Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 69 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
  1. Feb 5, 2013
    80
    It does so many things right and harkens back to a different time in gaming while modernizing the experience for a new generation. It may not wow you like some of the best PlayStation exclusives have in the past, but needless to say, the wait for a continuation of the Sly saga was officially worth it.
  2. Feb 5, 2013
    75
    There are occasional stumbles, but Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is another good entry in the platforming series.
  3. 66
    In the eight years that Sly Cooper has been absent from the video game universe, things have changed a bit. Pacing, characterization, and storytelling have become an important part of the industry, but all of these things are missing from Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. What we're left with is a schizophrenic collage of historical tropes, pop culture references, and antiquated storytelling.
  4. Feb 5, 2013
    90
    After playing so many shooters in recent years, Thieves in Time’s old-school platforming is a breath of fresh air. While it doesn’t innovate, its subtle craftsmanship and varied gameplay reasserts what we’ve always known: This genre still has something important to add to the game industry. I hope this game meets with the success it deserves.
  5. Feb 5, 2013
    60
    In many respects, then, Thieves in Time is a fitting successor to the PS2 titles: Sly Cooper games were always solid genre pieces first and foremost, where likable characters and decent mechanics masked a journeyman feel to some of the content, and the same is true here. Unfortunately, the rest of the world has moved on considerably in the intervening years, and so what starts off as a welcome regression quickly loses its verve.
  6. Feb 22, 2013
    85
    Whether you're a longtime Sly Cooper fan or new to the series, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is really enjoyable. Story-wise, the game gets you up to speed if you missed the first three games, and the gameplay is intuitive and easy to pick up and play. It certainly left me wanting more Sly Cooper in the future, and I think you'll feel the same way after playing this title.
  7. Feb 5, 2013
    83
    After a nearly 8 year hiatus, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is a worthy 4th installment in the Sly Cooper series (especially for under $40), and Sanzaru Games did a great job picking up where Sucker Punch left off. Overall, it's an interesting take on the Sly formula, though ultimately, a fairly safe one.
  8. Feb 5, 2013
    60
    When it comes right down to it, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is a competent platformer that rests on the laurels its namesake and plays it far too safe. That said, hardcore fans will find plenty to love solely because it's more Sly. So if pretty art and average platforming sounds worth the price of admission, who am I to stop you?
  9. Apr 13, 2013
    81
    Sly hits the current generation with charm, variety and humour in spades. An excellent return. [May 2013, p.80]
  10. Feb 5, 2013
    90
    If you’re a fan of the classic PS2 platformers, consider the budget-priced Thieves in Time a steal.
  11. Mar 20, 2013
    77
    Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is a more than decent platform. It's a bit too slow and it's been thought mainly for a really young audience. The basics are there, but everything else is an average mix which won't appeal to anyone.
  12. Feb 11, 2013
    85
    Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is an excellent platformer/stealth hybrid, just like its predecessors, and something long-time fans of the series will love, but newcomers may be better off picking up the HD trilogy since it doesn’t do all that much new and gives you far more value for your money.
  13. Mar 20, 2013
    83
    Following the steps of the PS2 titles, Sly returns to bring another adventure that fans of the series will appreciate. Recommended for those who are tired of big dramas, covering systems and plans of world domination.
  14. Mar 20, 2013
    70
    Its game may rarely do anything you haven’t seen done better elsewhere, but the developer knots a slew of disparate elements together with no little skill, leaving the whole feeling irresistibly fresh.
  15. Feb 8, 2013
    80
    Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is a love-letter to fans of the series. For those of us clamoring for Sly’s return for the past eight years, we finally have something to fill the void.
  16. Mar 20, 2013
    81
    Sly Cooper's last is a solid adventure. Thieves in Time is a finely crafted game and a funny one to play.
  17. Feb 5, 2013
    85
    Despite a couple of technical hiccups along the way, Thieves in Time is some of the most fun that I have had with a video game in a long time.
  18. Feb 11, 2013
    70
    Despite the constant feeling of déjà vu, there’s a lot of gameplay here. The entire adventure will take around 10-15 hours to finish, never mind hunting down all of the hidden secrets and trying to chase after that ever-elusive Platinum trophy. And its hard not to fall back into Sly’s world – it’s familiar, safe, like an old blanket.
  19. Feb 19, 2013
    86
    It's been awhile since we've seen Sly Cooper, and Thieves in Time makes me wonder what took him so long.
  20. Feb 13, 2013
    60
    Despite succumbing to some of the series’ pitfalls, which Sanzaru seems to have knowingly fell into, Thieves in Time is a remarkably faithful recreation of the classic 3D platforming the series was known for; and as such, it’s easy to get lost in the nostalgia of it all.
  21. Feb 12, 2013
    70
    "Inoffensive" is probably the word that best describes Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time from the perspective of a fan. It fits right in with its predecessors, offering a rather lengthy campaign and a fair quantity of optional content that's fun to play, though not particularly challenging most of the time.
  22. Apr 10, 2013
    88
    Fans of the series as well as lovers of open-world jump 'n runs will be completely happy with this worthy successor. The harmonious comic style, the variety of playable characters and the many different missions contribute to a game which is just slightly let down by a certain repetitiveness in gameplay.
  23. Mar 15, 2013
    82
    Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is a competent platform adventure, which uses time travel only as an excuse for wildly different levels. Yes, the levels are different, but not very original.
  24. Mar 25, 2013
    75
    Sly Cooper Thieves in Time is a fun dive into an almost forgotten past, which barely survives a generation inflated by special effects and bullets. This is enough to recommend the production to all players who have grown up between bandicoot and dragons, for whom "platform" is also synonymous of "color" and "sympathy."
  25. Sep 17, 2013
    60
    Sly is back and we applaud that, kind of. The game is outdated, too simple and too childish. It’s a good deal that you can buy the PS3 and Vita version for the same price, so that offers twice the amount of fun.
  26. Mar 20, 2013
    80
    Thieves in Time is an entertaining albeit not groundbreaking game, that stays true to the series' legacy and manages to deliver a generally fun experience.
  27. Feb 12, 2013
    60
    A well-constructed adventure to lose yourself in… if your age is a certain number of years under adulthood. Developer Sanzaru Games, who also did the successful HD-remakes, forgot to apply a deeper layer as to also cater to adult gamers. This is why Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time doesn’t amount to being anything more than a well polished hunt for collectibles for younger players.
  28. Mar 27, 2013
    60
    A classic example that sometimes less is more, as a deadweight of mini-games and side characters dilutes an otherwise fun, if unambitious, platformer.
  29. Feb 6, 2013
    80
    The Vita crossover feature allows for almost seamless alternations between portable and console gameplay; in fact, the lush visuals of Thieves in Times tend to fare better on the Vita. Yet the most satisfying achievement of Thieves in Time is that this isn’t a mere nostalgia trip like 2010’s Sly Collection; with Thieves in Time, Sanzaru has proven that there’s never been a better time to join forces with Sly and his merry band.
  30. Sadly, the central story missions are where Thieves in Time trips up a little. [March 2013, p.117]
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 277 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 69
  2. Negative: 7 out of 69
  1. Feb 5, 2013
    10
    At its core, the Sly Cooper games are platformers, but the last few installments have strayed towards action-adventure. And Sky Cooper: Thieves in Time captures that perfectly. Developer Sanzaru Games didn't develop the original three PS2 Sly games, but they definitely know what they are doing. From the beautiful cel shaded graphics to the fluid animations, Sly Cooper is a PS3/Vita title that deserves more credit than it receives. Along with Jak and Ratchet, Sly was part of Sony's "Big 3" of gaming during the PS2 days. Of those three, Sly was probably the most deservent of a sequel, and now after his eight year absence from the gaming scene, he is getting one that is worthy of Sucker Punch's originals. And with a cliffhanging ending, this may not be the last time we see Sly Cooper, the master thief, in action. Full Review »
  2. Feb 9, 2013
    10
    7 years after Sly Cooper 3, the master thief is back again. This game is so awesome, just like the 3 others. Sanzaru Games has done a great job. Buy this game, and hopefully we'll have another Sly game Full Review »
  3. Feb 5, 2013
    10
    This game is a masterpiece. It was worth waiting for sure. This game is a masterpiece. It was worth waiting for sure. This game is a masterpiece. It was worth waiting for sure. Full Review »