Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus

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Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus

NTSC-U cover
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: A
ESRB rating: E (Mild Violence)
PEGI rating: 7+
OFLC rating: G
GRB rating: ALL
Widescreen patch available
CPU intensive game
Languages supported:
English: SCUS-97198 & SCES-50917 & SCUS-97210
Japanese: SCPS-15036
German: SCES-50917
French: SCES-50917
Spanish: SCES-50917
Italian: SCES-50917
Korean: SCKA-20004
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SCUS-97198
SCUS-97210 (Demo)
Release date: September 23, 2002
September 8, 2003 (Greatest Hits)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SCES-50917
SCED-51452 (Demo)
Release date: January 17, 2003
CRCs: DA3DD765 (PAL-Unk)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SCPS-15036
PAPX-90231 (Trial)
Release date: February 22, 2003 (Korea)
March 6, 2003
June 17, 2004 (BigHit Series, Korea)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Sucker Punch
Publisher(s): SCEA (US), SCEE (EU), SCEI (KO, JP)
Genre: Action, Platformer
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic86/100, IGN8.5/10, Eurogamer8/10, GameSpot7.8/10
Game description: Sly Cooper, the notorious international thief, is out to reclaim what is rightfully his. The family heirloom has been stolen and Sly wants it back. Get ready to infiltrate the most secure places in the world using a repertoire of sneaky moves. Tiptoe around spotlights, alarms, infrared lasers, and trip wires, while grabbing priceless jewels and emptying casinos. Stealth and smarts are all you need as you dodge security guards, run across rooftops, and escape with your tail intact.
The game focuses on the eponymous protagonist and 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.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.00 GHz
  • HIS Radeon HD 6870 @ Stock
0.9.8 (r4600) GSdx 0.1.16
  • SPU2-X 1.4.0
  • LilyPad 1.10.0
BIOS: USA v01.60, Full speed, no visible or audible errors. Sgtnapalm
  • Intel Core i5-2500K @ Stock
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 @ 800 MHz
0.9.8 (r4600)
GSdx 0.1.16
  • SPU2-X 1.4.0
  • LilyPad 1.10.0
BIOS: USA v02.00, FPS: 59-60, Full speed, no visible or audible errors. Using "Direc3D10 (Software)" with native resolution. All 4 cores, Not using discrete Graphics card. 4GB DDR3 RAM 1600 MHz G-skill Individuality
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 768 MB
1.1.0 (r5492) GSdx SSE41 (r5464)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Runs near full speed.
NTSC-U Windows 7 64-Bit
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.4 GHz
  • Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 4GB
1.2.1 (r5873) GSdx 0.1.16 (r5875)
  • SPU2-X (r5875)
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 (r5875)
Game runs well and looks great with Direct3D10 (Hardware) and 6X native resolution at 60 FPS. No need for any hacks. BIOS v2.0 was used. Zrooney
PAL Windows 10 Pro x64
  • Intel Xeon X5460 @ 4.00 GHz
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 480 SSC @ 830 MHz (core)
1.5.0 GSdx SSE4 SPU2-X Finished the game and didn't have any issues. Used only recommended speed hacks, although sometimes in Mesa City I had to slide VU Cycle Stealing to -2. GouStoulos
PAL Windows 8.1 x64
  • Intel Core i5-4570 CPU @ 3.20GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 2 GB
1.5.0 (075a9f3) GSdx 1.1.0 AVX2
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
Runs well with recommended settings everywhere at 3x resolution. Bob tff interlacing seems to produce the best results. Finished the game without issues apart from some slowdowns on small portions of two or three levels. Ratchet66
NTSC-U Windows 10
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 @ 3.6 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTIX 1660 SUPER
1.7.0 (dev-1545)
SPU2-X Completed the story. Game ran near flawlessly at 6x native resolution, with minor framerate drops in one area of Chapter 3. Cell shading lines don't scale up correctly with higher resolutions, being a little too big and slightly misaligned. The fix explained under "Known Issues" does work, however I find the fix has the opposite problem of making the lines too small in 4K, which detracts from the aesthetic. In any case it's difficult to make those lines look correct in higher resolutions! To get a clear and sharp image, I found a no-interlacing patch and a motion blur removal patch and combined them together. CynicMimic
NTSC-U Windows 10 Home x64
  • Intel Core i5-3570K @ 3.4 GHz (Overclocked to 4.7 GHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670
1.7.2672 (SSE4)
GSdx 1.2.0
SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • Module: Xaudio2
  • Interpolation: Gaussian
  • Synchronisation: Async Mix
"Assertion Failed: FQC=0 on VIF FIFO READ" error when loading a savestate in A Cunning Disguise, and PCSX2 crashed when loading a savestate in Descent into Danger. However, I got the same error when loading a savestate in another game, so it's probably not an issue with Sly. Flickering dots on character profiles in cutscenes (I tried disabling safe features, but the issue remained). Occasional lag in some areas, most notably the Mz. Ruby boss fight and some levels in Chapter 4, but it's rare and minor enough that the game is still more than playable (I barely noticed the lag with Async Mix audio). EE Cyclerate -3 fixes almost all the lag but causes stutter in FMVs, so it's not recommended. Disabling safe features does "fix" the outline problem, but I thought the outlines looked better when too big than too small, so I didn't use the fix. Game looks blurry when upscaled; I tried Bob tff deinterlacing, but that caused the screen to shake. Towards the beginning, I used a deinterlacing patch, but this triggered a bug that exists on PS2 where cheating devices e.g. Game Shark cause clues not to spawn and stop keys registering when you collect them, making the game unplayable: DO NOT USE CHEATS. Fully playable (I completed the game 100%). PandoraGTX

Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Manjaro KDE
  • Intel Core i5-6500 @ 3.60 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
1.7.2678 Nightly GSdx 1.1.0 AVX2, OpenGL (Hardware)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
Game runs fine with default settings. Zerron21


  • Original names: 怪盗 スライ・クーパー (SCPS-15036), 슬라이 쿠퍼 전설의 비법서를 찾아서 (SCKA-20004)
  • Also known as Kaitou Sly Cooper (JP), Sly Raccoon (EU)

Known Issues

Cheats break the game

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Major
  • Description: When using cheats, some clues will not spawn and keys won't register when you collect them (the counter won't increase), making it impossible to continue the game.
  • Workaround: Don't use cheats or patches. Recommended to use them while roaming around after 100% completion.

Note: This bug exists on the PS2 when third party memory cards or cheating devices e.g. Game Shark are used, and isn't a PCSX2 bug.

Incorrect Line Upscaling

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: When upscaling the game to a higher resolution, the cel shaded black lines become too big and aren't in the right place.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, turn on "Enable HW Hacks", Choose "Disable safe feature".

Note: Fixed as of version 1.7.3.

Black dots during events

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: During the conversations between Sly and his gang during the level, some black dots appear on gang faces.
  • Workaround: Appears to be fixed by automatic fixes as of v1.7.3131. For older versions Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, turn on "Enable HW Hacks", Choose "Disable safe feature".


Public compatibility forum links