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Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (PlayStation 2)

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Sly Cooper is the latest in a long line of master thieves. When he was a kit, a gang called the Fiendish Five killed his family and divided up their book on the art of thieving: the Thievius Raccoonus. Sly must defeat all the members of the gang to recover the book while evading Carmelita Fox, a police officer chasing him around the world to apprehend him.

This game is divided into five worlds, each themed around a particular part of the world and the villain headquartered there. Most worlds are structured as a central hub with entrances to numerous individual levels. Each of the levels has a primary goals which earns you a key. You must collect all the keys in the world to fight the world's boss.

Many of the levels have a platformer structure. The objective of these worlds is to reach the location of the key. There are substantial stealth elements here as you must dodge searchlights and trips lasers which set off alarms and avoid alerting guards. In addition to the main objective, there are clue bottles to find. Finding all the clues in a level allows you to open a safe with a page from the Thievius Raccoonus which grants a new ability of some sort. After getting this, there is also a master thief sprint where you must get from the start of a level to the exit within a time limit.

There are also mini-game levels which could be kart-style racing, several varieties of shooter or assorted other tasks, such as collecting objects before your enemies do.

Boss fights also run to several styles, ranging from platforming, to more straightforward combat to puzzles to rhythm to shooter.

All artwork is done in a cel-shaded style and dialogue is fully voiced.


Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus PlayStation 2 Carmelita takes potshots at Sly as he makes a break for 'Le Exit'
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus PlayStation 2 I wonder if the French version reads 'The Police', and they find THAT hilarious?
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus PlayStation 2 At the orphanage, Sly met his two friends, Bentley and Murray
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus PlayStation 2 And what game would be complete without some kind of molten liquid?

Alternate Titles

  • "怪盜史庫柏" -- Chinese title (traditional)
  • "怪盗 スライ・クーパー" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Sly Raccoon" -- European title
  • "Kaitou Sly Cooper" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Stick with It, Kid Ace of Sevens (4225) 3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars
A true guilty pleasure...even for adult gamers diglot.net (28) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
An inventive platformer. DarkDove (64) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
An overlooked game. I wonder why. Gary Smith (15) 1.67 Stars1.67 Stars1.67 Stars1.67 Stars1.67 Stars
Perfect ThE oNe (178) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Vortex 2002 98 out of 100 98
Game Freaks 365 2002 9.3 out of 10 93
Gamers' Temple, The 2002 93 out of 100 93
4Players.de Jan 17, 2003 92 out of 100 92
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2002 9.25 out of 10 92
games xtreme Feb 16, 2003 9 out of 10 90
IGN Sep 20, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Revolution Oct, 2002 B+ 83
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nov 05, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jan 14, 2003 8 out of 10 80


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1001 Video Games

Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Japanese version differences

The Japanese release of the game is somewhat different from the North American and PAL releases. This is most visible in the intro and ending cinematics, which are fully animated instead of using limited flash sequences like in the international versions. There is also a slight dialogue difference, with Carmelita counting down her "10 second head start" instead of Sly. The PAL version has both cutscenes available when unlocked, while the North American version only has the Japanese intro.

Furthermore, the Japanese release has a 3-minute demo of the game with the vocal song Blackjack that appears after 30 seconds of the player's inactivity in the main menu.
vism (421) added Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (PlayStation 2) on Nov 01, 2002