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The Sly Trilogy is still great on PS Vita

17 Apr 2014

The Sly Trilogy has finally been released for the PS Vita. The original games were for the PS2, while a HD remake made its way onto the PS3 a few years ago. How does the trilogy fare now that it's gone portable?

The PS Vita has been a peculiar console as many developers have dumped old ports onto the console to strengthen its library. The Sly Trilogy already had a re-release for the PS3 back in 2010. Does the PS Vita version add anything different?

First off, if you have already played the games, there is little incentive to play The Sly Trilogy again on PS Vita. There has virtually been no changes made to the PS Vita version as everything has remained the same.

There is no extra content like how Square Enix included previously released Japan-only exclusive to Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster.

Graphically however, The Sly Trilogy still looks great on the PS Vita. The visuals in the Sly Cooper games have always been great and the translation to the PS Vita screen has been smooth.

The only minor issue I have is with the cutscenes. The cutscenes are the same resolution from the original PS2 games. They look very rough on the edges and pixelated when viewing them on the PS Vita screen...


Aside from that, The Sly Trilogy is a blast if you have never played the games before. If you're new to the series, you are in for a treat because all three of these games are awesome. You save yourself a bit of money by getting all of the games in one collection too.

The one thing I loved about the series is that it takes a different approach to the usual platform style of gaming. This isn't the usual game where you jump over obstacles and bash enemies all of the time.

Stealth is the key to success and Sly has to avoid enemies and get to his goal relatively unseen and unscathed. Sly Cooper is also always aided by his helpful friends Murray the Hippo and Bentley the turtle. They make a great team and make the missions more diverse and fun when they work together.

Sly Trilogy Screenshot

The first game is arguably the hardest and least exciting. Sly Cooper himself is the only playable character in the game and there is no health bar.

If you get hit in the first game, it's game over and you have to restart on the latest checkpoint. The sequel is better since Bentley and Murray are playable too.

The third game ups the ante and includes even more mini-games and playable characters to the fold. Personally, the third game is my favorite of the original trilogy.

Overall, The Sly Trilogy is a great collection of PS2 games remade for the PS Vita. If you've never played the game before, you are going to have a great time. If you've already played all of them, there's nothing new for you to see here.

The only upside is that you can play the game on a portable device, but that's about it.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

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