The lights are on
As someone who has never played the Sly Cooper games (but always wanted to), I was thrilled to hear they were bringing them to PS3 with a new high-def overhaul. God of War I & II received this same treatment, and I was more than happy shelling out $40 for two great games looking better than ever. I’ve been playing the Sly Collection since it came out, and it makes me want future HD collections even more.What really surprised me was how well these games hold up even without the benefit of nostalgia value. I went into it with no knowledge of the series, and I found myself enjoying them as much as I have many games released in 2010. That’s not to say they’re on the same level as a Super Mario Galaxy 2 or Donkey Kong Country Returns, but they don’t play like relics from the past.Certain elements remind you that these games were made in the first few years of the 2000s, but they’re few and far between. Boss cutscenes are unskippable even if you’ve watched them before, and it’s awkward to switch between all of your abilities in the first game. Outside of these minor complaints, they’d fit right in alongside a current-gen platformer.Its gameplay manages to stand out from others in the genre thanks to its stealthy nature. Playing as a thief allows for plenty of Metal Gear-esque crawling and sneaking, and it’s fun to crawl across wires high above unsuspecting guards. Many older platformers make the mistake of including too many collectibles, but Sly keeps a perfect balance with its limited selection. You’re not required to collect every hidden clue bottle, but you’ll definitely want to thanks to the wide variety of new moves they unlock.With its vivid cartoon style, Sly’s visuals look gorgeous in HD. You can tell when games with more realistic art styles (God of War) are updated for high-definition, but if I wasn’t somewhat familiar with Sly beforehand, I wouldn’t be surprised if these graphics belonged in a brand new game.In addition to the three full Sly Cooper games, the Collection also features four Move-supported minigames. These obviously aren’t as meaty of experiences as the core titles, but they’re nice two-player distractions if you want a break from looting museums.I can’t recommend the Sly Collection enough, both in terms of gameplay quality and overall value. They hold up extremely well, look better than ever, and come at a great price. Keep these coming, Sony.
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I want old Ratchet and Clank redone. Going Commando + Up Your Arsenal especially
I have been wanting to pick this up. It will be next on my to buy list
This is fantastic. Hope Sony makes more of these. I'm a sucker for fancy remakes.
i really want this, but since i have the 3 original games for the PS2 i doubt ill get this, or ill at least wait for the price to go down and then i will nostalgia and trophy-*** it
I requested this and Epic Yarn for Christmas. Gonna have some cute critters to play with this holiday!
I can confirm that this one is definitely worth a pickup.
Just picked up my copy! I played the first 2 back on ps2 and they're still fantastic! I can't wait to start the 3rd one! Sucker Punch better deliver on it's fourth one, I'm super pumped about it haha
Nice never played any of the sly games but when i saw this i told myself then that i would get the sly collection.
This is most def one of the finest series of the PS2 era. I love all 3 and cant wait for the 4th(god willing). the HD visuals are great and all 3 plus move inspired mini-games is a plus. I love this collection hopefully Sony keeps this up and we get more like a Jak and Daxter, Ratchet and Clank, and maybe the GTA trillogy updated on a single blu-ray, if wishes could come true!
Ahem, in my own honest opinion, I would put the Sly games above any current-gen platformer I have played to-date. Sure, I haven't played Donkey Kong Country Returns and haven't entirely beat Super Mario Galaxy 2 (I re-bought a used-copy after my gaming stuff was stolen, including it), but I have played it enough to know I still like the Sly Cooper trilogy A LOT better than SMG and SMG2, and I've also played them recently. Again, this is just my opinion, but as of to date, the hopefully-true trailer for number four has me and my friend possibly putting it at the top of our most-anticipated list.
Sly 2 is one of the best games EVER made. Not hyperbole in the least. Open world games lack focus. Focused games lack non-linearity. But Sly 2's game design masterfully blends both types - the entire gaming industry would be better if more developers played and learned from how Sucker Punch did Sly 2's level designs. I never played Sly 1 though besides a demo, and Sly 3 looked worse than Sly 2 to me since it focused on too many animal buddies. But having the entire series here on one disc is easily worth the buy. Too bad I can't get it; I'm getting it for Christmas. But I just had to give Sly some love in the comments - not enough gamers know about truly great games like Sly.
I am so excited to check this out. I'm in the same spot you were Dan, I really wanted to play these and never got to. Good to hear its awesome!
Ahh, childhood games remade in HD. Cant get better then that............NOW HURRY UP AND REMAKE THE SPYRO GAMES SONY!
It's great to get another chance to get into a game I did not have enough money to get into in the past.
I hope more companies decide to release HD remakes like this one.
these were my favorite ps2 games as a kid. cant wait to get them now.
I love Sly! The games are just genuinely fun!