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  • Summary: Incorporating a creative new approach to team play, Sly and his crew work together to plan and pull off a series of big heists. With an enhanced move set, including pick-pocketing, vent crawls, rooftop chases, and stealth attacks, and a team of unique playable characters, Sly 2: Band ofIncorporating a creative new approach to team play, Sly and his crew work together to plan and pull off a series of big heists. With an enhanced move set, including pick-pocketing, vent crawls, rooftop chases, and stealth attacks, and a team of unique playable characters, Sly 2: Band of Thieves delivers a true thieving experience as players explore the open environments and must think on their feet to survive. Sly 2: Band of Thieves breaks the rules of convention and truly immerses players into a world with no laws or boundaries. Sly and his crew are back! Say goodbye to the Brat Pack as you know it because there's a new Raccoon Pack in town that is raring to go. Word is out that Interpol has excavated the robotic remains of Clockwerk -- Sly's nemesis and sworn enemy of the Cooper clan. Sly and his gang discover the parts of Clockwerk are missing, and embark on a quest to ensure Clockwerk is never reassembled. The journey takes Sly and his crew to the far reaches of the globe, and along the way experience a plot full of deceit, surprising twists, and an exciting romantic triangle that will leave you wanting more. [SCEA] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 64
  2. Negative: 0 out of 64
  1. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    100
    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]
  2. Probably the most impressive part of the game is that the story manages to weave this smorgasbord of gameplay into a single cohesive story.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Edge Magazine
    60
    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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 55
  2. Negative: 1 out of 55
  1. CarlosL.
    Jul 21, 2007
    10
    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. Expand
  2. Aug 31, 2014
    10
    This game is fantastic. It's clever, it's full of humor, the story is good, the atmosphere is freakin' amazing and the characters are loveThis game is fantastic. It's clever, it's full of humor, the story is good, the atmosphere is freakin' amazing and the characters are love able. I would say that this is one of the greatest video games ever. It's not only a kids game. Just try it!!! It's amazing! Expand
  3. Jan 31, 2018
    10
    Not content to simply make a good sequel to the already-great "Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus," Sucker Punch evolved the series in aNot content to simply make a good sequel to the already-great "Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus," Sucker Punch evolved the series in a big way with "Sly 2: Band of Thieves," adding new playable characters with completely different playstyles, large open-worlds to explore, and more control options (there's a run button now!). The result? A sequel that not only lives up to its predecessor, but even surpasses it!
    "Sly 2" has plenty of gameplay polish, great visuals, an interesting story, charming characters and, most importantly, it's just a lot of fun to play. You couldn't really ask for much more out of a 3D platformer.
    The only (very minor) downside is that, despite having a nice balance in length (it's not too "long" and not too "short"), it's not a very difficult adventure.
    Even so, "Sly 2" has it all, and it's certainly one of the PS2's best games!
    Final rating: 10 out of 10 "Fantastic"
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  4. Sep 21, 2010
    9
    This game was awesome! one the elements was that from the start you were really working towards a goal! everything you did had a role in theThis game was awesome! one the elements was that from the start you were really working towards a goal! everything you did had a role in the final big robbery of the stage. those robbery's really had something like a good movie robbery (however, i couldn't find the first sly anywhere so i haven't played the first). Expand
  5. Jul 17, 2019
    9
    Great game wish they make new versions for the new consoles out there, ps5 about to get released in November 2020 and this game justGreat game wish they make new versions for the new consoles out there, ps5 about to get released in November 2020 and this game just disappeared.

    R.I.P this was one of the top 3 games (Hitman bloodmoney, Sly Series, King kong) i used to play in 2006.
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  6. Jan 29, 2013
    9
    If you have not guessed it I love Sly 2 Band of Theives because it gets a lot right. The game expands and enhances the elements from the firstIf you have not guessed it I love Sly 2 Band of Theives because it gets a lot right. The game expands and enhances the elements from the first game really well. The story and characters are better. The design is restructured and is outstaning. The gameplay is solid and a ton of fun to play. While there are some missions that could have been handled better and I miss the platforming segments from the first game overall I enjoy Sly 2. The stuff Sly 2 does well it does really really well. If you are a fan of the series pick it up you Expand
  7. Dec 18, 2018
    0
    Sly 2 is the best in the series hands down! but it's still flawed,after you complete the game, you can't go back and replay missions, whichSly 2 is the best in the series hands down! but it's still flawed,after you complete the game, you can't go back and replay missions, which really made me frustrated, and honestly, i think bently is a little too hard to use in this one, but overall, sly 2 proves sequels, can be better than the original Expand

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#12 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
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#30 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004