The Sly Collection



Value-priced trilogy of PS2 games, now for the PS3.
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Positive messages

The game has you play as a thief -- who lurks in the shadows and pick-pockets unsuspecting characters. Overall, though, these cartoon adventures are quite tame and are meant to entertain.

Positive role models

Sony's Sly raccoon is a nimble thief, so he's not the best role model. In the second game, for example, he plans heists to steal the robotic remains of his sworn enemy, Clockwerk. That said, Sly is a likeable character, as are his friends: a burly hippo and a brainy turtle.

Ease of play

The game is very easy to pick up using the PlayStation 3 controller, plus each of the three games have plenty of introductory tutorials to ease players into Sly's abilities.


The Sly Collection has some mild violence, such as whacking cartoon characters with a scythe or shooting projectiles at them. But there is no blood or gore in this game.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Sly Collection is a 3-pack of previously released PS2 games now remastered to play on the PS3. These games feature the fun but wily raccoon Sly, and are either rated "Everyone" or "Everyone 10+" for cartoon violence and/or comic mischief. Specifically, you play as a raccoon thief who sneaks behind baddies, pick-pockets, crawls through vents, tiptoes across rooftops, and engages in some mild combat against enemies. The game resembles a Saturday morning cartoon in terms of its level of the mild violence.

What's it about?

Originally released on the PlayStation 2, Sony's critically acclaimed Sly Cooper games are getting a second life on the PlayStation 3 with THE SLY COLLECTION. On one Blu-ray disc you'll find Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (2002), Sly 2: Band of Thieves (2004) and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (2005), originally developed by Sucker Punch productions and remastered by Sanzaru Games. These single-player adventures follow a thieving raccoon -- who uses stealth and agility to accomplish missions -- along with his tech-loving turtle friend, Bentley (the brains), and Murray, a tough, pink hippo (the brawn). Played from a third-person perspective, these games fold in action, puzzle-solving, and platforming elements.

Is it any good?


Whether or not you've played these PlayStation 2 titles, this collection of games feels (and looks) great on the PlayStation 3. Visually speaking, the games are now in high-definition and even support 3DTVs. Plus, this Blu-ray compilation includes four PlayStation Move-based minigames. The action/adventure games are challenging and fun -- as Sly masters stealth, thievery, combat, and exploration -- plus the well-written dialogue, memorable characters, and tense situations all make for an enjoyable and gratifying experience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether it's a good idea for publishers to resurrect classic games for new platforms. On one hand, a new generation of players can experience a well-made game on a previous system (or in this case, three games) but on the flipside, some might feel like it's a shameless cash grab by publishers trying to rehash past hits. What does your family think?

  • With three games in one package, how do you tame gaming at home?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:November 15, 2010
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence (PlayStation 3)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bysomcom February 23, 2011
Teen, 14 years old Written byeagles4ever December 7, 2010

Sly Collection

I have Sly 2 and Sly 3 and they are both very good. I need this collection to get the first Sly. And i also want the trophies.
Teen, 16 years old Written byThe Informer November 29, 2010
If you have an HDTV, the High Definition upgrade is immediately noticeable. The gameplay is excellent, the characters are great, and the game is a ton of fun to play. It's also one of the best bargains available right now, since you're getting three games for only $40. This is an excellent purchase for those who have played the games on the PS2 and for newcomers as well.
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