Ratchet and Clank (Available exclusively on PlayStation 4)
Number of Players: 1
Genre: Action Platformer
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Insomniac Games
Release Date: April 12th, 2016
Parent Talk: The EBRS rates Ratchet and Clank E10+ for everyone over ten. They site animated blood and fantasy violence as the reason for the official rating. This game can easily be played by children as the storyline, action, and overall setting aren’t overly dark. In fact this is the perfect type of game to play with your children as you’ll both get a kick out of it.
Plays Like: Ratchet and Clank spring into action on the PS4 much like they originally did on the PS2, with action platforming greatness. Instead of just platforming, you also have access to a wide assortment of wacky weapons, which make the action as humorous as it is fun.
Review Basis: Completed the game in two sittings, and Sony provided us with a review code.
Let’s get this out of the way right here, this is a reimagined, reworked, and incredibly enhanced version of the 2002 game of the same name, Ratchet and Clank. It’s not an entirely new game, but it has been completely reworked, and stands as a fantastic way of reintroducing a franchise for an entirely new generation of gamers. It’s one of the most beautiful platformers you will ever lay your eyes upon, and if you’re a fan of the franchise, this one is ridiculously easy to recommend.
Same excellent gameplay you’ve come to expect. Whether you’ve completed every game in the series a dozen times, or are jumping in for the very first time, Ratchet and Clank features excellent platforming, and crisp and precise action. The original is called a masterpiece for a reason, and now everyone can experience an enhanced version of the game playing better than ever before. Weapons new and old are featured, and they all have that classic Insomniac feel. Whether it’s the Groovitron, or the Pixelizer, you’ll be in for a laugh with just about every available weapon. The classic weapon upgrade system returns as well, allowing you to power-up your weapons to ridiculous levels. As always, the weapons are designed in such a way that you can focus only on the ones that match your play style. There are also a wide assortment of items you can find that make progression easier, and thanks to the context-sensitive item points, which automatically equip items you need.
Planet swapping and exploration are still highly rewarded. How else are you going to find RYNO design plans? Levels still feel a bit restrictive, and that’s where you can tell the origins of the game stem from the PlayStation 2 era, however the levels are large and offer countless opportunities for backtracking thanks to new found items. There’s also a nice level of vertical exploration to each level which give way to gold bolts, which are hidden in some really creative places. These allow you to activate some fun cheats, and not to mention complete that ever so important trophy list. Speaking of trophies, this is a nice game to platinum for fans of trophies and Ratchet and Clank as a whole.
- Nice variety of objectives. From taking down warships, to more puzzle-centric areas, and massive third-person action levels, there’s so much stuff to do, and it never feels repetitive. The game is perfectly balanced in terms of content so you always feel like you’re making progression, even if you’re backtracking to locate the two missing gold bolts from that planet you rushed through.
This series has always been known for its incredible charm, and the same is true here. Captain Quark is retelling the story of how he first met Ratchet and Clank, and how he embellishes the facts, or comments on your actions are absolutely hilarious. I had a smile on my face throughout the adventure. All of the characters are witty, charming, and fun, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The visual presentation is outstanding. I was absolutely floored by what I was seeing on the screen. Yes it’s true the game runs at 30 frames-per-second in 1080p, instead of 60 fps, but it’s just so beautiful that I can’t knock it for that. The worlds are packed with life, unlike virtually all other games in this current generation of videogames. Just standing in one spot and looking around is a delight because of everything moving around you at all times. Characters animate beautifully, are fully textured, and the game has more color than 99% of the games released on the PlayStation 4. When I think videogame, I think of games like this.
Like all PS4 games, Ratchet and Clank sounds incredible in lossless surround sound. The PS4 pumps out incredible audio, and it’s evident with Ratchet and Clank. Each stage is brimming with life, and you can hear all of that through your surround speakers. The sound effects, spoken dialogue, and special effects all sound amazing.
- I surely won’t take points off for this, but it’s worth mentioning. Ratchet and Clank is really a technologically advanced version of the original 2002 R&C game, more so than anything else. Don’t expect a new game and you won’t be disappointed.
Ratchet and Clank is a fantastic recreation of the dynamic duo’s first adventure together. While there are certainly areas where you can see the 2002 origins, but the love and attention to detail that went into this game make it well worth experiencing. Developers do not make games like this anymore, so we need to band together and appreciate when we’re given gems like this. It’s absolutely worth purchasing and experiencing the charm all over again.
Final Score: 9/10