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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's a crime, 9 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Thief (PS3) (Video Game)
It's seemed to a lot of us that this long-awaited game project was stuck forever in 'development hell'. That it's made a release at all is remarkable. It bears all the hallmarks of a project that has been jerked around all over the place. Perhaps the stunning success of 'Dishonored' provided the electric shock necessary to bring this corpse of a game back to life.

Like a lot of big name games that have suffered in this way it's not totally awful. Just very, very disappointing. The initial feel of this offering seems encouraging. Some really nice visuals along with a bucket full of high hopes raise expectations which are quickly dashed by the rather crappy execution. There are bad decisions everywhere. The developers have upped the specs of this game almost unrealistically whilst still delivering a game that looks like it should really be on Playstation 2. It actually feels a bit insulting. Ever get the feeling you've been ripped off?

There's clearly some considerable talent on show here but what good is it when so many other parts of the game are so shoddy? I'm sure there are a few very frustrated people at Eidos Montreal right now. Imagine working your heart out on this thing and finding that on completion the game should be let down by such bad audio, bad mechanics and a limp dead dog clunker of a story.

It looks like a project that was mothballed and then given a vigorous pimping in order to get it out there.

Thief represents a massive missed opportunity. A loyal and faithful fan base (including myself) for a terrific franchise with some excellent previous titles would have ensured a respectable longevity for this title.

But the worst thing of all is that this game will bury Thief once and for all. That's it. Dead and gone.

And that really is tragic. Since the old games are not playable on modern systems the Thief franchise is destined to be just a fond memory. No matter how much Garrett has stolen in his previous incarnations, his crimes are nothing to this.
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Initial post: 12 Mar 2014 22:17:16 GMT
I haven't yet played this - but for me (from what I've read) the problem appears to be it's too much like the old games, with only a few halfhearted stabs at modern gameplay. Now I love Thief: back in the day it was awesome, play it now and its as dull as ditchwater gameplaywise. The likes of Batman, Dishonoured, Deus ex:HR and Splintercell have moved stealth forward from the old wait-for-half-an-hour-and-cosh-someone-when-they-repeat-an-endless-patrol stuff: this new version of Thief doesn't appear to have taken any of those games developments onboard (combat, AI, gameplay mechanics).

Dishonored followed a similar template to Thief 1/2/3 but it had a much bigger and better arsenal of tricks to play with - the old Thief titles only have their atmosphere to offer when played now (the cradle is still awesome!). Eidos Montreal should have done much more with this, first and foremost they should have IGNORED the FANS - as one of them I'm massively disappointed this looks the same as it used to be: great at the time but rubbish now. The essence of Thief could be kept while still advancing it so it recognises it's 2014 and things have changed in the stealth genre - Batman could fight 30 guys at a time and yet they still managed to enforce stealth gameplay, the same for Dishonored /Splintercell and Deus ex Hr.

The simplistic gameplay of the previous titles could be excused by the fact no other games were doing it any better (in what? 1998 or so??) but to release a game like that now is commercial suicide - you're looking at the old games with rosetinted glasses: from everything I've seen of it this new version's biggest problem is that it's exactly the same as games that are 15+ years old - maybe you ought to play the old ones again (thief 3 IS playable on xbox 360 - or get yourself an original xbox) I doubt you'll find them as good as you remembered.
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