Ed.: In accordance with Hannah’s wishes, we have refrained from copy editing her review of Thief.
Thief the game
With my short lived life as a gamer girl, I have not heard of the Thief (2014) before, until it was available for free for Xbox live gold members for 360 a few weeks ago. (I have to admit, even with my constant Elder Scrolls Online playing on Xbox One I still check back with good ol’ 360 for free games bi-monthly. Besides, there are way better free games for 360 than One, which is relatively new system and there aren’t as many “good” games that are out of season yet.) The almost monochromatic, mysterious cover art where the guy looks like the merchant from RE4 in his golden days. I knew I would be all in for this game. And who doesn’t secretly adore a shady pale guy covered in black eyeshadow that competes with your favorite raccoon of the backyard? As I’ve stated earlier, my gamer life is pretty new. I’ve never played any games seriously (watching my brother play Nintendo 64 and Sega back in the 90’s doesn’t count, unless it ever did) until the release of Skyrim (2011). I could go on about my first experience playing a console game seriously now and it would be funny to you but I am gonna save that for later where the story is more relative to what I’m writing. Back to our Thief talk, knowing my background, I did not know of the earlier games. All I knew was that I was going to enjoy this game VERY MUCH.
When I finish downloading and launched the game, I saw the big name I recognize: SquareEnix. Same company that made Tomb Rader 6 which I adore and had a blast playing. The feeling was like shopping at a nearby Salvation Army store and scoring an awesome designer cloth in mint condition for like $15. The game proceeded and I realized it’s a strictly first person perspective game, which for me is not the most ideal because I get nauseous easily with the rambunctious controls my fingers tend to do (I can’t help it!!!). So for not being able to having the option to switch between first and third leisurely, it was like finding out that awesome designer cloth for bargain was a size too big for me. But that didn’t stop me, I kept trying and realized this game is slower paced, and I could get digital motion sickness seldom. When I reached that point, the size too big cloth wasn’t all that bad, actually it looked rather chic and flattering. Yes, if you get what I’m talking about, that was exactly the epiphany I was having over this game. Playing as Garrett is like having the two options — open palm and go the high way or close fisted and kill anyone who gets in your way… Or the third way, which is something in between (the game calls it, “opportunist”) which I belonged to the most time in my first play through. Garrett is voiced by Romano Orzari, who reminded me of Giedon Emery’s super sexy Fenris voice from Dragon Age II most the time and Elias Toufexis who played awesome Adam Jesnsen from Deus Ex at the same time. The game offers an option to ‘mute’ Garret’s voice but I don’t see why anyone would. Especially when he says, “I will take this.” The gameplay itself was quite awesome, which reminded me of playing Thieves Guild quests for Elderscrolls series in whole and somehow Mirror’s Edge and Bioshock Enfinite in therms of environmental aesthetics here and there. My only complain is in the poor cinematography in cut scenes though, even my super sober and alert brain could not connect the dots in the storyline thanks to that. The ending was the biggest popper ever, but in the end I can’t complain because the game was free and I had spent so many great hours playing all the quests and client quests. If you have downloaded on your Xbox 360 while it was free and haven’t commenced it yet or if you could just get it for a bargain price, I highly recommend it. Despite the poorly executed, anticlimactic ending, the gameplay itself makes up so much for it.
Now that I sound pretty convincing, I just got to wait for Jennifer and Justin to enjoy this game and perhaps my eyes will be rewarded with watching them making the perfect cosplay versions of Erin and Garrett.
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