THE SLY TRILOGY
Vita (also on PS3/Move)
When we originally tackled Sony’s release of The Sly Trilogy
on PS3 back in 2011, the whole HD repackage was a fairly new thing.
Now it’s older than, erm, hat. But if the games are good, we say
keep them coming, and mercifully nothing’s been broken as Sly,
Bentley and Murray have been shrunk down to teensy form so that they
can fit inside our Vitas. We hear that it’s quite cosy in there...
In the typically Morrissey-esquely titled ‘Paint a Vulgar Picture’
on The Smiths’ final album back in 1987, Moz moaned about the music
industry rereleasing, repackaging and remastering the same things
over again. Hey, gladioli boy, three words: ‘pot’, ‘kettle’ and
How the hell’s this related to The Sly Trilogy? Well,
generally the games suits have been slow cottoning onto demand for
older games; just look at all those emulators out there. More
cynically, you could also argue that there’s mucho cashola to bank
from making once popular things available again...
Depending upon your stance, either ‘yay!’ or ‘boo!’ to Sony for
taking the three Sly Cooper games – amongst the creamiest PS2
third-person platformers - giving them a lick of HD remastering,
squishing them into two separate Vita homescreen circles and hawking
three games for less cost than one typical new release.
2002’s Sly Raccoon is first. If you know the Ratchet & Clank
games then you’re basically on the money, just swap out whatever the
fuck Ratchet is for a raccoon, and ditch the Clankster for a
turtle/hippo duo in Bentley and Murray. They’re trying to recover
the ‘Thievius Raccoonus’, a Sly family heirloom documenting their
assorted purloining skills. Yep, Sly’s a baddie, but he only robs
robbers, so he’s a criminal with integrity...
2004’s Sly 2: Band of Thieves is more open world and stealth
dependent. 2005’s Sly 3: Honour Among Thieves is similar,
just with more cutscenes (as games started devolving into
mini-movies about then).
With generally natty graphics (interludes betray pre-HD roots),
literally days of gaming and individual trophy sets for all three
games, appropriately The Sly Trilogy is a steal. We’d have
cherished a tacky badge though.