Nerdluster: Playing as different characters presents both strengths and weaknesses in Thieves in Time. While it provides varied gameplay and helps to take away some repetitiveness, it also prevents the game from evolving past simple gameplay techniques. The characters never evolve in their abilities, and thus, neither do the missions presented in Sly Cooper. Stylistically clever and filled with nostalgia, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is a worthy first entry to the Sly Cooper franchise by newcomer Sanzaru. While development choices in the gameplay hinder this title from truly shining, fans of the franchise should be satisfied after the long draught.