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Hands-on with Thief on PS4

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Garrett snuffs out a candle flame as he stalks through the closed jewelry shop, inches away from a snoring guard. While the jeweler toils in his basement and his wife basks by the fire, Garrett slips silently from room to room, rifling through drawers and pocketing valuable trinkets. Thief on PS4 is at its best when Garrett is left to his own devices, enabling players to vault through windows and pry open cabinets as the master thief himself.

This reboot of the classic stealth series takes a more open-world approach as players prowl the alleys and rooftops of The City, a shadowy nexus bathed in perpetual twilight. The city itself is a visual delight, steeped in long shadows and wavering fires that turn every nook and cranny into a sneaky play space.

And Thief’s thieving feels tactile. Coins, jewelry, and other collectibles litter cabinets and line hidden vaults, providing ample motivation for completionists to search every corner and crevice. The more loot you collect, the more resources you’ll be able to buy.

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One resource worthy of investment is Garrett’s trusty bow, which supports many arrow types — some for extinguishing flames, others for stunning patrols with toxic vapors, and still others for knocking over vases or turning off light switches from afar. In a pinch, you can use lethal broadhead arrows to take out a guard, but it’s a risky move that could draw unwanted attention. These items are easy to access: just slide a finger over DualShock 4’s touchpad and click on the desired tool.

Like its predecessors, Thief offers a wealth of different play opportunities for each and every mission. Take, for example, the aforementioned scene in the jewelers. Some players may practice patience and timing to move through the environment unseen. Others may silently dispatch the guards with Garrett’s handy club before proceeding. Others may extinguish every light and use the shadows to their advantage. Each play style is wholly valid, and rewarded at the end of the mission with bonuses.

There’s much more to appreciate in Thief outside of its stealth systems and flexible play. Eidos Montreal has put tremendous effort into detailing the world and its story. Hallway tables are piled high with trinkets. Beggars reach out at Garrett with feeble hands. Guards mutter during patrols and complain about their love lives.

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This attention to detail extends into play as well. Garret’s arms will begin to falter if his bow is drawn for too long, reducing accuracy. Newspaper clippings reveal additional narrative elements once collected. The lightbar grows in brightness when Garrett is exposed. And even Garrett’s trinkets (stat-boosting items) have stories to tell. The Cross-Wind Medallion, for example, reduces the chance of being hit by enemy projectiles. In its description, it tells of its previous owner, Silent Joff — a “long-dead archer who never spoke and never missed.”

Details such as these lend Thief authenticity, and make Garrett’s adventures all the more immersive from mission to mission. For those gamers that delight in keeping to the shadows and snatching up glittering loot, Thief launches on 28th February for PS4.

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Is the game optimazied good for the psvita? For exempel AC4= Was good Fifa 14= bad

Will need a old school length demo to consider this one.

transpondster 24 January, 2014 @ 15:00
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Looking forward for reviews, really want this game to be good

Pre ordered this today.

Getting this at releas because of nostalgia. Hoping it is as great as I thought Thi3f was back in the day. :)

Preordered and paid this off from amazon before Xmas and I just wanted to know if everywwhere gets the extra bank heist mission ‘DLC’ or is it just from certain retailers? Day 1 DLC is obvious cut content 99% of the time and it annoys me when the super cool extra mission is just a 100kb unlock file from PSN that I miss out on because I didn’t pick the right store to buy the game from.
imo this practice is bs and needs to stop. If I preorder a game I should get the extras regardless of where I bought the game from.
Here in England retail isn’t an option due to price gouging so I only use amazon or shopto.
Either way I can’t wait to play this, being a huge fan of the previous installments I just hope it delivers.

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Always in for more stealth.

pre-ordered and paid for this myself. Can’t wait.

Like @ThugETH I also get annoyed when a ‘DLC’ is simply a 100KB unlock file which allows you to play content already on the disc but for some reason hidden away from you. But fear not, as this process may soon actually become illegal.

Much the same way that it will be illegal in the next months for companies to increase the price of your subscription package mid contract (as Virgin, Sky, and BT all do… not to mention energy suppliers) certain aspects of the law will also be amended, which with correct legislation could lead to this being illegal as it would require the contract between consumer and provider to include everything for the agreed amount. Which would mean everything on that disc is yours, and no 100KB access code nonsense would be allowed.

Of course, they can always just do the exact same thing but store the content on a server and still get away with it. But at least it’s *possibly* a step towards the removal of locked ...

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pre-ordered and paid for this myself. Can’t wait.

Like @ThugETH I also get annoyed when a ‘DLC’ is simply a 100KB unlock file which allows you to play content already on the disc but for some reason hidden away from you. But fear not, as this process may soon actually become illegal.

Much the same way that it will be illegal in the next months for companies to increase the price of your subscription package mid contract (as Virgin, Sky, and BT all do… not to mention energy suppliers) certain aspects of the law will also be amended, which with correct legislation could lead to this being illegal as it would require the contract between consumer and provider to include everything for the agreed amount. Which would mean everything on that disc is yours, and no 100KB access code nonsense would be allowed.

Of course, they can always just do the exact same thing but store the content on a server and still get away with it. But at least it’s *possibly* a step towards the removal of locked content on discs.

I’ve never heard of it’s predecessors, but it looks and sounds awesome. I’m guessing from the pictures it’s a first person view?

Loved the early Thief games. Have this on pre-order!

For anyone else wondering, supposedly all new copies have the Bank Vault DLC included.

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I am so excited for this series rabbit – I played all 3 of the original PC games in the 90’s and this is where my love of the stealth genre comes from… Really hope this delivers!

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Sorry series REBOOT!

Definitely must buy.

ppl will buy this because there is a big drought, wait for a demo or gameplay video first.

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