Generally favorable reviews - based on 64 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 64
  2. Negative: 0 out of 64
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The game completely over-delivers and will surprise you at every corner with its diverse mission design.
  5. 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.
  6. It may lack the cinematic punch of the big guns of Jak and Ratchet, but it never plumbs the depths of Ty or Crash.
  7. 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.
  8. 100
    The one other element that just makes this game so damn fun to play is the heist movie feel.
  9. 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]
  10. It's brilliantly structured and each step feels meaningful and important. [Nov 2004, p.NP9]
  11. 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.
  12. Combines a great storyline with superb gameplay, and slick graphics, to give you an experience that is just non-stop fun.
  13. 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]
  14. The quality of the raccoon's second release is staggering, setting the bar awfully high for his jumpy brethren. [Nov 2004, p.142]
  15. Probably the most impressive part of the game is that the story manages to weave this smorgasbord of gameplay into a single cohesive story.
  16. 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.
  17. 80
    But I feel like a thief has swiped the perfect pacing out of the series and replaced it with repetition.
  18. 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]
  19. 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.
  20. A lengthy, wholly enjoyable game that, despite being rather easy, will keep young and old entertained for many hours to come.
  21. 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.
  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
    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.
  25. Developers sucker punch have done a great job of making you feel like you're playing an interactive cartoon.
  26. With the new team action introduced in the game, could it have been too much to ask for a multiplayer game?
  27. Clever, enjoyable, and just plain beautiful, Sly 2 is an enjoyable interactive cartoon for gamers of all ages.
  28. 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]
  29. 100
    Sly 2 has set the bar almost impossibly high for any platformer that comes after it.
  30. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 134 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. CarlosL.
    Jul 21, 2007
    Sly Cooper 2 is the BEST GAME in the amazing series. The ability to play as the whole gang was fun especially as Murray. Each character has Sly Cooper 2 is the BEST GAME in the amazing series. The ability to play as the whole gang was fun especially as Murray. Each character has there specialties Bentley you can place bombs and use sleep darts. Murray is the brawn and is fun just to get in all out brawls with the guards in the levels. While Sly is probably the all around best because you can go anywhere and fight everyone but you can't fight as good as Murray. The missions are great every mission is fun and different the inly being the hacking missions. The Episodes or levels start with sly then end with an Operation that use the whole gang doing something like one operationg you do something as Bently then go to Murray then finish with Sly then a boss battle with one of the characters.The graphics in this game work perfectly and are very pretty.The cutscenes are good even the picture ones with narration. This game is better then Ratchet and Jak put together. Full Review »
  2. Feb 25, 2013
    This is my favorite game of all time to this day. Excellent story, graphics, gameplay, and sandbox elements. This game was a complete blast toThis 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. Apr 26, 2013
    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 »