Review: The Sly Collection (PS Vita)

Review: The Sly Collection (PS Vita)

One of the most beloved series that features on the best-selling console of all time, the PlayStation 2, was Suckerpunch’s Sly Cooper. The thieving Racoon made robbing incredibly fun with Bentley and friends along the way. He made his combat with a new game last year on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. It seems like the little guy has become quite fond of the handheld versions as the originally trilogy has made its way to the PlayStation Vita.

Sly Cooper has been doing the rounds lately and with some HD remasters making its way to the PlayStation Vita, it really was a matter of time before Sly would be making the jump over. It must be said though that not all HD remasters have been really successful. The most notable version of this is the Jak and Daxter trilogy. While the games are still a ton of fun to play, the port wasn’t flawless. It suffered from frame-rate issues and controller problems. Thankfully, this isn’t the case with the Sly Cooper trilogy. The game runs really well and is pretty much the exact same experience that you may have experienced if you played the remastered trilogy on PlayStation 3.


Anybody who played the original Sly Cooper games would probably fondly remember the snappy dialogue and how the game just didn’t take things too seriously. It’s a credit to the writing that the fun dialogue still holds up great and didn’t become a victim of its time.

The gameplay though has also transitioned well over time. The game is still so much fun to actually play. While the first game felt repetitive a times, each of the games is well worth playing as gameplay and aspects are changed throughout the trilogy, for better and worse of course.


The games, despite their age, look great on the PlayStation Vita screen. Visually, it’s easily one of the better looking ports on the system. The most interesting thing to notice though is the clear influence the game has had on future, more popular games. There are some obvious influences taken from this game for the Assassin’s Creed series with traversing and sneaking on lines that connect buildings as well as eavesdropping on other characters.

The PlayStation Vita gets another great addition to its library. Both a trip down memory lane and a history lesson, the Sly Collection is worth every cent and should be picked up by anybody who either enjoyed the original games and those that want a great collection for their PlayStation Vita.

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