Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves review

  • Some of the best platform action on PS2
  • Constant diversions keep things fresh
  • Jazzy charm and witty dialogue
  • The new characters are too limited
  • Some minigames are long and tedious
  • 3D mode is just a gimmick

The new characters aren't the only departures, as gameplay in Sly 3 seems to change dramatically every few minutes. You'll spend most of your time hopping around and stealing things, as per usual, but the action is regularly broken up with safe-cracking, target-shooting, toy-car-driving, and other minigames.

A few of these get tedious fast, but most are enjoyable enough that they actually feel too short. Still others aren't minigames so much as game parodies, aping the tank action of Vindicators, the giant-climbing of Shadow of the Colossus or the galleon combat of Sid Meier's Pirates! These also get recycled for the game's multiplayer modes, which let players pilot biplanes, ships or computer-generated tanks against each other, or just play cops-and-robbers in a Sly-vs.-Carmelita chase mode. It's no Splinter Cell, but it does give you a reason to play the game after you've finished it.

The whole thing is tied together by the series' unique charm and personality, which haven't lost steam after two sequels. Also, while it's ostensibly a kiddie game, the production values and acting are top notch, and the unique, cel-shaded art style is as compelling as ever. (Although it's less compelling if you use the included red-and-blue 3D glasses, which add little other than a bad case of eyestrain.)

More Info

Release date: Sep 26 2005 - PS2 (US)
Nov 11 2005 - PS2 (UK)
Available Platforms: PS2
Genre: Action
Published by: SCEA
Developed by: Sucker Punch
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief
PEGI Rating:


  • sleepy92ismypsn - December 9, 2010 6:46 a.m.

    I love this series. I really hope Sucker Punch make Sly 4.
  • gamemaster100 - June 14, 2009 7:01 p.m.

    oh and this game is awesome!!!!!!!
  • gamemaster100 - June 14, 2009 6:59 p.m.

    this game left me with a big ?... like at the end did sly really forget evrything or did he do that just because he wanted to be with carmilita. can some tell me if theres going to be a fourth one because i think a would be good game

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