PS3 Review: The Sly Collection

Long before developer Sucker Punch came out with inFAMOUS, they spun us the tale of a thieving raccoon and his friends as they travel across the world stealing things, while saving the world from certain disaster. The journey was told in three parts Sly Raccoon, Sly 2: Band of Thieves and finally Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. These three games have become the second collection of games from the PS2 to be remastered and released on the PS3.

The three games chronicle the adventures of Sly Cooper, a raccoon from a famous family of thieves and his two friends Bentley, a turtle who is the brains of the operation, and Murray, a pink hippo who is the wheel man and muscle.

In Sly Raccoon, the player takes control of Sly as he journeys across the world to track down the Fiendish Five, who left him an orphan years before and stole his family’s most valued treasure, The Thievius Raccoonus. In Sly 2: Band of Thieves, Sly returns in order to liberate the parts of an evil machine from the hands of a gang of thugs using them to further their own agenda’s. Finally, in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, Sly must travel the world putting together a crew in order to break into the Cooper Vault.

Have at thee!

 

The Sly Trilogy is a platforming game that blends action with stealth. Like most platformers it focuses on running and jumping, but it also has a stealth element allowing the player to sneak up on enemies, or avoid them completely. The game play changes slightly between the first and the second games, going from a ‘get to the end of the level’ style, to more of a free roaming style where there is one large level per chapter, and all the missions take place in the same area. When you aren’t completing missions in the second and third games you are able to explore and collect treasures. Most of the missions are quite similar, but every so often you’ll come across something unique, like controlling a robot helicopter, or fighting off a horde of crabs in a submarine. These types of missions help to keep the game from becoming too repetitive.

At the end of each chapter, the player will have to face off in a boss fight against a number of animal villains ranging from a voodoo crocodile, to an Indian tiger, to a robot owl. For the most part these fights are simple in their design; you avoid the attacks of your enemy until they open themselves up for an attack. However sprinkled throughout are a number of interesting quirks, such as a simon-says style fight, where you repeat the sequence in order to dodge attacks and avoid damage and a fight with a jetpack. These, like the different levels, serve to break up the routine with something a bit different.

The games themselves are generally quite easy and laid back, which make them perfect for someone looking to take a break from some of the more serious of games, or for a younger audience. There are still some challenging sections, but mostly the game involves jumping and hitting at the right time, and despite it’s simple nature, the game is actually quite fun. There are a number of humerous moments, and witty one-liners scattered throughout the games comic-like cut scenes which help the game to stick to its light-hearted and fun nature.

Sneaky little thief

 

All three games have a comic book style feel to them, and this comes across in the sound and visuals. The characters look as though they have been taken from a comic book and placed into your console, and while the graphics don’t show off the PS3’s capabilities by any means, they don’t need to in order to get the comic book world of Sly Raccoon across. Characters tiptoe in a cartoon like fashion when sneaking past enemies, and the words BAM! and the like appear when whacking an enemy over the head. The sound effects, music and in many cases the voice acting all help to flesh out the comic book style.

Overall the games simplicity is outweighed by its comic-book style light-heartedness, its ease to learn, and the general fun involved with taking control of a sneaky raccoon and running about stealing things and whacking guards over the head. This game is great for anyone looking for a nice, easy, laid-back gaming experience or a title for someone a bit younger. However if you tend to go more for the serious action type games, or ones with plot twists and turns at the drop of a hat, you may want to think about something else.

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

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