STAFF REVIEW of Thief: Deadly Shadows (Xbox)

Saturday, May 29, 2004.
by Scapegoats

Thief: Deadly Shadows Box art So far, I have only played this game through the first couple levels, and I must say, these guys have done a great job keeping it real. Everything in it is great - graphics, sounds, AI is decent, everything. I remember pirating the first Thief back when it first came out, and I couldn\'t afford it due to the fact that I was just entereing high school. By the time I could afford it, it was gone. But, Thief 2 came out. I bought that up right away. What seemed like the next day, I switched to Linux, and didn\'t ever get very far in it. Until now, I hadn\'t had any Thief action in a few years. Now my thirst has been quenched again, and I am very satisfied.

I think it\'s the first time ever on Xbox that I can play in first-person mode without giving up after 5 minutes. The controls work great. The option to use first- or third-person perspective is something that I really think would have helped me out in many other games for Xbox, and I\'m glad they made this decision. The AI is great, although not much improved over the older games. Fans who would like a game loosely described like Splinter Cell set in the medieval times should definitely check this out.

The graphics are great, and this is one of the rare instances where screenshots actually do represent it accurately, as you spend a lot of time immobile, or moving very slowly. The graphic textures look nice, and is a step up from the previous ones without a doubt. There are mostly dark areas, and if there is light, you\'ll find yourself trying to douse the flames to remain unseen. But it\'s still well done. Details such as mice running around and particles in the air that catch the light are nice touches as well.

The intensity of the game is much more present if you\'re wearing headphones, or have a loud surround sound system. Either way, lots of great ambient sounds, and great dialog, although sometimes repetitive, not unlike the original games. Still, overall, this game is great, and every Thief fan would love it, I\'m nearly 100% sure.

Thank you so much for bringing this non-action title to Xbox! Don\'t rush out the next one, but I do want to see a sequel before Xbox2 (because I am not buying one).

Overall: 9.0 / 10
Gameplay: 10.0 / 10
Visuals: 9.0 / 10
Sound: 9.0 / 10


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