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Thief gameplay is a lot about stealing, lock picking, hiding or attacking your enemies. The animations of this game are very impressive, especially when stealing items from certain places. The game is set in the 19th century where there are people who still use candles for lightening. You will have to deal with bad characters and most of the time, remaining stealthy is the best way to go. On top of that you will earn more coins when you remain stealthy at the end of each mission. By earning more coins the more your character will become stronger, since you will have a possibility to buy new stuff from different merchants.
In the game there will be different types of weapons and bullets. The crossbow will allow you to use deadly arrows and will normally cost you more. There is also a melee weapon which can be used to defeat your enemies and can be strengthened too, making the whole game easier. By crouching you will be able to make movements which cannot be heard by your enemies and steal them, beat them or walk away without being heard. The game sets you in different positions during the whole game and there are certain situations where you can choose different paths to solve the same problem.
The game itself seems sometimes interesting and sometimes horror, especially at the hospital chapter where you will be beaten down by an invisible force and other strange things happen. You get to walk around a city and complete missions for your clients or start story chapters. After completing some chapters new areas will be enabled. There was also a bug with a client mission when you try to start it and it gets back you to the street where you were, instead of starting the mission. One thing which seemed like a joke was that when you finish the game, nothing really happens. The only thing which was noticeable, was the new upgrades at the merchants where you could improve your stealth and raise your health and focus points.
Focus points is all about a magical ability to use it and over time it will be drained. By using it, depending on the ability you are using it for, it will be drained faster or slower. There are also some shop upgrades that allow you to gain more focus points. One thing to note is that there is the old grandma waiting for you to get focus points, but you should pay her. Each time you buy a focus point from her, the next one gets pricier. Your focus points will also replenished. To replenish focus points, you can buy or find poppies, which are white flowers found around the Thief world. You can also sell them so you get more coins to get upgrades.
A very nice strategy which will greatly help you in completing the game, is to sell health packages, poppies, pricey ammunition and always buy ropes and the cheapest arrow possible. What was undesirable during all the game, is that you will barely need to use any arrows at all to kill enemies. If you can handle the stealth mode pretty enough, there is no way you would need any arrows, anyway. Ropes will allow you to access areas never seen before.
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