What's the common thread binding Ratchet and Clank, Jax and Daxter and Sly Cooper together? For one, they were all platformer franchises that were launched on the Playstation 2 in the early 2000s and secondly, their developers have gone on to create successful franchises for the Playstation 3. Insomniac rolled with Resistance, Naughty Dog created the blockbuster Uncharted series and Sucker Punch have moved on to inFamous. The point I'm trying to make is this – the upgraded technology the Playstation 3 brought to the table has seen the 'Platformer Trio' of developers focus their attention on more mature series, which is why the release of The Sly Collection is such a breath of fresh air for the long-term fans, as well as those new to the scene who have never even heard of the franchise.

RaccoonMan?

RaccoonMan?

The Sly Cooper series brought to the table a glorious combination of platforming, stealth and talking animals. It had an endearing cast of characters, cool weapons and awesome boss battles coupled with some great 3D Platforming and some of the best stealth mechanics in video games. On paper, that makes The Sly Collection a must buy already, just because it's a chance to own these three classics on one disc. We still had to put it through its paces to see how it performed though, and perform it did.

Passed with flying colours

Passed with flying colours

The games haven't just gotten a resolution upgrade and an aspect ratio change to 16:9 though, the graphics have overall been given a complete facelift. The colours don't seem washed out and the textures are highly-detailed and look sharp. There are no blurred edges or jaggies either and the game performs at an impeccable framerate throughout. The series always had a vibrant art style and brilliant animation (just check out Sly's tail in action), so it's full credit to the developers of the remake, Sanzaru Games, who've managed to translate them very well. There are a bunch of cut-scenes that they've completely missed out on though – meaning they're very low-res.

Sly Racoon really shows its age when you look at it the first time, but it still looks like a 720p PS3 game, which is all you want really. The second and third games on the other hand really do feel like they belong on this system. The Collection also supports 3D for all you 3D-enabled people out there.

The mini-games, Do not want.

The mini-games, Do not want.

Since this collection is a direct port, there are nearly no changes to the gameplay apart from a bunch of Move mini-games which I played on my Dualshock and will never do so again because of how awful they were. Unfortunately, this also means the issues from the original games show up here. The camera has a tendency to completely spaz out at random points, resulting in some very stupid deaths and hair-loss for the player.

Publish date: December 16, 2010 2:18 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 7:01 pm

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