Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (Sly Raccoon in Europe and Australia and Kaitō Sly Cooper (怪盗スライ・クーパー?, lit. "Phantom Thief Sly Cooper") in Japan) is a platform stealth video game created by Sucker Punch Productions, and released on theSony PlayStation 2 in 2002, subsequently republished as a "Greatest Hits" title. The game was followed by two sequels, Sly 2: Band of Thieves and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. On November 9, 2010, Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, as well as its two sequels were released together as The Sly Collection, a remastered port of all three games on a single Blu-ray disc as aClassics HD title for the PlayStation 3. On June 7, 2011, a fourth Sly Cooper title, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, was announced at E3 2011.
The game focuses on master thief Sly Cooper and his gang, Bentley the Turtle and Murray the Hippo, as they seek out the Fiendish Five to recover his family's "Thievius Raccoonus", a book with the accumulation of all of Sly's ancestors' thieving moves. The game was praised for using a variation on cel-shading rendering, which is used to create a film noir feel, while still rendered as ananimated movie, though criticized for being too short.