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Thief: Deadly Shadows (Windows)

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Advertising Blurbs

Back of Keep Case - Windows (Germany):

    "Eine fantastisch-düstere Atmosphäre, forderndes Leveldesign, grandiose Grafik"

    PC Games 06/2004

    Als Meisterdieb sind die Schatten der Nacht deine einzigen Verbündeten. Um den Wachen auszuweichen, führen dich geheime Fluchtwege über die Dächer der schlafenden Stadt. Du benötigst Taktik, Timing und eiskalten Instinkt, um deine Beutezüge erfolgreich zu vollenden.,

    Doch jeder deiner Schritte führt dich tiefer in das teuflische Netzwerk einer Verschwörung. Killer folgen deinen Spuren, und mit jedem Tag zieht sich die Schlinge enger um deinen Hals.

    • Der Stealth-Klassiker: Dein Ruf als Meisterdieb verschafft dir jede Menge Feinde. Nur die Schatten der Nacht sind deine Verbündeten.
    • Stealth-Taktik: Plane deine Raubzüge. Tausche deine Beute gegen Spezialfähigkeiten und schlagkräftige Waffen.
    • Stealth-Action: Special-Moves, innovative Fähigkeiten, Minen und Spezialpfeile unterstützen deine Schleich-Missionen.
    • Stealth-Perspektiven: Wähle jederzeit zwischen Ego-Perspektive und 3rd Person.
    • Echtzeit-Schatten, fantastische Lichteffekte, detaillierte Texturen und eine atmosphärise Klangkulisse machen Thief auch technisch zum Anwärter auf den Genre-Thron.
    www.thiefgame.com

    Contributed by jaXen (19733) on Jul 11, 2011.

www.eidos.co.uk:
    Genre: Action-Adventure
    Platform: Release Date:

    DVD Out Now
    Xbox Out Now

    Summary:

    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.

    In this instalment, Garrett finds himself without allies, standing alone between the City and the forces that would crush it. Will his skills be enough to save the dying City? Can he survive betrayal, assassins, and war in the labyrinthine city streets? Will he destroy or be destroyed by the evil he awoke? And finally, what must he do to get what he wants most of all: to be left alone plying his trade as the City’s greatest… Thief?

    Developer
    ION STORM

    Players
    One Player

    Ages
    PEGI 12+

    Features:
  • 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.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66247) on Dec 13, 2004.

www.eidos.de:
    Genre: Action / Adventure
    Plattform: Release Termin:

    Xbox 11. Juni 2004
    DVD 11. Juni 2004

    Inhalt:

    Endlich! Meisterdieb Garrett, der ultimative Erfinder des Ego-Schleichers kehrt zurück! Unter der Regie von Warren Spector erwartet Sie das Action-Highlight dieses Sommers.
    Garrett wird durch die dunklen Pläne eines Geheimbundes daran gehindert seinem Handwerk nachzugehen. Normalerweise ist kein Geldbeutel vor ihm sicher, doch anscheinend sind einige religiöse Fanatiker auf ihn aufmerksam geworden und stellen sich nun jedem ordentlichen Beutezug in den Weg.
    Der Spieler schleicht durch die Stadt und dringt in verschiedene Schlösser, Villen, Gefängnisse, Kathedralen, Kerker und Museen ein. Seine Gegner sind bewaffnete Wachen, Söldner, Schläger, heimtückische Monster und weit schlimmere Feinde. Nur wenn es dem Spieler gelingt, die ältesten Schätze der Stadt zu stehlen, kann er das Zeitalter der Dunkelheit abwenden!

    HIT
    XBOX
    ZONE

    PC Games
    Award
    ACTION
    07/2004

    DAS OFFIZIELLE XBOX MAGAZIN
    SPIEL DES
    MONATS

    DAS OFFIZIELLE XBOX MAGAZIN
    ELITE

    IT'S A MANIAC

    PC ACTION
    GOLD

    Computer
    Bild
    Spiele
    Testergebnis:
    gut

    SPECIAL
    AWARD
    GamePro
    ATMOSPHÄRE
    HIT

    SPECIAL
    AWARD
    GamePro
    SOUND
    HIT

    www.justgamers.de

    Silver Award
    GAME
    ZONE
    Gamezone Hit

    K-GOLD
    KRAWALL.DE

    AWARD
    gamesweb.com

    Pressezitate und Wertungen:


  • GamePro 08/2004: 84% (Sound Hit und Atmosphäre Hit)
  • Gamesweb.com: 88% (Award und Spiel der Woche 25/04)
  • Gamona: Award
  • Justgamers: 86% (Award)
  • Gamezone: 9 von 10 (Silver Award / Gamezone Hit)
  • Areaxbox: 84%
  • Krawall Gaming Network: 86% (K-GOLD Für fesselnden Schleichspaß)
  • PC Games 07/2004: 88% (Award)
  • Gamestar 07/2004: 85%
  • Bravo Screenfun 07/2004: Note 1-
  • Man!ac 07/2004: 85% (It's a Maniac Award)
  • PC Action 07/2004: 87% (GOLD Award)
  • Video Games Aktuell 07/2004: Note 2
  • Xbox Zone 07/2004: 87% (Xbox Zone HIT)
  • Offizielles Xbox Magazin 07/2004: 87% (ELITE-Award / Spiel des Monats) "Die Level sehen grandios aus, die Musik ist atmosphärisch und die Story der Hammer."
  • GEE 08/2004: Sehr Gut
  • Computer Bild Spiele 07/2004: Note 1,97 "Mit Thief - Deadly Shadows ist den Erfindern des ersten Action-Schleichspiels auf dem Computer wieder ein großer Wurf gelungen."

    Previews:

  • Giga: First Look: Sehr Gut
  • "Eine fantastisch-düstere Atmosphäre, forderndes Leveldesign, grandiose Grafik und eine spannende Intrigen-Story" - PC Games 06/2004
  • "Ich bin begeistert! ... Thief 3 ist für Sam-Fisher-Jünger und alle, die intelligente Action lieben, ein heißer Tip. Für mich als alten Fan der Serie ein Muss." - Gamestar 06/2004
  • "Technisch wie spielerisch imposante Langfinger-Simulation... - toll!" - Maniac 04/2004
  • "Mit bombastischen Effekten und einer genialen Atmosphäre stürmt Thief in Richtung Schleichspiel-Thron." - X-Zone 07/2003
  • "Ich freue mich, dass Ion Storm die Thief-Reihe fortsetzt. Das Spiel erinnert mich stellenweise stark an Deus Ex 2. Die künstliche Intelligenz und endlich auch die Grafik scheinen sich auf einem ähnlich hohen Niveau zu bewegen." - PC Action 06/2003
  • "Spielerisch grandiose Diebestour mit herrlicher Optik und schier unendlichen Möglichkeiten." - Maniac 07/2003

    Entwickler
    ION STORM

    Spieler
    Einspieler Modus

    Altersfreigabe
    ab 12 Jahren gemäß § 14 JuSchG

    Features:
  • Schatten sind die wichtigsten Verbündeten eines Meisterdiebs. Thief nutzt eine völlig neuartige Lichtengine, die Schattenspiele und Farbeffekte in Echtzeit darstellen kann.
  • Als Meisterdieb brauchen Sie ein hohes Körperbewußtsein: Anders als in den üblichen Spielen aus der Ego-Perspektive, sehen Sie in Thief beim Kopfdrehen Ihren Körper, Hände und Füße sind komplett animiert.
  • Kein Fenster ist vor Garrett sicher: Garrett ist in der Lage, an jeder Oberfläche emporzuklettern. In Verbindung mit einer Blitzbombe, um den bedrohlichen Wachen für kurze Zeit das Augenlicht zu rauben, findet Garrett so überall einen Fluchtweg.
  • Ein reichhaltiges Arsenal an Dietrichen öffnet Garrett jedes Schloss. Mit dem Analog-Stick und der Forcefeedback Funktion des Gamepads, gilt es, die komplizierte Mechanik der Sicherheitsschlösser zu knacken.

    minimale Systemvoraussetzungen:
  • SYTEMANFORDERUNGEN
    WINDOWS 2000/XP (ADMINISTRATORRECHTE ERFORDERLICH) (95/98/ME/NT NICHT UNTERSTÜTZT)
    INTEL PENTIUM® IV 1.5GHz(AMD ATHLON XP(tm) ODER ÄQUIVALENT)
    256 MB ARBEITSSPEICHER
    100% DIRECTX9 KOMPATIBLE SOUNDKARTE
    3 GB FREIER FESTPLATTENSPEICHER
    MAUS UND TASTATUR
    DVD–ROM-LAUFWERK ERFORDERLICH
    Unterstützt EAX Advanced HD – benötigt Karten der Reihe SoundBlaster Audigy.
  • LAPTOPS WERDEN NICHT UNTERSTÜTZT
  • UNTERSTÜTZTE GRAFIKKARTEN:
    ATI RADEON 8500
    ATI RADEON 9 SERIE (9000,9200,9600,9800)
    NVIDIA GEFORCE 3TI SERIE
    NVIDIA GEFORCE 4TI SERIE
    NVIDIA GEFORCE FX SERIE
    NVIDIA GEFORCE 6 SERIE
  • GRAFIKKARTE MUSS PIXEL SHADER 1.1 UNTERSTÜTZEN
  • KEINE KOMPATIBILITÄT MIT:
    NVIDIA GEFORCE 4MX (460, 440 & 420), NVIDIA GEFORCE 4 GON, VIDIA QUADRO FX GO, NVIDIA GEFORCE NFORCE2 & NFORCE3

    Contributed by Xoleras (66247) on Dec 13, 2004.

www.atari.com.au - Press Quotes:
    A stellar and mood-defining sound environment, excellent voice work, gorgeous lighting, and a slow-to-build but page-turning story fuel Deadly Shadows to great effect, and it's also fairly long and involved 8.6/10 IGN.com

    Ion Storm really came through with this game, keeping the spirit of the series intact, and yet expanding on the game’s design to create something different and rewarding without rehashing the same tired stealth clichés over again. Though far from flawless, Thief: Deadly Shadows is a magnificent game that breathes a bit of fresh air into the stealth action genre. It’s got impressive graphics, ambient sound, immersive gameplay, and an intriguing story that is truly deserving of praise 9.0/10 www.gamingworldx.com

    The gameplay in Deadly Shadows is great stealth action. You don’t have a lot of tools at your disposal, so instead you must utilize your brain in order to progress through the missions. The AI has been greatly improved from its predecessors, requiring you to use even more thought to get around guards and other characters in the game. Deadly Shadows is a great game, one that provides the next step in the evolution of the Thief series and won’t disappoint fans of either its predecessors or the stealth genre in general. 9/10 Gamezone.com

    Thief: Deadly Shadows marks the welcome return of Garrett and while a few years have passed, Garrett's moves are as sharp as ever. Excellent story, sound and voice-overs, good level design for linear missions, great lighting effects. 8/10 Gamespy.com

    the results of the effort that went into Deadly Shadows are admirable and respectable, for the most part, and they're ultimately well worth experiencing by Thief fans or by those who are sick of or those who may just be jealous of hearing about Thief fans. After all, the game could very well make one out of you. 8.3/10 Gamespot.com

    Even though Thief: Deadly Shadow lacks more polish in certain areas, and especially in the AI department, the fact remains that this is one very enjoyable and immersive PC game with plenty to offer to the fans of the series. The background story is great, the fantasy world is rich and enthralling, and the ability to explore the open-ended environment during intense and fun missions will certainly have you playing this one till you've finished it. Again, the third-person view is a non-issue and if you crank up the difficulty level to hard and endure some silly AI issues, I'm sure you'll have a blast playing this game. But…buy it - don't steal it. Garrett may be a master thief, but you're not. 84/10 Actiontrip.com

    Thief: Deadly Shadows lives up mightily to the legendary Thief franchise. While it doesn’t set any brave new standards, it maintains all the things that made Thief great in the first place. Even though some of Ion’s design decisions, like the removal of the rope arrow and the inclusion of the third-person camera, will disappoint purists, it would be difficult for anyone to deny what a splendid experience this release is. Deadly Shadows is truly stealth action at its current zenith. 4.5/5 Avault.com

    Some games grab you and bring you firmly into their world. With its dynamic lighting, great physics, and reactive world, Ion Storm’s Deus Ex: Invisible War was one of those games, and we thought it was one of the best games last year. As awesome as it was, though, it’s now clear that Invisible War was more than just a great game: It was a dress rehearsal for Thief: Deadly Shadows. 5/5 gamepro magazine.com

    The stealth play in Deadly Shadows is better than it has ever been in the thief series, and this is largely down to some amazing AI Hyper Magazine

    Contributed by Xoleras (66247) on Dec 13, 2004.

Inside Flaps of Box (Canada/U.S.):
    HUGE ARSENAL OF THIEVES TOOLS
    Lock picks, a blackjack, specialized arrows, wall climbing gloves, a dagger, flash bombs

    DARKNESS IS A WEAPON
    Conceal your presence, sneak silently pass guards or strike swiftly from the darkness!

    PLAY IN 1st OR 3rd PERSON MODE
    Switch on the fly at any time

    LEAVE NO TRACE
    Lure enemies into traps you set, strike from the dark, then hide their bodies to give no evidence for alarm

    Contributed by JPaterson (9147) on May 28, 2004.

Back of Box (Canada/U.S.):
    "More freedom than any other stealth game"
    - Gamepro

    I have the power to take everything from you, including your life.

    TENSION-FUELED STEALTH
    Walk the razor's edge of stealing and getting away unseen

    VARIETY OF GAMEPLAY
    Break & Enter, Steal, Combat, Ambush and Assassinate

    ADVANCED AI
    Enemies see and hear, track evidence, search for intruders, give chase and fight to the end

    DYNAMIC LIGHTING & SHADOW SYSTEM
    Every character and object casts a real shadow that dynamically affects stealth gameplay

    Contributed by JPaterson (9147) on May 28, 2004.

Atari Australia website - Windows / Xbox:
    DESCRIPTION:
    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.

    According to ancient prophecies, a Dark Age is approaching. He's determined to stop this darkness before it comes, before someone loses an eye...or worse.

    Garrett begins a cautious collaboration with the Keepers, an enigmatic and secretive group. They supply prophetic Glyphs he needs to avert the approaching doom, and he supplies the raw nerve, caustic wit, and artistic thievery that they lack. He sneaks his way through castles, mansions, prisons, cathedrals, dungeons, and museums, past armed guards, hired muscle, angry thugs, hideous monsters, and much worse. He's out to steal the City's oldest treasures - treasures that can help stop the darkness foretold in the prophecies.

    But things quickly go awry. Disaster looms closer with every step Garrett takes. In his efforts to prevent the Dark Age, he has inadvertently roused an ancient hidden evil. To make matters worse, the Keepers, sworn to protect the City and maintain the balance, instead find themselves decaying from their very core. In their desperate search for the One who will betray them, their eyes turn to Garrett.

    Once again, Garrett finds himself without allies, standing alone between the City and the forces that would crush it. Will his skills be enough to save the dying City? Can he survive betrayal, assassins, and war in the labyrinthine city streets? Will he destroy or be destroyed by the evil he awoke? And finally, what must he do to get what he wants most of all: to be left alone plying his trade as the City’s greatest… Thief?

    GAME FEATURES:
  • Cutting-edge Action Stealth Gameplay - Hide in the shadows, sneak past the guards, or ambush them from the darkness.
  • An Entire City to Explore - Break into any building, mug nobles on the streets, spend you loot, and earn a reputation. Feel like a real thief in a cityscape of unparalleled responsiveness and interactivity.
  • Advance Artificial Intelligence - All guards that see and hear, track evidence and suspiciousness, search for intruders, fight and give chase.
  • Dynamic Lighting and shadow System - Every character and object, including you, casts real, dynamic shadows that effect stealth gameplay, in a multitude of ways.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66247) on May 26, 2004.