Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Review
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is the fourth installment of the Sly Cooper series and it’s a great steal for $40. Sly 4 is about Sly and his gang trying to literally rewrite history because someone is erasing it. By doing that, they’ll have to go back in time and rescue Sly’s ancestors from whatever the situation may be. In the game, you play as many different characters. You can play as Sly, Bentley, Murray, and whichever ancestor is available. This gives the game a lot of variety and lets you use the characters different skills.
The presentation in Sly 4 is really good, especially during the cinematic scenes. The cinematic scenes catch you up on what is going on in the story and they are quite enjoyable to watch. They look like cartoons that are crisp and clear. During the scene, Sly is talking about what is going on and it sounds really good. other than the presentation, the graphics are okay. I wasn’t blown away by how the actual gameplay looked. It doesn’t look like a high quality PS3 game; more like a PS2 game. The graphics of the game would be the only flaw from the presentation. Other than that, I liked the cut scenes and the voices of the characters.
The gameplay in this game is pretty good. It has the same controls as the previous Sly Cooper games so that might be good if you played previous Sly games. If you haven’t, it does not feel any different than other games. The only difference is that you have to press the “X” and circle button to jump and interact with things. The fighting and shooting work well but the shooting might take some time to get used to. The shooting will feel a bit slow if you are used to other shooter games. One of the biggest problems in the game is the loading times. The loading times can take up to a minute at some points. When you are sitting there, waiting for it to load, it feels like they are too long. That was probably my biggest problem with the game.
A strong point in Sly 4 are the characters. Sly, Bentley, and Murray can make you laugh at any time. They all have their own personality and strengths. All of them can fight but each one has something unique. Sly is more of a stealthy type of guy while Bentley is the one who hacks into computers and security systems. Bentley is the ground and pound type of character because he is the one who fights off groups of enemies and does the heavy stuff. Sly’s ancestors are unique and have different backgrounds. One ancestor can be from Japan while the other can be from the west. It adds a lot of variety to the game because you are playing in different settings. With that, I must say that Sly 4′s characters are probably the game’s strongest point.
Overall, this is a great buy for $40. If you’ve played the previous games, you’ll feel right at home. If not, you’ll still have fun with it. It does have some minor flaws but nothing that will ruin the experience. You won’t be disappointed with the results.