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Why Thief’s DualShock 4 Features Are Better Than Any Other Game We’ve Seen

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30 Jan 2014

We recently took a trip to Eidos Montreal’s studio to play around with the upcoming Thief reboot. While we were there, the developers sat us down in a darkened room, closed the door and let us sink into the murky depths of Garrett’s city

Being a stealth game, a lot of focus is put on the lighting mechanics – stay in the shadows and the ‘light gem’ in the corner remains dull, become exposed and the gem gleams. On the PS4 build of the game, this effect is replicated on the DualShock 4 – the LED turned white and illuminated pretty much the whole room we were playing in after a guard exposed our location.

 

“There’s a pretty powerful light source in that thing,” lead level designer Daniel Windfeld Schmidt told us after our hands-on, “if you’re sitting in a dark room, and you go into the light, you’ll feel /your/ whole room light up as if it’s happening around you. I think that really helps the immersion.”

 

He’s right, it does. When you’re sneaking through a mansion, say, and the tension is ramping up as more and more guards patrol the area you’re sleuthing around you want to keep your eyes fixed on the centre of the screen, or on your objective, or on that shiny bit of loot on that nearby table. You don’t want to keep flicking your eye to the corner of the screen, checking this obtrusive HUD element.

 Why Thief's DualShock 4 Features Are Better Than Any Other Game We've Seen

“We want the player to respond to the feedback naturally,” explains Thief’s director, Nicolas Cantin, “we’ve got the light gem, and we’ve got the black cloak around the edge of the screen when you’re in the shadows, and it’s all very subtle. But when we saw the feedback from the controller, we were like yeah, that’s it!’”

 

Why Thief's DualShock 4 Features Are Better Than Any Other Game We've Seen

Thief is the best use of the light bar we’ve seen, by a long way. You’d think a flash of light bouncing off anything reflective in your play area would put you off – snapping you out of the game – but exactly the opposite happens. Because the white light is ambient, your brain registers you’re exposed without any active thought. It adds a depth to the game that some may find gimmicky, but that we genuinely found innovative.

 

“We did research into how the player’s works,” explains Windfeld Schmidt, “and

the central vision is very keen to detail, and your peripheral vision is very keen to change. After a while, if something changes in the environment around you, you just know that without looking at it.”
 

It’s clear that the developers of the game are keen to push the boundaries of what next-gen hardware can do. We were dubious of the inclusion of the light bar when we started playing (in fact, we were going to turn it off before the developer insisted we keep it on), but – after seeing what it can add to the game’s generally tense ambiance – we’re excited to see more experiments with system specific hardware in the future.

To read more about Thief, pick up games™ issue 144, on sale 6th February

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  • Fear Monkey

    Your right , people don’t think much of the PS4, which is why it;’s outselling the Xbox one in hardware and in software. Must be because the majority just doesnt have much brains, they should be picking the $100 more system, that plays games at lower specs because you know, its soo cool.

    here is a great idea, instead of bashing one system vs another and being a troll. Why not just own both and play the exclusives, which is what I am planning on doing. Probably get that White Xbox One next fall if it comes to pass.

    Sad to say but in the spec war, the PS4 wins, and it’s cheaper, and thats just the facts. The PS4 will be my main console this gen, and the Xbox One will be there for the exclusives,

  • Fear Monkey

    Thanks :)

  • Fear Monkey

    Didnt you say in your original posts that you don’t reply back to fanboys? I am not a fanboy so that makes it ok I guess. Here is a secret for you. I bought the Original Xbox at launch, and bought the Xbox 360 at launch. I didn’t buy a PS2 or PS3, only owning a Ps1.

    When the TV TV sports sports TV DOG TV Sports reveal happened, I shed some tears for MS. When they tried to make the console always online, no game trade ins or loaning or renting games, I shed more tears. Then when the final specs were pretty much shown that the Orbis kicked the Durango’s backside, well I saw the writing on the wall and bought a PS4.

    here is the best part, the PS4 is actually a very impressive system. it has it’s faults, but overall it’s the better designed more powerful system. It sits on top of my two Xbox’s right now and the SP4 feels more like the Xbox to me than the Xbox One. The Xbox brand used to be about being the most powerful advanced system, but MS wanted the HDMI in and that stupid camera. I couldnt stand the original Kinect, and have no interest in the new better model.

    Denial is where the Ancient egyptians lived, are you an Ancient Egyptian? If so, that would explain your interest in aging technology.

  • Fear Monkey

    If that is all you got in response, then your a very sad panda. Plugging your ears going nah nah nah doesnt help your argument. Of course it’s not an argument, it’s just the automatic gainsaying of the previous statement. An argument is there to establish a proposition, and so far they only thing you have proposed so far is that you most likely live under a bridge expecting passers by to pay a toll for crossing it.

  • Fear Monkey

    Where to do you come up with this material? it’s great, it’s like you have a group of 3rd graders to trade ideas for jabs with.

  • Fear Monkey

    “They think that their system is so powerful and cheaper”
    Fact — it is – go look it up

    Your the one bashing the most, so it’s you that appears as the sad little troll, not the others.

    We are all gamers, no serious gamer wants any console to fail or not succeed. It’s great that both do well so we get better games and exclusives and REAL gamers do not limit themselves to a particular platform. Favoring one over another is natural, but acting like a 12 year old is not, unless of course your 12 year old, which you very well may be.

  • maan786

    sony fans should stop replying to xbox trolls. that will really hurt them in the ass! there idiocy is out of this world this gen! :P

  • Fear Monkey

    Thanks :)

  • Dakan45

    no i came here for you, sony is doing bad, only ps4 sales

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JTZI73JHxw

    The super trolls as the sonytards.

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  • X1ultimateGamer

    STFU

  • X1ultimateGamer

    Another Garbage article written by a Sony ball licker and clearly has his head stuck so far up his ass FFS STFU you fuckin ponies Pathetic the lot you are and I hope Sony goes broke sooner then expected

  • X1ultimateGamer

    You mean Ponies like you retard don’t be thinking you fools are angels FFS all you do get in our articles and talk shit well guess what garbagestation 4 is just that garbage

  • X1ultimateGamer

    STFU you Sony ball licker

  • Funny

    BURN!

  • Funny

    PS3.5 is way more powerful than xbone…..no wonder they started back at one…anything else would be a lie.

  • XDrone (is the new name)-lol

    You and funballons are the two most dedicated xboners I have ever seen. I sure, sure, sure hope u two r getting paid for all these comments. Cuzit would b rly sad and just a rly low point n ur lives if ur spending this much time on “the other teams” websites as u call them. Rly with ur flambait wanna b educated smack talk is just
    Lame and rly lazy imp, if u two could step ur game up and actually bring ur A game them I might entertain the thought of responding to ur nonsense, lol at u brah!!!!!

  • You are flat out wrong

    Cry harder, Demetre, you loser.

  • You are flat out wrong

    End yourself, Demetre. :)

  • You are flat out wrong

    Your bitter tears sustain me, Demetre.

    No Titanflop servers in Australia at launch, what now?

  • Gamez Rule

    But but but the cloud power man….☺☺☺

  • Gamez Rule

    Last Gen Xbox fanboys = “360 multi-plats have better resolutions,frame-rates, so PS3 multi-plats suck!”

    Now it’s ☺☺☺

    Current gen Xbox fanboys = “I can’t even tell the difference between 720p & 1080p multi-plats, we play games and don’t care about resolution, or frame-rates, it’s not a big deal”

  • mantas

    Like the Monty Python reference: “Of course it’s not an argument, it’s just the automatic gainsaying of the previous statement. An argument is there to establish a proposition…” ;)

  • Fear Monkey

    Thank you :) I was hoping someone would catch that!
    I love python lol, couldn’t resist throwing that in there.

  • Fear Monkey

    Your pretty much spot on. I was an Xbox fan (not fanboy) but I care the most about performance, so I got a PS4. I remember when all the Xbox fanboys rubbed it in the PS3 owners faces regarding performance, framerates, and resolution. Now the shoe is on the other foot, and they all of a sudden no longer care about such things…….
    Glad I have no brand loyalty…………

  • Gamez Rule

    So true. I’ve been called a Sony fanboy, a MS fanboy, and a PC elitist, yet I own all the above ☺

    Now it’s true that last gen ( and still happening today with some 360 fanboys ) that they pick away that 360 outsold PS3, and that their games held high resolutions when compared to PS3, and that their FPS were better on Mulit-platform games, and yet now PS4 is doing those exact things to Xbone, they say it’s not a big deal LMAO!!

    Well I don’t own Xbone for my personal reason, ( MS original policies ) So have stuck with 360 ( XBOX boxed up ) soon too for 360 I guess.

  • Fear Monkey

    I feel sad for true Xbox fans actually, in that Don Mattrick came in after peter Moore left, and ruined what the guys that were originally behind Xbox and 360 started. Now we have MS execs having to put on a good face for the decisions that were made by a guy who no longer works there and doesn’t suffer the consequences for.

    I remember seeing Jack Tretton defensive and stressed at an E3 event on year when the PS3 was getting bad press. it’s amazing that MS shot themselves in the foot and Sony did everything right. Sometimes getting humbled is good for you :)

    My favorite from the defense Xbox fans is just get a PC if you care about performance. Yeah, it’s not like a gamer can be fan of both consoles and PC gaming…right? I’ll buy an Xbox One eventually for the exclusives, but I’m not going to use it as my main console this gen.

  • Gamez Rule

    agreed, but I don’t think I’ll support Xbone after the MS policies BS! Didn’t like the way MS was trying to take gaming.

  • DefectsBox One

    Slaystation 4 by the way and… you cant ignore pure hardware specs.. the Defectsbox One will never be better. They gave you obsolete hardware and overcharged you for it, and made you pay for a kinect you probably dont even use..

  • DefectsBox One

    Microsoft is offering 100 dollars credit towards an xbox one for ps3s. so if any of you want another xbox one and have a ps3 you can get your money back that you spent when they forced that kinect garbage on everyone, but you still wont get the money back that you paid for the overpriced hardware, unfortunately. i feel bad for the people that they won over with a couple exclusive games, because they’ll be putting that wonderful game into a steaming box of shit. I’ve heard very little about dead rising 3 since the launch. besides the graphics weren’t great (surprise). Oh and good news, pretty soon you can stop buying double A batteries. Because they pulled the same shit again. Instead of spending money to make a controller with a charging pack and giving you one with the console and selling them at a reasonably sweet 60 controller price, you will soon be able to buy an a piece of junk cord for your obsolete-hardware controller, and I’m sure the cables and packs aren’t worth near what they say. Hopefully they are though, since the last ones stopped working shortly after you started using them. But hey Microsoft’s the big shiny name that some fanboys (mostly those that didn’t research the hardware, and just watched the expensive advertisements about the games and the shit kinect features) are willing to pay for.

  • DefectsBox One

    Microsoft is offering 100 dollars credit towards an xbox one for ps3s. so if any of you want another xbox one and have a ps3 you can get your money back that you spent when they forced that kinect garbage on everyone, but you still wont get the money back that you paid for the overpriced hardware, unfortunately. i feel bad for the people that they won over with a couple exclusive games, because they’ll be putting that wonderful game into a steaming box of shit. I’ve heard very little about dead rising 3 since the launch. besides the graphics weren’t great (surprise). Oh and good news, pretty soon you can stop buying double A batteries. Because they pulled the same shit again. Instead of spending money to make a controller with a charging pack and giving you one with the console and selling them at a reasonably sweet 60 controller price, you will soon be able to buy an a piece of junk cord for your obsolete-hardware controller, and I’m sure the cables and packs aren’t worth near what they say. Hopefully they are though, since the last ones stopped working shortly after you started using them. But hey Microsoft’s the big shiny name that some fanboys (mostly those that didn’t research the hardware, and just watched the expensive advertisements about the games and the shit kinect features) are willing to pay for. sad.

  • James Cluckey

    Real console gamers? Real console gamers actually buy real gaming consoles. Have fun with your tv box.