Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus

Review

posted 10/23/2002 by Charlie Sinhaseni
other articles by Charlie Sinhaseni
One Page Platforms: PS2
Who’d have thought it? Who’d have ever thought that living the life of a thieving raccoon could be so damn fun? Here I was, watching them on Animal Planet, feeling sorry for their seemingly boring existence when all along, they all led secret lives of burglary and intrigue. So all along those bastards were playing opossum, just waiting for us to leave our houses so that they can loot us of our valuables. Hmm... maybe that’s where all my lost socks went… damn them and their black hearts! Thankfully, Sucker Punch’s latest title allows us to delve into the nether regions of these annoyances so that we can learn more about them and their thieving ways. Call it a simulation, call it a trainer, call it a refreshing breath of fresh air, I prefer to call it fun.

In Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus you’ll follow the tales of none other than Sly Cooper, a raccoon that comes from a family of thieves. The story is told through a series of sequences with the intro being told in flashback fashion. When he was a young chap, his father was murdered by a horde of goons who, in the process, stole the Thievius Raccoonus, the family heirloom. It turns out that the book contains the family secrets pertaining to thieving and Sly will be damned if he’s going to let someone else take it from him. So he sets out to find the pages of the book and restore his family’s honor.

When I first saw Sly I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get into this game. If the HamBurgler has taught me anything – and boy has he ever – it’s that burglars must always wear black and white. After committing this faux pas, I wasn’t so sure if I could trust the guys at Sucker Punch anymore. After spending a night trying to come to grips with this situation I eventually found it in myself to forgive them, but only if this game absolutely blew me away. Damn they got lucky…

Gameplay revolves around Sly infiltrating the hideouts of the criminals who stole his family’s heirloom. This means utilizing stealth to avoid being detected, hiding behind objects and tiptoeing around corners is the toast of the day here. Sneaking around in the game is easy and thankfully, it’s a whole lot of fun. Of course there are times where you’ll have to combat your foes and thankfully, the action remains up to par. you’ll use your cane to combat against enemies and best of all, smash up the majority of the environment. There’s just something strangely engrossing about smashing up the environment and best of all? It entertains my girlfriend. Forget dinner and a movie, I’ll put on Sly Cooper and save myself 50 bucks! Thanks Sucker Punch!

In addition to letting you stay at home in your underwear, you’ll have the opportunity to travel to many exotic locales. The guys at Sucker Punch obviously have an amazing sense of humor; you’ll start out in France where you’ll eventually end up at a Casino in the middle of… Utah? That’s right, it turns out that a pit bull decided to open up a Casino right in the middle of Mormon Mecca. Each of the areas are split up into various levels where the ultimate goal is for Sly to find the key in each of those areas. After he finds enough keys, he’ll unlock the area leading up to boss, and then it’s time to do battle with the head honcho of the area.
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