Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I stole it, now take it back

Two PS3 exclusives being played simultaneously? Is such a thing even possible? This is exactly the time I would expect my loyal launch system to finally five up the ghost. Assuming the PS4 will play PS3 games, it just has to make it about ten more months. You can do it, big guy, you can do it.

The Sly Cooper series is my favorite license from the previous generation that I never actually played. There is a good reason for this: I worked in gaming retail for the entirety of the PS2's reign. Being one of those rare managers who both knew what he was doing, was not a thief and liked to make recommendations, Sly was a great back pocket game to whip out when parents were looking for something more involving than your general licensed dreck but the kids were not quite ready to make the jump to Ratchet and Clank or Jak and Daxter. That and I really dug Sly's design. The raccoon was a thief who wore a mask. What more could I ask for?

I know that Thieves in Time is not by the same studio that made the first three so its quality should not reflect on the original, whether that be for good or ill. There was only about an hour of free time last night, not nearly enough for Ni No Kuni, so I started up Thieves in Time and played through the first level. Forty five minutes later I saved my progress, put down my controller and that to myself, 'That was it?'

It's not really a stealth game, which is good, but it isn't really an action platformer, either. Plus who are these other characters: a physically handicapped turtle and mentally handicapped hippo? Sly was so cool and together that he had to be saddled with sidekicks to babysit, I guess. Either that or they are the worst attempt at political correctness in a game ever. A quick look up shows that they were always there. That's what I get for never actually playing the old games.

It is my own fault for expecting more. This was a game that I used to recommend to children and it looks like I was right. I have also been spoiled by the quality of this generations Ratchet and Clank games. The PS3 is nearing the end of it's life cycle. This is when all the kinks of the hardware have been smoothed out and it can be pushed to the edge of its capabilities. Thieves of Time looks and plays like a launch title.

Maybe is Cole had a Sly costume in inFamous 2...

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