I could spend this whole review building up to the conclusion that Sony's internal studios are the king of the adventure/action genre. Instead, I'm going to come right out and say it, they are the masters of that craft. SLY COOPER AND THE THIEVIUS RACCOONUS further cements this fact, and it's an incredible gaming experience that anyone can enjoy.
Sly is a master thief. In fact, he's so good, he only steals from other thieves. The problem is that his family's guide to stealing, the Thievius Raccoonus, was stolen and split up by five villains. Now he'll try to take back what was rightfully his, while avoiding inspector Carmelita Fox along the way.
What ties the story together is a very comic-bookish feel and look. The art style of the game conveys it, but the cut scenes do as well. For instance, in one situation, Carmelita confronts Sly. He then makes a comment about her obsession with guns, and offers to help
So, is it an all ages game? That means simple gameplay right? Well, yes and no. For the most part, the levels in SLY COOPER are fairly straightforward, but that doesn't always make them easy. There are some tricky jump sections, and getting through all of the security sections, much less the bosses, is sometimes a very difficult challenge. As an addition, there are clues hidden throughout the level that can be found to get extra moves. After the completion of a level, you can try to beat the "Master Thieving" time.
The gameplay is addictive; there are tons of items in the environment to destroy, tricky enemies to sneak by, and some puzzles to figure out. Another part that is very entertaining is just the levels themselves. Running through a back alley in a side-scrolling fashion, or jumping from rooftop to rooftop while Carmelita Fox rains explosive fire down on you is an incredibly enjoyable experience. It is what solidifies SLY COOPER as a great game.
The graphics really do help to bring out the fun in SLY. Sly isn't cel-shaded, but he's close, and has been flattened to better
The sound quality is great, too. The music is dynamic, depending on the situation, and the sound effects are pretty good. Nothing is particularly catchy, but at the same time, nothing is really annoying. Solid job overall. The voice acting does stand out as very good, though.
If you own a PlayStation 2, and find yourself the slightest bit interested in good video games, you owe it to yourself to pick this one up.