We’re pretty lax here in South Africa when it comes to video games. Sure, they’ve got content that the FPB is all too happy to slap a big age rating sticker on when it arrives, but at least our government trusts enough to allow us the option to have that content. And it looks like Thief is going to be a pretty mature game when it launches.
Over in the US of A, the Entertainment Software Rating Board detailed the more sordid side of the game, because plunging bladed weapons into foes using a first-person perspective is a rather violent way to burglarise homes:
This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the role of a thief attempting to defeat a conspiracy. Players sneak around guards and civilians in order to break into various buildings and steal items. Players sometimes use a blackjack to knock guards out. Throughout the game, characters use knives and swords to kill other human enemies. Blood splatter effects occur during battle. Corpses are frequently depicted, sometimes lying in pools of blood.
Also, it looks like I may have to break out my massive bass guitar, because Thief is going to have plenty of ‘suggestive moaning’:
During the course of the game, players can roam through a brothel environment in which several prostitutes are depicted topless. The central character has the ability to spy on couples engaging in sexual activity (topless characters); suggestive moaning and dialogue can also be heard. Some settings depict opium vats or characters under the influence of the drug. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” can be heard in the dialogue.
The weird thing is that I moan suggestively when I browse stationary shops. Thief is out at the end of February, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. You’ll probably need to be 18 to play the game, but don’t worry, I know a guy who makes awesome fake IDs. Here’s what my one looks like:
Last Updated: January 23, 2014