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Thief: Deadly Shadows

8 months ago

Feature: Silent storm

Have you played… Thief: Deadly Shadows?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. I always feel a bit sad when I think about Deadly Shadows. Ion Storm Austin's spin on Looking Glass' landmark stealth series is an embodiment of frustrated ambitions. The developers had basically planned for Deadly Shadows to be an open-world stealth game, a sort of medieval Grand…

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3 years ago

4 years ago

Feature: From The Archive

Of Crime And The City In Thief, Dickens And GTA

Every Sunday, we reach deep into Rock, Paper, Shotgun's 141-year history to pull out one of the best moments from the archive. This week, Adam's 2012 article singing the praises of videogame cities which are more than mere reconstruction, but are built from the bricks and mortar of ideas. I've been visiting various cities recently, which always fill me with confusion and wonder, then Dishonored…

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Mid-Level Loading Be Gone! Thief 3 Gold Mod Leaves Beta

A mod removing the mid-level loading from Thief: Deadly Shadows is a good thing. We cooed a bit at the Thief 3 Gold mod before in May when the first beta version arrived--coo!--so now that Version 1.0 is here we're duty-bound to coo longer, more intensely. CoooOOo! Along with smooshing mission segments into single load-free levels, Gold makes a few other tweaks, including adjusting wonky…

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Speedy Shadows: Thief 3 ‘Gold’ Removes Loading Zones

With Square's Thief causing a great many of the Looking Glass/Ion Storm faithful to adopt a bulldog chewing a wasp facial expression for the best part of a month (I'm kidding of course - they'll retain that expression for at least twenty years), interest in Garret's earlier tealeaf adventures has heightened. Even the series' former red-headed stepchild, Deadly Shadows, has itself a new moment in…

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Feature: Stealing Is Caring

A Game And A Chat Thief Extravaganza, Take Two

We tried to play Thief: The Dark Project and chat about it. Honest! But Twitch, the purple scab of a service, wouldn't cooperate with one of the most storied series starters in gaming history. It's almost like I shouldn't have expected a 15-year-old game to be compatible with a crazy space-age cyberfuture streaming platform, but no, that's just ridiculous. At any rate, today - for…

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5 years ago

Eidos Montreal Talk Thief At EG Expo

There's been a lot of interest in the new Thief game - due out in February - but also an equally large measure of scepticism. That makes it interesting to see Eidos Montreal presenting their game at EGX this weekend, with lots of game footage, and an in-depth explanation of some of the decisions they made for their latest iteration of the great sneaking series.…

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Feature: Shadow History

Stealing History: Dark Camelot And Thief

With Thief 4 bearing down on us like a robber with a toothy smile, we thought it might be interesting to go back to where stealth began: the creation of Thief. Joe Martin stole away with this report. There's a line I had wanted start this article with. It is a line from the ironic finale of The Neverending Story and it would have been…

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2K Marin’s Jordan ‘The Cradle’ Thomas Goes Indie

He might not have quite the profile of a Levine or Smith, but as a lead designer on Thief 3, particularly of The Cradle level, not to mention the similarly nerve-torturing Fort Frolic map in BioShock, Jordan Thomas is a name just as worth knowing. While being granted more overreaching control of a project resulted in 2K Marin's smart, improved but too safe sequel BioShock…

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Why Thief Russelled Up A Different Voice Actor

As yesterday's trailer revealed, there'll be no more Stephen Russell in Thief: and there was much anti-rejoicing. While the Thief/Looking Glass community is predictably and somewhat understandably up in arms about Garrett's larynx replacement operation (the inevitable petition is here, if you want to fruitlessly sign it), I imagine the game's sailed too far across the development ocean for Eidos Montreal to want to turn…

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Thief: Getcha Gothy Garrett Here

We live in a world where a new Thief game is definitely happening, and any human being with an internet connection is free to look at screenshots of it. Imagine that. Sadly, in direct contravention of the 48th amendment and the Brazilian internet democracy act of 1873, Game Informer is currently keeping the lion's share of info on Eidos Montreal's reboot of the classic Looking…

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Infinite Excitements: Eye-Spy Thief IV Screenshots

Sound the news-horn! Sound it from the highest mountains! Ready your loins! Thief is back. Unconfirmed leak, yada yada, you know the drill. But, yes, this very much appears to be screenshots of Square-Enix's rebooted Thief series and OHMIGOD THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING. Update: now confirmed as real, called 'Thief', out on PC and next-gen consoleboxes in 2014.

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6 years ago

Outta Dunwall: Thief Remake The Dark Mod Updates

With Dishonored reactivating long-dormant stealth glands the world over, now seems a fine time to revisit perhaps its primary ancestor, the Thief games. Doom 3 total conversion The Dark Mod is a mightily ambitious attempt to recreate Thief - its mechanics if not its actual missions - in a more modern, and very much darkness-orientated, engine. It's just had a major update and a promising…

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Old Sneakers: Thief Deadly Shadows On GOG

It's been eight years since Thief: Deadly Shadows was released. And if that doesn't make you want to start slaughtering the young and drinking their blood in a desperate attempt to find some sort of means to stop the passing of time and your constant, constant ageing, then you must already have discovered the secrets of immortality. EIGHT YEARS. Eight years since Kieron and I…

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Feature: A Tale of Two Taffers

Outside Influences: Of Crime And The City

I've been visiting various cities recently, which always fill me with confusion and wonder, then Dishonored made me think about how much I miss Looking Glass. Put the two together and this happens. Join me in a meandering word-search for cohesion and theme in the use of the city across Thief, and the selected works of Rockstar and Charles Dickens. Be warned, there are spoilers…

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7 years ago

Feature: Gabbing about Garrett

Stealing A Glimpse Of Thief IV

Right, Deus Ex is back on its feet and looking hale and hearty, whether it asked for this or not. What vintage PC game shall the electro-paddles be applied to next? Why, it's Thief IV, a game about which we currently know all but nothing other than that Eidos Montreal are pulling the strings again and, I am 99.99% sure, it'll have some sort of…

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8 years ago

Feature:

Illuminated Ones: Shadow & Light In Games

[This was originally printed in a slightly different form at the Escapist in 2007. Post-Bioshock 1 and 2, it struck me as a good time to return to what was on Jordan Thomas' mind back then - especially the sections which foreshadow Fort Frolic. And with the darkness obsessed Amnesia due within a week, turning our mind on what lurks in the gaming's dark also…

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Thief: DS For £2.09?! And Other Bargains

The Steam summer sale thingamy is continuing to offer some ludicrously good prices, as it happens. I've just spotted some for which there's only six hours left, which should fill in some vital gaps on your virtual shelf. There's Thief: Deadly Shadows for £2.09, BioShock for £3.49, and Titan Quest Gold for £2.49. There's also Dragon Age, about 80 hours of game, for £11.99. I…

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11 years ago

The Making Of Thief: Deadly Shadows

[This time we turn our attention to the development of the third Thief game. It's worth noting this is the first making of where the person I interviewed wasn't the effective Project Lead. This leads to a very different interview. I'm speaking to Jordan Thomas, who's got a way with a quote. I've interviewed Jordan a few times before: here's him on the Cradle and…

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