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Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time Vita Trailer Impressions

The Vita trailer for the new title Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time has been released. Developed by Sanzaru Games, the new installment in the series of the beloved thief looks to integrate much of the Vita’s technology, including gyroscopic controls and cross platform play. Here are our thoughts on the trailer, and what it could mean for the Vita.

Cassidee Moser:

He’s back! Sly Cooper is looking to sneak his way back to the top with an all-new release, both on the PS3 and the Vita.

Although it’s been passed off to Sanzaru from Suckerpunch, it looks like the developer is staying true to the conventions that have made Sly such a phenomenon. The same cartoon-ish art design, crazy platforming, stealth mechanics, and tricky actions and combat are back. And they look as good as ever.

What’s interesting about this trailer is that it’s more of a teaser for what technology of the Vita the game will utilize. Gyroscopic controls allow the player to move things around the screen by shifting the Vita in their hands, and Sony is starting to capitalize more on the most interesting feature the platform offers; cross-platform play. Through owning both a PS3 and a Vita, gamers will be able to play Sly Cooper both at home and on the go, transferring save files between the two consoles to pick up where they left off whenever they play the game.

This is interesting. The Vita is struggling right now, and is accused left and right of having weak software support and lack of appeal. It’s a safe bet to assume that Sly is one of the first of many, many games to come that will use all of the awesome features the Vita is capable of. Especially cross platform play. If successful, could this spell a new era in game development, where we can play console games both at home and on handheld systems? It’s too early to tell, but this is an exciting prospect to say the least. I’m excited to see developers start to embrace the possibility, and I hope many more titles like this are in the pipeline.

Tommy Eubanks:

I’ve never played any of the games in the Sly Cooper series, however after having seen this trailer I found a more adolescent side to my personality excited. As I’ve grown older, I naturally steer my gaming habits toward the more violent or age appropriate games. Admittedly though, I have heard great things about Sly Cooper, and even remember one of my co-workers mention that it used his favorite stealth system in any game he’s played. Put simply, this looks like simple fun and something that I certainly won’t shy away from giving a shot when it’s released. The art style is akin to Kingdom Hearts for me, which somewhere in between kitty and gritty.


During the course of the trailer, the camera zooms out to show you how a user is going to be able to utilize the functions of the Vita in gameplay. It’s exciting of course to see new games using new gaming tools for better gameplay, and from what I’ve seen Sly Cooper will do this very well. But will this be enough to boost sales of the Vita? I cannot say that I’m confident. Motion controls (with the exception of the Wii) have always been something that I’ve found gamers are more likely to dislike, rather than like. But who knows!



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