I really enjoyed Thief II back in the day, and Thief 3 wasn't terrible, but this latest reboot has almost nothing going for it except the name.
I wasn't digging Garrett's new style, but I wouldn't have let that sway my opinion of the game itself. I gave it a fair chance, played completely through hoping it would get better, and that the story would finally hit its stride and start making sense.
Pros: Sneaking mechanics work well, and the 'swoop' ability can really make you feel like you own the shadows. Wide variety of arrow types. Visuals are generally very good. Voice acting is solid. AI seems solid, in the usual lovable sneaker-amnesiac sort of way.
- Sneaking works well, when the level designers actually let you use it, which isn't often. There may be multiple paths around the city, but they are few and feel like linear A=>B tunnels. You will constantly be frustrated by the sheer amound of things Garrett can't or won't climb, or won't walk through, or mantle over, etc.
- The story makes almost no sense. Most of the time when a cutscene started, I would find myself asking "How the crap did that just happen? And when it ended, I'd be wondering what the crap just happened. It feels very disjointed, to say the least. Characters pop in and out, changing roles with the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ plot twists.
- Speaking of characters popping in... it's downright embarrasing just how many times our hero gets jumped by a balding old creep with a walking stick and a limp. Seriously Garrett, they call you the Master Thief; you sneak up on people for a living. You'd think some of that experience would bleed over into the cutscenes, but no. I threw up my hands more than once because I could see what was coming a mile away and Garrett was still completely oblivious.
And even the final chapter left me with little resolution or warm fuzzies, so I can't recommend this to anyone, really. Go play Dishonored instead.
As a final note, there's one mission that has some fairly explicit adult content that you *must* witness to completed the mission, so take that as you will.