Review
The Sly Collection

By Mike Jackson - January 17th, 2011

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Sly Cooper is back and has joined the ranks of PlayStation greats getting remastered in HD for the Playstation 3. All three titles from Sucker Punch Productions have been included in this fantastic PS2 remake.

I started with the first of the three, Thievius Raccoonus which introduces us to Sly and his two friends: Bentley the turtle (who is the brains) and Murray (who is the muscle). The story has the three friends attempting to recover Sly’s family heirloom -a book- which documents centuries of Cooper thieving techniques that have been stolen by a rival gang led by Clockwerk, a mechanical owl.

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Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Not Sly.

I decided after a few hours of playing Thievius Raccoonus to start on Sly 2: Band of Thieves, so I could get a better feeling of the overall story. The second game follows the crew as they search for the parts of the defeated Clockwerk owl from the first game which have been scattered across the globe. The mission takes the group to exotic locations including the jungles of India and cities in Egypt. Each location gives the player the freedom to search their surroundings to fully appreciate the details of the environment.

Next to GTA, Sly represents one of the first really successful ‘sandbox’ style games in my mind: each level is beautifully rendered and allows for hours of exploration. The controls are very tight yet remain straight forward, which makes game-play very enjoyable. Each of the three characters can be played interchangeably depending on the task at hand; this keeps the pace fresh and challenging. There is also a fair bit of play variation ranging from Sly’s stealth missions to Bentley’s FPS pilot reconnaissance.

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Sly is never at the end of his rope.

The remastered edition is bundled with all three Sly games – well over 60 hours of content. Sucker Punch also added Playstation Move mini-games that unlock with the completion of Sly 3 for a little extra incentive to get through the whole series. There are loads of not so subtle hints that a Sly 4 is on the horizon which is something to look forward to. If you haven’t had the pleasure of playing Sly Cooper on the PS2, you can pick up all three remastered for only $39.99 which -considering the sheer amount of content- is truly a bargain.

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