We got our light-fingered hands on Thief for PlayStation 4; find out what it's like to play here.
A thief in the night
In the dark streets of Stonemarket, nothing is safe; not the poor citizens who tremble under the oppressive rule of The Baron's guards, nor the valuables that glisten behind the locked doors and windows of the rich. You are Garrett, a master thief plying his light-fingered trade in a city on lockdown; a disease known as The Gloom infects the downtrodden citizens, forcing a strict curfew to be enforced, while the wealthy elite continue to prosper high above the filthy streets.
After a tragic accident leaves Garrett with mysterious extra-sensory powers, his desire for gold leads him to make a chilling discovery. Following the trail of corpses left by The Gloom, Garrett comes face-to-face with the vicious Thieftaker General – leaving a huge price on his head and a sinister shadow over the city.
What's yours is mine
Your adventure begins high above the streets as you make your way from house to house, sneaking in wherever you can and learning the tricks of your trade – like picking locks, treading carefully to stay hidden... and the art of a clean getaway across the rooftops. Carelessness will cost you more than just your ill-gotten gains; thieves and swords don't mix well and there are plenty of blade wielding guards on high alert.
Sticking to the shadows means the difference between a successful heist and getting caught; step into the light, and your DUALSHOCK 4 light bar will start to glow, indicating that you can be seen – so get to cover as fast as possible. Picking locks requires a steady hand, so don't rush – any mistakes could be noisy and alert a passing guard.
You're free to roam the environment, opening doors and windows and pilfering goods as you go. As well as the main storyline missions, you can accept jobs from other characters you meet on your travels. The skills of an expert thief are in high demand and the more daring the job, the better it will pay.
It's not what you steal – it's how you steal it.
There are many tools at your disposal that can aid you in picking up loot, eliminating enemy threats or sharpening Garrett's thieving senses. Armed with a bow, there are several different types of arrow to shoot, each with different uses; water arrows can put out flaming torches, blunt arrows can hit switches from a distance, while choke arrows silently take down guards. Garrett's claw is an essential tool when scaling the side of a building, and his rope arrow provides a quick route to the top of taller structures.
As well as his specialist tools, you can also use the everyday objects that litter the streets, like the glass bottles that can be thrown to distract the patrolling guards as you sneak past their watch. Stealing valuable items means more gold to spend with the merchants dotted around the city – visit these shady characters to stock up on new arrows, tools and all sorts of potions and charms to help you out.
Stick to the shadows
You'll need to keep your senses razor-sharp to remain at large; what you hear can be every bit as important as what you see, so keeping an ear on what the guards below are talking about, or what's going on behind that door you're about to open can be vital. Press the TRIANGLE button to focus your senses and hear approaching footsteps, and spot unseen locks, traps or escape routes you may have missed.
As you progress, you'll meet the Queen of Beggars who, for the right price, will give you focus points that can be used to enhance your skills – like making you more alert to danger, more efficient at taking down enemies, or a better marksman with your bow.
Successfully complete a mission, and you'll be rated on your thieving abilities and be able to see just what kind of a criminal you are; you could be a ghost, sticking to the shadows and remaining unseen or an opportunist, stalking your enemies and carefully choosing when to move or strike. Or maybe you're a predator who sees an attacking strategy as more valuable than stealth? If you're not happy with your rating – or just want to try a different style of play – you can always replay a mission.
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