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 (514 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 11, 2004

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"Despite showing it's age a bit, this is well worth going back to for the excellent Shalebridge Cradle level."

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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
I bought this from a Gamestop back in 2004 as it is one of my Top 5 Games ever!

Storyline: 10/10
Graphics: 09/10 (it's an older game now)
Voice Acting: 10/10
Stealth gameplay: 10/10
Combat gameplay: 8/10 (ie. it's a stealth game)

Overall: 9.4/10

Definitely recommended.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
ONE OF THE BEST GAMES
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
AN AMAZING GAME FOR OLD SCHOOL GAMERS
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
get this theif not the new one
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
62.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
I write this on the basis of not having played previous Thief games in the series. However, Thief: Deadly Shadows proved itself a firm favourite and true classic on my list (I owned the game on disc when it was first released but had to re-purchase on Steam so it was compatible with my current PC). It's true that the graphics are now very obsolete compared to more modern titles - but it has been around for over ten years! - and I still have fond memories of exploring, stealing, sneaking, and eavesdropping.

Garrett is perhaps one of the most memorable game characters and superbly voice-acted by Stephen Russell. Garrett's real strength lies, not in combat, but stealth, utilizing the shadows, and on occasion render troublesome guards unconscious with the blackjack. He's also in possession of dagger, although players favouring more a killing nature doesn't really have much bearing on the gamelay as it did in, say, Dishonored.

The levels themeselves are extensive and credible; compulsive explorer players may desire to linger and search these sandbox-style maps to the full in order to collect 100% treasure. Such ill-gotten valuables are then sold to a fence and money can purchase useful tools and items to help Garrett in his adventures: flashbombs can be deployed in sticky situations, water arrows extinguish torches, oil flasks can cause guards to slip, noise arrows distract and misdirect guards....and many others handy for certain tight situations. The City itself is divided into several districts and offers a few (but not many) distractions from the main story; regarding side-quests, Deadly Shadows isn't on par with Deus Ex: Invisible War (even though they shared the same engine) and Garrett can only break and enter into about a dozen buildings, only a couple of which contain prized treasures. One particular level stands out as a ground-breaking piece of atmospheric story-telling: the chilling Shalebridge Cradle was regarded as a tidemark by Thief fans and became famous within gaming circles. The hairs on my neck stood on end thoughout the entire level!

But there are a couple of ♥♥♥♥les: one of which that Garrett can't swim despite it being possible for him to fall into water proved a frustrating possibility. With later games catering to more aquatic-capable characters, such as Deus Ex, Assassin's Creed II onwards, GTA San Andreas, Dishonored, even the recent Thief title,(sometimes swimming was actually an option or requisite to a particular mission in these games), here Deadly Shadows stumbles on the credible side. Alternatively, I would have preferred an 'invisible forcefield' keeping Garrett safe on the pier. Admittedly, not entirely plausible for world immersion, but less frustrating. Another annoying gameplay issue would be broadhead arrows: these things should be lethal - yet, once alerted, sometimes it took about four of them to kill a guard. I can understand one wound enraging an enemy, but surely a second would cause them to have second thoughts and retreat hastily from the scene? It would have been more fun and plausible having a bloodied guard stumbling about alerting colleagues, forcing Garrett into hiding once more.

The main story itself concerns an imminent period of darkness about to engulf the City. It's up to Garrett to explore locations in a bid to uncover clues and fulfil counter-measures in order to prevent this from happening. Cutscenes are excellent affairs explaining the plot as it thickens and motives behind each mission. Garrett himself (Stephen Russell) regales the player with a determination, as if talking to himself but steadying the nerves.

Although an old game, it's one that has aged well for veteran gamers with fond memories, and guaranteed to return now and again to sample such a fine brew.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
So good
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Yes
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
41.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Not as good as the first two.
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12.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I dont know if it was the drugs or the game but the shale bridge cradle was ♥♥♥♥in scary
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6.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Do not buy it - the control mappings do not work
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Pros: The sound/light-driven stealth is in some ways improved, with dynamic shadows, AI noticing pickpocketing, open doors and the like. The graphics are great. Some improvements via streamlining. Wall climbing gloves are fun, if not without irritants.

Cons: Takes a lot of cues from Deus Ex(that the developers had been doing before this), and the two franchises do not go well together. The open world aspects don't fit. Levels are smaller. Plot remains vague and unengaging for most of the duration.

It's pretty good, if bland, since it doesn't choose either Thief or Deus Ex, and ends up somewhere in the middle between the two.

My recommendation: Most stealth fans will enjoy it, but purists may want to stick with the first two.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Thief: Deadly Shadows is definitely the weakest addition to the Thief series, as it catered for the broadened player base as part of it’s developed for the Xbox console, making it nowhere near the level of its predecessor, but still a solid stealth game and probably one of the lasts of its genre. Despite that, the developers have put in an effort into recreating the world of Thief.

It takes what was best from Dark Project and adds a new layer of surreal horror to it that results in one of the most widely playable games yet. The setting is familiar to the first instalment and the story becomes similarly weird and mysterious. The controls have improved over Metal Age and enable a flawless exploration of the world. The story is what really tops the two previous titles.

However, the dated graphics engine means that loading screens are plentiful and levels are small. It's been streamlined for the Xbox crowd and the consoles limitations and features a bunch of nonsensical elements which were not present in previous Thief games. Getting wedged in the scenery is not a rare event and the rag-doll physics are lazy and unnatural compared to what they should have gone with - good animations. The game now uses a ‘City-hub’ rather than the assumed natural progression between missions as seen in the previous titles. Deadly Shadows is a lot more linear, and suddenly rope/vine arrows and scouting orbs don't exist, and Garrett has forgotten the ability to swim as he dies the instant he touches water. The combat system as expected is not one of the Thief’s strong points, and it would be safer altogether, to just avoid an enemy in the first place.

Die-hards fans might consider it a disgrace to the Thief series, and as a whole, it simply does not live up to the legacy, but despite all of this, the game does deserve credit for maintaining the Thief atmosphere and keeping the series going.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Another great Thief game I very much enjoyed. Knocking players out, picking locks, hiding bodies, and stealing things never gets old for me. The only problem was when you jump, the player can sometimes get stuck in mid air. Another than that it's a great game if you're into this sort of thing.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Awesome game... I suggest anyone planning to play the new Thief, to play this one first. Every time you sneak, creep, steal, kill, etc... It's always a heart racing moment. If you love suspense and stealth games, GET_ THIS_ GAME.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Thief 4 ain't got anything on this ♥♥♥♥ right here.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Rating 8.5/10

What is it?
First Person Stealth

The Good:

+ For an older game the graphics hold up incredibly well.

+ The level design is incredibly well done, the levels are well thought out and fun to explore. Some of my favorite in the series.

+ Given a choice of what order to accomplish certain levels.

+ The stealth in the game is top notch and find just the right balance between realism and fun. For the most part if you get seen or heard it was your own fault.

+ Great story, dialogue and voice acting

+ Certain levels have a haunting atmosphere, if you love horror certain levels in the game really fit that criteria.

+ Great conclusion to a great series.

The Bad:

- loading times. This game suffered from the 'console sydrome' that was prevelant during that time period and thus levels were split into smaller chunks. Loading time can be a nuasance.

- The game's objectives especially outside of main missions are unclear at times. Often times you will be searching for what you need to do when it should be more obvious.

Conclusion

This is my favorite game in the series, although most would disagree, I find the game really refined the elements of the series in one cohesive package. I loved the story and the levels and the lead up to the finale. I found the level design in Thief 1 and 2 although good, to be too big for their own good leading to a very disorganized level design. Thief 3 is a game worth checking out no matter what the price is.

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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Out of all the Thief games (even the new one), this one has to be the best Thief game out there.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I think I've played through this game like five times total at various stages of my life. It never ceases to amaze me what a masterpiece this game is. Sure it's not flawless, it could have been more open world, even longer, had more gear and options for character customization. But the atmosphere and thrill of this game is unmatched. It's so wonderfully dark and dystophian. The Cradle mission in this game is the most scary thing I've ever experienced, even to this day. Truly amazing.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
really good game form the Thief series...! i forgot how many control setting have to setup lol .... been a long time since i last play it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Pros: Steal Things, kill things, hide behind things.

Cons: Who The Hell Cares.
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