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Submitted by ppazuzu 667d ago | opinion piece

Why Thief 4′s decision to drop Stephen Russell is a big mistake

IncGamers writer and long-time Thief fan Peter Parrish is not impressed by Eidos' decision to ditch Stephen Russell as the voice of Garrett. The move makes no sense, and may bode ill for the project as a whole. (PC, Thief)

yewles1  +   667d ago
It WOULD be a mistake to drop him for Thief 4, but this isn't Thief 4...
Root  +   667d ago
It really is....it might not be called Thief 4 but it actually is, we know it is anyway.

If it was a new rebooted Thief game with a new main character then fair enough but Garrett is still in it....even with his mechanical eye, so it shows you it's continuing

I hate how they change voice actors, whats the point, we've been waiting for Thief 4 for years now.
Root  +   667d ago
Just like any old franchise which gets revived this gen....they get rid of either the voice actor, the core manchics or just change the whole game completely

For Thief 4 they've already crossed one thing off the list, wonder if they'll follow with the other two, untill we see gameplay, we'll see.

"Last week, BioShock Infinite received gushing praise from almost every single critical quarter for its portrayal of Elizabeth; an AI character who had a separate actress for voice, mo-cap and her actual face. It’s not only possible to make this set-up look natural, it resulted in one of the most convincing videogame companions of recent memory."

Exactly

Other games can do it so I don't see why they can't. Ubisoft said the same thing with Ironside in the new Splinter Cell and why they got a new voice actor and now look at David Hayter in MGS5, an icon to the franchise since the first one on the PS1 and they got rid of him but kept the Japanese voice actor.

"When it came down to it, we ultimately realized that holding onto Steven as the voice of Garrett … It’s a nice thought, but honestly, it wouldn’t make sense for anything else other than nostalgia"

Isn't the reason why we wanted a new Thief game based on nostalgia. I hate when developers give out poor excuses like this, it shows me they don't give a crap about the old fans of the franchise.

I'm not liking the sound of the new game. It sounds like a new IP but using an old franchise to sell more. I mean it will apparently ignore the old timeline despite the clock tower still there and him having his mechanical eye but yet he sounds like a totally new Garrett, he even looks different.
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da_2pacalypse  +   667d ago
These guys rebooted Deus Ex, and aside from the boss battles, that was a fantastic game. I think I have trust that they'll create a good game. Let's not jump ahead of ourselves.
SolidGear3  +   667d ago
Human Revolution is a prequel to the original. I can guarantee the sequel will bridge HR with the first game.
DJ  +   667d ago
Not outraged. Gameplay trumps voice actor.

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