Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 64 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 64
  2. Negative: 0 out of 64
  1. It’ll challenge you to the point of frustration but is saved by that just-one-more-go factor, and like a lot of music albums it is sometimes left wanting in the middle but starts and ends well. It’s above average, but falls short of greatness.
  2. It may lack the cinematic punch of the big guns of Jak and Ratchet, but it never plumbs the depths of Ty or Crash.
  3. 92
    The amount of creativity that is packed into the different quests and the various characters is nothing short of amazing.
  4. Grumbles are few. There's a bit too much to-ing and fro-ing between your hideout and each objective, especially when you're forced to backtrack from one end of a level to the base in order to switch to another character. [PSW]
  5. Combines a great storyline with superb gameplay, and slick graphics, to give you an experience that is just non-stop fun.
  6. A stylish challenge that – should you be able to get past the more repetitive sections – will keep even the most hardcore of gamers entertained.
  7. Playing as Sly's sidekicks is a treat and the overall feel of the game is excellent; each objective actually feels important and they all lead up to the grand heists that are an absolute joy to pull off.
  8. Sly 2 will make you smile your face off, and you can't ask for much more than that from a sequel that's far bigger and just as entertaining as the original, and still leaves you wanting more.
  9. 100
    Sly 2 has set the bar almost impossibly high for any platformer that comes after it.
  10. 100
    Every location, every one of Bently's ridiculous heist plans, every character mannerism contributes to an overall sense of satisfaction. The gameplay, story, sound and writing simply deliver.
  11. The most stylish platform game of Sony’s big three and Sucker Punch Productions deserves a lot of credit for putting together an impeccable presentation.
  12. Hands-down the year’s best platformer. This is just a masterfully constructed adventure that drips with charm and ingenuity and never fails to keep you involved, entertained, and loving every minute of it. You can take our word on it: this one is a gem.
  13. Probably the most impressive part of the game is that the story manages to weave this smorgasbord of gameplay into a single cohesive story.
  14. Absolutely terrific. I'm a big fan of the cell-shaded graphics, original characters, and fun gameplay. When you break it down to its core, that's really what makes this title a winner.
  15. It’s all been done expertly, with huge, sprawling worlds that offer up a bevy of unique and engaging missions.
  16. This game is quite a bit longer than the first game, which was the biggest complaint of the first game. Sucker Punch has delivered a massive adventure game with a slick cohesion of 3 playable characters.
  17. The visuals are really pushed by the game’s excellent art style. Every level, even every character you’ll meet, although particularly the primary characters look excellent.
  18. Clever, enjoyable, and just plain beautiful, Sly 2 is an enjoyable interactive cartoon for gamers of all ages.
  19. Not only are the graphics and gameplay solid, but the audio is just as good as each of those areas, and in some ways better.
  20. The environment is huge but the controls are simple enough to allow players to explore without complication.
  21. Takes the solid premise of the first title, captures the good elements and radically expands upon them to create one of the best platformers ever seen on the PS2, and indeed all of platforming history.
  22. 91
    Sly 2: Band of Thieves’s many innovative features and its unique and varied mix of platforming adventure, stealth and action make it a very refreshing game.
  23. One of the stated goals of the developers was to immerse the player, allowing her to experience the sense of satisfaction of pulling off an intricate heist, tangoing with the law or paragliding across a Prague estate while remaining dapper and collected. In this I think Sucker Punch definitely delivered.
  24. 90
    Few other games feature such effortless charm, refreshing originality, or just plain sharp character design. Sly 2 is a feast for the character-action connoisseur.
  25. 90
    This is exactly how a sequel should be done, and if there's anything wrong with it, it's only that it makes you wonder how Sucker Punch can possibly make as big a leap with the next game as they did with Sly 2.
  26. The spot-on controls, variety, and slick presentation prove that this little woodland creature can run with the big boys in Sony’s platformer stable.
  27. It's a great game, hampered by a release date very close to a number of very prominent titles that are likely to overshadow it in the holiday season.
  28. This is brilliant escapism. It's adventure platforming at its most hospitable and Sly 2 has the charm, wit and quality to transcend all demographics.
  29. To put it succinctly, the camera system is awful.
  30. A lot of time has obviously gone into creating just the right blend of brilliant sound effects and instrumental pieces.
  31. It is the best platformer you'll play all year, guaranteed. The pacing is wonderful, controls are intuitive and responsive, the gameplay is addictive, the worlds are beautiful and the plot will keep you coming back for more.
  32. The game completely over-delivers and will surprise you at every corner with its diverse mission design.
  33. The real triumph of Sly Cooper's developer Sucker Punch is the way it has managed to make 3D platforming as fluid and effortless as the 8-bit 2D classics we cut our teeth on. [Oct 2004, p.130]
  34. Fans of the original Sly Cooper will easily warm up to the sequel because it seems to stay very true to its roots.
  35. This single player only title is a great market contender to rival platformers such as Jak 3 and Ratchet and Clank 3, however there isn't too much extra to do besides exploring and collecting the clue bottles after the main story has finished.
  36. A lengthy, wholly enjoyable game that, despite being rather easy, will keep young and old entertained for many hours to come.
  37. 85
    In two years the game has evolved from being a shallow linear platformer to a lengthy, creative and mesmorising title.
  38. The sequel delivers the same style of stealthy action found in the first game, but it wraps all the action up in a much more inventive and somewhat lengthier package.
  39. The levels are beautiful and are packed with things to do, but controlling Sly feels mysteriously cumbrous, and as a result the rest of the game suffers. [PSM2]
  40. The new heist gameplay and co-operative sequences stand out in particular, and have been implemented with a level of execution that befits Sucker Punch.
  41. Better-looking, more polished, funnier and longer (much longer) than its predecessor.
  42. Developers sucker punch have done a great job of making you feel like you're playing an interactive cartoon.
  43. The best part is that the game is challenging and smart enough for adults without being so hard that the impatient or young kids can't pick it up and play well.
  44. There's nothing here that will tax anyone who has ever played a platform game before and the game never hits you with a moment of pure genius or, indeed, innovation. What it does is provide you with a very attractive cartoon world to enjoy and a few light puzzles and situations to ponder.
  45. 70
    While playing, we began to wonder whether it would be cooler if the bad guys won? We tried joining forces with them, but died each time. Way to be cliquey, guys.
  46. 90
    Action/adventure fans who dare to the take the plunge will find themselves drawn in to a compelling world of puzzles, traps, stealth, animal acrobatics, thumb-burning boss battles, and wise-guy humor.
  47. 80
    But I feel like a thief has swiped the perfect pacing out of the series and replaced it with repetition.
  48. With the new team action introduced in the game, could it have been too much to ask for a multiplayer game?
  49. The dazzling presentation mimics Saturday morning cartoons and the charming cast bursts with personality. There is a wide repertoire of moves, many fun gadgets, and the controls are effortless.
  50. 100
    The one other element that just makes this game so damn fun to play is the heist movie feel.
  51. You won’t want to invite the camera over for coffee or anything, as it can be quite unruly, occasionally getting stuck on terrain. The game also experiences some occasional slow-down and the very last battle seems a little unfinished. But make no mistake: Sly 2 is a great game.
  52. Those not familiar with the series and who are interested in a great looking, stylish and unique stealth/platformer, should give Sly 2 a try.
  53. The graphics are beautiful, the characters original, the story entertaining, and the control dead-on. [Nov 2004, p.128]
  54. Over-dependence on legwork over the bulk of each world robs the game of its sparkle, making it feel more work-ethic sweatshop than well-paced sweetshop. [Dec 2005, p.111]
  55. It's not a mere continuation, it's a reincarnation. If you liked the first one, you'll drool all over yourself while playing this one.
  56. Older players will still have fun with Sly's outrageous dialog and funny plot, but may find the cartoonish look a little too much. The only downfall is it is simply too easy to satisfy the thirst of heavy gamers.
  57. The quality of the raccoon's second release is staggering, setting the bar awfully high for his jumpy brethren. [Nov 2004, p.142]
  58. Devilishly easy to pick up and play, and damn hard to put down. And it's funny - both "haha" funny and "clever" funny. It's got a smooth style and charm that really endears itself to you. [Nov 2004, p.76]
  59. 83
    Sly 2 is a fun game, but players will have to look through several layers of unnecessary makeup to find that fun.
  60. The great thing about Sly 2 is that it never seems to get boring, you are always pushing ahead to unravel more of the story and to get that little bit further to the end (which incidentally is a long, long way from the start!) and with the free roaming environments, great controls and unique, switch-able characters.
  61. Being able to play as all three members further fleshes out the mission variety - I couldn't tell you the last time I've had so much unadulterated fun playing a game. [Nov 2004, p.126]
  62. Although there's little more than 20 hours lurking under the cover, that time is packed with some of the best gameplay we've seen in the genre for some time, and more story than most platformers have in their entire franchise.
  63. It's brilliantly structured and each step feels meaningful and important. [Nov 2004, p.NP9]
  64. The art direction, cinemas, sound design and control schemes are masterful, and the levels never stop giving. [Oct 2004, p.76]
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 118 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Apr 26, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. My personal favorite in the series. i remember when i was little seeing it and getting hyper over the idea of finally using Bentley and Murray as well, but i never knew it would end up being the best game ever. The plot is amazing and engaging, the characters are lovable (or hatable in all the right ways), the missions are much more dynamic and fun, it isnt constantly about keys anymore. Definitely recommend getting this amazing game. Full Review »
  2. Feb 25, 2013
    10
    This is my favorite game of all time to this day. Excellent story, graphics, gameplay, and sandbox elements. This game was a complete blast to playthrough. The characters are very charming and it has a deep story for being a kid's games. I'm 15 and I still enjoy this game A LOT. I highly recommend you get this for the Playstation 2 or Playstation 3! Full Review »
  3. Jun 8, 2014
    10
    88?? How dare you put it lower than even 95. It's the best game on the PS2, oh yeah i have played Ratchet and Clank, Final Fantasy X/10, oh i have played Jack and Daxter. all of which are absolute masterpieces. But this game in the Sly series is the best and there is no deny-ing that. The graphics are great (FOR PS2 STANDARDS)The story is "GODLY" the soundtrack is "HOLY" the gameplay is "TOP3EVER" The only time i felt frustrated with the game was when i did Dimitri's quest in the last area, you know the diving quest. that was just just soo cheap, because there was no way to avoid the plates, you litteraly had to memorize the order they came in which i "hate!". oh and BTW the voiceacting is some of the funniest and best i have ever heard, and it's very rare to say that it is good in other languages too which you can not say with most games. overall i would give this game a 97/98 out of /100. It's oosing with nostalgia from the minute you start the game. Full Review »