This game represents the pinnacle of xbox gaming. Thief – Deadly Shadows is truly more than the sum of its parts, and what great parts they are.
First off, let's start with the look and feel of the game. The graphics (although best played at night time as it's all very, appropriately, dark) are beautiful. Let me think of an appropriate superlative… well, awesome will just have to do. The sound is good too, with nice vocal work from the cast – despite the often cheesy accents. All together the sound and graphics build an atmosphere that I don't think I've encountered the like of before in any other game.
Game play is fantastic – sneaking around makes for a good change form the usual smash-em and bash-em of other games, and the great AI means you really do have to play by the rules, or you're dead meat. I found he game to be the perfect mix of difficulty – not too hard that I found it frustrating, and not so easy that I got bored.
The story – well, it's not fantastic (but then it's no RPG), but the movies are nice and the plot is original and clichés are noticeably absent.
All up, it's a winner. This game nails it's chosen genre. You're a thief in a grimy mediaeval city, and it all feels appropriately urban and dirty.