Excerpt: Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves is the newest game in Sony's popular Sly Cooper series. This latest installment features a mix of both new villains and some older ones from earlier in the series. Also, for the first time in the series, the Cooper gang will be joined by several new members and you'll acquire some new playable characters!
Excerpt: Let me just get this out of the way: the Sly series is Assassin’s Creed for kids (or, since Sly came first, Assassin’s Creed is Sly for adults). Either way, my need for stealthy action is fulfilled, but with Sly I don’t have to worry about people walking in while I’m murdering the Pope.
Conclusion: I never thought I'd see the day a Sly game actually got less than a 9 from me, but there are some serious flubs here that get in the way of what is an otherwise incredible platforming experience. It's still great, but it could have been better.
Excerpt: Perhaps the most surprising facet of the Sly Cooper franchise is how it's managed to take on some of the traits of its main character. Sneaking onto the video game scene amidst the overwhelming success and fanfare of its PS2 brethren (Jak and Ratchet), Sly stole the hearts of critics and enough fans to ensure its success, then disappeared into the shadows as other titles grabbed the spotlight.
Excerpt: If you played the last Sly game, you pretty much know what to expect here. Much of the game involves jumping between rooftops, climbing up and across pipes and wires, and huddling up or under things in order to sneak past guards. Where Sly 3 shakes up the franchise is with regards to character selection and mission choice. Instead of just controlling Sly and Bentley, you'll be able to play as Murray, Carmelita Fox, and a few other notable regulars.
Conclusion: At the end of the day, there's not a lot wrong with Sly 3, although it's unlikely that it will convert anyone who was averse to the previous games. The game is quite easy, and (provided you can live with the moral dilemma of playing as a hardened criminal raccoon) quite suitable for kids, keeping them occupied for 12-18 hours depending on their haste through the game, although there are a few boss battles that less experienced gamers may struggle with.
Pros: Free roaming levels, Varied action and mini games, Good acting, Carmelita - She's a fox