So, Thief. It happened in 1998, among other things, i was playing thief a lot. And through a poll, i took some time to install and play it again. It’s 15 years old, so i won’t lose a word on the graphics. What i will lose a word on, is the rest of the game. It’s a stealth game from a time, when there wheren’t any stealth games. Except maybe Metal Gear, but i am not sure on the date here, and i am to lazy to look it up right now. Well, it is not much you sneak around, kill bad guys. Not too many of them though. That would be bad.
In 1998 this game was nothing less than a revolution. Nobody ever tried to make a sneaky shooter like that. Well however the game did not live of that. It lived of it’s lively world it’s well made chracters, atmospheric places and it’s engaging and immersive storyline. Back then i though: “Wow, best game i ever played!”. Nowadays, nowadays it’s a different story. The genre has been around for a while now and while the story is still outstanding. The carefully and artfully handdrawn video sequences still have their own charm. But the gameplay is a bit outdated. It’s been surpassed by other stealthgames, where you have to play other sneaky killers. Well none comes to mind where your objective is stealing things, but it’s late, and i don’t have a videogaming almanach in my head. Like with all gaming nostalgia, there is a certain glow about it. It is hyped way over its overall qualities, with nowadays standards it’s not pretty anymore. The gameplay is average at most. All that remains and that makes it forever classic is, that it was one of the first of it’s kind, and brilliant at it’s time, and good enough to stand the test of time.
Thief – The Dark Project is a one of it’s kind experience for the story. It’s still quite playable, even though you may encounter some problems while running it on modern machines. But this fixed all the issues i had at once, also it adds new textures and widescreen support which helps making the graphics bearable. If you never played Thief, but want to immerse yourself in a good story, grab it. If you played it, and feel nostalgic, get it. If you care more for the Battlefields and Call of Duty’s in this world, what are you doing here anyways?