Conclusion: It is hard to argue with the fact that the concept of a medieval stealth game is unique. There are times when the subject matter doesn’t quite measure up to the gameplay, and vice versa. Thief: Deadly Shadows, although a killer PC title, doesn’t seem to have the flair that makes for a strong console title. Think about the latest version of Splinter Cell; the devs knew adding a unique online component would add some much needed spice to the usual single-player sneak play.
Excerpt: Afterwards and ever after, you're pretty much free to decide how to handle each mission any way you want. While almost completely linear (you will occasionally get a choice on which of two missions to handle first) the gameplay of
Excerpt: Garrett the thief may be a little tougher than he was in previous installments, but using him to go on a killing spree just didn't feel right to me. Most of his enemies ranged from stupid to misguided to mentally ill, so I kept the bloodshed to a minimum and instead took delight in lifting their coin purses, snagging their silverware, and relieving them of their more valuable paintings.
Conclusion: vaguely reminiscent of Hitman. There's a lot to explore too, and exploring is what you're going to want to do. Thief doesn't hand you your weapons and give you a slap on the back. No, you've got to work for every arrow you sling, every land mine you toss, every health drink you imbibe.
Excerpt: Players once again step into the silenced boots of Garrett, cynical ex-Keeper recruit and Master Thief. A loner by nature, Garrett prefers to rob from the rich and give to himself, reasoning that he is his own needy charity. His stomping grounds are The City, a sprawling area of districts that are also home to some of the greatest riches in the world.
Excerpt: The modern stealth genre has seen the likes of Metal Gear Solid 2 and Splinter Cell. Many have copied this formula with some measure of success. The thing is, this formula derived not from the aforementioned hits, but from a lesser known title called Thief. This game captured the PC audience by storm with its unique pacing and fresh sneak-around-to-kill methods. Now, Deadly Shadows revives the series and brings the pioneering style to the home console.