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Score: 9.0 / 10
There are still some corners of the
Internet that grumble about Sony's decision to remove the PS2 backwards
compatibility from the Playstation 3 relatively soon after its launch.
These are the same people that screamed about Sony's money grubbing ways
when the God of War Collection was released; up-rezzed versions of the
first two God of War Games which were/are widely available for
Playstation 2. Well, most companies exist to make money, otherwise they
wouldn't stay in business! At least Sony makes these compilation packs
Case in point, the Sly Cooper Collection, which I've been playing for
the few weeks. The collection includes all three Sly games -- Sly Cooper
and the Thievius
Raccoonus, Sly 2: Band of Thieves and Sly
3: Honor Among Thieves (and a hint of Sly Cooper 4) -- and they've never
The mechanics of the game, puzzles, characters (like Murray the Hippo)
and boss fights felt instantly familiar to me. It has been a quite a
while since I last played a Sly Cooper game and the collected titles
play exactly the way I
remember the originals playing. Stealing, looting, pick-pocketing,
puzzling solving, all the elements you'd expect from a thieving raccoon
and a rabble of cartoon animals.
Sony also tried to "future proof" the series a little with the inclusion
of 3DTV support. The 3rd Sly game included some lite 3D elements via a
set of flimsy glasses but the 3D now is for all the games in the series.
You'll still need glasses, of course, and I don't have a 3D TV so it's
not something I can comment on. It's cool that it's there though.
There's also some mini-games that support Move, but, again, I couldn't
try those out simply because I don't have a Move.
Too much of a good thing doesn't seem to apply to the Sly Cooper
Collection. I went through all three games back-to-back and it just left
me wanting to get hold of another Sly game rather than stick the
collection on the shelf and forget about the series.