The Sly Trilogy comprises the three previously released PS2 adventures in one handy package, one which will make Sly fans rejoice with its convenience and bumped-up graphics and presentation, but will also pleasantly surprise newcomers with its fun, tongue-in-cheek noir atmosphere, humour and its general overall lack of taking itself too seriously.
Taking the role of Sly, the thieving racoon, all three adventures bear the appeal of sharing a common bond but also benefit from being three relatively different game-play experiences. There's a progression from the typical platformer of the first game, to the all-out action adventure of the third. And this is why Sly excels. For a genre that so often becomes monotonous very quickly, the makers Sucker Punch never give the gamer a reason to put the controller down, and this is an added bonus as each game takes around ten hours to complete from beginning to end.
Games such as this are a rare treat. Something that comes with little fanfare, but when its disc is slid into that shiny black console it opens up a world many had originally no interest in visiting. Yes, Sly may not be to everyone's tastes, but one shouldn't be so quick to dismiss this thieving racoon until they've put him through his stealthily silent paces for only a few minutes.
And, of course, the fundamental fact is we're getting three above-average games for the price of one. In this day and age that is one treasure not to be sniffed at.
Rent or Buy: Buy
Replay Value: 4/5
Reviewed By: Simon Rubbathan