Reviews for Thief Gold

70

Great stealth, outdated though

jmods5710 | Aug. 19, 2014 | See all jmods5710's reviews »

Thief is probably one of the best stealth games ever made. It is a linear game but you have different ways of killing your enemies, using different items. People often look at the original Thief games when comparing stealth games, and for a good reason too. Unfortunately, by today's standards, the game looks VERY VERY ugly, and some controls feel very much like they came from the 90's, which is when this game was released. If you played it back then and want some nostalgia, then sure, buy it. If you don't care much about graphics and want to play an excellent stealth game, sure, buy it. But if that isn't you, then I cannot recommend this game. It will be too hard to enjoy for you. Keep in mind my rating is by today's standards.

98

The Grandfather of Stealth Games

884okeoJ | July 4, 2014 | See all 884okeoJ's reviews »

One of the best PC games ever made, Thief is an incredibly satisfying experience for stealth fans everywhere. The non linearity of each level allows you to approach beating it from so many different angles. You can also decide if you want to take down guards, or simply slip through the level unseen, without being detected.

The graphics haven't aged well, but that can be said for most games made in the early 3D graphics era. The soundtrack is excellent, and the voice actor of Garrett adds dry humor to the game. Thief is a must play for any stealth game lover.

96

Read this to get the most out of Thief Gold!!

DarthMRN | Feb. 11, 2014 | See all DarthMRN's reviews »

Thief Gold is perhaps the best Stealth title you will ever play. If it is beaten, it is only by its successor Thief 2, and there is simply no consensus on which is better.

You are placed in a huge, open-ended level with enough verticality, depth and complexity that you can can and will get lost in it. Multiple paths to your objectives. A host of trick arrows and tools, along with a climbing system sophisticated enough to let you climb and jump on pretty much anything, lets you tackle this non-linear level however you choose. The possibilities are endless, and the replay value great.

Each such level is connected by beautiful narrated openings, strung along into a series that starts slow, but builds into a gripping and occasionally frightening storyline that you are unlikely to ever forget.

However, my fellow reviewers have said all there is to say about this game already, so the above core features aside, here is why mine is an essential review: The game has two flaws to a modern player: Graphics and climbing physics. The former is obvious and to be expected, the latter simply an annoyance that mars and otherwise stellar game. But there is a remedy. Mods.

The first mod is TFix, which is essential. Do not try without it. It fixes the graphics a little, but more importantly fixes the climbing, turning this game into a primitive Mirror's Edge. Along with some stability fixes for modern systems.

http://www.ttlg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=134733

The second is the Thief Gold HD Mod. Not essential per se, but even fans who played on release must admit the game looks pretty bad by today's standards. With the HD mod, however, it looks positively gorgeous! If your only reason to stay away are the ugly screenshots, here is your remedy. Doesn't require a monster PC either, like some HD mods do.

http://www.moddb.com/mods/thief-gold-hd-texture-mod

Buy! You will not regret it, if you like simulation or stealth in your games.

85

A pioneer of the genre

Gmen | Nov. 28, 2013 | See all Gmen's reviews »

In the 1990’s most of the popular games were first person shooters. While this game takes place from the first person perspective, the gameplay therein is almost a complete departure from what one is used to.

There are no guns – the closest you have in terms of weapons to firearms is a bow with several different types of arrows, which you can use to, among other purposes, set things alight, douse torches, or put guards to sleep with. You will also rely a lot on sound to determine where noise is coming from so you have less chance of running in to an enemy – but this works both ways. You need to make sure you don’t make too much noise or risk giving your position away. You also need to keep to the shadows and stay in the dark as often as possible. This is in stark contrast to most FPS titles, where you can make as much noise as you want and you'll still stand a fair chance against the enemy. Here, combat often doesn't favour you – and that could have something to do with the sluggish controls, but I digress.

The graphics in this game were never one of its selling points, but the AI is still frighteningly intelligent to this day. Couple this together with hauntingly atmospheric missions and excellent sound design, including an ambient/electro industrial type OST – not too dissimilar from the work of Trent Reznor – and you have a unique title that many have been inspired by but few have been successful in emulating.

You should have no problem liking this game if you like stealthy titles. If you’re more into Call of Duty, avoid at all costs.

90

While a little rough around the edges, still a masterpiece

Un0va | Oct. 27, 2013 | See all Un0va's reviews »

Thief Gold, like its flawless sequel, is one of the best games to ever enter the stealth genre. Full of tension, secrets, and conspiracies, this is one game that no stealth fan should miss out on. Compared to Thief 2, it suffers one significant flaw - the game has several levels that focus more on action, or simply aren't as magnificent as the other levels, such as Cragscleft. It offsets this with levels like the Sword, but they're still there. Regardless, this is still a flawless game that you should play.

90

Best stealth game of all time

lok0812 | Oct. 24, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »

Thief by far is one of the best stealth game ever created. You are tasked to complete objectives in each of the stages, along the path you can steal things and discover hidden things that are related to the story of the game. The game includes the previous update giving the game a total of 15 missions to explore. Each of these missions are linear but with different kind of gadgets will give you different opportunity to take down your foe. Overall, this is the first and the best stealth game that has ever been so successful as well as set the standards to all stealth genre to come.

100

One of the Greatest Stealth Games of All Time

thegaminglyfe | Oct. 24, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »

No doubt about it, Thief is one of the greatest stealth games of all time. It's not only an amazing game but without Thief we wouldn't have great games like Splinter Cell. The biggest flaw is the graphics that have definitely aged. But if you can get past that, you are going to have a great time! The game is still a challenge and it is very fun and still a satisfying feeling when you've just completed something very difficult. One of the best parts of this game is the freedom, there are lots of different ways to accomplish your objectives. If you haven't played and beaten this game already, you owe it to yourself as a gamer to do so.

100

Classic Stealth

ConorEngelb | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all ConorEngelb's reviews »

Thief was the stealth game that defined the stealth game genre and shaped its future. Despite its age, the game remains fun to play and challenging to play successfully. Few stealth games of the present have reached this level of well-thought out stealthiness.

100

Father of stealth games

mahon | July 30, 2013 | See all mahon's reviews »

The game must be the father (or one of the fathers) of the stealth games genre. And although its appearance is very rusty now, the gameplay still shines. There were many stealth games released after this one but the first Thief remains a classic and still can be immensely enjoyable.

One of the great assets of the game is how much you need to listen to your surroundings, and I must say sounds still don't sound dated in this game. Also the freedom you are given and multiple ways you can deal with your missions can still put many newer games to shame.

The Gold version of the game improves upon the original, adds some missions and polish. If you haven't played the original - do yourself a favour and try it. Especially that now it's such a cheap gem.

65

Hard Game

iamkyo90 | July 26, 2013 | See all iamkyo90's reviews »

Currently hard to find games where the learning curve is difficult. This is one of them, stealth and darkness are essential, I confess I have not finished because of its difficulty. But that's really good.

92

Brilliant Game

Snipad | June 22, 2013 | See all Snipad's reviews »

Amazing game that features a well thought out stealth system, that leaves the player in amazement. This game brought out the stealth genre to a whole new level that will only get more amazing in the years to come! Highly recommend it to anyone who wants a nice and stealthy atmosphere.

95

An immersive stealth game

Vahgrant | May 2, 2013 | See all Vahgrant's reviews »

Despite its age, Thief still is a masterpiece. If you can forgive its old graphics and its weird control layouts you clearly will fall in love with the game. Its gameplay is really deep, indeed, first your weapons are a real pleasure to use with the blackjack, which gives a real advantage playing as a ghost, or you bow, allowing you to switch between some various and very helpful arrows such as fire arrows to deal more damage or moss arrows to help you sneak past guards. The lock picking system which is quite fun and adding stress whenever a guard is around. The sounds your character makes makes you think about your every step if you don't wanna get caught and finally the light system which is one of the main point of the game is perfectly done, even though every lights in the game are pre-rendered. Its story and ambiance are close to perfect, the game is visually dark, which makes you feel like a thief unlike any other games, with quite an original story even though it really starts in the middle of the game. Its level design offers you the ability to get to your objectives by a lot of different ways and gives the game a great replay value. The universe is enormous, with a lot of different enemies, such as guards or some kind of monsters, and clans.If you're really eager to know about the background of the game you sure won't be disappointed. And obviously its main character Garrett is a fun and loveable character, every of his sentences are memorable adding a lot to the universe of the game. There are obviously some flaws in the game, such as the IA of the guards who know exactly where you are sometimes, but it shouldn't stop you from getting this game, it's a fun and unique classic.

89

A totally classic must!

abelfs | Dec. 8, 2012 | See all abelfs's reviews »

When you rate a game, you must pay attention to the moment it was released. With almost 15 years, Thief was a revolutionary stealth game that will test you rabilities in the dark. Surround by its atmosphere and enjoy this jewel that still shines nowadays.

85

this is the start of all stealth games.

fable2 | Sept. 10, 2012 | See all fable2's reviews »

There is something with the graphic engine of eidos games. The graphics are not kind of wow. The game has a chilling atmosphere. Pulls you in and then it's tough getting out. The game is mostly dark, therefore had to play it with lights off. Music really compliments the chilly atmosphere of the game. The tasks are a good challenge. It's very funny listening to the guards talking to themselves. Sneaking at the patrolling guards is really thrilling. More thrilling are the moments when the guards chase you. It's very hard getting them off your back. The game has a lot to offer. The vast expanse of the city lies in front of you to explore it. The lighting is superb and you will always find places to hide yourself in dark nooks and corners. Immerse yourself in this beautifully made game, It's a nice package, worth your money and time.

90

Great game

Zinzun | Sept. 4, 2012 | See all Zinzun's reviews »

Thief was one of the first stealth game I ever played.The game is hard,but the setting is really good and this is a real stealth: avoid combat if you can and use shadow to hide you and past the guards.The graphic is still good, and the Gold Edition offers a few new levels to complete. A must buy.

97

I adore this game!

TheStealthyOne | Aug. 10, 2012 | See all TheStealthyOne's reviews »

This review is not written based off of nostalgia, as I played the game last month. I adore this game for its brilliant atmosphere, sound design, simple mechanics, and gratifying gameplay.

The intense experiences you will have navigating finely crafted levels with unknown horrors and forces are unmatched.

90

Classic Stealth

IganX | July 23, 2012 | See all IganX's reviews »

The first FP game to involve a stealth mechanic in a very innovative way. The aim is not to engage in combat as in many other FPS, but to avoid it and act as a true thief. Besides, its medieval setting makes it even more attractive. A must have for anyone.

98

Great game, totally worth it.

Gh0st233 | June 18, 2012 | See all Gh0st233's reviews »

This is one of the games that have made our childhood. Why is this game so impressive?

The stealth is amazing, graphics are amazing for its time, and the voice acting is just plain silly, which is a good thing, in this case, and the game environments seem very atmospheric, needless to say. Plus, you get extra gold content with this purchase, and it's on Steam. What a great combination.

I'd recommend this game to anyone.

99

The pioneer of stealth games..

NoLove3827 | June 16, 2012 | See all NoLove3827's reviews »

This game may be old, but it still plays great. It's the pioneer of First Person Stealth. This game is definantly worth the $9.99! And since its the Gold version, you get the extra missions and the other gold content as well.