The Sly Cooper series has always had a distinctive take on the platforming genre. The original titles were launched during the PlayStation 2’s prime and rather than being a typical button-mashing platformer the game also had an underlying focus on stealth. This concept was well implemented with the character himself, a cunning anti-hero, who is hell-bent on stealing for a sense of ‘justice’. When dealing with HD remakes it’s important that these primary experiences don’t get lost as they all so often do. Fan s will be glad to hear that all the primary elements are still intact on the Vita remake.
The Sly Trilogy is comprised of Sly Cooper And The Thievius Raccoonus, Sly 2: Band of Thieves and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves… yip “Trilogy”… no surprises there and no arguing that this bundle is worth every cent. It is at this point that I’d like to note that if you are interested in purchasing this collection be aware of the following: Sly 3 is included in the Trilogy as a downloadable version, so be sure to have access to an internet connection and enough space on your Vita’s memory card, around 2 gigs or so, to download it.
During the 6th generation there was a huge trend that saw the rise in popularity of cel-shaded graphics. When done properly these visuals have provided a fresh new look and feel and always pushed the limits of the hardware. If we fast-forward to today these are the very titles that have aged better than most and this is evident in The Sly Trilogy. Not only are the visuals still impressive but the storyline holds up just as well as it did back then. I’ll be honest I thought it would be cheesier than a Chester the Cheetah in an Italian mozzarella factory but I’m glad that I was wrong. The actual gameplay has also stood the test of time with all three games having very relevant and challenging platforming sections, even by today’s standards.
This been said, the HD Trilogy isn’t without its faults. At times the audio seems to unexpectedly fade, dampening the games fluidity. There are also the occasional framerate issues but nothing that can’t be overlooked, especially when dealing with a handheld tile. Other than these minor discrepancies this ported package succeeds where previous attempts have fallen by the wayside.
The point of the matter is that if a game was developed well in the past (Thank you Sucker Punch) it remains good for many years thereafter. This is abundantly clear with the level design in all three titles and especially the little puzzle sections. The fact that this isn’t the first HD post pays testament to how this series has weathered the storm. The Sly Trilogy is a great addition to your library whether you are an age-old fan or new to the series. If you do enjoy The Sly Trilogy, which I have no doubt you will, be sure to keep an eye out for the more recent cross-buy title from Sony; Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.