User Rating: 9.4 | Thief: Deadly Shadows PC
It has been a long wait, over 4 years waiting for the master thief to return. Now the wait was over. After playing Deus Ex: Invisible War I feared for Thief 3, I was now thinking that they may have simplified the gameplay for other reasons as well. But not to worry, Thief fans and even non Thief fans should definatley buy this game. First the gameplay. The thing about Thief since the first time I played it in late 1998 was that there is no game like it. Even Splinter Cell, and all those other wannabe's just don't have the "feel" that Thief has. Thief is as Warren Spector said, it is it's own genre: "First Person Sneaker" It had been years since I last played Thief and Thief 2 and it took me a while to get back into the groove, it just goes to show that this is really a different kind of game. So the gameplay in this has been improved, and though some say it's not unique enough I say bull. This series has it's own gameplay style and there are only two other games like it, Thief and Thief 2. And still to this day they are just as fun. As well for the story, I don't want to spoil any of it, but man I love the feel and texture of the stories in Thief. They are just so unique and different feeling. And you fall in love with all the characters. The story is so captivating it will keep you entranced through out the entire game. How about length? Well I was suprised to see it is actually quite a long game, even longer I found then the first two, which is a good thing, never can have too much Thief. Even though with no Multiplayer it is still a wonderful fufilling experince. And of course sound, this is something that all the Thief games have excelled at past any other game, Thief is a game reliant on sound so much, and it is nothing but the best. I love the music during cinematics as well. And out of my 16 years of gaming I still find Garrett to have the coolest voice out of any video game character..EVER. His voice is so dark and yet heroic, it's a perfect fit for the character. Graphics? I have heard some complain about them, but Thief has never been about blowing you away with graphics. But the graphics that are there are great, still the same feel of the first two Thief games, that dark cool environment that just sends chills down your spine. The lighting is very impressive, though glitchy at times it is still impressive, and really adds more to a game that's core is based around light and dark. In the end Thief: Deadly Shadows is a great game, and worth anyone's purchase. Highs: Garrett is back in his full glory, gameplay is tweaked to perfection, story is very immerisve. Just pure fun, and sound that will make you drool. Lows: Mad that they did not call it Thief 3: Deadly Shadows. Some glitches in graphics and lighting are noticable. Bottom Line: This is a great game, and easily the best game I have played in years, but remember only play this game in the dark, and 5.1 sure does make it more of a game.