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Good but sets a new standard for bugs
on 18 January 2005
This is a good game but has one major bug (and one that could be explained why so many find the game so easy). The Xbox version resets the difficulty level to easy every time you save and load a game. So unless you plan to complete the game in one sitting, you will be playing in easy mode for most of the time. There is no way around this, Ion Storm have acknowledged this on their site but don't seem to be able to do anything about it. How something this major slipped past testing is beyond me. You would also have thought they would have fixed this for the PAL release but no.
Anyway the game itself is great, the sound is superb and the atmosphere provides incredible tension at times. The levels are small and somewhat linear though and some of the new items such as the climbing gloves leave alot to be desired. The guards AI isn't particulary impressive either, they will often just search the area approx 10 feet and then give up. Level design is often superb but its just a shame it seems so cramped.
It's not nearly as good as Thief 1 & 2, but its easily one of the most enjoyable game's on the Xbox to date. Recommended.