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Excellent! Well worth the price!
on 14 October 2011
This was such a great deal! You are getting 3 games, plus extra content for £23! I never played The Sly games back when I had a PS2, so I instantly jumped at this great deal after reading numerous reviews that have praised all 3 games!
Sly Racoon (1st Game of the trilogy) Review:-
I myself have just completed the 1st game and it looked stunning! Even today the cel shaded renders look great! The animations are seamless and the characters are quite creative and lovable, especially the main character Sly Cooper whose dry wit and slick personality make him a very likable character. The level desings are creative, varied and again like the rest of the game, they look stunning! The levels are full of vibrant colours, beautifully animated enemies, hidden bottles to collect and safes to crack. Each zone/area has a different theme to correspond with the boss of that area and each boss is just as well done as Sly Cooper and co. Each boss has a different persona, one is pirate, one is gangster, the other a voodoo priestess. Now onto the story, yet another well developed aspect of the game. The story like the rest of the game is charming, fun and actually pretty cool, as it does not seem to be childish like most child-friendly platformers are. The story is actually enjoyable and is told through rough, stylistic, partially animated Flash cutscenes, and although these cutscenes are rough they still look great and get the story across just fine. The overall presentaion of this game was just excellent it's so well done, there are no problems with it at all!
The gameplay is also pretty good, but also pretty basic and straight forward. You jump and hack your way through 35 brief missions, and along the way you collect a number of bottled clues in each level (ranging from 20-40 bottles) to crack the code of a safe in each level (safes that hold pages that teach you new abilities). The platforming elements were enjoyable, as was hacking enemies with a cane (to a certain extent). Although I enjoyed some of the stealth segments, as they felt fresh and different, I also felt that sometimes the stealth didn't alway work all too well. I also felt that most of the abilities found in the safes were pretty dumb and useless, as I hardly used these abilities at all, as they did not prove to be all that useful. Abilities such as mine and decoy, I just found pretty useless, as they take a long time to deploy and their effects are hardly worth the time they take. That being said the gameplay is still very enjoyable and you never become bored of it, however the gameplay is slightly hindered by some technical issues (see below). Then of course there's the audio, which is yes, you guessed it! Also well done. The voice acting is brilliant, as all the voices sound great and they each give a unique personality and sound to the characters and make them even more charming. The soundtrack is so-so, it's clever, it's quiet. It gives off the stealth vibe and really raises the tension in stealthy areas, so I suppose it works well in its way. However there are a view numbers that just don't sound too good, and actually sound really bad and annoying in a repetitive kind of way.
The only problems I had with the 1st game was it was far too easy and far too short. I managed to complete it in about 12 hours in the first run through and also gained a platinum trophy for collecting everything (also in the first run through). So you can imagine how easy it is and how little replay value it has. Now there are some technical problems found in the first game as well, problems that I myself encountered, were getting Sly stuck inbetween objects, Sly falling through certain areas of the floor, the camera getting stuck in environments and buildings and game slow-down. But the strangest was in one of the China themed levels, where I jumped onto a wooden platform and it shot Sly up through the roof of the building and way up high into the sky, but luckily he did fall back down to the ground and the level worked fine after that. Now, while these little glitches don't affect the gameplay majorly (worse case scenario is that they may take a life), they are still noticable and stop me from liking the 1st game as much as I could. If it wasn't for the glitches, the whole experience would have been a little bit more enjoyable and I would have given the game a higher score. That's not to say that the game isn't enjoyable, as this has to be one of the best platformers I have ever played, and has one of the coolest platforming mascots I have seen in games! Sly Racoon is up there with Sonic, Crash and Ratchet, they're all cool, they're all furry, and they all made great games at some point, and still do to some extent.
So, I have only just completed the 1st game and I am already impressed with this package! The 1st game - Sly Racoon offers unique, fresh and different gameplay, yet at the same time it has basic and familiar elements, but manages to shake things up enough to make them feel new all over again. Now although the gameplay is great, most of Sly Racoon's appeal and charm lies in it's visuals and art direction, there is no doubt that this game looks stunning. Even by todays standards it holds up so well, and it really is aging gracefully. I am so glad I decided to buy this, and even now I am wondering why I had to take careful consideration to buy this in the first place?! Seriously, whether you have played the games or not, I urge you to buy this product! It's not only a great deal, it's a great fun filled experience that can be enjoyed by children and people of all ages! I cannot wait to play the 2nd game in the trilogy, which according to most reviews is the best out of the 3!
Sly Racoon (1st Game) Closing scores:-
Graphics - 9 (Excellent)
Gameplay - 8 (Great)
Presentation - 9 (Excellent)
Audio - 8 (Great)
Overall Game Score - 9/10 - (Excellent/A Must Play)