The Sly Collection Hands-On

A star from the PlayStation 2 era returns in glorious HD and cutting-edge 3D in this hands-on impression.

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Last year's God of War Collection brought one of Sony's most imposing heroes into the HD era and introduced many players to Kratos' unquenchable anger before its current-generation sequel hit shelves. Sony is once again rummaging through its PlayStation 2 catalog to provide entertainment for PlayStation 3 owners; only this time, the bloody barbarian has been replaced by a cartoony raccoon. The Sly Collection not only brings all three Sly Cooper games into HD, but it also pushes them into the third dimension. We spent a little time in this colorful world today.

The two scenes being demoed were pulled from the third Sly Cooper game, but all three are present in this compilation. The first was a forest battle that pitted Sly against an angry man with a shield. You can charge up your own attack, and when things get heated, leap away from his crushing blows--if you know what's good for you. When the bad guy went on the offensive, his shield would sprout spikes and he would toss Sly about like a raccoon rag doll. The other scene was a dogfight above a hilly area. You could pull off loops, speed up, or put the brakes on your plane to make your pursuing enemies zoom past you. It was a fast and fun blast from the past.

The new features come in the form of the improved visuals. The HD update worked really well with the cartoony art style, but the real star is the 3D. The extra dimension added a lot to the dogfight section. You could see the debris from exploding aircrafts blow into your face, and collectible power-ups leapt off the screen. The forest battle was also really well done. You can cut down trees, and the dead trunk would fall right into your face.

It's really cool that a beloved mascot is getting an HD and 3D update for a current system. Stay tuned to GameSpot for more coverage of this spy-themed compilation.

Discussion

19 comments
RiversKid
RiversKid

Loveddd these games when I was younger let's hope a Ratchet & Clank compilation comes out too

soulja25
soulja25

heres hoping for a jak and daxter collection, the lost frontier was not the same as the original ones.

zaiderules
zaiderules

yesss this series was one of my favourite games when i was little

1penance1
1penance1

YEAH!!!!! *cough* i mean, cool...

cabose38
cabose38

As anyone that bought Sly 3 Knows, the game was already in 3D, just with the red and cyan glasses.

spooky102
spooky102

Really looking forward to it.

buckybuckster
buckybuckster

This could mean that a Jak and Daxter HD collection could be around the corner. Would love to see Sly 4 too.

K_56
K_56

Only two things I want them to change. 1) We need the same voice for Carmelita in all 3 games. The VA from the third was awful. The VA from the second was the best. 2) They need to add the ability to play as any cooper gang member whenever you want in the 3rd game.

noahmorrow07
noahmorrow07

absolutly great this could be a sighn of sly 4 they may wanna see how this does so they know if sly 4 is even worth it.........im so gettin it...my favorite series on the ps2

zipnut5
zipnut5

Sweet! Never played number 1 but the next were fantastic! :P

Tha_Lo_Lyfe
Tha_Lo_Lyfe

I'm so psyched for this it had 2 be 1 of the greatest series for the ps2 and itz awesome that itz bein redone 4 the ps3. I just wish they would make an all new game, even tho Infamous is great I want some new Sly!

Megasus_
Megasus_

Looks good, but I wish they had announced a new game.

eyebrowless
eyebrowless

always wanted this game. wish it were for the 360

badboy
badboy

Sly in HD, that's great!