Metacritic (PS): 69/100
Metacritic (Xbox): 69/100
Release: Feb 2014
Reviewed on: PC
(User scores are recalculated daily)
Thief revives the classic Thief series with a 2014 release in this stealth based franchise. The game returns to the roots of the series with Garrett taking centre stage once again in this sneaky adventure.
Just like the previous games in this series you’ve got a dark fantasy setting to explore which draws inspiration from a variety of styles. Its part gothic, part steampunk and even part Victorian era which creates something very unique and visually attractive. You’ll be returning to your home town that you have been away from for some time. You find the place that you once called home is not what it used to be with the disparity between the rich and poor growing even more intense, something that you decide to capitalise on.
The game literally lets you steal anything that isn’t nailed down as any fancy goblet, bracelet or coin purse is prime for picking on your way to the main objective for that particular level. Stealth is your main weapon in Thief although more direct combat does make sense in certain situations if you need to knock out a guard or remove them entirely. You’ll also be armed with a bow which serves both combat and non-combat purposes.
All the mechanics you need to stay safe are there with the ability to sneak, lean around corners, pick locks, look through key holes, pick pocket, put candles out and more. Only by using all of these mechanics will you be able to evade detection.
If you need an extra hand you can enter a special focus mode that highlights any important points of interest. If you’re a Thief veteran you won’t find yourself needing this mode too much but it helps newcomers to the series or stealth games in general get over the initial learning curve.
Thief 2014 does the series justice by providing a great stealth based experience that is one of the best in the genre but it doesn’t quite capture the nostalgic feeling that fans of the series are looking for.
- Reboots the Thief series of stealth games.
- A huge number of mechanics to master that help you stay hidden.
- Visually attractive which brings the game to life.
- Steal anything that isn’t nailed down.
- Available on all major platforms.