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For those of you who are unfamiliar with Lupin the Third, he?s a suave, goofy, world-traveling master thief. He and his gang of cohorts wander the globe testing their larceny skills, staying one step ahead of the law, punishing the unjust, and living the rich life. The 1967 manga has gone on to spawn three television series, nine theatrical films, 13 television movies, and a horde of straight-to-video specials spanning more than three decades in Japan.
Being a lecherous master thief ain't easy. Each heist has to be grander and more dangerous and there's always at least one vivacious dame to trip up the operation. Such is the life of one Arsene Lupin III. Though the madcap adventures of Japan's favorite crook have been around since the late '60s, it's only recently that the master of disguise has made an impression on American pop culture. You can thank Cartoon Network's Adult Swim for that little feat, as they've been airing the old Lupin anime with English dub the past year.
Thievery can get you very far in life. It can get you money, nifty gadgets, and even hot women! Assuming it's in the context of a game, anime or movie of course. In the real world thievery can get you some jewels, but if you're caught all you'll get is a prison cell next to a guy who likes the music of Jewel.
Lupin the 3rd is primitive and unpolished, but its relentless goofiness, perfect use of the license, and twists on the stealth-action genre make it worth playing anyway. Fans of Lupin will buy this game no matter what I say about it -- critic-proof sales being yet another reason why publishers love and cherish licensed games -- but even those of you who don't know Lupin the 3rd from Dirk the Daring should give it a rental.
Like many games based on popular licenses, Lupin the Third simply doesn't hold up when you break down its abilities as an actual game.