hot  /  reviews  /  video  /  blogs  /  forum

Hocus Focus: One of Thief's newest systems is optional

11:00 AM on 03.27.2013 // Steven Hansen
  @dtoidsteven

And yet...still present. At least presently.

A lot of scrutiny has been directed toward the newly announced, next generation Thief game. In fact, enough people in the official Thief forum have been concerned about a detective mode-esque "Focus" ability that Eidos Montreal community manager Adam Badke did a quick Q&A session with the game's director, Nick Cantin, to talk about the mechanic.

Cantin would not go far enough to say that Focus could be turned off for players seeking more of a challenge, but that "presently, it’s the completely the players choice to use Focus or not. If players want to challenge themselves to stick to Garrett’s basic abilities, they can." Well, that's all well and good, but if it's there and there by default, most people are probably going to use it.

I'm becoming ever-wary of (and weary of) the "detective mode" style, color sapping abilities that seem to be in vogue at the moment. Aside from making most games look terrible (Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Dishonored are two great offenders), it feels like it's becoming a crutch or a lazy design choice.

On one hand, I understand the need for accessibility. Even seasoned game players have had moments of simply not knowing what to do or how to advance at a given moment, and I know how frustrating that can be. Still, when an idea gets adopted en masse like this and used badly or arbitrarily (hello, Tomb Raider) it's hard not to be too cynical of the concept.

That being said, even if Focus seems to be a standard thing available, Cantin also mentioned things that temper my concern. That, "Focus is limited and has a cost. As a player you will have to manage it wisely when you accumulate it, and really think hard about when the best time is to use it," for example, is important, and it could prove a viable and welcomed aid rather than an end all, be all thing that pure self preservation implores you to employ constantly. At the same time, Focus in Thief can also be used for thing like lock picking and combat, should you prove terrible at stealth, making it all the more scarce or worth saving.

Also, regardless, I'm damn excited for this game.


 Reblog (or) Blog Reply



Steven Hansen, Features Editor
 Follow Blog + disclosure dtoidsteven Tips
Steven watches anime & sports, buys meat out of trucks, dates a Muppet, and is only good at cooking. He stands before you bereft of solace and well on the road to perdition. ('^ω^) more   |   staff directory

Get more destructoid:   We're indie-run, blogging for the love of it, and our site will always be free. Optionally, you can support us and get: (1) Faster pages from our cloud server (3) Wide(r)screen (3) No big ads on Dtoid, Japanator, Tomopop, or Flixist (4) Auto contest entries, and (5) Dibs on betas & downloads. Try it out

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.
advertisement:


destructoid's previous coverage:
Thief


  Mar 04

PC Port Report: Thief

PC version didn't steal my heart like a thief in the night


  Feb 24

Review: Thief

Steal all the shinies


View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:



Please contact Crave Online, thanks!





Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
What is the meaning of life, and do you have any more pizza rolls?
You may remix all content on this site under Creative Commons with Attribution
- Living the dream, Since 2006 -