Sly 2 Band of Thieves

Sly 2 Band of Thieves - PS2 Review

Sly 2 Band of Thieves - PS2 Review

Sly 2 is the sequel to Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus which was a great effort that was great to play, was quite funny, looked very nice and it even had some stealthy type game play. It was a title for the younger end of the market as is Sly 2 which provides much of what its predecessor offered while not adding anything new or revolutionary.

Last time round Sly was chasing after the evil clockwerk who stole his family's heirloom the Thievius Raccoonus, this time around Sly is hunting down the remaining parts of clockwerk that have been stolen for evil purposes. Together with his friends two friends Bentley the turtle with brains and Murray the brave yet clumsy hippopotamus set off to steal the parts of clockwerk back again.

In Sly 2 you will get the chance to take control of Bentley and Murray, much like in Ratchet and Clank where you must control

  Sly 2 Band of Thieves - PS2 Review

Clank in areas that Ratchet can't access. Each of the characters are quite different to control, Sly is the stealth of the team and he is also very agile, where as Murray is your muscle, if a little clumsy and Murray is your brains and gadget man, well turtle. As you progress through the game you can purchase new abilities and items through out the game. These are not necessary as you can complete the game with very little help, but they do add some variety to the action. All characters have basic attacks, you can stealth attack if the enemy doesn't see you, and this is very handy as you can kill an enemy in one blow whereas if you fought the same enemy normally it could take a number of blows to dispose of. The other moves are what you might expect, slash horizontally or vertically and you can also pull off smash attacks by jumping in the air and then slamming down on your enemy.

The levels or episodes as they are called are based in fairly large worlds. As you progress through the game your main objective are to do some recon work, take some pictures, find a part of clockwork, make a plan and then steal it. Stealing is the name of the game but as you have all of these other dimensions and jobs you have do to make the theft possible, everything is kept interesting. Most heists will reach their climax with a boss of some sort but the build ups will keep you interested as the developers have thought up some pretty wacky sequences that are sure to surprise. The thought that has gone into the story and mini sub missions to make the whole thing blend together is impressive.

Graphically Sly 2 is very plush, the visuals have been produced using cell shading which has been put to really good use. Kids will love the game just for the visuals and character's, it could be a cartoon if you didn't know better. The character movement is very silky, Sly's animation is my favourite, he looks like he has just stolen the Sunday dinner and is trying to make a quick escape before mum catches him. Even the guards and other enemies you will come across look stylish. Over all Sly 2 is a great looking game.

The music is very suited to the subject; the sound effects are also very good. Some times the sound effects and music merge to create cartoon stylised effects. For example when Sly is tip toeing the music and sound effects can change to produce a sound similar to a double bass string being plucked. The voice acting on the whole is pretty good, it can be a bit over the top at times, but this game is very similar to a cartoon in many ways.

Overall Sly 2 is a great achievement and kids should go nuts for it. The difficulty level is fairly low, but this is probably to make the game accessible to kids. The fans of the original will love this game as will fans of 3D platform genre in general. I think this game is one that the kids will especially enjoy though. The graphics, characters and humour will keep them happy for hours.

8 out of 10



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