You are Garrett, the master thief. Rarely seen and never caught, Garrett is the best that ever was. Able to sneak past any guard, pick any lock, and break into the most ingeniously secured residences. Garrett steals from the wealthy and gives to himself, making his living in the dark and foreboding City.
User reviews: Very Positive (772 reviews) - 88% of the 772 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 11, 2004

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About This Game

You are Garrett, the master thief. Rarely seen and never caught, Garrett is the best that ever was. Able to sneak past any guard, pick any lock, and break into the most ingeniously secured residences. Garrett steals from the wealthy and gives to himself, making his living in the dark and foreboding City. Here crime and corruption are commonplace, wealthy nobles prey on the poor and each other, and magic and machinery coexist uneasily. World weary and cynical, Garrett wants nothing more than to be left alone to ply his trade. But things never work out that way.
  • Cutting-edge Action Stealth Gameplay - Hide in the shadows, sneak past the guards, or ambush them from the darkness!
  • Huge Arsenal of Thieves' Tools - Including lock picks, a blackjack, arrows, wall climbing gloves, oil flasks, flash bombs, and a dagger.
  • An Entire City to Explore - Break into any building, mug nobles on the streets, spend your loot, and earn a reputation. Feel like a real thief in a cityscape of unparalleled responsiveness and interactivity.
  • Advanced Artificial Intelligence - AI guards that see and hear, track evidence and suspiciousness, search for intruders, fight, give chase, and perform lip synching, facial expressions, and hundreds of lines of real-time dialog.
  • Dynamic Lighting and Shadow System - Every character and object casts realistic, dynamic shadows that effect stealth gameplay.

System Requirements

    Minimum: IBM PC or 100% compatible, Windows 2000 or Windows XP, Intel Pentium IV 1.5 GHz (or AMD Athlon XP equivalent), 256 MB system memory, 64 MB video memory, Direct3D 9.0, and Pixel Shader 1.1, 100% DirectSound 9 compatible sound card, 3,000 MB free hard disk space, Keyboard and mouse
    Recommended: Intel Pentium IV 2.0 GHz (or AMD Athlon XP equivalent), 512 MB system memory, 128 MB video memory, Direct3D 9.0, and Pixel Shader 1.1
    Thief: Deadly Shadows does not support play on laptop computers.
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33 of 34 people (97%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
112.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2015
Deadly Shadows in its vanilla state is great, but not outstanding. Rich atmospheres made up of moody and at times very unsettling tones allow one to easily lose oneself in the game world--if he/she can look past its quirks and dated visuals (part of the charm, imo). However, players looking for a challenge will be sorely disappointed as even the "expert" level AI is downright moronic--and laughably so. No surprise that newcomers might be put off in comparison to 2014's Thief (a flop of extremely linear proportions and objectively the most stripped-down of the Thief titles).

Enter the unofficial Sneaky Upgrade patch and mods like Thief 3 Gold. All of a sudden, this already engaging stealth-action gem surges to new heights. With a few simple tweaks, Garrett's once mind-numbingly haphazard pickpocketing sprees will further require careful timing as the City Watch is sure spot Garrett's beady eye in the dark before the player can shout "Azkaban".

Players who are itching to spar and dance once more with the Hammerites or Pagans should prepare for a swift, widescreen cocktail of ♥♥♥ disease and updated HD textures to the forehead, and anyone craving the challenge of loot detection/completion as experienced in Thief 1 & 2 (or the option to display the classic Thief HUD) may rejoice, for it is possible to do exactly that and more! Enable Sneaky patch's most punishing (aka realistic) tweaks and play on expert. I DARE you.

From the perspective of someone who's childhood was largely made up of Thief 1 and 2, Deadly Shadows in its patched form is arguably the best and most well-rounded entry in the series and it is now more accessible than ever.

PS for those who are wondering: The Shalebridge Cradle chapter is deeply unsettling as ever, sending modern jump-scare titles like Outlast to bed with the lights on.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
the man jogs very slow
would recommend to speedwalkers
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Ahh, this game. It's a great stealth game. One of the best, really. Its got stellar stealth effects. Light, sound, it all has an effect. Its fun using your wide array of items to either kill or knock out an enemy, or sneak by unseen. The bow is paricularly lovely in this game. The water arrows you use to put out torches are particularly unique. The city is pretty nice, even though it's small, it still manages to feel alive somehow. The areas are fun, filled with different paths you can take to complete your objectives. Which path will you take through the shadows? You choose. And its really fun sneaking around in the shadows. To me personally, this is one of the few stealth games where it isn't like " I'm right in front of your face and you still don't see me, you stupid gaurd ? " And while THAT much is great, there IS a reason for it. Because if you run this on windows 10 the game is so effing dark that you probably see as much as the gaurds you sneak past can. On windows 10 the brightness toggle doesnt work. And it starts off very dark. And there isn't a thing you can do about it. It's very frustrating. But as far as I know this problem is only on windows 10. Aside from this glitch, the game falls flat in a few areas. Even though this is a stealth game, the combat should be noted. It's awful. If you get caught and are engaged in combat, you might as well just retry from check point. I doubt this will matter to most people, but it still needs to be noted. Aside from that, they don't tell you how valuable resources are. They give you something likw 20 arrows, and you have to save them and not use them in the first mission, as if you spend all the money you make from the supposedly " rare " object you steal in the first two missions gets you enough money for around 17 arows. Yeah. Anyways, this is still a really good game, and an amazing stealth game. Windows 10 version: 6/10, Every other version: 8.5/10.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Its not as good as the first 2 in the series, i am not fond of the engine it uses its too glitchy and feels broken, the story is meh, but the gameplay and feel is still thief enough for me to recommend it.
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769 of 856 people (90%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2013
So in Thief, you're a Thief.
Despite the misleading title of the game, however, shadows do not actually harm you in any way. Rather, it is advised to stick to the shadows as much as possible. I did not know this, and so had a very troublesome first few hours of gameplay.
In Thief, you steal things. That is because you are a thief. When you steal things, they belong to you, and so you can sell them to people and get money to buy other things that make stealing things easier. With this unique system in place, you can achieve a near-constant cycle of owning and disowning various objects in the game world. It is systems like these that contribute much of the immersion to Thief: Not Really Deadly Shadows.
You can posess a myriad of useful tools, like a knife. That is sharp, and so it can be used to stab guards, often causing them to die. While to some, like the guards, this may be seen as unhelpful, for a thief, it is actually quite useful.
With well thought-out game systems, a very well implemented loot ownership gameplay style, and the ability to own things, I highly recommend this game with something like a 7 or 12 out of 10.

"I would own this any day of the week, and you should too"
"This is fun"
"I love owning things"
"I love disowning things"
"I would disown this game just to reown it"
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