Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

Robin Hood better watch out because another master thief is ready to steal the stage— literally!  Sly Cooper, who first appeared in the 2002 Sucker Punch game Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, is finally back in his long awaited fourth game, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.

But who is Sly Cooper?  As the beloved PlayStation2 character, Sly is heir to a long line of master raccoon thieves that steal only from other criminals.  Don’t let the fact that he carries a cane fool you.  He uses the hooked weapon to snatch, pickpocket, steal, and attack in order to pull off each heist.

Sly is aided in his thieving endeavors by his two best friends, Bentley, a turtle (the brains), and Murray, a hippo (the muscle).  In Sly’s debut game, the three must hunt down the Fiendish Five to avenge Sly’s father and recover the Cooper Family’s stolen Thievius Raccoonus. This is an ancient book that holds all of the Cooper’s secrets on how to become a true master thief.

Sucker Punch Productions passed the thieving torch to Sanzaru Games in 2010 for The Sly Collection, a rerelease of the first three games. The small Californian company and publisher Sony Computer Entertainment are bringing Sly back in 2013.

The words on the pages of the Thievius Raccoonus have started to vanish, and Sly and the Gang have to jump into Bentley’s new time machine in hope to find out what is happening to Sly’s ancestors. These ancestors are the ones who created the sneaky, stealthy moves that Sly learned from the Thievius Raccoonus.

Ancestors like Slytunkhamen Cooper of Egypt, Sir Galleth Cooper from Medieval England, and Rioichi Cooper in ancient Japan will prove as a treat to enthusiastic fans who have heard about them as they were mentioned in the earlier games.  Many of the ancestors are noted in the first game as you try to find the Thievius Raccoonus. Others are seen in the 2005 game Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves as Sly makes his way through the Cooper Vault (the store of all the Cooper family’s loot).

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time comes to stores February 5, 2013, with a Cross-Buy for PlayStation3 and PlayStation Vita (not Xbox, being as Sly is a PlayStation character). The game is sure to follow the classy thieving and exciting, adventurous, stealthy platform style the ring-tailed thief carried since 2002.  Although it is rated E 10+, Sly is sure to steal the excitement of master thieves of any age.

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