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Round Up: Reviews Sneak into View for Thief on PS4

Posted by Robert Ramsey


It's been a long time coming, but the Thief franchise is finally back with this newest next-gen instalment. Once again plopping players into the shoes of master shadow-sneaker Garrett, publisher Square Enix has been hopeful that it'll nick the same glory that its predecessors did.

Unfortunately, the crime spree hasn't gone down too well with the media, resulting in a slew of decent-but-not-so-amazing reviews. The game's dreary but atmospheric world and Garrett's smooth movement seem to be thieving the most praise, but the title's been caught red-handed when it comes to poor level design and some long load times.

As per the usual Round Up template, we've gathered a number of critical critiques for you to peruse at your leisure below. With our own appraisal currently in the works, however, you may want to check back with us in the near future before making a concrete decision on whether or not to nab the release. - 6/10

Thief suffers from too much ambition, unable to draw its systems into a cohesive whole. Whether the game simply needed more time or entirely different foundations is never quite clear. Either way, it's a game that adds up to less than the sum of its parts. Undeniably, Thief suffers greatly by comparison to Dishonored - its more coherent, more thoughtfully and successfully designed cousin, in whose shadow Garrett and his game now cringe.

IGN - 6.8/10

Thief has some strong stealth mechanics going for it, and getting away unseen with a big haul of loot can be an enormous challenge, but doesn’t always put that to good use. Between the hit-or-miss missions is an extremely annoying city hub map and a weak story full of bland characters, and Garrett himself isn’t as sure-footed as a master thief ought to be. Ignoring the story and cherrypicking the best side missions is the best way to approach it.

Gamespot - 6/10

Whether you are new to the series or cut your teeth on Thief's particular brand of stealth when it was still novel, I'd wager your feelings will waver as often as mine did. The Thief-franchise-inspired Dishonored waves the stealth flag far more confidently than this reboot does. Garrett is not yet on his way out, but he's been shown the door.

Destructoid - 7.5/10

Thief is a great escape for those of you who yearn for more stealth experiences, but it doesn't really offer up anything exciting. The story and characters are somewhat forgettable, most of the missions are straight-forward, and the locales tend to blend together after a while. Having said that, there's a lot of potential here if you dig deep down into the game's ingenious difficulty sliders and challenge modes. In that sense, Thief succeeds as a bold stealth game, despite its bruises.

PlayStation Official Magazine UK - 7/10

Neither the disaster some anticipated nor a reinvigorated reboot akin to Deus Ex: HR. Thief is worth it for the setting and hardcore stealth, but it’s marred by some poor AI and passive gameplay.

Are you still looking forward to plundering the gloomy world of Thief on PS4, or have these reviews put a dampener on your planned heist? Come out from the shadows and smack us over the back of the head in the comments section below.

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User Comments (15)



3rdEyeMind said:

Seems to be a great, hardcore stealth game and nothing else.....? Is that why it was not reviewed as well as i t should of, because it is true to the roots?

Then again, with poor level design comments....that could be a critical blow as it is so crucial to, not only a stealth game, but an old scool game like this.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Eurogamer clearly wants to make sexy time with dishonored. I doubt that dishonored is a much better game as they say because I thought it was pretty dull at times. To be fair though I didn't have high hopes for this anyway so I still will end up buying at some point, I imagine for gamers trying out the thief franchise for the first time wont be too fussed about average reviews.



ShogunRok said:

@RyoHazuki To be totally honest I'm not a huge fan of Dishonored. I can see why it was praised, but to be praised so highly? I just don't see it.



banacheck said:

A far few people have this game already, some of these reviewers want Thief to be more like Dishonored thay should buy Dishonored then. From what I've heard it's not an amazing game, nor does it do a good story. But it's a good Stealth game Stealth meaning not an action game, also the Asylum is apparently unnerving. I'll be picking it up and apparently it's not going to be easy to finish it with 0 kills.



Splat said:

@ShogunRok - I'm with you on Dishonored. I didn't hate it but didn't love it either. I played it through once but don't have any desire to play it again. I did enjoy the environment and the look of the game though.

I probably would have liked it more in 3rd person. I don't think first person and stealth are a good match but maybe it's just me?



Shellybird27 said:

Dishonored was fantastic, don't know what you're talking about( i know my opinion), looks like i'll have to transfer this pre-order to Evil Within.



charlesnarles said:

I'm not canceling [my pre-order from Amazon that gave me the bank heist dlc for free]. I tend to enjoy games that do something well (SE:V2) more than Jack-of-all-trades-y games (GTA4). And yeah duh you gotta make stealth games as difficult as possible to "unlock" the better ai routines (MGS2-4). I liked the original, so I'm excited for it to come in the mail tomorrow. P.s. Dishonored is the one Bethesda game I skipped. Oops



3rdEyeMind said:


Don't worry, bud. I'm reading that it is a great game from quite a few different sources and they also say that it is designed for the old school Thief-ers. You're probably gonna love it.



KillTheG1mp said:

First of all, hi all, I've been reading you for a while but I hadn't bothered making an account yet.

Second, I wanted to buy Thief tomorrow but I bailed... I'm a stealth game fan and I loved Deus Ex: Human Revolution from Eidos Montréal and I guess my expectations were extremely high for the Thief reboot. Yet today's metacritic results made me extremely disappointed and unsure about the game. So I decided to buy Tomb Raider instead, which I had not played yet before waiting for MGS:GZ and inFamous: Second Son to come out next month.

I'll probably end up buying it when the price drops a bit as 69% on Metacritic ain't great at all and usually, the score represents my appreciation of a title.

Too bad for me I guess.



Dannybear75 said:

I played dishonoured but gave up half way through it, never played any of the thief franchise so now wondering if I should get this or not??

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