The third and final game is Honor Among Thieves (not to be confused with another Sony game, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves). In this installment we are brought back to the Cooper mythos, promising a deeper understanding of the family tree. To obtain this knowledge our hero must make his way to the Cooper Vault, a gigantic treasure trove of information about the Cooper legacy. Unfortunately Sly isn't the only one trying to get in. This gives the old team one more reason to get back together to take down the evil Doctor M.
What is missing from all of these descriptions are the little things that make Sly Cooper so special. It's the game of cat and mouse Sly plays with Interpol Inspector Carmelita Fox. It's the fun vehicle mini-games that help break up the platforming action. It's the emotional connection one gets for this tight team of experts. This is what makes Sly Cooper amazing, not the cheesy plot lines or the over-the-top villains. It's the heart that comes with the game. I genuinely like the characters in the Sly Cooper universe and want them to succeed.
It doesn't hurt that the game is absolutely gorgeous. It feels weird to applaud the visuals of an eight year old PlayStation 2 game, but the new HD graphics really pop. The game's cel-shaded look lends itself perfectly to the full HD enhancement, while the art style keeps the title from looking prematurely outdated. There are still some questionable polygonal objects in the game world, but nothing that makes this game show its real age.
On top of the HD upgrade, The Sly Collection also features 3DTV support. Longtime fans of this series will likely remember the hassle of using the blue and red glasses in Sly 3. Thankfully this archaic solution to 3D has been tossed out the window, replaced with expensive glasses that actually sync with your TV. Unfortunately these glasses don't come with the game, so you're on your own when it comes to viewing the game in full 3D. But don't worry; you're not missing out by playing it on a standard HD television. The game works just as well without gimmicky glasses on.
Speaking of which, The Sly Collection also features Move support. Players get four mini-games, including three shooting galleries and a helicopter flying mode. These modes won't cost you any additional money, but I have a hunch nobody is going to rush out and buy the Move control (and camera) just for The Sly Collection.
No matter whether you've played through these games or not, The Sly Collection is definitely a game worth owning. I love that all three games are on one small disc and the trophy support gives players a reason to sneak through the games again. And best of all, Sony is using this compilation as a way to announce the greatest possible announcement -- Sly 4! With its upgraded HD graphics and low price tag, nobody is going to overshadow Sly Cooper this time around.
* The product in this article was sent to us by the developer/company for review.
Sly Cooper may not be as popular as Jak and Ratchet, but his PlayStation 3 trilogy is the perfect candidate for an HD makeover. The Sly Collection packages three of Sony's very best 3D platformers into one budget title. Throw in trophies and move support and you have a must-own collection for anybody who loves a good crime caper!
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