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'Sly Cooper & The Thievius Raccoonus' - Features & Screens

by Thomas on May 26, 2002 @ 8:48 p.m. PDT

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is pleased with the forthcoming release on PlayStation2 of Sly Raccoon, a beautifully animated crime caper starring the charming and charismatic young thief, Sly Raccoon. Njoy the screens!

Born into a family of the world's greatest jewel thieves, Sly is given the Thievius Raccoonus, an ancient book and family heirloom that is passed down from generation to generation. In it are all of the best-kept secrets of the art of thievery, put together over the years by Sly's ancestors.

On his eighth birthday, a gang of five villains break into his home, overpower his father and steal the Thievius Raccoonus. The gang split the book five ways and make off with one piece each of this treasure trove of information. Now, ten years later, Sly is ready to steal it back and restore the family honour. Needless to say, you'll control Sly as he sets about his adventure.

Set in a world with a wide variety of locations, all beautifully put together. Every character in the game has been "toon-shaded" - in other words, you get fully featured creatures that look like they've stepped straight out of an animated cartoon. And you'll be amazed at how smoothly they walk, jump and clamber about.

Unlike most platform games - and, indeed, most games - Sly Raccoon isn't all about violent confrontations and jumping on people. Sly's a thief and a master of his art. Therefore you often do better to avoid confrontation entirely, sneaking in and out of dangerous areas and using all the stealthy skills at your disposal. You'll also find it rewards risk-taking - as long as you do it right.

With an intriguing and gripping plot that unfolds as you progress through the game and discover new surprises, a fully-realised cartoon-quality world of vast and vibrant locations to explore, and an innovative, stealth-based approach to the platform game, Sly Raccoon promises to be one of the most imaginative and rewarding titles this Winter. Do you think you can cut it as the best thief around?

Summary
A beautifully animated, cartoon quality platform adventure with amusing characters and superb graphics, Sly Raccoon is set in a world of vast, free-roaming levels. Unlike most games, its innovative approach has you sneaking about, using your skills in stealth and thieving in your quest to steal back all the pieces of your missing family heirloom.

Storyline overview
Sly Raccoon is born into a family of the world's greatest jewel thieves, in which the 'Thievius Raccoonus', an ancient book and family heirloom is traditionally passed down from generation to generation. In the book are all of the best-kept secrets of the art of thievery, put together over the years from the experiences of Sly's ancestors.

On his eighth birthday, a gang of five villains break into Sly's home, overpower his father and steal the Thievius Raccoonus. The gang split the book five ways, each taking a piece of this vast collection of criminal hints and tips with them. Now, ten years later, it's time for Sly to get out there and steal it back, restoring the family honour.

Key features
Charming characters; stunning animation
Sly Raccoon is a charismatic character, instantly appealing - and he's surrounded by a cast of engaging creatures. He, like every other character in the game, has been "toon-shaded" - in other words, you get fully featured creatures that look like they've stepped straight out of a cartoon feature-length movie.

The in-game graphics and animation are of astonishing quality. You'll be amazed at how smoothly every character moves as they walk, run, sneak, jump and clamber about.

Huge levels; intriguing plot
Sly Raccoon looks fantastic, with a wide variety of locations, all beautifully put together and free-roaming in a way that both encourages and rewards exploration and lateral thinking. The latter also has a bearing on the plot, which unfolds as you progress through the game and has plenty of surprises in store.

Stealth is the key to success
Sly Raccoon's a thief and a master of his art; therefore you'll often do better and achieve more if you keep your head down and sneak about the levels, avoiding detection and confrontation. There are a number of different controls to allow you to minimise the attention you'll create as you sneak in and out of potentially hazardous situations, and using all the stealthy skills at your disposal. The game also actively rewards risk-taking and lateral thinking.

FACT SHEET

OVERVIEW

There's a new thief in town!
Sly Raccoon is all about taking chances and in this exciting new adventure, gamers will enjoy richly detailed, toon-shaded worlds, comically animated and amusing characters, brilliant gameplay and an action-packed caper that will have gamers sneaking around and proving they are the best thief ever! Created and developed by Sucker Punch, Sly Raccoon has been in development for several years and is the team's first entertainment venture for the PlayStation® 2.

STORYLINE

Sly Raccoonis a vibrantly animated caper starring the charming and wry, charismatic thief, Sly Raccoon. Born into a family of the world's greatest thieves, Sly is given, on his eighth birthday, the Thievius Raccoonus, a family heirloom that is passed down from generation to generation containing all of their best-kept secrets and thieving techniques around. Later that evening, a gang of ruthless villains broke into his harmonious home. As Sly watched, the intruders overpowered his father, as they stole the Thievius Raccoonus splitting it ways and each taking a piece of this legacy with them.

Ten years later, Sly is out to steal the Thievius Raccoonus back and reclaim what is rightfully his. . He enlists the help of his gadget genius pal Bentley, and his big eager friend Murray, and the trio embark on a quest to restore honor to his family's name

KEY FEATURES

  • A completely innovative and unique game adventure that blends realistic physics in richly detailed, animated worlds.
  • A crafty and charming bandit determined to become the world's best thief, Sly Raccoon is a clever, colorful and witty new character for PlayStation 2.
  • In addition to the charismatic Sly Raccoon, gamers will meet an entire eye-popping family of loveable and not-so-nice characters all with fluid actions that will provide amusing entertainment for hours on end.
  • A blend of realistic physics in richly detailed, toon-shaded worlds. As one of the world's greatest thieves, gamers will enjoy smooth, seamless gameplay and animations. Watch as this cartoon world comes to life with a depth and dimension unlike any other.
  • Deep interactive environments using triple pass polygonal rendering for lighting and effects add mood and ambiance to a uniquely stylized look. Shadows, spots lights, building details and special effects take on a whole new look.
  • Gamers can choose from a variety of gameplay options including stealth, platform, vehicle, boss and mini-games. Stealth and smarts are required as you sneak through the day and night…rooftop chases, narrow escapes, dodging security guards and ninja-like jumping…through windows, doors and across buildings.
  • Multi-tiered gameplay including primary, secondary and tertiary objectives provide additional challenges for gamers.
  • Sneak around in five unique hideouts while trying to recover the Thievius Racoonus, including Ice, Underwater, Bayou, Venice, and Industrial.

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