Arts & Entertainment Editor
Thief was released on February 25 and is the fourth installment of the Thief series. It was developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix, who has published games such as Sleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider. Thief is primarily a stealth-driven game, so in order to play it, violence must become a last resort to the player. This feature holds the game back because combat is extremely difficult in this game. The game also has issues in level layout and premise.
Thief is centered around a place known as The City that is based on Victorian, gothic, and steam-punk designs. The player takes the role of Garrett, a master thief, who travels through The City to steal from the rich. He steals because of a plague that corrupts The City and while the poor suffer, the rich live safe in isolation from the plague. This plotline might have been more interesting if Garrett used the money to give back to the poor or to rebuild the thieves’ guild that previously existed. Instead, the player can only use the money to upgrade Garrett’s skills or to buy more equipment, which leads to stealing more money. It is not a story driven game and seems to be built more around the gameplay.
The Thief franchise is known for its stealth-based gameplay since thieves are not skilled for combat. Though Garrett has a compound bow and a blackjack for combat purposes, they are inefficient against the weaponry of The City’s guards. As a result, the player is forced to sneak around The City in order to steal from the wealthy community. Garrett can steal by finding valuable objects or pick-pocketing characters. A valuable skill that helps Garrett in his heists is focus mode; a skill that slows down time, highlights objects for the player to climb on, and objects to use to his advantage. Though the combat is insanely difficult, it teaches the player to use the more practical stealth approach in a game about stealing.
Overall, Thief is a game that needs more time in development before release but could still prove to be fun for people who enjoy stealth-based games.