Hello everyone, welcome back to the Retro Corner. This week, I’ll be showcasing one of my favourite sequels, and that is Sly 2: Band of Thieves. This much anticipated sequel released exclusively for the PlayStation 2 back in 2004, and has had subsequent re-releases across the Vita and the PlayStation 3.
Taking place 2 years after the events of the 1st game, Sly Cooper and his gang of thieves are breaking into the national history museum in Cairo to recover the individual pieces of their nemesis, Clockwork. Unfortunately, all of the parts have already been stolen, and Sly learns from Carmelita Fox and her new sidekick Neyla that it was the Klaww Gang who stole the parts. Sly and his group must now locate each head of the Klaww gang, and plan a heist to steal the Clockwork parts that they each have. It then becomes the ultimate goal of the gang to acquire all of the parts before anyone can use them to resurrect Clockwork.
As for the game play, this game added a great deal to the Sly Cooper formula, as it added elements to Sly’s character, but it also introduced other playable characters, namely his gang members Bentley and Murray. Sly gets a switch for his health system, as this game abandons the old 1-3 hit max that you could take in the previous game for a life bar, which you can restore with hearts gained from killing enemies. As well, Bentley and Murray have their own unique powers, where Bentley lacks the mobility of Sly, he gets a sleep dart crossbow and bombs that have 3 second timers, making him ideal for taking out singular enemies. Murray on the other hand has very little mobility or stealth, but is the only character that can take multiple enemies head on with his up front tactics. Every level has missions that are exclusive to specific characters, introducing a large degree of variety to this iteration in the Sly franchise.
Overall, this game did what every sequel should do, and that’s maintain much of the core gameplay from the past game, but still bring some new innovation to the table. If you’ve played the original and hadn’t given the sequel a try, I would highly encourage you to give this a go. If my own thoughts aren’t enough and you care for reviews, this game scored on average 85+, so you know it’s worth a try at least.