that may be of use. Focus can also be used for various other purposes, such as being more effective at pickpocketing, pushing enemies or performing debilitating attacks. Even apart from Focus, Garrett carries a blackjack, which he can use to knockout guards and a claw, which can be used to grapple onto higher ledges and take advantage of the levels vertical design.
- Developer: Eidos Montreal
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Genre: Stealth
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
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