So I know I haven't updated the site since around the time of the release of Sly Cooper Thieves in Time, I'm sorry about that. I am trying to add some new content to the site, if you have any ideas let me know. Also, to those of you who have recently signed up to be members, I apologize for not uploading your profile sooner. Due to the new SlyCooperNet.com domain, I may be rearranging how the members system is set up as well. Stay tuned for more updates and some will be on the way soon.
The triumphant return of Sly Cooper was long awaited, and the wait was worth it. Sanzaru, a somewhat obscure company, were huge fans of the series; but, due to the extended length of time in releasing a new chapter, they were just as disappointed as the fans that the reign of Sly Cooper had seemingly came to an end. As a result, Sanzaru took action and whipped-up a quick demo for Sony who gave the game their stamp of approval. After Sanzaru's announcement of Sly Cooper Thieves in Time, the fan base had a Dimitri freak-out that it wasn't being made by Sucker Punch! Blasphemy, right? Oh how wrong we were.
The game starts out with Sly itching to get back into thievery. While scoping out a target, Bentley arrives unexpectedly and gives him the scoop. The pages of the Thievius Raccoonus began disappearing, and along with it, Bentley’s girlfriend Penelope. Luckily, Bentley found the solution to the problem: time travel. After entrusting the book with Dimitri, the gang reassembled and began their journey through time, much to Carmelita’s dismay. The game also expands upon the Cooper family lineage and five ancestors, Rioichi Cooper, Tennessee ‘Kid’ Cooper, “Bob”Cooper, Sir Galleth Cooper, and Salim al Kupar.
Many things about Sly 4 feel very familiar to the previous Sly Cooper games. The game brings back the basics of Sly Cooper, such as the puzzle oriented gameplay, bottles, treasures, pick pocketing, and my favorite, hacking. A subtle detail, but one that fans really appreciate, is that they used the same voice actors and musical composers. The new and improved gadget system and Thiefnet are much better, and every ancestor’s abilities feel unique and are fun. I would especially like to commend Sanzaru on the clever story line, which appeals to all ages and constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Sly Cooper Thieves in Time definitely did not completely conform to the previous games, and a lot of cool new things were added to the franchise. While the new multitude of unlockables seemed overwhelming at first, it really proved to add a ton of extra content to the game. Plus, if you are seeking even more gameplay, Sanzaru didn’t waste any time releasing the DLC, Bentley’s Hackpack, which adds 60 new hacking mini-games! Sly 4 feels like the natural progression of the Sly Cooper series.
There were very few things I disliked about the game, but they did exist. The loading screens seemed so ridiculously long that they appeared to need their own loading screen! I also thought some aspects of the game, especially Miss Decibel, were almost too childish, and the artwork in the cutscenes was definitely a downgrade from the first three games. Do not let this deter you from playing the game however, as these are only minor issues that are easy to look past.
All in all, Sly Cooper Thieves in Time is the best game so far in the franchise. Sanzaru Games has managed to successfully pull off the perfect balance of classic gameplay while breathing new life into the series and making it feel fresh again. I’m already looking forward to a Sly 5, and I think we can expect great things from both Sanzaru and Sly Cooper in the future.
Today I have added the new Characters Page! This page contains information on the members of the Cooper Gang, Cooper Family Ancestors, villains, and guards. It was originally just going to be and Ancestors page, which the idea was suggested by Sam on the blog, but I decided to expand upon it and add information abput the other characters as well. Check it out!
Over the past few days I have been updating the site a lot. The cursor on this site is now Sly Cooper's cane, I have added tons more videos to the videos page, the new games page includes information on all of the Sly games, added 22 songs to the soundtracks page, added more downloads, and revamped the links page. Also P.C. has been the first to upload fan art! Stay tuned for more updates ar coming!
Today I have added another new page to the site, the Sly Cooper fan Art page! On this page you can upload and share your Sly Cooper fan art with the rest of the site! I decided to add this page because I realized a lot of Sly Cooper fans make Sly Cooper Fan art, and there is a hige community on the art website DeviantArt. So far I've uploaded some of my fan art, the good, and the bad. So upload art and be creative! Click here to go to fan art.
Glen Eagan from Sanzaru Games has recently announced a Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Treasure Design Contest! All you have to do to enter is design a piece of treasure that you think our favorite raccoon would collect throughout his journey through time. You can make the treasure by drawing it on paper, or on your favorite design software. The winners will win, a costum Playstation 3 console with Sly Cooper on it, a Playstation Vita, and several other Playstation goodies adding up to around $1,000. And, to top it all off, the winner will also have their treasure design in Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time! For more information, visit slycooper.com and doyouknowsly.com, and watch the contest video here.