Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time - PS3

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Game Description: Sly and the Gang are back in an epic new adventure! The critically-acclaimed Sly Cooper series returns with an epic brand new adventure for the PlayStation3 system. The pages of the Thievius Raccoonus are disappearing and Bentley, now keeper of the ancient master thieving book, must round up the gang and save the Cooper Clan legacy from being destroyed forever.
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Sly Cooper 4: Thieves In Time Preview -- Sly's Triumphant Return

Sly Cooper 4: Thieves In Time Preview -- Sly's Triumphant Return

By Nikole Zivalich - Posted Jun 08, 2011

Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time was announced during Sony's E3 2011 press conference. Sly Cooper 4 will be the first game in the thieving series not developed by SuckerPunch; instead, Thieves in Time is being developed by Sanzaru Games, the developers who worked on the remastered versions of Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, Sly 2: Band of Thieves and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves in The Sly Collection.

The fact that Sanzaru Games has worked with Sly in the past calms the nerves of those who loved the past games from SuckerPunch. You might be wondering why SuckerPunch aren't carrying on the Sly Cooper legacy. Turns out the Seattle developer has been busy with inFamous 2. Sanzaru Games saw an opportunity to work on a series they already loved, and they took it. Sanzaru Games bought a PS3 dev kit and built what they thought Sony might like to see. Sony wasn't impressed. Sanzaru stepped up their game and came back with something even better. This time Sony was on board.

The plot of Sly Cooper 4: Thieves In Time picks up after Sly Cooper 3. We don't know exactly what the story involves, but we do know Bentley has a time machine. We also know the characters we've grown to love are back. Sly Cooper 4 will feature the same voice actors from past games. The Cooper gang consists of Sly, Bentley, and Murray. The gameplay demo I saw was a rescue mission, Sly and Murray were on the case.

Sly is older now, tougher and perhaps wiser. He's definitely still suave. Anthropomorphic raccoons aren't my thing, but if they were, I'd be all about Sly. Murray is a big, fat, pink hippo. Within seconds he reminded me of Patrick Star. He's the tank of the group and will be responsible for heavy lifting. He's also a connoisseur of food.

The PS3 has more power than the PS2, so Sanzaru Games was able to emotion. When Murray ate a piece of broccoli, a food he detested, I could see the despair in his face. His pain was my pain.

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Announced -- The Sneaky Raccoon Is Back

The actual gameplay I saw was brief, but I have an idea of what the game will play like. The graphics are almost cell-shaded; the characters pop off the background, but it still has the same cartooney feel Sly fans want.

In the demo, Murray and Sly need get past a series of traps and obstacles. After sliding down a tunnel, the two are separated, and they each have to perform moves unique to their own skills. For example, it was Murray's strength enables him to turn a huge wheel, opening the door to another part of the level for Sly.

Sly Cooper 4 will feature moves from past games as well as new features. Sly's costumes have been revamped with unique abilities. In each episode Sly will unlock new costumes. In previous Sly Cooper games the costumes served as disguises. Thieves in Time costumes will offer a purpose too. The demo I saw featured a pirate costume which slowed down time. One of the puzzles in this area requires Sly to pull a switch to open a door. In real time, the door closes too fast for Sly to go through. The pirate costume can be worn to slow down time and progress through the level. Gamers will have the opportunity to replay past levels with new costumes to access new areas.

Boss levels will play a major part of Sly Cooper 4. Sanzaru Games pulled inspiration from the early Sly Cooper games when they designing boss battles. Bosses are defeated in layers that consist of finding the weakness, exploiting it, deflecting, chasing, and over powered moves.

To prove Boss battles are like onions, they demonstrated one for us. El Jeffe is a tiger, a tin-pot dictator and most importantly, a boss. Gamers will notice El Jeffe has a familiar voice. As Sanzaru Games points out, "it wouldn't be an action adventure game without Nolan North."

His first moves are basic fireballs. Sly's costume for this part of the demo has the ability to shield against attack, and when used correctly, can deflect too. After a series of deflection attacks El Jeffe tries to escape, destroying the fortress around him. By the time Sly catches up with him destruction can be seen all over the level. This is when El Jeffe brings out his over powered attacks. This is where the demo ends.

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time will be released in 2012 so you can bet we'll be seeing more of everyone's favorite thief in the coming months.

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  • Jemettrix

    SLY ROCKS, I've watched as many videos as possible and honestly my friend and I believe you travel through time and in each area may get to play as the ancestor for that area, although thats only my friends and my opinion, I can only hope its true!


    Posted: February 6, 2012 12:46 AM
  • Faybel

    Unfortunately I could never get into Sly Cooper. I was always a Jak and Daxter, Rachet and Clank fan haha

    Posted: June 24, 2011 1:21 AM
  • slackersphere17

    hope ND supervises

    Posted: June 11, 2011 6:48 PM
  • crazyfooinc

    Just as an FYI, if you search Sly 4 on GameTrailers, they have an exclusive interview and gameplay footage. IT LOOKS AWESOME! :-D

    Posted: June 9, 2011 2:43 PM
  • Takingpower

    not developed by SuckerPunch???

    Posted: June 9, 2011 10:30 AM
  • The_prince_of_canada

    thank you jesus :)

    Posted: June 9, 2011 9:55 AM
  • Moreplay


    Posted: June 9, 2011 9:49 AM
  • cardinalsfan1122

    I can't wait!!! I've been waiting for another Sly Cooper game since the third. I'm a little disappointed that Sucker Punch isn't making it though. I would have been happy to wait another year for it so they had time after Infamous 2. Which i'm also super excited to get! Can't wait for it to come out either way it's one of the best Playstation series' to date so I hope they come through.

    Posted: June 9, 2011 9:38 AM
  • poindexter79

    Sly Cooper is one of the most solid game series out there and just keeps getting better and better. It will definitely be worth the wait. I'm just curious to see how big of a game it will be with all that space on the blu ray disc. Mario aint got nothing on sly when it comes to platformers.

    Posted: June 9, 2011 7:44 AM
  • JamF100

    im just glad to see the exclusives keep on coming

    Posted: June 9, 2011 6:20 AM