Thief: Deadly Shadows Reviews (Xbox)

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games xtreme (Aug 16, 2004)
Thief 3 is a worthy successor to the Thief games of 1998 and 2000, Garrett is back and sporting a new coat and toys.
Extreme Gamer (Jul 02, 2004)
This is a very unique and interesting stealth game. It is fairly easy to get into and will provide many hours of entertainment. Don't miss out on this, there is so much fun to be had in this title. A must have for thief fans.
GameZone (Jun 16, 2004)
Finally, the game also excels in the story department. While in most games you’re presented with a bare bones story merely for the sake of giving you some abstract reason for what you are doing, but Thief is different. You’re presented with a very compelling, well thought out story that keeps you driving forward. As simple as this may sound, the story of the game really will add a lot to your enjoyment of this game, as well as helping with the immersion factor.
83 (Jun 22, 2004)
Thief 3 bietet Ego-Schleicherei auf höchstem Niveau. Wer an den bisherigen zwei Teilen von Thief Freude hatte, dem wird der dritte Teil ebenso gefallen. Auch Einsteiger können zugreifen solange sie sich im Klaren sind, dass hier viel geschlichen und so gut wie nie geschossen wird. Ich hätte mir mehr spielerische Freiheiten gewünscht, vor allem bei den Waffen, und nicht zuletzt eine effektivere Grafikengine. Ein Pflichtkauf für Fans der Reihe ist Thief 3 meiner Meinung nach daher nicht.
Just Adventure (Mar 24, 2006)
I've pillaged around in the Thief universe's perpetual darkness again with Ion Storm's "Thief: Deadly Shadows," and while I enjoyed myself and the bag of goodies on my back fattened with each long, challenging mission, a few of its contents were frankly a pain to carry around.
IGN (May 25, 2004)
In the years since Looking Glass created the stealth genre, it's gravitated more towards action, with Splinter Cell, Hitman, and Tenchu always leaving the option, however small, for a "guns blazing" scenario. Thief: Deadly Shadows, however, is not stealth action. The pace is gradual--so gradual, in fact, that if I hadn't been reviewing this game, I probably would have given up after a few sessions. I'm glad I stuck with it, though. The goodness creeps up on you. It takes a while for Deadly Shadows to get going, but once it does, it will grip you.
GameSpot (May 25, 2004)
Thief: Deadly Shadows definitely has its moments, and then it has things like its artificial intelligence issues and frequent loading times. The game was developed jointly for the PC and Xbox and feels a bit out of place on both platforms, as though sacrifices needed to be made in both cases. Fans playing the PC version will wonder why the developer bothered to incorporate an optional behind-the-back, third-person perspective, which works pretty well and looks pretty good but isn't nearly as atmospheric and ultimately isn't as useful as the first-person view, which lets you see and hear the world in clearer detail. Those playing the Xbox version of the game will frown at the sluggish, often choppy frame rate, which represents an obvious compromise that was made in exchange for the dynamic lighting and other fancy special effects.
82 (Jun 09, 2004)
Schwacher Einstieg, lieblose Menüs, KI-Aussetzer bei der Verfolgung und kleine grafische Hässlichkeiten. Garrett hat in den ersten Stunden zwar solide Stealth-Action bieten, aber wahrlich keine Euphorie entfachen können. Das Spielgefühl wirkt zunächst allzu vertraut und die optische Qualität schwankt wie eine Kogge auf hoher See. Aber wenn die Dramaturgie erst mal in Gang kommt und die Erzählung endlich ihre schaurigen Finger ausstreckt, schleicht man begeistert wie in alten Zeiten durch die düsteren Gassen. Ein Hauch von Jack the Ripper, Resident Evil und Der Name der Rose weckt dann plötzlich die Spielspaßgeister, die sich endlich frei in einer großen Stadt austoben können. Nicht nur die erstklassigen Licht- und Schatteneffekte tragen dazu bei, sondern auch das verblüffend lebendige Figurenverhalten. Doch trotz aller Sympathie für Leisetreter Garrett fehlt es ihm auf beiden Systemen einfach am konsequenten Feinschliff, um höhere Wertungsregionen zu knacken.
Xbox Nation (XBN) (Aug, 2004)
Überthief Garret is back in Thief: Deadly Shadows, the latest entry in Warren Spector and Ion Storm's cult series. It has to be said the third- and first-person game gets off to a rocky start and has a few continuing problems, but if you're willing to stick it out through a couple of slow-paced early levels, it quickly hooks you and won't let go.
Yahoo! Games (May 25, 2004)
Minor difficulties aside, Deadly Shadows is a fitting continuation of an excellent series. Without the guns, gadgets, and radars of modern-themed games, it's a much tenser experience, and the cunning level design and excellent sound effects draw you into its world. The variable difficulty levels mean no one should get seriously stuck, but there's still plenty of challenge for those that want it. The master thief has returned to steal your time -- we advise you let him!
80 (UK) (Jun 14, 2004)
There's something so pleasingly honed about the overall structure of Deadly Shadows and how that integrates with the gameplay mechanic - and in terms of getting your money's worth, there are few games that suck you in quite as much. Playing for long periods never felt like an obligation - there was rarely a time when we were playing just to see what came next, but more because we wanted to. If it wasn't for the dreadful lack of optimisation we'd be celebrating Thief's arrival on console a whole lot more, but even so, Deadly Shadows is the kind of console game you could have only dreamed of a few years back and it definitely bodes well for the future. For now, it's almost the complete package and warrants your attention.
75 (Jun 16, 2004)
Très impressionnant dans les premières minutes de jeu, Dark Project dévoile peu à peu des défauts dont on aurait aimé pouvoir se passer. Les soucis d'IA sont évidemment pointés du doigt mais il n'y a pas que ça. Quelques petites défaillances graphiques ainsi que des animations trop raides nous font aussi arriver à la conclusion que le troisième volet de Thief aurait pu faire encore mieux, bien qu'il reste malgré tout un très bon titre, merci à la force de son univers.
Game Revolution (Jun, 2004)
The things Thief: Deadly Shadows does right, it does very well, and some very good stealth gameplay can be found here. However, you can’t help but notice the flaws. The City could have been much larger with more to explore, Garrett could have used a lot of new moves, and the optimization issues will almost certainly drive you a little nuts. Even though Deadly Shadows is a fun game, a myriad of smaller problems keep it from truly stealing the show.
Despite sensationally attractive visuals and familiar gameplay techniques that have worked for other games, Thief doesn't have the innovation or sound mechanics that gamers demand and can easily get from titles like Splinter Cell. It's a decent play, but it didn't steal my heart the way that I hoped.
Game Freaks 365 (Jun 04, 2004)
The shortcomings might not exactly outweigh the positives, but the overall lack of polish affects the gaming experience present in this title. The graphical errors, slow load times, and dimwitted artificial intelligence turn what could have been a contender in the stealth-action genre, to a tolerable alternative.
GameSpy (May 24, 2004)
I found Thief: Deadly Shadows more fun than not, but the repetitive nature and framerate problems dampened my enjoyment. I couldn't help feeling that it was a PC game slapped on a console. The pokey turning rate, long load times and saving/loading blues would be mostly or fully solved on the series' native platform. The Xbox version of Thief: Deadly Shadows is a decent console port of what I understand to be a somewhat better-executed PC game. That said, it's worth a play if you like stealth gameplay and don't mind playing the second-best version.