Sly Cooper And The Thievius Raccoonus Aged Quite Badly

I have recently completed Sly Cooper And The Thievius Raccoonus on my PS Vita, after buying the Sly Cooper Collection about a year ago and pretty much forgetting about it until I started fancying playing a platformer some time ago and suddenly remembering that I had it.

The game itself is not that bad. As a matter of fact, I quite enjoyed playing it and I think that if you are a platformer fan, you should probably play it (and it’s very likely that you have done so already). The think in this game, playing it in 2015, is that it feels like it has aged pretty badly.

The controls feel very clunky, and all this is made worse by the fact that you can’t make Sly run. It’s not that you are walking, but only that you have one single speed to move around, and this keels some of the fun of this genre in my opinion (this has been fixed in the next episode by the way).

The level design is very linear, although this is not a bad thing per se, and the only exploration allowed is that to gather all the bottles in the level. If you manage to gather them all, you will be able to open a safe somewhere in the level that will grant Sly an extra ability, like being able to roll or not to die when falling in the water (yep, Sly can’t swim, so no underwater levels yay!)

The game is not the typical platformer, there are some stealth elements which make it slower than an old Mario game to make an example. In fact, most of the time Sly will die after receiving just one hit from an enemy, to stop you from rushing through the levels swinging your cane left and right. Also, there really are not many enemies in the levels.

The graphics are in a nice celshading, something I am not a huge fan of but I don’t mind them either. The smaller Vita screen does a good job to make the game look nice with cool colors.

The thing that I hated the most about the game, however, were the non-platform levels. There are some sections in the game where, instead of hopping around and collecting bottles, you have to perform some other actions, like winning a 3-lap race or shooting at enemies while on a moving vehicle. Well, I found these pretty terrible to be honest, and there are quite a few of them. I couldn’t wait to complete them to move over to another normal level, which is where the game is most enjoyable.

Finally, the boss fights deserve an honorable mention. While they are inconsistent in their difficulty (I found a couple of them extremely easy, killing them at my first try with no deaths, and a couple of other quite challenging, requiring multiple tries), I found them quite original, especially the one that has you play a Parappa-the-Rapper-style music game to defeat it. Kudos for the interesting change to the developers.

Overall, is this worth playing? Well, I think so, yes. The Sly Collection can be found for reasonably cheap nowadays, and if you are a platform fan you are likely going to enjoy this. Do not expect a masterpiece though, and I still consider the first Jak and Dexter a better game.

4 Rayman Games for Less Than $10! (Less Than a Day Left)

Rayman Bundle 75% Off

This is for all the platforming fans out there: if you haven’t played Rayman yet, you have a great opportunity to do so now. gog.com is currently seeling a bundle of 4 Rayman games for $9.46. At this price the bundle is a steal! It contains the following games:

  • Rayman Forever (the original game with a bunch of extra levels and a level editor)
  • Rayman 2: The Great Escape
  • Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc
  • Rayman Origins

I absolutely loved all of them, it’s difficult to pick a favourite since they are all amazing games.

The bundle will expire in less than a day at the time of writing, so don’t miss this! Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Rayman Legends (PS Vita) First Impressions

Rayman Legends Box

I knew it was only a matter of time before I bought Rayman Legends. I have already played Origins on my PS3 and I have liked it so much that I started hoping for a sequel while I was still playing it. I completed everything in that game, including The Land of the Livid Dead level, which in turn granted me a platinum trophy.

So, after playing with Legends with my girlfriend for a while (she already had a copy of the game), I finally found it at a good price and I decided to go for the PS Vita version, making it my first physical game for the console. The first impressions are, not surprisingly, great.

The game plays fantastic as usual, it’s fast paced, the level design is brilliant and the music is awesome. Nothing new so far, but the daily and weekly challenges are a great addition and can make the game last much, much longer. In addition, the PS Vita controls are used in a pretty good way, making you control Murfy with your finger (lifting platforms, killing enemies etc.) or using the gyroscope to incline platforms in a certain direction. It also looks easier than Origins, with regards to collecting the Lums: in Origins it was sometimes quite tough to collect 350 Lums in every level, but now in Legends collecting 600 Lums in every level is usually not that hard, also because you don’t need to hit every enemy twice to get the maximum number of Lums out of them.

Here you go, a quick post with the first impressions on Rayman Legends. I am sure I will spend many hours on this game, and rest assured that there will be more posts about this game in the following days and weeks!

The Jak and Daxter Trilogy Free For PlayStation Plus Members

The Jak and Daxter TrilogyIf you are a PlaystationPlus member, one of the titles you get for free this month is The Jax and Daxter Trilogy. I really hope that you have played these games back in the day, but if you havenàt and you don’t know what I am talking about, here is a quick summary: these are some of the best platformers ever released for the PS2 (and the PS3 too, to be honest, due to its lack of content in this genre). So if you like these kind of games, do yourself a favour and go download and play these games, they are really good.

Also, you can download both the PS3 and the PS Vita versions for free. What more do you want? 🙂

Banjo-Kazooie Started

Banjo-Kazooie Box Art

Just a quick update to let you know that I have started playing Banjo-Kazooie after buying it from the Xbox Marketplace. I have just completed the very first, introductory level, but I still get the feeling that only really good, old time platformers can give you immediately when you start playing them: that it’s going to be a great game.

This was one of the few games that I didn’t play back in the Nintendo 64 era and I have always wanted to play it. Ah, I feel so young right now!