Hey there GiantBomb Community, let me tell you a secret: I love stealth games. I love hiding in shadows, watching guards, studying their paths and then slipping past them without them even knowing that I was there. I love sitting in a dark corner, waiting for an opportunity to try picking a lock, hoping a guard won't come around the corner while I'm frantically trying to play a mini game. And the new Thief, despite some minor (and some major) flaws allows me to do all of this. Now, let me make it very clear: This is not meant to be a "Alex and Patrick and Jeff and Brad and everybody who dislikes this game are wrong and stupid console casuals and big poppyheads! " (hehe, get it? Because you collect poppies in Thief and it sounds a bit li....okay, okay I'll shut up) thread, not in the slightest. But I want to offer you, dear reader, a different viewpoint on this game. Because I really, really enjoy it. Also, I'm not going to write "in my opinion" anywhere, because everything here is just my opinion and nothing more, probably even less,
And believe me, I'm as surprised as you can be because I was ready to hate this game. (Yeah, I still bought it, I know). Before the release it seemed like a watered down version of Thief 3, complete with a bunch of stupid action sequences, no freedom to explore and a terrible plot. And parts of that are true (the story, jesus christ, the story....). Now I also have to say that the conversation about Thief and stealth games in general on the recent bombcast literally broke my heart. Yes, literally literally. Cause, if I remember correctly, one of the complaints was, that you can't fight 3 guards at once or blink around like in Dishonored. But to me, this is the definition of a stealth game. The importance of stealth is kinda the essence of...well a stealth game, right? The moment you make combat an easier and quicker option the game stops being a stealth game and becomes an action game with optional stealth. That's what happened to Dishonored.
Don't get me wrong, I loooove Dishonored. I finished it three times and love all the DLC they put out. But Dishonored was not a great stealth game. The best part of stealth games is that tension, when you sit in a dark corner and pray a guard doesn't see you. If you can just kill said guard without any effort or consequences then, well, all the tension immediately evaporates. Same if you can just effortlessly warp to another dark place at any time. Imagine a quicksave in Spelunky. Or in Dark Souls. Sure, you don't have to use it right? I can just reload once I've been spotted right? But this is just not the same. Yeah I won't get the achievment (oh no!) but whatever. Be honest: If you care about the Souls games, would you honestly don't mind if they implemented a Quicksave button? For the sake of my argument, I'm just going to pretend that you won't like it and move on.
Now, Thief does one thing in particular very, very well and that is the difficulty menu. You can really make the game as hard as you want. I've always been a fan of customizable difficulty and Thief is basically a wet dream for me. (this time not literally). The way I play, I fail the mission if I knockout or kill anybody, get spotted or get hurt and I've disabled non-critical upgrades, the focus meter and the reticule. And I honestly love it. It's not as good as Thief 1 or 2 or even 3 but it is a very good (and I hate to use the term) "hardcore" stealth game. I don't mind patiently waiting on a rooftop, looking for an opening and then just swoop in. Cause let me tell you: The feeling of pick pocketing a guard, after meticulously studying your surroundings and the other guards is just....it's just great.
So, if you like the idea of sitting in dark corner and being hopelessly underpowered, if you enjoy learning the path of guards uttering the same 3 lines of dialoge over and over again, if you don't mind that the story is rather "bleh" then....maybe give Thief a chance?
Well I wrote far too much about this, so thanks if you actually read all of it. Also you might have already realized that english isn't my first language and I should be much more fluent in it, so feel free to point out any mistakes I made.