Saturday, December 04, 2010

Video game number three hundred and forty seven: The Sly Collection: Sly Cooper and the Thievius Racoonus

Video game review number three hundred and forty seven in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "The Sly Collection: Sly Cooper and the Thievius Racoonus".

How is it that I've owned a Playstation AND a Playstation 2, yet I've never played a Sly game? I can't answer that question, but luckily for me, Sucker Punch and Sony have just released a three game compilation of Sly's greatest hits. All of the games have had their graphics updated and trophies added, just like the God of War collection, which I enjoyed enough to buy. They've also thrown in some mini games for the Sony Move, so this promises to be quite an impressive value as far as bundles go.

The first one I decided to jump into was "Thievius Racoonus". For those of you that are like me and have no idea what the game is all about, allow me to explain:

Sly Cooper is a thieving fox, who has a hippo and a little green guy on his team helping him out. They love to steal, but only from other thieves (regular people are too easy). Unfortunately, their holy Bible (the Racoonus) has been stolen by another gang of thieves, who ripped it up into 5 pieces. This book contains all the secrets of how to steal things....and so it's your job to get it back.

I played through the first couple of levels of this game and have made the following observations:

1. This is a really fun platformer
2. The "one hit and your dead" difficulty is a pain in the ass, and I had to go back to the beginning of levels more than a few times.
3. The checkpoints are a little too far apart, and because of the one-hit deaths (see above)...can be a pain in the ass.
4. It's no Ratchet and Clank, but this is definitely my new second favorite platformer on the PS3.

Because I was having fun with this game, I didn't return it to Gamefly today. I wouldn't mind buying it, but realistically, by the time I get around to playing it, it's going to be a twenty dollar greatest I think I'll pass on that right now. Ordinarily, the review would be over..but there's one more thing I have to review:

The Mini Games:

I actually got to play a couple of these games because I just picked up a Playstation Move controller (I review that experience a little more in depth here). I'm not sure why they're not all unlocked, but have to unlock them by playing the games themselves. Since I only played "Racoonus", I only have two unlocked.

Anyway, these are completely new experiences designed specifically for the new Playstation Move controllers, and sort of a bonus on an already great bundle.

The first was a target shooting game. I thought it was pretty good (and the controls were more responsive than any shooter on the Wii). Still, holding the Move controller in my hand felt EXACTLY like playing the Wii.

The other one I had unlocked was a helicopter game. You are supposed to fly the copter through different airborne rings, avoiding mines. I liked this game, and I actually played it a couple of times before I felt like I was pretty good at it.

Overall Score? 8/10. This looks to be a great collection of platformers that I somehow missed. I would totally like to have a copy of this someday, I'm just not going to buy it today because I have too many other unplayed games stacking up that I want to finish first. This is on my list though...and hopefully by the time I pick it up, it's deeply discounted.

Trophies: I earned several, but thanks to Sony's shitty online service (which is down right now), I can't seem to show them to you. I'll update this review if the site ever comes back online and happens to update my trophies. It took them over 2 months to get ModNation Racers trophies up there, so don't hold your freakin' breath.

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