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Thread: My Thief Gold Mission Ranking

  1. #1
    New Member
    Registered: Feb 2015

    My Thief Gold Mission Ranking

    I'm an experienced thief, but haven't thought about it in a while now. I suddenly felt the urge to rank the missions of Thief Gold and share it here. I know there are older threads with this topic, but here's a new one anyway! Hope you enjoy reading. Let me know what you agree or disagree with, or give your ranking.

    I like all the missions in Thief Gold, so I ranked them in sections of OK, The Good, and The Best.

    The OK

    Strange Bedfellows
    This mission is probably the weakest in the game. It starts off interesting, returning to the destroyed Hammer Temple, but the lair under the temple is a bit underwhelming. The quest for the "Builder's Chisel" seemed simple and random.

    Maw of Chaos
    Itís disappointing the final mission is rated so low, but here we are. The aesthetic in this mission almost doesnít seem to fit within the Thief universe, and the layout is somewhat odd and linear. There are some interesting sections with potential, and the encounter with Constantine is cool, but ultimately it becomes somewhat anticlimactic.

    The first section of this mission is not as strong as the latter. The "difficult escape" idea is cool (get ready to fight!), and there are some interesting parts in the caves, but the bland colors and textures make the labyrinthian layout kind of frustrating. Returning to Constantineís mansion overrun with flora and monstrous enemies is cool.

    The Good

    Mage Towers
    At the bottom of "The Good" list is this mission. Interesting lore, locations, and enemies, but the bland structure of parts of the keep and elemental towers throws it off a little. The keep is mostly interesting, but the towers are kind of strange, have little to offer, and tend to be more frustrating than anything. Get ready for some mystical parkour! Still, a good mission.

    The Lost City
    This mission seems to be a fan favorite for some, and less so for others. Itís quite a Tomb Raider-esque mission, but it works. I would say it was more interesting the first few times I played through when discovering everything for the first time. Nevertheless, itís an iconic mission. I enjoy the change of pace, the interesting locations and lore, and the terrifying fire elementals.

    I really enjoy how this mission mixes things up by allowing the player to roam freely in disguise, and what better enemies to walk amongst than the Hammers? Itís a refreshing break from sneaking. The layout of the Hammer Temple is cool, complete with interesting rooms, dialogue, and lore. Escaping the temple once the alarm has been triggered is one of the most tense things in this game for me!

    Thievesí Guild
    This can be a daunting mission, and it has to grow on you. It's huge, and has some confusing and difficult areas if one is unfamiliar. Thus, it is often rated low by some Thief players. There are also a few dicey spots that are difficult or (practically) impossible to get through without being detected if attempting to get all the loot. However, on becoming more familiar with the layout, I find it a fun, challenging mission to sneak through, and there are some interesting areas, characters, dialogue, and lore. Robbing the guild of thieves highlights Garrettís expert thieving abilities.

    Song of the Caverns
    This seems to be one of higher rated missions Iíve noticed. It is beautiful, the layout is interesting, and the lore is interesting and quite humorous at times. There are some rough spots, but sneaking around an opera house makes for excellent thieving. My only real critique is the Keeper tunnels in the first part of the mission seem rushed, and are somewhat uninteresting in retrospect, and the map of the tunnels made by the Keepers looks juvenile.

    The Best

    Down in the Bonehoard
    I know this mission is a fan favorite, and itís hard to critique such an iconic level. Similarly to The Lost Valley, err, I mean The Lost City, discovering this mission the first few times was amazing, but I still love it. I enjoy the undead, the lore, and grabbing the hidden items and loot in this level, especially the coveted Mysticís Heart and Mysticís Soul. Some parts of the layout could be more polished, but all-around a great mission.

    The Haunted Cathedral
    I love this mission! It is one of the creepiest and spookiest, and the open layout of the abandoned streets is confusing, yet coherent. Each location is interesting and distinct, and contains interesting lore. I also found the option of turning on the street lights pretty cool. Good luck finding all the loot!

    Return to the Cathedral
    Undead-heavy, tough, spooky, iconic, and basically the climax of the story, I actually find it hard to know where to put this mission on the ranking. A rather unique mission with a lot going on, itís certainly one of the best in terms of lore and design.

    Lord Baffordís Manor
    The first mission is so iconic, and really sets the tone for the game. Itís an excellent introductory mission, short and sweet. It is everything that Thief is supposed to be: city streets, guards, noblemen in mansions with treasures to be had, multiple entrances, sneaking, using your first water arrows, a secret passage, introduces Benny and the other guards... It sets the standard for all Thief missions.

    Break from Cragscleft Prison
    Another iconic mission that builds on the first - excellent lore, introduction to the Hammers, venturing through abandoned mines to reach the gloomy Hammer prison, and finally the Officer's Quarters... Itís just wonderful.

    Basically it's a larger, more elaborate Baffordís Manor, complete with all the essential Thief elements. What more is there to say?

    The Sword
    It could be a tie between The Sword and Assassins, but this mission has so much going on, and with all the twists thrown at you (literally) itís probably the most memorable of all.

  2. #2
    Registered: Aug 2009
    I did love the Maw mission, and think it's one of the best. My favourite T1/G mission is probably the Sword, especially the rectified version with the Little Big World.
    Song of the Caverns would my 'best OM architecture' prize.
    I liked Mage Towers, but it's the one with the most wasted potential. I'd love to see it redone with better use of empty spaces

    Worst missions in my opinion:

    T1/G: Thieves Guild
    T2: 1st City Bank and Trust. Casing the Joint was nothing special either.
    T3: The clocktower mission.

  3. #3
    Registered: May 2008
    Location: Southern,California
    thief 1/g = escape
    thief 2 = trail of blood "dewdrop"
    thief 3 = not sure what i felt was the best mission, i feel the city hubs were the best part

  4. #4
    Registered: Aug 2009
    LOTP is my favourite T2 mission
    The Cradle for T3

  5. #5
    New Member
    Registered: Feb 2015
    I'd say MoC is similar to Mage Towers in terms of wasted potential and space. There's a little more room for it (no pun intended) since it's already a very different and strange mission, but I think there could've been more to it in these regards, and aesthetically. I saw someone refer to it once as Thief The Space Age or something like that, ha!

  6. #6
    New Member
    Registered: Feb 2015
    I just posted My Thief 2 Ranking if you guys wanna check that out.

  7. #7
    Registered: Nov 2015
    Nice ranking. Exactly like you, i don't dislike any TG missions at all, yes including thieves guild. The Mage Towers and the last mission are the only ones i would say they feel pretty bland like you perfectly described but that doesn't mean they're bad, still there are some quite atmospheric areas on those two.

  8. #8
    Registered: Nov 2010
    Location: Alberta, Canada
    For TG
    Hands down "The Sword" is the best. "Return to the Haunted Cathedral" would have had top billing if the obnoxious brother Murus was removed.

    I like the undead missions so the haunted cathedral and down in the bonehard are also high ranked just below the ones above

    at the least liked bottom of my list - thieves guild, mages, and maw.

    the rest are OK.

    In the T1 (pre-gold) my least liked mission was undercover.

    I prefer the T1 lost city over the TG version.

    so top levels by version
    T1/TG "The Sword"
    T2 "LoTP"
    T3 "The Cradle"
    Best thief 2014 review : "Thiaf (2014) - this game wouldn't be worth your money even if it shipped with a brewery and a brothel."

  9. #9
    Registered: Aug 2002
    Location: Point Nemo
    I have a love/hate relationship with Thieves' Guild. It's such a big mission and so confusing at times that even during replays I want to quit playing it.

    The Cathedral missions are some of my favorites.

    Down in the Bone Hoard is great but the zombies always annoyed me until I learned out to outsmart them or just avoid them altogether.

    My least favorite is the Cragscleft prison mission.

    Lord Bafford's Manor is a favorite because mansion missions are nearly always fun.

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