Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Review
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Box Art
System: PS3*, PS Vita
Dev: Sanzaru Games
Pub: Sony
Release: February 5, 2013
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Alcohol Reference, Cartoon Violence, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco

Plus, Thieves in Time showcases Sony's underused cross-platform feature for the PlayStation Vita. I was able to continuously switch between consoles throughout the campaign, which freed me up to have dinner with my wife at a fancy restaurant without stopping. (Don't judge me. She's lucky to have me.)

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Screenshot

The control scheme for both consoles is equally responsive. And even though a few of the buttons are shifted, switching between consoles feels natural. However, I doubt that many people are actually going to make use of the cross-platform feature, which is a shame. It might be the coolest part of Thieves in Time.

In the eight years that Sly Cooper has been absent from the video game universe, things have changed a bit. Pacing, characterization, and storytelling have become an important part of the industry, but all of these things are missing from Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. What we're left with is a schizophrenic collage of historical tropes, pop culture references, and antiquated storytelling.

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Josh Engen
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Date: February 6, 2013

Underwhelming, but not disappointing.
Both the PlayStation 3 and the Vita have perfectly responsive controls.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Schizophrenic sound design and heavy-handed voice acting.
Play Value
Very little has changed in the last eight years. And that’s a bad thing.
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Brand new Sly Cooper action adventure featuring Sly and his gang.
  • Epic boss battles, action elements, and new stealth moves provide a deep gameplay experience.
  • Humorous time travel storyline and engaging puzzle elements.
  • A variety of playable characters with unique play styles.

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