06 Sep, 2004

Sly 2: Band of Thieves Preview

PS2 Preview | Sly returns and this time he's got friends.
Sly Cooper first made his debut two years ago when Sony released the title Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus on the Playstation 2. A cel-shaded platformer, it received great reviews but had one sore problem, it was far too short. Completing the game in under five hours (or a hire) was far too easy. Knowing this, Sony have gone back to the drawing board and re-worked Sly Cooper, and this time it seems like they have created a worthy successor to the original title.

Sly 2: Band of Thieves features a relatively basic storyline. Word is out that Interpol has excavated the robotic remains of Clockwerk – Sly's nemesis and sworn enemy of the Cooper clan. Sly and his gang discover the parts of Clockwerk are missing, and embark on a quest to ensure Clockwerk is never reassembled. The journey takes Sly and his crew to the far reaches of the globe and along the way experience a plot full of deceit, surprising twists, and an exciting romantic triangle that will, assures the press release, 'leave players wanting more'.

Sly 2: Band of Thieves will allow the player to play as three different characters, solving puzzles will require using teamwork to carry out assignments. Multiple characters appear to be all the rage lately and Sly 2: Band of Thieves carries on this tradition. Sly and his two companions will need to don clever disguises to complete his objectives. To improve upon the length there are now a total of eighty missions, which if nothing else should make sure Sly 2: Band of Thieves lasts longer than five hours - or so you would hope.

The three characters which will feature in Sly 2: Band of Thieves are Bentley, Murray and Sly Cooper himself. Bentley is a turtle who is in charge of coming up with new ideas. Murray is the tough part of the team and will be great in charging through missions. Sly Cooper is the leader of the pack, and is cunning and devious. The game has a decent set of secondary characters as well, ranging from Rajan, Neyla and Dimitri.

Sly 2: Band of Thieves is also shaping up to be a very visually pleasing title. Cel-shading has returned but has been improved upon. PALGN fancies that the title is going for the comic book look, though it's no technical lightweight either: it features a brilliant draw-distance and will look extremely authentic.

To say that Sony have just upgraded Sly is selling the game short. In a Christmas flooded with platformers Sly 2: Band of Thieves will need to be really impressive to get noticed, and PALGN would happily tip the title as a dark horse for this Christmas season. Sly 2: Band of Thieves is exclusive to the Playstation 2 and is set for a release on October 1st 2004, Expect a review around then.
Sly 2: Band of Thieves looks like it is going to take the best elements from the first title and expand on them greatly.

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9 years ago
the game is easy! Ibeat it within 30 minutes of buying it!
9 years ago
right... one of our guests states it takes 20 hours, one of them states it takes 30 mins..
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