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Sly 2: Band of Thieves (PS2)

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Manufacturer: Sony / Genre: Adventure / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / PEGI Age Rating: Age 3+ / ESRB Descriptor: Cartoon Violence / Control Elements: Gamepad / Control Elements: Joystick / Max. Number Of Players: 1 / Memory Support: With Memory Support / Release Date: 14 September, 2004

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      19.10.2012 22:25
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      very good game, 8/10

      welcome to the world of sly cooper 2, sly is back because those clockwork part are still out there and being used for other stuff but what if they all came back together well lets see what is going on in the story this time.

      Story:

      This time we starts off as sly again running though a museum trying to find the parts of the worse villain ever clockwork but when sly gets to where they are the police burst out turn out the parts have already been stolen and are being used by different group of criminals using them for they own gain, so now it is sly, Bentley and Murray job to find these people get the parts back and destroy them once and for all so they can finally but an end to this evil know as clockwork

      Strengths:

      * Being able to play as Bentley and Murray, one of the best things they added to the second game was the ability to know play as the other two member of the team they cannot do all the things sly can do but they have they own abilities that they can use and they help out but doing that and they have they own missions as well so you do have to use them which is good that they is a bit of difference and it is not just sly all the time

      * open world, there are different area for each time you go after one of the member of the group to get back the part but while you are in that area you have freedom you can go anywhere go collecting coins or just fighting and see how many bad guys you can take down which is nice for those that might enjoy that

      * upgrades, going out and collecting coins is not just for fun now one of the best things to do is buy upgrades for the character these is stuff like new weapons and such and there are one for every character and they can come in very useful like when you are trying to get away from people or fighting in a difficult situation

      Weakness:

      * boss battles the same, in the last game most of the most battles were different having to do this or that and not just straight up hitting them until they go down, but in this game it seems like that most of them are the same now there is nothing really wrong with that I just liked it when the boss battles were different

      * Hard to finds clue bottles, like in the last game there are clue bottles to try and open a safe but this time they are much harder to find and can be quite annoying to find them all when some of them are in such area it takes so long to get to or they are hidden so much that you would have to go online to find out where they all might be

      Overall this is a very good game and a very good sequel to the first game everything that was good in the first game was added again in this game and they tried some new stuff in this game some of it worked and some of it didn't but overall a very very good game a must have if you even liked the first one a little but because this one will get you hooked.

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      19.08.2012 09:19
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      A very enjoyable and utterly excellent game, enjoyable by any gamers.

      The Sly Raccoon series of games focus on the adventures of Sly Cooper, a Raccoon master thief, and the Cooper gang: Bentley the Turtle, their planner, and Murray the Hippo, their driver. As they plan and pull of heists they are pursued by Inspector Carmelita Fox, who is devoted to the cause of taking Sly in.

      This time Sly isn't stealing for profit. Instead he;s going head to head with another criminal gang, the Klaw Gang. They have stolen the parts of the mechanical villain Clerkwerk, who murdered Sly's family and tried to kill him, but to Sly's dismay he has discovered that these parts can be used to resurrect him. The race is on to get all the parts and destroy them, before anyone else works this out and restores the evil owl to life. Along the way there are treasures to filch, pickpocketing for keys, passes and profit, and new gadgets to design and buy. And, of course, the ever-present Inspector Fox, and her new Constable Neyla to evade, or possibly date.

      The Sly games are set in a cartoon-style world of anthropomorphic animals. All the characters in this are animals, (and the phrase "Lounge Lizard" gets a whole new meaning), with abilities appropriate to their type. On a slightly jarring note, none of the main three can swim despite their animal types. This game allows you to play any member of the Cooper gang, each of whom have their own abilities. Murray is best with strength and combat skills, and the team's driver for any driving challenges. Bentley, who acts as the planner and fence, is also the team's hacker, but not good in the field and relies on stealth, tranq darts, or bombs. Sly is the most agile and skilled member of the team, the one that uses rooftops, walks across wires and picks locks and pockets. You'll need to use a combination of skills to resolve missions and access objectives on each level.

      In my opinion, Sly 2 is the best of the Sly games. Somewhere between sandbox and 3D platformer, the gameplay is engrossing and enjoyable. Once at each location, Bentley sets up a Safe House, which will be your base for the rest of that level. You can return to base to sell items, change characters and use your ill-gotten gains to buy new gagdets through ThiefNet. The level design is practically perfect. The area itself never changes, but different character can access different areas and use parts of it in different ways. This means that quests and missions never become dull, as you have to change the way you view objects on the level depending on who you are playing - and what you want to do. It's fun to leave the base without a mission and simply scout around for what you can find. The nicest thing about it is that, to an extent, it does allow you to adapt the game to your playing style by giving the the choice of three characters and three distinct ways to approach many problems.

      The graphics are cartoon-style, and to reinforce this the level intro sequences are drawn as 2D comics with limited animation and Sly's voice over. It works very well for the game, and gives it a very distinct feel. Within the level, cut scenes are still performed through the game engine, keeping the momentum going, although Bentley's slide presentations are just that - and very funny. The dialog and writing is excellent, and the characters not only believable but likeable. Despite the darker tones of the main plot, there is a fair amount of humour in the game ranging from the subtle to slapstick.

      The controls are extremely simple and easy to pick up. The game makes it very easy for you, particularly if you are playing Sly, making the challenging part of play the obstacles and enemies (as it should be). There are a few dodgy camera moments, but for a game with levels of this type those are at a minimum. Outside the main plot you can find and steal treasures, some of which have bombs attached to remove the raccoon, find Clue Bottles which allow you to unlock safes that contain skills and items, and pick pockets to raise funds for new items. The treasures are a nice touch and nothing adds that sense of urgency like running back to base with a booby-trapped treasure, due to blow up when the timer runs out.

      There's plenty to do and this game will keep players amused for hours. It's suitable for just about anyone, with enough action for action fans, stealth for the sneaky and general good gameplay.

      While Sly 2 is available second hand, and therefore at a budget price, for the PS2, it is also available as part of the three-game Sly Collection on PS3. In either form, this is a game you shouldn't miss.

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