Thief was released February 27, 2014 by Square Enix. The game was developed by Eidos Montreal. Thief is a first person action role playing game.
This is the 4th release for the Thief series which first came to the PC back in 1998.
Thief is set in a dark fantasy world inspired by Victorian, gothic, and punk aesthetics. Overall the game can be best described as fantasy medieval.
Garrett, the Master Thief, steps out of the shadows into the City. In this treacherous place, where the Baron’s Watch spreads a rising tide of fear and oppression, his skills are the only things he can trust. Even the most cautious citizens and their best-guarded possessions are not safe from his reach.
As an uprising emerges, Garrett finds himself entangled in growing layers of conflict. Lead by Orion, the voice of the people, the tyrannized citizens will do everything they can to claim back the City from the Baron’s grasp. The revolution is inevitable. If Garrett doesn’t get involved, the streets will run red with blood and the City will tear itself apart.
Garrett never paid the price for anything until now.
Players may enter a “Focus” mode, which provides several advantages. It enhances Garrett’s vision, highlighting pipes that can be climbed, or candles that can be put out to make the area darker. Focus can also slow down time, so that Garrett is able to steal more effectively while pickpocketing. Garrett can also use Focus to push enemies or perform debilitating attacks. It can be further upgraded over the course of the game.
Moving around at start, the player picks up items around the room where a guy is sleeping. Then you walk across a board to another building and pry the window open, then you can enter. Gameplay will be easy for those who have played shooters.
The story begins when Garrett is paired with his former apprentice, Erin, who both ended up accepting the same job from their contact Basso. On their way there, Garrett steals Erin’s claw without her noticing, because she usually uses it to kill guards when not necessary.
They arrive at their job’s location, Baron Northcrest’s manor, and find a ritual taking place. Garrett gets a bad feeling and calls off the job, but Erin disagrees and she ends up falling into the center of the ritual, which was nearing its completion.
Erin stops and floats in mid-air as she is surrounded by the ritual’s energy. Garrett, while looking down at the light, has part of the stone that was used for the ritual which then begins to glow and collapses.
- You Are Garret the master thief
- The city is yours for the taking
- Choose your own way to do it
- Unprecedented immersive gaming experience
- AMD Mantle
Moving around in the game is typical for a shooter, but with thief, stealth is necessary. So in addition to crouching, the player can also peer around objects to get around guards. This level of control is even better then most of the military shooters typically offer.
This game supports the AMD Mantle which features asynchronous shaders similar to DX12. GCN based can achieve much better frame rates.
The benchmarks are located here.