'Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time' Steals The Spotlight

February 6, 2013

Sly Cooper was one of Sony's mainstays during the PlayStation 2 generation, when they released three separate titles starring the sneaky raccoon. However, it's taken almost an entire console generation to revive Sly and his friends, Bentley and Murray, for an all new adventure, but the boys are back in Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. This time around looks like it's going to be their biggest heist yet.

Developer:Sanzaru Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Thieves in Time will be Sanzaru Games' second time dabbling with the Sly Cooper franchise, as they headed up the HD remake collection that was released in 2011. Sanzaru has taken over the franchise from the original developers, Sucker Punch Productions, while they focused on some newer projects like the Infamous games. Sony, of course, will be publishing, as they have held a stake in Sly Cooper, and all of his exploits, for the last eleven years.

Sly and his gang have been pulled out of retirement to investigate the disappearance of Bentley's girlfriend, that seems to coincide with a series of mysterious changes to the Thievius Raccoonus, the book that documents the Cooper family history, as well as their tricks of the trade. The casually stealth gameplay in Thieves in Time is very similar to the classic Sly gameplay of the last generation, and it’s the destinations that have changed this time around. Sly, Bentley, and Murray will be headed back in time to Feudal Japan, Ancient Arabia, Medieval England, and the Wild West to help piece the Cooper's history back together, and restore the pages of the Thievius Raccoonus.

Thieves In Time will be stealing the spotlight on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita this week. While the portable version might have its graphics ratcheted down slightly, both games are the same, and even offer Cross-Save functionality, should you like to do your thievery at home and on the go. As another bonus for fans of the series, Sony is continuing their trend of offering a Cross-Buy promotion for anyone that picks up the PlayStation 3 version, allowing them access to a download code for the Vita release as well. Overall, the game is quite a steal at $49.99.

Sly Cooper has been sorely missed on the PS3, making Thieves in Time a welcome return for the series. If you ever spent any time with the original three releases, or their HD remakes, then you already know what to expect, and that's a lot of solid gameplay lead by some of Sony's most colorful characters. While Bentley and Murray occasionally steal the show, Sly has busted out of retirement in style, no matter what his girlfriend, Interpol's Inspector Carmelita Fox, thinks about it. If you're looking for some cartoony action that you can enjoy with the whole family, then Thieves in Time will likely be a great addition to your library, as long as you don’t expect the same type of stealth missions that Agent 47 is going on.