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Sly Cooper PS2

just finished playing Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus. Is that one of the worst names ever or what? Sly Cooper is good, the whole name though is quite long and not easy to read. Just my opinion.

I really want to be nice to this game. It is extremely well done and very very polished. In fact I can’t think of any rough edges. It’s got great cartoon intros between levels done in a very cool style that kind of reminds me of Batman the Animated Series with it’s high contrast, sharp edges and extreme lighting. The option screens, fonts etc were clearly made with some thought instead of done at the last second using rushed art or even programmer art like some other titles I know. All the levels seem polished and interesting without large boring or ugly areas you find in many games.

Sly Cooper is a character action platformer. Ie, Mario, Crash, etc.. In this case you play Sly Cooper, a master thief from a long line of thieves who only steal from other thieves. I guess that’s supposed to make it okay to be a thief. The story is your ancestors made a book detailing all of their thieving skills. 5 bad guys stole it from your dad, killed your dad and each took 1/5 of the book so you have to travel around and get the piece of the book back. Each time you find a piece of the book you learn a new move.

One thing that sets this game apart is it’s usually a one hit game. One hit and you die. That sounds frustrating and I guess sometimes it is but clearly the game has been designed knowing you can only take one hit. As a play mechanic it works but as a logical issue it quite often doesn’t. For example there are some enemies that just stand there and take a swing at you every 3 or 4 seconds. As a one hit game, right after they take a swing you run in before their next swing and take them out. The problem is those enemies look pretty stupid just standing there waiting for you to hit them. And, as they do just stand there, you can walk right up to the edge of their attack and just stand there indefinately and they won’t budge. Still, if you ignore that it’s silly it’s not un-fun.

You can actually find extra hits. They are called Lucky Charms and a represented by a horseshoe on your back. You get one for every 100 coins you collect or sometimes you can find them just lying around. If you have one and you take a hit or fall off a platform you’ll be bounced back just before you got into danger. It’s an interest way of using the hit feature because it not only covers enemy hits like most games it covers falling to your death. It works and I supposed if some level was too hard and you had the patience you could go to an easier level, earn a few lucky charms and then come back to your hard level.

The graphics are outstanding. There’s alot of style and alot of creativity. There are little details all over from sparkles, smoke, swamp gas, oozing stuff. The game rarely feels emtpy or lifeless like many games do.

As Sly progresses through the game, after the basic moves, running and jumping, he learns several others. One, he can grab on to hooks and rings with his cane and swing from them. Another is that he can climb various small pipes like you’d expect a ferret to be able to do. Another big move is the ability to slide along thin slippery surfaces. This move feels like something out of the Disney cartoon, Tarzan or from Jet Set Radio. It’s fun. Another is the ability to plant your landings. This is very interesting move. In most games in order to make a hard jump you just have to be super skilled. With Sly, once you have this move you can just press circle while you are over the spot and he’ll land on the spot in question. It works and it feels good although sometimes it frustrating when you thought you pressed the button in time and he doesn’t land on the spot. It suppose if it was more easy it wouldn’t feel like there is any skill involved.

Most of the levels have more than one goal. The main goal of most levels is to collect a key at the end of the level but on the way, somewhere hidden in the level there is a safe. To open the safe you need to collect all the bottles in the level, each containing a *clue*. That’s just wording, you just touch the bottles to collect them. The story is that once you have all the clues your buddy Bentley can figure out the combination to the safe and you can steal what’s inside.

For the most part I pretty much ignored the bottles while playing the game. Collecting every last thing in a level is usually left as one of those things you do after you’ve finished the game the first time. But, the cool thing is that what’s inside each safe is a page to your family’s book detailing a new move. Some of those moves would have made the game alot easier. For example one move is, for lack of a better description the ability to swim. Normally you die in water. Having this ability, while you can’t actually swim, you won’t die. You’ll just be put back where you fell off like when you have a lucky charm.

Another is that you have binoculars which you can use to look around the level and zoom in/out. One of the new abilities is that looking through your binoculars will highlight all the collectables in the area. That makes it alot easier to go find all the other bottles.

Another is that all coins will just magically get collected when you are near them and then there are various attacks, jumps and other movies including one which is exploding hats you can use like remote bombs. I guess that would make some of the enemies pretty easy.

Unfortunately the biggest complaint about the game is it’s too short. Just 6 to 8 hours. I’m not sure why. It’s not a small game by any means. There are something like 30+ levels. I guess it’s just that each level is pretty easy.

My personal problems with the game come in only a few areas. All the bosses are very creative and I was very happy for that. At the same time several of the bosses and several of the bonus games I felt were more a matter of luck or trial and error than skill. It’s possible I’m just old and impatient but the first 3 bosses, the shooting gallery levels and the collecting levels all felt frustrating with too much luck involved or too much just memorization.

For example the shooting gallery levels, some character runs around the level and you use a cannon to take out enemies in his path. It’s a great idea and it’s fun to watch but mostly you just progress one or two enemies per death. Meaning you watch your buddy run, you take out 2 enemies, you don’t know where enemy #3 will appear so your buddy gets killed. You start over, knowing where enemy #3 is now you can take him out but you buddy will get killed by enemy #4. You repeat until you make it to the top.

The first 3 bosses felt similar to me. Maybe the problem is the one hit death meaning that if you had an extra hit you’d have a chance to recover the first time a boss did a new move. As it is you’ll most likely have to die once to find out what his next move is. That didn’t happen for me with the last 2 bosses. Still, you basically have unlimited lives. You get lives. The difference is if you die you start at your last checkpoint, if you run out of lives you start at the beginning of the level. I never really found that to be frustrating. Maybe it’s that the levels are short so it’s only 30 seconds to a minute until you are back where you left off.

My only other complaint relating to gameplay was the very last level, just before you reach the boss there is a level with a bunch of fun tricky jumps. It seems like maybe that was the last level done and there wasn’t time to tune it because the second jump in the level took me about 15 tries to get. Each time I jumped either it wasn’t far enough or it was too far. No other jump in the game gave me that problem so given the difference it was frustrating.

This is probably a non issue but for some reason I was a little upset at the standard stereotypes. There’s the scrawny nerdy brain, the dopey stupid fat guy and the handsome hero. It would be nice to switch that around. I guess I just take that personally since I was labeled the scrawny nerdy brain in school and when I was neither scrawny nor nerdy but the stereotype gets applied regardless so if you are smart you are therefore a nerd and it’s these persistant stereotypes that keep that image going.

I want to emphasize how polished the game feels. The animation is great, the voices are great, the fanfare for completing a level is great, the glue between levels is great, the setup cartoons before each level are great, the art style is great, the music is limited but appropriate unlike many games, the creativity in 3D art, in level setups. It’s all great.

Sadly my impression is it’s not doing that well. I hope I’m wrong. My only thought in that direction is that even though it’s so well done there was a part of me feeling like “it’s just another platform game” as I played. As well done as it is, I wasn’t as excited about it as I was with Mario Sunshine and Mario’s completely new moves. Maybe it’s that feeling, that though well done it’s not really anything that new, that is one thing that is keeping it from being the hit it seems like it deserves to be.

If you like platform games, you must checkout this game.

  • noone
    sly is soooo cute

    i love the name even though it is long it was a great game though. i just beat it twice, and i beat sly 3 once and i just lost sly 2 i dont know where it is.

  • EirianWilliams
    sly is the best

    i love sly cooper i have copmleted sly 2 poor bently and ive completed sly 3 but ive never played the first one i like the third so far nd im looking forward 2 the next sly game with his daughter im realy looking forward to who she wllbe like sly or carmelita even tho she is more like sly i realy want to get the came as soon as it isout at the moment im desining my own sly cooper 4 just having problems desining carmen she has green eyes shes a raccoon sheloves icecream shes 12years old and she loves the thievuous raccoonous it her most precious item her full name is carmen slyviacooper hehe = ) . xxxxx hope its coming soon

  • EirianWilliams
    sly is the best

    i love sly cooper i have copmleted sly 2 poor bently and ive completed sly 3 but ive never played the first one i like the third so far nd im looking forward 2 the next sly game with his daughter im realy looking forward to who she wllbe like sly or carmelita even tho she is more like sly i realy want to get the came as soon as it isout at the moment im desining my own sly cooper 4 just having problems desining carmen she has green eyes shes a raccoon sheloves icecream shes 12years old and she loves the thievuous raccoonous it her most precious item her full name is carmen slyviacooper hehe = ) . xxxxx hope its coming soon

  • KRISTI
    MAKE A SLY 4 PLEASE

    I LOOOVVEEEE SLY COOPER AND THE GANG!  THE MAKER HAS DONE AN AMAZING JOB AT IT AND IM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAYING THE 4TH ONE IF THERE IS A 4TH…..I REALLY HOPE SO!! <3333

  • cassie
    MAKE A SLY 4 PLEASE THIS GAME IS SO SO SO FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!

         This game is so fun and i recomend that u make a sly 4. Alot of kids like this game and at the end of the 3rd one it said that he was going to make a time machine and hoped that they could join with sly again since he dissapeared. Even my mom likes these games. We both passed the 1st, 2ond, and 3rd game a million times. SO PLEASE MAKE A SLY COOPER 4! Maybe u should look on the web site http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstation/board?board.id=sly3 and look at possible Sly 4 story lines**Slight Sly 3 Spoiler**. and the Author is Tommy G. That person has some good ideas about what to put on sly 4 if u havnt already started to make a sly4 but u should still check it out. if u dont come out with one i might go crazy!!!! SO PLEASE MAKE A SLY 4 PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 

  • samclark
    If there is no sly 4 I will protest to the day I dye!

    Sly is THE best person in the world. I have all 3 games but have only beaten Sly 3. I am ubseased with sly I love sly soo much Ide give $2,000 to have a Sly 4 and a Sly T.V. show. I love Sly so much when I get older I will have a band of theives and rob bad people like Sly does! If there is no sly4 I’ll go crazzy because life is booring with out any Sly games to buy.

  • Emilvssly
    sly

    if they  don’t make a sly  4 i’ll i’ll cry so hard cause sly is soooooooooo fun.

  • SamClark
    Sly is a beast

    I made up this song dedicated to Sly because I love Sly third Best person in the world… “wwwwwweeeelllllllllllllllll Sly cooper is a beast he’s a big big beast he’s the biggest beast in the whol wide world master thief and he has a cool cain he’s a beast to all the boys & girls…………….. On monday he’s a beast tuesday he’s a beast and wednessday saturday he’s a beast then on sunday just when you know it he’s a super king kamehameha B-I-O-S-T (beeost). Sly Cooper is a beast he’s a big big beast he’s the biggest beast in the whole wide world he’s a master thief and he has a cool cain he’s a big big big big big big beast.Big big big big big big big big he’s a master thief hay Sly Coopers’ a beast and he’s just a dirty beast.Talk to kids around the world it may go a little soe’m like this ( different laiguages singing song ). Have you ever met Sly Cooper he’s the bigest beast in the whole wide world he’s a dirty beast with a gold cain hees a big big big big big big beast.Big big big big big big big he’s a master thief Sly cooper’s a beast and he’s just a dirty beast. I really mean it sly cooper is a big fat dirty beeeeeeeeeeee ba ba baba ba ba baba Sly Cooperrrrrrrrrrrrrr yeah. Hope you enjoyed my Sly song based off of the song “Kyles mom is a B!+$* I would kill for a Sly T.V show

  • SamClark
    Sly is a beast

    I made up this song dedicated to Sly because I love Sly third Best person in the world… “wwwwwweeeelllllllllllllllll Sly cooper is a beast he’s a big big beast he’s the biggest beast in the whol wide world master thief and he has a cool cain he’s a beast to all the boys & girls…………….. On monday he’s a beast tuesday he’s a beast and wednessday saturday he’s a beast then on sunday just when you know it he’s a super king kamehameha B-I-O-S-T (beeost). Sly Cooper is a beast he’s a big big beast he’s the biggest beast in the whole wide world he’s a master thief and he has a cool cain he’s a big big big big big big beast.Big big big big big big big big he’s a master thief hay Sly Coopers’ a beast and he’s just a dirty beast.Talk to kids around the world it may go a little soe’m like this ( different laiguages singing song ). Have you ever met Sly Cooper he’s the bigest beast in the whole wide world he’s a dirty beast with a gold cain hees a big big big big big big beast.Big big big big big big big he’s a master thief Sly cooper’s a beast and he’s just a dirty beast. I really mean it sly cooper is a big fat dirty beeeeeeeeeeee ba ba baba ba ba baba Sly Cooperrrrrrrrrrrrrr yeah. Hope you enjoyed my Sly song based off of the song “Kyles mom is a B!+$* I would kill for a Sly T.V show

  • SamClark
    Sly is a beast

    I made up this song dedicated to Sly because I love Sly third Best person in the world… “wwwwwweeeelllllllllllllllll Sly cooper is a beast he’s a big big beast he’s the biggest beast in the whol wide world master thief and he has a cool cain he’s a beast to all the boys & girls…………….. On monday he’s a beast tuesday he’s a beast and wednessday saturday he’s a beast then on sunday just when you know it he’s a super king kamehameha B-I-O-S-T (beeost). Sly Cooper is a beast he’s a big big beast he’s the biggest beast in the whole wide world he’s a master thief and he has a cool cain he’s a big big big big big big beast.Big big big big big big big big he’s a master thief hay Sly Coopers’ a beast and he’s just a dirty beast.Talk to kids around the world it may go a little soe’m like this ( different laiguages singing song ). Have you ever met Sly Cooper he’s the bigest beast in the whole wide world he’s a dirty beast with a gold cain hees a big big big big big big beast.Big big big big big big big he’s a master thief Sly cooper’s a beast and he’s just a dirty beast. I really mean it sly cooper is a big fat dirty beeeeeeeeeeee ba ba baba ba ba baba Sly Cooperrrrrrrrrrrrrr yeah. Hope you enjoyed my Sly song based off of the song “Kyles mom is a B!+$* I would kill for a Sly T.V show

  • SlyCooper
    Thank you

    Hi guys! This site is all about me? How sweet. Anyway, if anyone wants some cheats for sly 2, i will get some soon. Ok, bye-bye! *Jumps away*

     

     

  • FLAT
    SLY COOPER ROCKS

       IF THEY DONT HAVE A SLY COOPER 4 I WILL GO MADE AND ROB

    BANKS FOR LIFE. ITS JUST A  THOUGHT. SO  PLEASE MAKE A SLY 4.

  • RYANB
    SLY AND THE GANG

    YOU NEED TO MAKE A SLY 4 SLY,BENTLY,AND MURRY ROCK.

    IF THE CREATOR DOESENT  MAKE A SLY 4 I’LL GO CRAZZZZY!

    IF U DO MAKE ONE CALL IT SLY AND THE KING OF THEIVES!!

  • spittyspot
    SLY is th master theif

    IF there is no sly 4 i will commit susied. So please make a sly 4 please.

  • Mastergamer
    SLY = THE BEST GAME

    SLY COOPER WAS THE BEST GAME SEROIUS IN THE WORD. I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  IF THERE IS NO SLY 4 I WILL BECOME DEPRESSED AND NEVER PLAY VIDEO GAMES FOREVER!!!!!!! ALSO BENTLY AND MURRAY WERE SOOOOO COLIO. SO PLESE MAKE A SLY 4 PLEASE

  • ARMAN
    Sly Cooper 4

    I just want to know what places and the levels you go to? I cannot wait for the 4th game of Sly Cooper.  Please please make the 4th one.  Is there a Sly Cooper 4 on PS2? If not, please make one.  At the end of the Sly Cooper 3, Carmelita married Sly Cooper.  What a good ending.

  • RACHELSWANSON
    sly 4 on ps2 will rock

    i heard that sly 4 is coming but sadly its only on psp and ps3 but it sounds so cool its supposed to have seamless interaction with the player and the game, no loads at all!!! im so happy yet im so sad because i only have a ps2 and can only afford a ps2. and everything is so expensive +i live in ALASKA!!!!!! 6 months of winter you love the first 3 months but the last 3 or 4 really suck. but in summer oh geeze its awsome 60′s ,70,s and 80′s 91 is the highest its ever gotten   in the history of man kind ,oops i got off track agian oh well, SLY 4 WILL BE AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kyle
    please make a sly for cause the game rocks

    sly cooper is the best game in the world.I beat all the game’s 3 times ecxept for number one i beat it six times.My favourite game is sly2 my favourite level is the lumberjack games on jean bison’s episode.please make a sly four cause most of the other games are BORING!!!!!!!!!!

  • kyle
    PLEASE

    THEY BETTER MAKE SLY4 FOR PS2 OR ELSE I AM GOING TO DIE SO MAKE SLY4 FOR PS2 PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Darryl
    To Sucker Punch

    This is to inform all of you that for the fans can you please make Sly 4 because a lot of people are Sly Cooper fans and most of us ended Sly 1, 2 , and 3 and we are willing to see a part 4. One more thing can it also come out for PlayStation 2     Thank You

  • Alexander
    Please make a Sly 4

    I already pass the 3 games, and i want that you make a sly 4 because that my favotite game, please make the Sly 4 but for PS2.this game is my favorite game because the experince is so good.Please make the sly 4 please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. 

  • bycooper
    plz make a sly 4; and make it for ps2

    OMG!!! /i love the sly series, i still havent played the first. I want sucker punch to create a sly 4. I know that people are saying that there will be one, but i still say that sucker punch should make one. They sould also make it for the ps2, because a lot of people who are sly fans did not be come sly fans so they would have to buy th ps3! no!!!!!!!!! They got it because sly is awsome, and most of us want them. if sucker punch is having trouble thinking of a story for sly for, the should look at message boards, of fan-fics. like:

    http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstation/board?board.id=sly3  (message boards)

    or

     

    http://www.myfconline.com/boards/?do=view&type=messages&master_id=7639   (these are my fan fictions)

    So they bette rmake one, or i will… become a theif myself, or make a video game series that continues sly, or something (not really, i dont know how to do that… YET… JK)

  • Jeanette
    Sly Cooper 4 King of Theives

    Please [pretty please] make Sly Cooper 4. It is the COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLEST game ever! Besides, I`ve beat all the other games. Sly 4 Will be SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much fun and AWESOME Just so you know I am your biggest fan!

  • Name
    Sucker punch

    Hey sucker punch, um I just wanna know if Sly4 has come out yet??? I just purchased Sly3 and have allready clocked it!!!

    If its not to much trouble, could please make Sly4 on playstation2?

    If you ask me, it seems like the sensible thing to do because most people allready have a PS2!

    I think this game series is awsome and really would like it to carry on playing it, but I cant do that if you only make Sly4 on PS3 or PSP.

    Your probably thinking I’m just another annoying fan, but I really mean what I say!!!!!!!!!

    So can you please consider my statement and please get back to me!

    Thanks for your time.