The Sly Collection

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Value-priced trilogy of PS2 games, now for the PS3.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 15 reviews

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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 & Representations

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDrHoritor June 23, 2020

There is no honor among thieves ever!.

I recently found this bundle available for a hefty discount and my son really wanted it so I told him that we would buy it under one condition and that was I wo... Continue reading
Adult Written byOrangedragon17 September 22, 2019

Perfect Collection of games! Better than Grand Theft Auto!

I love this collection of games! I play this on the Vita which requires you to get some special code from a Sony executive in order to get the 3rd game, which... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 February 5, 2020

The Saga to play before Thieves in Time

Just like the Ratchet and Clank HD Trilogy and Jak and Daxter HD Trilogy for the PS3, the Sly Cooper games hit you in the right place. The three games are fille... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byaidanprior19 April 6, 2016

The Best Video Game Series Ever!!!

I have played all these games on my ps2 and it was the most fun I have ever had playing video games. The story line is cool and does not get boring and the gam... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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