Sly 2: Band of Thieves - PS2

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Sly 2: Band of Thieves (PS2)
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Sucker Punch Soft. Co.: Sucker Punch
Publishers: SCEE (GB)
Released: 29 Oct 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+
Accessories: Memory Card
Features: Analogue Control Compatible: analogue sticks only


A surprise hit of 2003, Sucker Punch's Sly Racoon proved that Jak and Ratchet weren't the only platform heroes on the PS2 console, delivering a witty, well-scripted and immersive 3D adventure comparable with the best in the genre. Close to two years on, Sly 2, dubbed Band of Thieves, is finished and fit for human consumption, bringing with it an emphasised approach to character-development and a team-based playing style.

Word is out that Interpol has excavated the robotic remains of Clockwerk - Sly’s sworn enemy and arch-nemesis of the Sly clan. However, parts of this monstrous beast have luckily been deemed missing, and so Sly and his well-humoured sidekicks Bentley and Murray embark on a fresh adventure to recover the lost parts, ensure Clockwerk isn't reassembled and lay your enemy to rest for all eternity.

Building on the success of the original game, Sly 2 is filled with a witty story dialogue that brings fellow thieves Bentley and Murray in to the foray as the brains and brawn behind Sly's adventure. Where Sly's friends took a backseat in 2003, they are introduced here as fully playable characters, thus adding two fresh playing styles to the proceedings.

Bentley is something of an uber-geek turtle genius capable of solving any scenario with the help of props such as knock-out darts and hover packs amongst others. He tends to avoid confrontation and physical conflict as best he can.

Conversely, Murray is the muscle behind Sly's efforts, armed with brute strength, the ability to shift heavy objects and obliterate those foolish enough to get in his way.

As with the Sly's debut adventure, Band of Thieves has a heavy cartoon influence with a visual style similar to something you might expect from a Looney Toons TV show. The game's environments are much larger and more varied this time around, and play host to a number of international locales such as gay Paris, Prague, India and even the Canadian wilderness.

Players are free to side-track and roam at will but ultimately you'll be charged with overcoming any number of platforming, puzzle and combat-based challenges before reaching the end of line in Band of Thieves. All in all, Sly 2 is a game worthy of the player's time and attention, and will most likely warrant a third title in the series in the coming years.


Sly 2: Band of Thieves - PS2 Artwork