Since its first release in 1998, Thief has been one of the most iconic and well-known games in the market. Each new game in the franchise has had heavy expectations and in this case, there is no exception. When Eidos Montreal announced the launch of its newest edition, game lovers couldn’t have asked for anything more. Although the game does not live up to all the high expectations, it does make for a decent fare.
Pitch black corners and gory visuals dominate the scene in this stealth game, where the player enters the first mission to steal some items of great importance from a baron. But as you go along, the player is transported a year into the future, which shows a destroyed world, parts of which are in shambles. The scenario is so ugly, that all you can see around is death and decay. Now, this is where the player starts facing their real missions, as they have to figure out what exactly happened through the year that went by, when your character Garrett, a cold and calculating thief, was hibernating and then try to fix things out. It won’t be wrong to say that the gameplay is challenging and very interesting. As Garrett, the gamer has to be alert and keep an eye out for possible secret passages, doors or roads. At times, it does become a task to figure out the possible ways of getting in and out of a place, without getting detected. The moment you get detected, the thief must face dire consequences.
The player gets tools like bow, arrows and blackjack and the character has also been granted special augments to his abilities that can be improved during the process of the game. Although one can’t use the rope arrow on a wooden surface anymore, this edition more than makes up for it by adding the swoop ability, which adds extra speed to the game.
The entire game is comparatively shorter than other stealth games in the market. But the fact that one can play the different styles of this game over and over again will surely keep the gamers hooked on.
Thief definitely stands out in the technical department. The graphics are good, with incredible use of lighting and shadows. The character and surroundings are very well-designed. Even the sound design is great, with even the minute details being audible if you plug in your headphones. The voice acting is perfectly done by the cast, especially Garrett’s voice, which is very intriguing.
Overall, Thief carries the franchise’s torch with great confidence. If you were expecting fireworks, this may not appeal to you. But fans of stealth will definitely enjoy this edition.
Tata Sky launches a DTH Karaoke service
In partnership with Hungama.com, Tata Sky has launched a DTH player. Unlike other traditional Karaoke services, Tata Sky’s Karaoke service showcases music videos, along with lyrics. Talking about launching this Karaoke service, Vikram Mehra, Chief Commercial Officer, Tata Sky, says, “The love for singing and dancing is epitomized by Bollywood movies. Thus, capitalising on the sentiment, Karaoke enables our subscribers to share a few laughs and great moments with family, and friends without the need for an occasion, by just tuning in to the service any time of the day.” Neeraj Roy, Managing Director, CEO of Hungama.com, also echoed Mehra’s sentiments as he added, “Music is a derivative of films that generates mass appeal and now we’re presenting a new innovation to the consumer by giving them the ability to watch and sing music with Actve Karaoke.”
With some amount as a yearly subscription, the subscribers will also be provided with a mike along with the service.
Shemaroo pays a tribute to Indian cinema with a special edition of Bombay Talkies
Shemaroo Entertainment launched a unique concept in the form of Celebrating 100 Years Of Cinema In Our Lives, a limited edition collectable memorabilia for fans of Indian Cinema. The collectable is an amalgamation of several components, which includes five DVDs and a filmy diary, as each component relishes the magic of Indian Cinema. One DVD includes the critically-acclaimed film, Bombay Talkies, which includes four short films, directed by Zoya Akhtar, Dibaker Banerjee, Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap. The other four include an audio-visual encyclopedia, serving as mini biographies, which traces the journey of 101 celebrities, right from Raj Kapoor to Ranbir Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan to Abhishek Bachchan, Nargis to Vidya Balan and Madhubala to Deepika Padukone. Priced at Rs. 999, the gift pack is now available at various stores across the country.