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Sly Cooper Genre(s) Platform, stealth Developer(s) Sucker Punch Productions (2002–2010) Sanzaru Games (2010–2013) Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment Creator(s) Sucker Punch Productions Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita First release Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus September 23, 2002 Latest release Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time February 5, 2013 Sly Cooper is a series of platform stealth video games for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. The series was developed by Sucker Punch Productions for the first three games, and then it was passed on to Sanzaru Games while Sucker Punch continued work on the Infamous series. The first three games were remastered into high-definition for the PlayStation 3 by Sanzaru Games, titled The Sly Collection. Sanzaru released the fourth game in the series, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, on February 5, 2013.  A CGI animated feature film based on the first game in the series is in development with currently an unknown theatrical release date.  3] A television show based on the series is currently in development; it was scheduled to premiere in October 2019, but has not aired yet.  The series follows the adventures of Sly Cooper, an anthropomorphic raccoon and master thief, along with his two partners in crime, Bentley the turtle and Murray the hippopotamus, all of whom are pursued by Sly's love interest, Inspector Carmelita Fox. The series has spawned two comic books and a variety of spin-off games, including Bentley's Hackpack by Sanzaru Games. Sly Cooper himself has become one of the most popular of the Sony video game characters, and has appeared in other Sony games such as cross-overs PlayStation Move Heroes and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Setting The world of Sly Cooper is a version of the real world that is populated by anthropomorphic animals, with film noir and comic book motifs. The focus of the story is of Sly Cooper, a young adult raccoon and the latest descendant in a line of master thieves who pass down their expert techniques from generation to generation using the "Thievius Raccoonus. a book which contains all the Cooper family's secrets and tricks. While the Cooper family has accumulated a massive amount of wealth through their thieving ways, Sly places greater value on his friendship with his two partners, Bentley, a turtle and the brains of the gang, and Murray, a hippo who acts as the brawn and the getaway driver of the team van. The trio, known as the Cooper Gang, performs elaborate heists all over the world, often for the purpose of taking down large and dangerous groups of criminals, as the creed of the Cooper Clan is to only steal from other thieves. All the while, they are pursued by Sly's love interest, Inspector Carmelita Fox of Interpol. Games Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, also known as Sly Raccoon in European countries, was released in 2002 for the PlayStation 2 video game console. Sly must recover his family's "Thievius Raccoonus" a book listing all the special thieving skills his family has collected over several centuries, which was stolen by a rival gang, the Fiendish Five, led by Clockwerk, a giant mechanical owl. Meanwhile, Sly and his gang must keep ahead of Interpol's Inspector Carmelita Fox, who promises to one day capture Sly and put him away for his crimes. Sly 2: Band of Thieves Sly 2: Band of Thieves was released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2 platform. In this game, a series of mechanical parts from the destroyed Clockwerk have been stolen from the Cairo Museum by the Klaww Gang; Dimitri, Rajan, the Contessa, Jean Bison, and their leader Arpeggio. Together, the parts could be used to revive the defeated Clockwerk; separately, they each have special functions and are used for the various schemes of the individual gang members. While Sly and his gang follow these leads, they are pursued by Carmelita and her new partner, Constable Neyla, who are after both the Cooper Gang and the Klaww Gang. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves was released in 2005 for the PlayStation 2 platform. Sly has learned of the Cooper Vault, a gigantic store of the wealth that his family has accumulated over the years. To get in, however, he must defeat a villain known as Doctor M, who has taken over the island where it is located to try to break into it, with many failed attempts. Sly must regroup his old partners and recruit new members, defeating a variety of new villains along the way, in order to succeed at reclaiming his family's history, all while still on the run from Carmelita. This game also has some levels that can be put into 3D mode and the PS3 version in The Sly Collection allows the full game to be played in 3D. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time was officially announced during Sony's 2011 E3 Keynote, and was officially released on February 5, 2013.  Sly Cooper and the whole gang return with an epic brand new adventure for the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Vita  systems. The pages of the Thievius Raccoonus are disappearing and Bentley, now keeper of the ancient book, must round up the gang and save the Cooper Clan legacy from being destroyed forever. With Bentley's newly invented time machine, the gang and Carmelita travel back in time to stop the various henchmen of the main villain, Cyrille Le Paradox, who is determined to replace the Coopers as the new master thief of the world. Along the way, the gang teams up with several of Sly's ancestors, all while Sly must deal with the aftermath of Carmelita discovering that he had faked his amnesia at the end of the previous game. The game was developed by Sanzaru Games, the same development team behind The Sly Collection, instead of Sucker Punch Productions, who turned their focus to the Infamous series.  If players unlock the game's secret ending, a clip is shown that hints at a potential future installment in the series, but on November 14, 2014, Sanzaru Games released a statement that they are not developing a future game.  Reception The series as a whole has been well-received, with primary praises being directed towards the games' art style and the stealth gameplay, and the criticisms being the length of most of the games' stories. Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus was critically acclaimed upon release, despite fairly poor sales. GameSpot 's review, giving it a 7. 8/10, stated that "The game has a fantastic sense of style to its design that is reflected in everything from the animation to the unique use of the peaking fad, cel-shaded polygons. 9] However, it criticized the length of the game by saying that "The main problem is that just as you're getting into a groove and really enjoying the variety seen throughout the different levels, the game ends. [9. Official U. S. PlayStation Magazine gave it a perfect score of 5/5, stating that "There's a pleasant old-school feel to Thievius Raccoonus; the enemies are merciless but a bit stupid, and the platforming challenges come on strong and ramp up steadily in difficulty as the levels go by. 10] 11] The game ultimately sold about 400, 000 copies in its release year, and it was later re-released as one of Sony's "Greatest Hits. 12] Sly 2: Band of Thieves received even more critical acclaim, ultimately becoming the highest-rated game of the series. It earned an 88% on both GameRankings and Metacritic, and with GameSpy ranking it as the #23 greatest PlayStation 2 game of all time.  14] Though not as highly rated as the first two games, Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves was also well-received, with an 84% on GameRankings and an 83 on Metacritic.  14] Despite the anticipation after an 8-year hiatus, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time was, on average, the lowest-rated game of the series despite still ultimately receiving positive reviews. Its highest rating came from Game Informer, which gave it a 9/10 and thus called it the best game since the original.  IGN, giving it an 8/10, summarized that despite the "ridiculous load times, occasionally frustrating gameplay and some bizarre, archaic motion controls, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is a worthy game to add to your library" as it "harkens back to a different time in gaming while modernizing the experience for a new generation. 17] GamesRadar gave it a 4. 5/5, similarly criticizing the "lengthy (but infrequent) load times" and "cliffhanger ending" but saying the good points were "stellar presentation" and "excellent level design. 18] It is the lowest-rated game of the series on Metacritic and GameRankings (with a score of 75 on both sites) GameSpot (with a 7. 5, just below the first game's 7. 8) IGN (with an 8. 0, just below the third game's 8. 1) and Eurogamer, where it was the first game of the series to receive a score other than 8/10 (instead receiving a 6/10. Game Website GameRankings Metacritic Eurogamer Game Informer GameSpot IGN 85. 28% 19] 86/100  8/10  9. 25/10  7. 8/10  8. 5/10  87. 92% 13] 88/100  8/10  8. 75/10  8. 4/10  9. 2/10  84. 18% 15] 83/100  8/10  7. 25/10  8. 4/10  8. 1/10  Vita) 75. 80% 33] PS3) 74. 69% 34] Vita) 75/100  PS3) 75/100  6. 0/10  9. 0/10  7. 5/10  8. 0/10  Others The Sly Collection The Sly Collection Developer(s) Sucker Punch Productions Additional work by: Sanzaru Games (HD remastering) Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment Platform(s) PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Release PlayStation 3 NA: November 9, 2010 AU: December 2, 2010 EU: December 3, 2010 KO: December 23, 2010 JP: January 27, 2011 PlayStation Vita AU: April 16, 2014 EU: April 18, 2014 KO: May 2, 2014 NA: May 27, 2014 Genre(s) Platform, stealth Mode(s) Single-player The Sly Collection (titled as The Sly Trilogy in PAL regions and Sly Cooper Collection in Asia) is a remastered port of the PlayStation 2 games Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, Sly 2: Band of Thieves and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, for the PlayStation 3 on a single Blu-ray Disc as a Classics HD title. The games were originally developed by Sucker Punch Productions, while the port was handled by Sanzaru Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment America. On November 29, 2011, The Sly Collection was released as a digital download on the PlayStation Store. Each title in the collection is available for separate purchase. The collection also includes a set of mini games, with their own set of trophies. On May 27, 2014, the collection was released as a PlayStation Vita title.  Sly 1 and 2 are featured on the game card, while Sly 3 is accessed through an included download voucher.  Features The core game and story for all games remains unchanged with the remastered versions. For the remastering, all three games have had a graphics overhaul to allow them to support modern 720p resolution. When in 3D mode the games run at 30fps, while in normal mode, the games run 60fps. All three of the games also have trophies, with one platinum each. PlayStation Move supported mini-games and 3D support are available in the Collection, as well as trophies. Upon completing every game in the Collection, a Sly 4 teaser trailer is unlocked. However, these features are not available in the downloadable version. Development Sanzaru Games, who developed the collection, was working on a demo of the then unknown Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, a new PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita exclusive Sly Cooper title, while Sucker Punch Productions, the developers of the original PlayStation 2 games continued to work on the inFamous series. Sony was impressed with the prototype and gave them the development duties for the PlayStation 3 conversion of the original trilogy. In June 2010, The Sly Collection was announced for a Q3/Q4 2010 release. It was released on November 9, 2010 and is available to purchase from the PlayStation Store as of November 29, 2011. On April 20, 2013, an ESRB rating for a PlayStation Vita port of The Sly Collection was spotted online.  On February 10, 2014, the release date for the PS Vita version of the Collection was announced to be on May 27, 2014.  The Sly Collection received positive reviews from critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PlayStation 3 version 87. 43% based on 35 reviews and 85/100 based on 46 reviews  44] and the PlayStation Vita version 80. 69% based on 16 reviews and 80/100 based on 30 reviews.  46] PlayStation Move Heroes Another game announced at E3 2010 was PlayStation Move Heroes, features Sly and Bentley, along with Jak and Daxter and Ratchet & Clank, in a crossover title; the game uses PlayStation Move.  It was released March 22, 2011 in North America.  PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Sly Cooper appears as a playable character in the crossover fighting game PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. In the game's arcade mode, Sly finds that several pages from the Thievius Racconus have been stolen, and begins battling the other fighters in attempt to locate them, including a rival battle with Nathan Drake. The Sly Cooper version of Paris also appears as one of the game's stages. Additionally, Bentley assists Sly with his Level 3 Super attack, Murray appears as an unlockable minion and as part of Sly's Level 1 Super attack, and Carmelita appears as a downloadable minion and stage hazard in the "Alden's Tower" stage. Bentley's Hackpack Bentley's Hackpack is a collection of the various hacking mini-games found in the main campaign mode of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, with many more levels, challenges, and prizes.  It was developed by Sanzaru Games and was released for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita simultaneously with Thieves in Time. This game is also a part of Sony's "Cross Buy" initiative, allowing purchasers of the PlayStation 3 version of the game to receive a free copy of the game for the PlayStation Vita via the PlayStation Network. The game was released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, iOS, and Android devices.  It received 7/10 from Destructoid  and 73/100 from Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux.  Characters Major characters Sly Cooper (voiced by Kevin Miller) is an antiheroic young adult gentleman thief raccoon that is part of a long line of master thieves who specialize in robbing from violent criminals and never innocent people, making them vigilantes. Early in his life, he witnessed the savage murder of his father at the hands of a group known as the Fiendish Five, who then stole his family's Thievius Raccoonus, which holds many of the Cooper clan's major thief moves. He was forced into an orphanage, where he met his best friends, Bentley and Murray. Over his years in the orphanage, the three pull off multiple thieving tasks, and soon, Sly decides to carry on the Cooper legacy by making the modern day Cooper Clan. Sly is nimblest of the gang, so he is sent out the most on missions, therefore making him the most played character. He uses a hooked cane, a family heirloom, as a multi-purpose tool. Sly is cunning and extremely athletic, and can perform feats such as walking on wires, landing on small points, sliding on vines, and falling from great heights while sustaining less damage. He can also use disguises as an advantage to get across normally inaccessible areas easily. Bentley (voiced by Matt Olsen) is the brains of Sly's gang. He is a turtle who is skilled with computers, gadgets, and explosives, and generally helps with reconnaissance and mission-planning while Sly is out in the field, making him the de facto leader after Sly. In Sly 2, Bentley decides to help out in the field, but, later on, his legs are injured under the jaws of Clock-La, so he is forced into a wheelchair, which he handily equips with gadgets; he has since become more relaxed and confident in his abilities and himself. It is also stated that he co-constructed a time-machine along with his ex-girlfriend, Penelope, which serves as the key object in the fourth game. He is the current guardian of the Thievius Raccoonus, having been entrusted to him by Sly. Murray (voiced by Chris Murphy) is the muscle of the Gang and Sly's full-time wheelman and part-time burden, in charge of driving the Cooper Gang's van to various locations. As a large pink hippopotamus, he is amazingly strong. He often ventures to the field on missions requiring such strength. When Bentley is injured in Sly 2, he blames himself and leaves the Gang to the Australian Outback, looking for a more peaceful state of mind, but eventually returns when Bentley is attacked by Italian crime mob leader Don Octavio, one of the Cooper Gang enemies. It is stated that he has developed a more serious personality, though he remains a happy-go-lucky hippo. Inspector Carmelita Fox (voiced by Roxana Ortega in Sly 1, Alesia Glidewell in Sly 2, Ruth Livier in Sly 3, Grey DeLisle in Sly 4 and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale) is a member of Interpol, as well as Sly's rival and love interest. She is a vixen who has her mind set on capturing Sly and his crew, but also demonstrates romantic feelings for him, which Sly often uses to escape capture at the last minute. In the fourth game, Carmelita begins to help out the Cooper gang by aiding them in recovering the disappearing pages of the Thievius Raccoonus. This is when she, herself, begins to soften up and develop feelings for Sly. She uses a shock pistol as her weapon of choice, which contains powerful blasts and a target lock. Dimitri Lousteau (voiced by David Scully) is a French iguana who speaks in slang. He started out as a young painter whose unique art style was heavily criticized and rejected by the artistic community, forcing him to turn to forgery before opening a night club on the west side of Paris. His first role in the series was as a supporting villain in the second game, as the first member of the Klaww Gang to be defeated by the Cooper Gang. He later returned in the third game, beginning his role as a supporting protagonist after he joins the Cooper Gang to help them with the Cooper Vault job. He returns for a much smaller role in the fourth game, left with the duty of guarding their Paris hideout and the Thievius Raccoonus while they travel through time, and thus only appears in the cutscenes. Recurring characters Clockwerk (voiced by Ross Douglas) is the main antagonist of Sly 1 and an integral part of the story to Sly 2. Clockwerk is a giant owl who is centuries old, initially fueled by his hatred for the Cooper Clan and jealous of their thieving reputation. Determined to outlive the Coopers and eventually wipe them all out, he replaced his body with machinery so that he could live much longer than any normal being. He was first defeated in the Krak-Karov Volcano in Russia by Sly at the end of the first game, but his body survived the lava and was placed in the Cairo Museum, where it was stolen by the Klaww Gang, setting up the events of Sly 2. Although Clockwerk himself does not actually appear in the second game, the parts of his body are the driving force behind the Cooper Gang's actions, taking down the Klaww Gang to retrieve all of them and ultimately destroy them. But the parts all ultimately end up in the hands of the Klaww Gang's leader, Arpeggio, and Clockwerk is rebuilt before Neyla joins herself with the Clockwerk frame to become "Clock-La. However, the new Clock-La was short-lived, and defeated shortly afterward by Sly and Carmelita. Muggshot (voiced by Kevin Blackton) is a massive bulldog one of the supporting antagonists of Sly 1, featured in the second level. He grew up as the runt of the litter, regularly picked on by the bigger dogs. He eventually decided to work out in order to grow as strong as possible so that he could defeat all the bullies and never be picked on again. However, due to being entirely focused on brawn, he conversely did little to advance his knowledge and is thus notoriously unintelligent. He was defeated by Sly in the first game and arrested, briefly seen in issue #2 of the comics as an inmate at Heathrow Prison, before returning for the third game, where he was a supporting villain in the third episode. It is revealed that after escaping jail, Muggshot became a highly trained and lethal pilot in the annual ACES Competition, run by the Black Baron, where his team was the runner-up in the previous year and current year. Bentley deduced that, in order for the Cooper Gang to have a better chance at beating the Black Baron, Muggshot had to be removed from the competition. Thus, Bentley tricked Muggshot into running into Carmelita, who defeated and arrested him. He returned once more in the animated promotional short for the fourth game, Timing is Everything. where he stole an antique golden watch, but was once again thwarted by the Cooper Gang and arrested by Carmelita. The Panda King (voiced by Kevin Blackton) is a large panda and one of the supporting antagonists of Sly 1, featured in the fourth level. He grew up fascinated with the art of fireworks, but when he attempted to present his own fireworks to the noblemen, they rejected him due to his poor social status. He gained revenge by using fireworks as tools for destruction, and ran an extortion ring of robbing small villages under the threat of burying them alive in avalanches caused by fireworks, before Sly defeated him. Later, when Bentley determined that they needed someone with knowledge of more powerful explosives for the Cooper Vault job in Sly 3, he recommended the Panda King. Sly at first vehemently refused - as the Panda King had been involved in the brutal murder of his parents - but Bentley convinced him that there was no other choice. The Panda King agreed to join them if they first helped rescue his daughter from General Tsao, who had kidnapped her and planned to marry her. They succeeded, and after the Cooper Vault job, the Panda King returned to China. Penelope (voiced by Annette Toutonghi) is a Dutch mouse, one of the supporting protagonists of Sly 3, and one of the supporting antagonists in Sly 4. Bentley eventually discovered her online while researching potential pilots and mechanics that the team might need for the Cooper Vault job in Sly 3. She challenged them to impress her by defeating her boss, the Black Baron, only to find that Penelope was the Black Baron. Defeated and exposed, she joined the gang and eventually formed a romantic bond with Bentley, after initially being attracted to Sly. However, she turned against them in the fourth game after she came to believe that Sly and his values of "honor" were a bad influence on Bentley, believing that she and Bentley together could rule the world through weapons design and trade. Thus, she joined forces with Cyrille Le Paradox, with the promise of eventually defeating Sly and getting Bentley all to herself. After her second disguise, the Black Knight, was exposed, Bentley was initially devastated by her betrayal, but eventually came to terms with it and defeated her in combat, using one of her own mechanical suits against her. Although she was initially arrested and placed in a maximum security prison like the rest of the villains, she was the only one who escaped, under mysterious circumstances. Bentley notes in the epilogue that she has been committing a wide variety of crimes all over Europe, leaving her calling card at the scene of each crime, and that he has also been receiving mysterious postcards from her, hinting at her possible return in a future installment. Common gameplay elements A screenshot from Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, showing Sly hiding from a guard. The blue lights to the left indicate Sly's thief senses, in this case, a wall that he can slide against. The games are primarily a third person platform game. The player controls Sly or one of his companions through many missions of several levels, relying mostly on stealth to avoid encounters and alarms while collecting treasures or other items. Sly is very agile, and is able to use many of the features of the architecture for stealth, indicated to the player by a blue glow, explained in-game as a visible manifestation of Sly's "thief senses. For example, Sly can perch on the top of sharp points, climb up pipes, sneak along a narrow ledge, walk across a tight rope, or use his cane to swing from hooks. Sly also uses his cane to defeat foes, although it makes noise that may attract other foes. He prefers to use sneak attacks when possible because of his little endurance. Due to his heritage, Sly has a number of special moves that he learns through the games that can also increase his stealth or speed, or allow him to eliminate foes silently. The player also may play as Bentley with his gadgets, or Murray with his strength, and many minor companions in the third game. There are also mini-games scattered throughout the gameplay. Each game is broken into a series of heists, and to accomplish the heist, Sly and his gang must complete several sub-missions. In the first game, each sub-mission was located on a level accessible from the main heist level, while the second, third and fourth games used a nonlinear, open world approach to have various missions located around the same large level. There is typically a boss fight at the end of each heist as the conclusion to the mission. Graphics and technology The first three games were built using Sucker Punch's proprietary engine SPACKLE (Sucker Punch Animation and Character Kinematics Life Engine) with aid from the engine first created for the 2001 racing video game Kinetica. SPACKLE was first used on the Nintendo 64 title Rocket: Robot on Wheels. Comics The cover of the second promotional Sly Cooper comic Sly Cooper and other characters from the games were also featured in two comic books published in 2004 and 2005 by GamePro Magazine and DC Comics to promote the release of Sly 2: Band of Thieves and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves respectively. Both books are used to transition the story from one game to the next. Issue #1 acted as a story between the first and second game, apparently taking place sometime within the 2-year span between them. The plot consists of two flashback stories and one present story. One is a flashback to the Cooper gang's first taste of thief work as children at the Happy Camper Orphanage (successfully stealing cookies from a greedy sitter) and the other detailing the first time Carmelita and Sly met, when the then-new constable Carmelita was assigned to protect the diamond of an opera star during a performance. Although Carmelita catches Sly and ties him up in the janitor's closet, Sly escapes. However, he sees Carmelita being berated by her boss, Chief Inspector Barkley, for the failure, and although he originally planned to steal the diamond himself, he decides to instead help Carmelita. Thus, when the diamond is actually stolen by the singer's manager Pierre, Sly trips him and knocks him unconscious, leaving him for Carmelita to claim as her own capture, thus earning her Barkley's respect. In the present storyline, Sly and the gang devise a plan to crash the engagement party of Dimitri Lousteau and a wealthy art collector named Madame D'Oinkeau, and steal D'Oinkeau's prized sculpture, the Venus de Whalo (a parody of the Venus de Milo. They succeed, but Carmelita stops Sly on a bridge over a river. Despite her holding her gun on him, he remains relaxed and engages in conversation with her, during which the two relay to each other their pasts and their opposing points of view. Sly then escapes by jumping off the bridge, and although Carmelita at first thinks he has drowned, it is revealed that he landed on the deck of a boat passing underneath, with Bentley, Murray, their van, and the sculpture all on board. Issue #2 takes place after the events of Sly 2 and leads up to the events within Sly 3. The story is broken into four parts. The first part consists of Sly finding a member of his father's gang, McSweeny, in a maximum-security prison due to an invitation. McSweeny, an anthropomorphic, super strong walrus tells Sly of a massive vault on a remote island and its location which contains the accumulated treasure of all the Cooper family members stating it as Sly's inheritance. Part two details Sly and Murray breaking into a hospital to rescue the injured Bentley from the authorities, though at the end, Murray demands that Sly flee with Bentley while he stays behind to deal with the officers. Part three consists of Carmelita reviewing footage of Sly and Murray's attempt (with Bentley notably absent) to steal the map to the Cooper Vault's location from a Venetian museum. But Sly later breaks into her office while she is asleep and steals the vault map from under Carmelita's nose. The final part takes place at the Cooper gang's home in Paris, with Sly reviewing what is needed to get to the vault, while Bentley works on arming his wheelchair with a wide array of gadgets and weaponry to help Sly in the field. Murray returns after his escape and informs the others that he is leaving the gang and disappears to parts unknown. Film adaptation Production on a Sly Cooper film originally leaked in 2012 when a NeoGAF user discovered listings for a number of Sony Interactive Entertainment franchises in a film financing database.  The project was officially announced by producer Brad Foxhoven, of Blockade Entertainment, on January 28, 2014. Sly Cooper is Blockade's third adaptation of a Sony video game series, after Heavenly Sword and Ratchet & Clank. Alongside a teaser trailer, the initial announcement revealed that Ratchet director Kevin Munroe and animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment would be helming the movie set for release in 2016.  Also like Ratchet & Clank, the film is financed by Film Financial Services with lead investor Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation from China along with Rainmaker, with international representation by Cinema Management Group.  Commenting on the film's production, Asad Qizilbash, senior director of first party games marketing at Sony stated: As one of our most storied and fan favorite PlayStation franchises, we are excited to see the story of Sly premier on the big screen for the first time. "We have a great partnership with Rainmaker and Blockade Entertainment and we're looking forward to seeing Sly reimagined in a full-feature movie to offer both fans and newcomers alike a chance to become reacquainted with one of our most beloved heroes. 56] Series creator Sucker Punch Productions is involved with the film.  David Wohl, vice president of development at Blockade Entertainment and producer on the movie, was quoted as saying the film won't be an origins story: Sly and the gang are already together, though they are far from being so great at what they do. The story will focus on Sly, Bentley and Murray, but Carmelita and Clockwerk will also be included.  Unlike prior incarnations of the franchise which used cel-shading, the film is going for a contemporary CG art direction. Foxhoven stated that "the global film market can lean towards pure CG animated films. As much as we love the cel-shaded look of the game, we felt that it would not be held up in the big screen collectively. 58] He also said that working with the creators of Sly Cooper would help the movie's look "remain true to the artistic style of the characters and world. 57] At Wondercon 2016, Munroe stated that the film had yet to enter production and that he doubted it would be released later that year, but was "standing by, waiting to jump on top of it. I'm just waiting for the phone call. 59] On October 26, 2016 he revealed on Twitter that he hadn't personally worked on Sly Cooper in over a year and a half.  Munroe later became attached to other projects.  Following the poor box office performance of the Ratchet & Clank adaptation, Cartoon Brew editor Amid Amidi expressed doubt that Sly Cooper would ever be completed.  In September 2016, Michael Hefferon, president and chief creative officer of Rainmaker, said that due to Ratchet' s failure, the company would have to reevaluate the timing, release plans and budget for Sly Cooper.  In 2017, Rainmaker left the project.  Television series On June 14, 2017, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that they would be developing a Sly Cooper television series alongside Technicolor Animation Productions, with PGS Entertainment handling brand management.  The series will consist of 52 11-minute episodes, with half scheduled to premiere in October 2019, and the remaining in July 2020, though the broadcast network has yet to be determined.  The first half did not premiere in October 2019 as scheduled, and no updates have been provided as of December 2019. On May 20, 2019, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that they had opened a film and TV production studio on the Sony Pictures Entertainment lot in Culver City, California called PlayStation Productions, which will develop and produce projects based on the company's catalog of more than 100 games. Sony Pictures will distribute these projects, but Sony Interactive Entertainment will handle production firsthand. This announcement had many fans speculate that the Sly Cooper television series would be moved to this studio, considering that projects such as Sony Pictures' Uncharted film had been moved to this studio.  67] References ^ Matulef, Jeffrey (August 14, 2012. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time travels to the year 2013. Eurogamer. Retrieved August 15, 2012. ^ Purchese, Robert (January 28, 2014. First shots of the Sly Cooper film due 2016. Gamer Network. Retrieved January 28, 2014. ^ Gaudiosi, John (January 28, 2014. 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In the year since its release, the PS Vita has had to work harder than any other piece of Sony gaming hardware to establish itself in the marketplace. Some might claim that its gaming library isn't quite up to scratch, or that the expensive proprietary storage is a pain in the arse. But, on balance, Sony has arguably done more to make it an attractive device to own than any other console in its history - or anyone else's history for that matter. You only have to glance at how much The Big S is giving away to PS Plus subscribers to realise that owning a Vita is a bit of a no-brainer. And that's only part of the story. What's, perhaps, more compelling in the long run for industry watchers and console consumers is Sony's various cross-platform initiatives: Cross Play, Cross Buy, and Cross Control. Judging by the number of people who claim never to have heard about any of those three initiatives, you could say that they are still very much in the 'soft launch' phase. With that in mind, we thought we'd check out whether Cross Play, Cross Buy, and Cross Control are living up to their potential. No Crossed wires The idea behind Cross Play is simple: allow games to work across both PS3 and PS Vita. Your progress in a Cross Play-compatible game is saved to the cloud, and, therefore, you can pick up the game at home or on the move and carry on from where you left off. With Cross Buy titles - of which there are an increasing number - you can, meanwhile, say, buy the PS3 version and download the Vita version free of charge. These Cross Buy games also benefit from the Cross Play features. Another select bunch of titles make use of the lesser-known Cross Control feature, where you're able to use the PS Vita as your controller for the PS3, complete with all the touch functionality that brings. Over recent months, we've had a chance to put a couple of dozen of these Cross Buy, Cross Play, and Cross Control titles through their paces to find out how the systems work, and whether these initiatives live up to their 'revolutionising' promises. Here, then, are our findings... 1. Don't assume Cross Play means 'two for the price of one. Although Sony's Cross Play initiative grants you the freedom to sync your save game in the cloud, this doesn't always mean you get the other version free of charge. A handful of Cross Play titles released to date require you to buy both versions if you want to be able to pick up your game from where you left off. While this might sound slightly mean-spirited, all of the games that this applies to were cheap to begin with. And in some cases, the Vita version followed a long time after the PS3 original. In Sony's defence, then, it's not like having to shell out for a full-priced release twice - that would be unwise. Titles this applies to are tricky 2D puzzle-shooter A-Men, pool sim Hustle Kings, and Pinball Arcade. 2. Cross Buy mean two for the price of one. but sometimes you've got to wait In an ideal world, all the Cross Buy titles would be shipped simultaneously, and gamers could get on with being able to play titles on either their PS Vita or PS3. just as Sony intended. But these are early days for this initiative, and plans don't always pan out quite as intended. So, while Sony got off to a great start putting out PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale as its maiden first-party Cross Buy retail title, it has already messed up the launch of Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force (a. k. a. Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault in the US. Originally, you see, a PS Vita version of Ratchet & Clank: QForce was set to join the PS3 release by the end of January, but that has now been put back to the spring. On the plus side, you can now pick up the PS3 version for a bargain price, safe in the knowledge that you'll get the Vita version gratis in a few weeks. Furthermore, regional variations in release dates have put a crimp in the initiative. While US gamers have been tucking into Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time since early February, EU gamers must wait patiently until March 27th to get their Sly Cooper fix. For those waiting for Retro City Rampage, the wait was even longer. 3. Don't expect your save games to seamlessly synchronise across devices The biggest niggle I have with the whole Cross Play initiative hitherto is the fact that synchronising data is something of a dark art. More often than not, you'll play a game for a while, and then expect that your save game will synchronise with the cloud once you're done. Problems start to emerge, though, when you go to play the same game on the other system, and find that your data hasn't synced as expected. You can spend rather more time than you'd like coaxing both the Vita and PS3 into performing manual synchronisations, only to find it hasn't worked. In some cases, games need patching first, e. g. with When Vikings Attack or Sound Shapes. In fact, in the case of Sound Shapes, the Vita version point blank refused to log into the PlayStation Network via my router, but decided a mobile phone hotspot was just fine. Such unfathomable tech issues also extend to getting games to even start syncing with one another. With Foosball 2012, for instance, the game refused to even start syncing unless you were already online when you saved the game. In other words, if I was offline and saved, I couldn't then perform a sync at a later date. Bizarre, but true. At the Extremely Bad end of the scale is A-Men. Nothing I tried persuaded this game to synchronise at all. So, if anyone's managed to do it, please get in touch. At the usual address. 4. Practice makes perfect Now and then, though, Cross Play seemed to work as advertised. Yep, no problems at all. This was the case with the excellent MotorStorm RC, and more recent games such as Knytt Underground, Big Sky Infinity, Bentley's Hack Pack, and Retro City Rampage. 5. Indie games appear to be the focus Right now, it's fair to say that the Cross Buy initiative is largely being trialled on more affordable titles, rather than on the big budget blockbusters. In these instances, having a PS3 version to play on the big screen feels more like a nice bonus, rather than a dealmaker. In truth, a lot of these games do look rather wonderful when you're playing them in crisp 1080p. On the other hand, though, almost all these titles aren't really what you'd call big-screen experiences, and generally lend themselves to handheld play. Where the Cross Buy initiative really seems to work best is for games like PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. These two titles are not only fantastic to play on the big screen, but are also a real treat on the move. Plus, it's a genuinely good deal: you get another version thrown in for free, rather than your just making a minor saving. Until we start to see third parties also getting involved in the Cross Buy initiative, it feels like people will find it hard to justify owning a Vita. Dangle the carrot of a Cross Play / Cross Buy Call of Duty, FIFA, and Assassin's Creed, though, and it's easy to predict a major upturn in fortune for the PS Vita. 6. Is Cross Control a gimmick? Some games even enable you to use the PS Vita as a controller on the PS3. Examples of these are LittleBigPlanet 2 and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. Others, like ModNation Racers: Road Trip, allow you to download PS3 tracks on the Vita, while WipEout 2048 provides cross-format online play. These are all nice ideas in theory, and show what's technically possible. In truth, however, these are piecemeal features that have barely gained any traction whatsoever. One day, most games might support these features, but right now they're just obscure features for gamers to dabble in. 7. Remote Play still doesn't quite work Related to Cross Control is Sony's Remote Play feature, which enables you to stream certain PS3 games on the PS Vita over the internet. The problem is, the number of retail PS3 games that support Remote Play is minimal to the point of irrelevance. Yes, you can run the HD remakes of ICO / Shadow of the Colossus, as well as the first God of War collection, via Remote Play, but the lag is almost intolerable (even if you're running it off your home network and you are sat in the same room as the router. And it's the same story if you try one of the PSN games that supports Remote Play, such as PixelJunk Shooter, Bionic Commando Rearmed, or Peggle. You can also give PSone games a try if you own any, but, again, performance is patchy. Hopefully, once Sony implements Gaikai's streaming technology into its console systems, we'll see a very different picture emerge. For now, though, folks, it's hardly worth wasting your time. 8. Thanks for trying, Sony All told, it's fascinating to witness Sony experimenting in so many groundbreaking areas. In many ways that matter, the company is genuinely trying to push handheld gaming forward, and integrate it into its wider PlayStation ecosystem in a way that could make the PS Vita a brilliant-value handheld console to own. But without enough compelling games that support Cross Buy and Cross Play, what you're essentially left with is a neat, good value means of sampling low-priced downloadable titles. And given that the iOS and Android ecosystems already allow you to do much of what Sony is grasping at, it's hardly surprising that a lot of gamers aren't getting all that excited just yet.
PlayStationNow Games Instant access to the PS Now library, with hundreds of incredible games ready to stream or download* on demand. *Horizon Zero Dawn available on PS Now until April 7, 2020. LEGO Worlds available on PS Now until August 4, 2020. What Will You Play Next? New to the PS Now Collection The PS Now game collection is updated every month, with new PS4 titles joining the hundreds of PS4 games ready to stream or download. LEGO Worlds Available Until 8/4/2020 The Evil Within Ongoing access Cities Skylines Horizon Zero Dawn Available Until 4/7/2020 Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Overcooked! 2 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Available Until 3/3/2020 Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Available Until 12/1/2020 F1 2019 Available until 12/1/2020 Something for Everyone With more than 800 games to choose from, theres always something new to play, no matter what kind of gaming experience youre in the mood for. Blockbuster Hits Execute brutal finishing moves in Mortal Kombat X, make stealth your weapon in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and infiltrate the criminal underworld in Mafia III. PS Now has a roster of incredible adventures to lose yourself in. PlayStation Exclusives Hunt for untold riches in the Uncharted series, slay nightmarish creatures in Bloodborne and fight to survive in The Last of Us. Youll find a huge collection of exclusive PlayStation exclusive games to revisit. Family-Friendly Games Experience the thrills of the Rocket League arena, go on a creative adventure in LittleBigPlanet 3 and play as DC Comics super heroes in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. PS Now is packed with games suitable for players of all ages. Sports and Racing Become a basketball legend in NBA 2K18, drive a dazzling array of sports cars in Need for Speed Rivals and race against the greats of Formula One in F1 2019. If youre a competitive player, PS Now has got you covered. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds available on PS Now until March 3, 2020. Online Multiplayer Fight to dominate the Battle Royale arena in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, explore fantasy realms in The Elder Scrolls Online and lead your warrior onto a brutal battlefield in For Honor. Online multiplayer for PS Now games is included as part of your subscription fee. SCROLL All 1 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z.
One of the greatest concepts to come from Sony was the introduction of Cross Buy – the notion that we could buy games on one Sony platform and immediately get the right to download the same game for another platform absolutely free of charge. For those of us with a PS Vita and either a PS3, PS4 or both this has been a godsend allowing us to build up software collections quickly and easily and at a fraction of the price we would normally have been able to. For many games, it is a free-flowing deal with games being purchased on any format immediately being available for the others while on rarer occasions you need to purchase the PS3 or PS4 version to get the Vita version freely. More recently support for the PS3 has waned when it comes to Cross Buy with efforts focusing mainly on the PS Vita and PS4 and this was evident with PlayStation Plus with most PS Vita titles only being offered in this way. While PlayStation Plus no longer supports the PS Vita directly we are still hopeful that some titles will still be made available to Vita owners through selected games appearing either from this list or future Cross Buy games being offered through the service. In this guide well aim to bring you a comprehensive list of what is available in the EU and how to take advantage of all the Cross Buy deals and offers where they need to be purchased in a non-standard way. While there are games scheduled for release that are promised as being Cross Buy, including PS Vita and PS4 ports of existing titles, we will only include titles that have been released or whose release is imminent and where Cross Buy has been publicly confirmed by the publisher and Sony. All forthcoming releases promised as Cross Buy will be highlighted in italics. PS Vita Cross Buy Guide – updated 13th August 2019 Titles Listed – 275 0-9 10 Second Ninja X (PS Vita / PS4) 2064: Read Only Memories (PS Vita / PS4) 36 Fragments Of Midnight (PS Vita / PS4) 99 Vidas (PS Vita / PS3 / PS4) A A Boy And His Blob (PS Vita / PS3 / PS4) Access Denied (PS Vita / PS4) Active Soccer 2 DX (PS Vita / PS4) Alien Breed (PS Vita / PS3) Alone With You (PS Vita / PS4) Another World (PS Vita / PS3 / PS4) Antiquia Lost (PS Vita / PS4) Aqua Kitty: Milk Mine Defender DX (PS Vita / PS4) Asdivine Hearts (PS Vita / PS4) Attack Of The Toy Tanks (PS Vita / PS4) Axiom Verge (PS Vita / PS4) Azkend 2: The World Beneath (PS Vita / PS4) B Back To Bed (PS Vita / PS3 / PS4) Badland: Game Of The Year Edition (PS Vita / PS3 / PS4) Bards Gold (PS Vita / PS4) Bentleys Hackpack (PS Vita / PS3) Big Sky Infinity (PS Vita / PS3) Bit Dungeon Plus (PS Vita / PS4) Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (PS Vita / PS3) Blast ‘Em Bunnies (PS Vita / PS4) Blasting Agent: Ultimate Edition (PS Vita / PS4) Bombing Busters (PS Vita / PS4) Bouncy Bullets (PS Vita / PS4) Bridge Constructor (PS Vita / PS4) Broken Age (PS Vita / PS4) Bunny Must Die! Chelsea And The 7 Devils (PS Vita / PS4) Burly Men At Sea (PS Vita / PS4) C Castle Invasion: Throne Out (PS Vita / PS4) CastleStorm (PS Vita / PS3) Cel Damage HD (PS Vita / PS3 / PS4) Chasm (PS Vita / PS4) Claire: Extended Cut (PS Vita / PS4) Color Guardians (PS Vita / PS4) Corridor Z (PS Vita / PS4) Cosmic Star Heroine (PS Vita / PS4) Cosmophony (PS Vita / PS3 / PS4) Counterspy (PS Vita / PS3 / PS4) Croixleur Sigma (PS Vita / PS4) Crypt Of The NecroDancer (PS Vita / PS4) Curses ‘N Chaos (PS Vita / PS4) D Darkest Dungeon (PS Vita / PS4) Day Of The Tentacle Remastered (PS Vita / PS4) Dead Ahead: Zombie Warfare (PS Vita / PS4) Deadbolt (PS Vita / PS4) Dead Nation (PS Vita / PS3) Demetrios: The Big Cynical Adventure (PS Vita / PS4) Devious Dungeon (PS Vita / PS4) Devious Dungeon 2 (PS Vita / PS4) Dex (PS Vita / PS4) Dino Dinis Kick Off Revival (PS Vita / PS4) Divekick (PS Vita / PS3) Doki-Doki Universe (PS Vita / PS3 / PS4) Dont Die, Mr Robot! PS Vita / PS4) Dont Starve (PS Vita / PS4) Downwell (PS Vita / PS4) Dragon Fantasy Book I (PS Vita / PS3 / PS4) Dragon Fantasy: The Black Tome of Ice (PS Vita / PS4) Dragon Fin Soup (PS Vita / PS3 / PS4) Dragon Sinker: Descendants Of Legend (PS Vita / PS4) Dreii (PS Vita / PS4) Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (PS Vita / PS3) Dungeon Punks (PS Vita / PS4) E Entwined (PS Vita / PS3 / PS4) Escape Plan (PS Vita / PS4) Ethan: Meteor Hunter (PS Vita / PS3.
An FAQ for Sonys streaming service Sonys PlayStation Now service uses cloud-based technology to stream PS3 titles to your PS4, PS Vita, PS TV and selected Smart TVs, bringing hundreds of beloved PS3 experiences to their new flagship console with the power of online streaming. First introduced back in 2015, PlayStation Now has seen hundreds of classic games added to the service alongside subtle yet meaningful improvements. Oh, and its also coming to PC in the near future. Sony recently confirmed the service is coming to Windows in North America and Europe later this year, bringing all the games available on other platforms along with it. Weve put together everything you need to know about PlayStation Now on PS4 and PC, including guides on subscriptions, games and compatible devices. What is PlayStation Now? PlayStation Now is Sonys game streaming service that allows you to play PS3 (or older) games on your PS4, PS Vita or PS TV on a rental or subscription basis. Its a cloud-based service, which functions in a similar way to Netflix or Spotify but for games rather than TV series, music or movies. It was originally announced back in the beginning of 2014, but is now available as a full service in the UK, US and Canada, which means you can get involved with PlayStation game streaming now if you own a PS4 or select Sony Bravia TV. How much does it cost? PlayStation Now is available on a rental or subscription basis in the US and Canada. The rental option lets you rent games individually, if theres a certain PS3 game you want to play. Or you can opt for a rolling membership subscription package. There are over 300 PS3 games you can rent in the US at present, with prices ranging according to the length of time you want to rent it for. Prices start at around 1. 99 to rent a game for four hours. You can rent a game for four hours, 30-days or 90-days. For a 90-day rental youre looking at a maximum price of 14. 99. As for the subscriptions, a rolling one-month membership costs 19. 99, or you can pay 44. 99 for a three-month membership. The three-month membership option for PlayStation Now saves you around 4. 99 a month. In the UK you can rent titles on an individual basis or pay a monthly fee of 12. 99 to access all available games on the service. We cant see any rhyme or reason as to the pricing of individual games, so youll have to peruse the PlayStation Now section of the PlayStation Store to see how much your favourite PS3 game will cost to rent. Related: PS4 vs PS3 Playstation Now on PC Sonys Gaikai-powered streaming service is making its way to PC later in 2016, bringing with it all the games and features you might find on PS4, PS Vita and PSTV. In addition to bringing the service to PC, Sony has also introduced a wireless bluetooth adapter for the Dualshock 4, making it easy for you to hook up a controller to a gaming rig. This wireless device will launch in early September for 24. 99, compatible with all available PS4 controllers. It can also be used for PS4 Remote Play on PC and Mac, meaning you wont have to deal with long USB cables anymore. In order to access PlayStation Now on PC youll need to meet the recommended specifications, which weve listed below: Windows 7 (SP1) 8. 1 or 10 3. 5 GHz Intel Core i3 or 3. 8 GHz AMD A10 or faster 300 MB or more; 2 GB or more of RAM Sound card; USB por t What games do I get access to? At present there are over 300+ PS3 games available to rent across the UK, US and other territories. Games included in the subscription option include the likes of: Batman Arkham City, The Last of Us, Bioshock Infinite, ICO, inFamous, GRID 2, Saints Row IV and Darksiders 2. Sony plans to add more games continuously so watch out on PlayStation Now for any additions. As for the UK, heres the list of games currently available to rent at the time of writing: Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DONT KNOW! Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom Air Conflicts – Secret Wars Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers Air Conflicts: Vietnam Alien Spidy All Zombies Must Die! Alone in the Dark: Inferno Alpha Protocol Anarchy: Rush Hour Anna Extended Edition Anomaly Warzone Earth Aqua Panic! Arcana Heart 3 Arcana Heart 3: Love Max! 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That isnt an issue for PSOne or PlayStation 2 titles though, when they eventually get offered through PlayStation Now. For the more recent PS3 titles you might notice a slight dip in sharpness or detail. PS3 games tend to run in 720p HD maximum resolution anyway, which includes the likes of The Last of Us and the last-gen version of GTA 5. As for multiplayer, Sony has detailed that you may be able to play online with players not using PlayStation Now on certain titles, which could mean youre playing with people running the disc version on the PS3. The save games for PlayStation Now titles are stored in the cloud, so you can pick up where you left off. See also: Best PS4 games 2016 Can I earn Trophies on PlayStation Now games? PlayStation Now will let you earn Trophies just as you could on a disc-based on digital download game on the PS3. Which devices is it compatible with? Currently, PlayStation Now is available on the PS4, PS Vita, PS Vita and select TVS. As we mentioned before, the service is rolling out on PC later this year. Be aware that PlayStation Now is only compatible with Sony-branded Smart TVs at the moment, which should go without saying. Do I need a PlayStation Plus account as well? No, just a Sony Entertainment Network Account. What connection speed do I need? Sony strongly recommended an internet connection greater than 5Mbps hardwired for PlayStation Now. In fact, Sony says it requires a steady broadband connection between 5-12Mbps and strongly recommends connecting your device via Ethernet cable. If you have issues with the PlayStation Now connection, the company also suggests suspending other bandwidth intensive services such as other streaming services. Weve tested it out with a lowly 5Mbps connection and only experienced lag issues when others have tried streaming Netflix content on the same Wi-Fi connection. You need no-one else to be using the internet when you try out PlayStation Now. We then upgraded our internet connection to TalkTalk Fibre and have since had no issues whatsoever – even when there are multiple other people in the household using the internet. See also: Best Games 2016 What else do I need? In order to use PlayStation Now youll need an input device. With the PS4, youll have the DualShock 4, or the DualShock 3 for accessing on PS3. Obviously the PS Vita is a controller itself. With the PS TV, youll also need a DualShock 3, but youll need one to operate it anyway. But if youre looking to access on a Smart TV or 2016 Sony Blu-Ray Players in the future, youll need to grab yourself a DualShock 4 (or DualShock 3 with Sony Bravia TVs. Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. Well always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links. Tell us what you think – email the Editor.