I got my copy of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time for the PS Vita yesterday morning from Video Games Plus Online (via Amazon), much to my surprise because it took only a week to arrive. I wasn't expecting it while Friday at the earliest, not that I'm complaining or anything...|
Anyways, the game is a stunner and absolutely perfectly suited to playing on a handheld. Of all the Sly games I've played, including the excellent Sly HD Trilogy on the PS3, I would say that this is the most varied and fun game yet. I spent about four hours in total playing it (file says I've completed 15%) and I'm still on the first episode set in ancient Japan; it's just so entertaining exploring for bottles, masks and other secrets. Unlike other games, where you just want to play as the lead character, switching between the current three isn't as annoying as I thought it would be plus you get to play as one of Sly's ancestor's too. The controls are almost perfect and if I have one complaint about them it is the forced touchscreen controls for selecting costumes and the camera when the D-pad isn't used at all. Also I came across a couple of tilt games but they're thankfully short and not in anyway annoying.
Visually, the game is astonishing as there is tons of detail and, like Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, it does an amazing job of cramming everything in from the PS3 version (at least from what I've seen of it on YouTube anyway). Sure, the graphics aren't quite as nice as the PS3 and there is some aliasing but on a 5" screen you'll be pressed to notice and far to busy playing to care. The PS Vita needs more games like this IMO (why wasn't Sly Trilogy released for it for example?).
My only real issue with the game is that the audio isn't very loud and also despite enabling subtitles pre-rendered intro cutscenes and tutorial explanations as well as other areas of the game don't actually have subtitles which is annoying. Otherwise this is highly recommended. I don't know where EG were coming from when they gave this game a measly 6/10 but that infers it is only just above average. I don't agree with that at all. Maybe they just don't like platformers or something? I'd give it 9/10 so far. It really is tremendously enjoyable and addictive.
Edited by Darren at 08:54:02 19-02-2013
PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, PC (Intel Core i7-4770K, 16 GB, 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780, Windows 8 Pro), iPad 4, iPad mini with Retina Display.