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  • Summary: Sly Cooper was born into the world's greatest thieving family. On his eighth birthday, Sly is presented with the "Thievius Raccoonus," an ancient thieving instruction guide passed down through his family for generations. Later that evening, a gang of ruthless villains break into hisSly Cooper was born into the world's greatest thieving family. On his eighth birthday, Sly is presented with the "Thievius Raccoonus," an ancient thieving instruction guide passed down through his family for generations. Later that evening, a gang of ruthless villains break into his harmonious home to steal the valuable heirloom. As Sly watches in terror, the intruders overpower his father and split the "Thievius Raccoonus" into pieces, which they divide between themselves. Ten years later, Sly is out to steal the "Thievius Raccoonus" back and reclaim what is rightfully his. He enlists the help of his gadget genius pal, Bentley, and his big eager friend Murray, and the trio embark on a quest to help Sly prove he is the world's greatest thief and to restore honor to his family's name. [Sucker Punch] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. This is an entertaining romp with just enough variation, humor and story to hold your attention right to the end.
  2. While it is not long, it just is too much damn fun to put down or not play again.
  3. 91
    As polished a platformer as you'll find this year...Its sterling production values accentuate its smooth, sublime gameplay. Heck, even the mini-games are polished.
  4. Perhaps one of the coolest parts of this game is that after every level is completed, Sly learns a new stealth move, which helps him get by enemies and dodge traps and ambushes.
  5. PSM Magazine
    80
    From the impressive level designs to the brilliant cutscenes, this game delivers in all departments. I just wished that the experienced could have lasted a bit longer. [Dec 2002, p.36]
  6. Hardcore platform players will find little that's new or challenging, but Sly Cooper's definitely good for some quick and easy pleasure.
  7. Sly Cooper's first adventure may be years old, but it still deserves to steal attention from you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 76
  2. Negative: 6 out of 76
  1. NoahS.
    Jul 21, 2009
    10
    Sly is a perfect franchise that could very well withstand the test of playstation/sony history. It's instant classic with many features Sly is a perfect franchise that could very well withstand the test of playstation/sony history. It's instant classic with many features and humor that will make the player fall in love with this raccoon and his story a true masterpiece. Expand
  2. Jan 31, 2018
    10
    "Sly Cooper" was one of the biggest gaming series' of my childhood. A present from one of my dad's friends and also one of my first"Sly Cooper" was one of the biggest gaming series' of my childhood. A present from one of my dad's friends and also one of my first PlayStation 2 games, "Sly Cooper" captivated me during my childhood and went on to become of my favorite gaming series' of all time. In light of it's lack of sales and the improvements made by its successors, "Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus," the inaugural "Sly Cooper" game, still remains as one of my personal favorite PlayStation 2 games.
    With some outstanding platforming, a great storyline, lovable characters, an often humorous script with committed voice acting, fun thieving abilities and fantastic visuals that still hold up to this day, "Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus," has a lot going for it.
    If there is anything bad that I can say about it, the game itself is rather short, and even then, it makes up for that with plenty of replay value.
    Overall, "Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus" may not have sold much (1.21 million copies? Really?) and it might not have the same amount of general awareness that many of today's games get, but regardless, "Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus" is not only one of the most underrated games of all time, but it's easily one of the PlayStation 2's best games. If you haven't gotten to experience this gem, you're doing yourself a disservice. Do yourself a favor and play this fantastic game.
    Final rating: 10 out of 10 "Fantastic"
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  3. Oct 13, 2011
    10
    My favorite game of all time. I love everything about this game. I love the graphics and the gameplay beats any ratchet and clank or jak. IMy favorite game of all time. I love everything about this game. I love the graphics and the gameplay beats any ratchet and clank or jak. I enjoy the stealth part of the game. The bosses are absolutely amazing but a bit easy. I have beaten this game over 10 times and i can always replay it. It was an amazing childhood game. The clue bottle collecting was a bit challenging and super fun. The master thief sprints are amazing and really challenge even very good platformer gamers. Overall i love sly cooper! Long live the thief!!!!!!!!! Expand
  4. Sam
    Aug 14, 2004
    9
    Great game, but not exactly stealthy. Other wise, the graphics are just as goregous as the windwakers and the gameplay rocks. Can't wait for 2.
  5. May 16, 2020
    8
    This cel-shaded platformer is in the tradition of "Crash Bandicoot". It's great fun and has solid reply value, but it's too short and easy.This cel-shaded platformer is in the tradition of "Crash Bandicoot". It's great fun and has solid reply value, but it's too short and easy. Perfect for kids and adults who like old-school platform games. I would rate it with an 8.5 out of 10. Expand
  6. CarlosL.
    Jul 21, 2007
    8
    This game is NOT A STEALTH GAME. So people stop saying it is. WEll the game is very fun playing as Sly Cooper. You can do amazing feats as This game is NOT A STEALTH GAME. So people stop saying it is. WEll the game is very fun playing as Sly Cooper. You can do amazing feats as him and the game has fun mini missions that are all different and have a fun mini games to change the formula. The plot is good and is entertaining. The Graphics are pretty and help the game. The only problem is the game is way to freaking SHORT you can beat in one sitting I should know I bought this as my first PS2 game and i had no memory card and in one day i beat and kept going to beat again and agian to get all the moves. Expand
  7. StephanK.
    Aug 10, 2005
    0
    What a load of junk. A wannabe steal game that gets punched, stomped on, and thrown off a 10-story building by games such a Splinter Cell and What a load of junk. A wannabe steal game that gets punched, stomped on, and thrown off a 10-story building by games such a Splinter Cell and Thief. Actually, you can't even compare them to each other. Sly is a game that makes me feel like I'm controlling some cartoon character. WAY too kiddie and overall just plain crap. Expand

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