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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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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?
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