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Thief

2 weeks ago

Feature: By the ghost of games journalism past

Thief: The Dark Project is 20 years old, and that makes me feel the following emotions

In 2007, I was in a bar in Soho. I was waiting to order a drink. Two guys in their early twenties were standing next to me. They were gamers. One was talking loudly about an old guy he had befriended. “He bought a Commodore 64 the day it came out” he said, with clear wonder and delight, “I have a friend… from back in…

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Feature: We live in its shadow

Hold it right there, you taffer – Thief is 20 years old today!

Is Thief: The Dark Project the best game ever? If Thief II isn't, then it definitely is. With its twentieth birthday arriving today, I've been replaying the original sneak 'em up to see if it still holds up (of course it does), and whether my memory of it stands up to reality (it's way better than I remembered).

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9 months ago

Project C is an MMO from the folks behind Dishonored, Thief, Half-Life 2

One of my favorite parts of getting a press release is getting a press release that doesn't reveal any information about the game itself. You get a vague promise about a game that might happen someday if some people get together. Normally, I don't give that much of my time. This announcement is different. There's a new MMO and the folks behind it represent some…

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10 months ago

Ring in the Lunar New Year with Steam’s latest sale

If you go on Twitter, where every second image is of a dog being cuddled, rated, or dressed up as a Star Wars character, it's a reasonable assumption that every year is the year of the dog - however Valve, not to mention the ancient Chinese zodiac, are here to tell you that's not the case. As of today, it legitimately is the year of…

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1 year ago

Seven: The Days Long Gone is out this day

What the hell is Seven: The Days Long Gone? Is it cyberpunk or technofantasy? Is it an isometric homage to Thief, or an open-world version of Shadow Tactics, or some kind of bug-eyed, zoomed-out Assassin’s Creed? It’s too early in the day (half past twelve in the afternoon) for me to answer these questions with any clarity. But the developers would probably say it’s all…

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Feature: Horrors and heists

The best missions for free Thief tribute The Dark Mod

I have this clear memory of playing the first Thief, crouching against the wall in a dark stairwell as a guard walked closer. I held my breath until he passed, hidden in a shadow inches away. The games in the original Thief trilogy were all about light and darkness, with a “light gem” at the bottom of the screen to indicate whether you were really…

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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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Eidos Anthology Has A Lot Of Good Games, Is Pricey

A rather strange addition to Steam's Early Access list popped up over the weekend - the Eidos Anthology. Eidos, which sort of exists inside the maw of Square Enix, is no slouch when it comes to noteworthy games, and Eidos Montreal recently picked up a Golden Joystick for Best Hair or similar. An anthology of their games is quite the thing. In a collection of…

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5 years ago

Steam Who? – Humble Bundle’s Spring Sale

Is there going to be a spring Steam sale? Or has Valve finally elected to give its wearied money counters - their abacuses gnarled and gnawed on, fear and desperation write large on waxen wood - a brief respite? I'm not entirely sure it matters now, though, as Humble has elected to fire the first shot with a sale of its own, and it's off…

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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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Feature: The Ghosts Of Thiefmas Past

A Game And A Chat Ep 4: Looking (Glass) Back On Thief

This week's episode of A Game And A Chat is very special. Very special indeed. For one, I've got two whole guests this time - namely, former Thief: The Dark Project director Greg LoPiccolo and longtime Thief series designer/Thief: Deadly Shadows director Randy Smith. Yes, it is time to talk (and play) all things Thief. Classic Thief, nu-Thief, and everything in between. Expect stories from the dank…

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Oh Boy: Big Layoffs At Thief Dev Eidos Montreal

So it continues. It's once again preening season in the gaming industry (Start of the year! Financial results! Losses! Fun, fun, fun!), and big studios are tightening their stylishly arrayed goth belts. 2K Czech, EA's Ghost Games, Irrational, Disney Interactive, and Turbine have all taken their licks on the chopping block, and now reports suggest that Thief and Deus Ex developer Eidos Montreal is up…

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Feature: The Masters Of Lockpicking

Rise & Stream: Watch Us Chatter Over Thief, Resident Evil 4

It's that time of week again, the strange, giddy twilight between the new week and the old. It gives me strength, allowing me to briefly evolve from my larval news slave form into a full-blown human being with thoughts and feelings and a face. "What should I do with this incredible yet oh-so-fleeting window of opportunity?" I wonder aloud. "Fight crime? Raise money for good…

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Thief’s Loading Tips Offer Sage Advice For Us All

As I played Thief non-stop for three days, as well as only dreaming Thief-based dreams, and perhaps losing my mind somewhere along the way, I began to notice that the loading screen tips were providing me the sort of advice I could take away from the game. Thief may not directly cause me to turn to a life of crime, but there's wisdom in those…

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Feature: Pinch me

Thief review

It's been a very long time coming, first confirmed in 2009, but the new Thief is out this week. Tomorrow in the States, Thursday in Australia, and Friday in Europe. Having just managed to get a copy of the game in time, I've done nothing but play Thief for three days in order to be able to tell you wot I think:

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No Sound, Some Fury: 17 Minutes Of Thief’s First Mission

Just before the weekend, Square Enix popped 17-minutes of unedited footage from the new Thief online. It's the game's opening mission, and being on YouTube for that time means I no longer need to offer any opinions of my own. I can just defer to what the commenters underneath the video are saying. Come, watch the video. It's either "so good this new rebote", or…

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Garrett Expectations: Another Thief Trailer

In this Thief trailer, someone has stolen Daniel Day-Lewis from the movie There Will Be Blood. Check your DVDS and you'll see all that's left is a mess of dangling pixels and a top hat. But in a surprising twist, another thief has stolen his acting ability and also made off with his voice, so what you get in this little slice of life from…

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Garrett The Goblin: Styx Got Its Fantasy RPG In My Thief

Credit where credit's due: Cyanide is a deceptively productive studio, not to mention a rather ambitious one considering the constraints it works under. It might not be the biggest-budget operation, but the French wearer of many hats and waver of many national flags has recently produced a not-entirely-terrible Game of Thrones RPG, Impire, Dungeonbowl, and Of Orcs & Men. The latter, while depressingly flawed, is…

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Thief System Specs Sneak Out, Don’t Induce Fear

Remember when the announcement of system requirements was this gulp-inducing deal? Would your PC be up to it? Was it going to become time to upgrade in order to play the game you were most interested in? With a new Crysis no longer being a priority, and not a single big-budget game-changer appearing in 2013, it feels almost anachronistic to even make system specs an…

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