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Lunabean's Thief: Deadly Shadows Review

Thief: Deadly Shadows
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Strategy Guide: LB Strategy Guide
Lunabean Rating: 8.8
Platforms: Xbox*, PC
Release Date: 05.25.04
ESRB Rating: M - Mature
Official Site: Thief: Deadly Shadows
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A medieval "Splinter Cell" with elements of "Eternal Darkness," and "Silent Hill."

"Thief: Deadly Shadows," the third in the popular "Thief" series, is almost a masterpiece of a game. Created by Eidos' Ion Storm team, you play as Garret, a thief with a destiny. Playing in the third person, ala Splinter Cell: PT or Tomb Raider: AOD, your goal is to thief your way through the convoluted missions assigned to you by the mysterious Keepers, an ancient sect bent on discovering a prophecy.

These missions usually include stealing some sort of important relic or artifact, in addition to normal loot, such as gold candlesticks and jade or ruby goblets. The settings in which you do your stealing vary from an ocean side house, to an underground citadel, to a haunted orphanage and insane asylum. After each mission, you return to your city, which has its own heartbeat and spirit, in order to stock up on items, do a little stealing, and find your next mission.

The metaphysical is a large part of this game. It is full of runes, glowing glyphs, and ancient prophecies. If you like a bit of medieval sci-fi, then this is the game for you. I do have to warn you, however, that there is one mission in this game, the aforementioned haunted orphanage and insane asylum which is definitely one of the scariest levels of any game I have played. It comes at you out of the blue. You're just going along, being a good thief and all of a sudden you have to deal with chilling little girl ghosts, cages, and electric shock rooms. Seriously, don't turn off the lights and don't turn up the volume. In fact, I'm getting goosebumps writing about the level right now. Besides that one level, most of the levels are pretty straightforward stealth/action.


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At your disposal is a wonderful assortment of weapons and items. From elemental arrows (Water, Fire, Moss, and Gas) which help you put out torches, kill the Undead, silence metal ground, and knock out opponents, respectively, to oil flasks which cause enemies to slip and fall down stairs, the selection allows you to play through the game in a variety of ways. Most importantly, however, is that this is a stealth game. Sure, you can run through blowing up everybody with fire arrows, but you'll soon run out of ammo and money. A better approach is to silently sneak up on opponents and bop them on the head with your Blackjack (club). You can then hide the bodies. There are also other ways to silently take out enemies such as head or chest shots with normal arrows or by killing them with your dagger from behind.

Controls are what you'd expect from a third person stealth/action game. If you've played one before, you'll have no problem picking up on the controls.

Graphics are well done and work to create a moody dark city where no one knows who is lurking where.

I recommend a purchase of this game because it is very long and very fun. If you like stealth/action games and you like medieval settings and weaponry with a twist of metaphysical magic, then this game is for you.

-Jeremy


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