A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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.
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