posted by ilawson94 (EAST BETHANY, NY) May 13, 2013
Member since Nov 2012
Let me say off the bat that this is a good game and Sanzaru games did a good job of reviving the franchise and keeping it true to the subject material. The levels in general feel like a Sly Cooper game (albeit with a more graphically intense engine that took some getting used to), and the good guy characters are all interesting and fun. I really only have 2 complaints about the game overall.
1. The Villains are Rather Weak
Now when I say weak I do not mean it as in that they are easy to beat (although one or two of them are). I say weak in the aspect of they just aren't as interesting or enjoyable as villains in the franchise have been in the past. They just don't have the presence that the other villains did in previous installments. Draw from that what you will considering they are all anthropomorphic animals, but if you look at the back-stories of previous villain as opposed to these, they could have been better. I did enjoy one villain about mid-way through the game but that's about it.
2. The Story Arc's Payoff Leaves Things to be Desired
The writing was on the wall since the ending of Sly 3 that there was going to be a game like this. For the large majority of the story and game, they do it very well. The only problem comes at the ending level/ cinematic. I won't spoil it for you (because i'm not that kind of gamer) but I will let slip that whatever wasn't predictable left something to be desired.
All said, this is most definitely a Sly Cooper game. It stays true to the subject matter and gameplay formula to the largest extent and I recommend it for both veterans and old fans. I just have a particular attachment to this series as it was one of the first games I ever got for the PS2 and I have seen everything develop in it throughout the rather impressive run. I just feel they changed some stuff that didn't need to be changed.
I think if I had to rank the four games in the series this one would probably be tied with the first one for second f