Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
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|Playstation 3 (2007)
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Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction is a sci-fi, third-person action game that equally features gun-based combat, 3D platforming, and light puzzle-solving. It is the first game in the “Future” arc of the Ratchet and Clank series, and the fifth overall game in the entire franchise. Originally released on the PlayStation 3, this entry in the explosive action franchise brings back the lovable Lombax Ratchet and his robotic pal Clank on another wild interplanetary adventure.
After catching wind of another dastardly villain with universal domination on their mind, Ratchet and Clank gear up to save the galaxy yet again. Tools of Destruction promises the same addictive combat and gameplay of the original series, but with brand new flashy graphics and new mechanics. In almost every way, it manages to succeed.
Main Game Features
- Over 20 unique weapons and gadgets
- Action-packed gunplay, puzzle-solving, and platforming
- New and addictive upgrade systems
The beginning of Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction sees our heroic pair of protagonists working on a brand new vehicle on the planet of Kerwan. Suddenly, they receive a distress call from the goofy but often-helpful Captain Qwark, warning of a potential attack. Before they are able to reach Qwark, a fierce alien race known as the Drophyds begins to attack their home-city of Metropolis. The army of Drophyds are led by the evil Emperor Tachyon, who is intent on destroying every last Lombax in the universe. Unfortunately, Ratchet seems to be his primary target, with Tachyon offering to leave Metropolis unharmed in exchange for the duo's surrender. With cunning wit, Ratchet and Clank manage to escape from Metropolis with Tachyon hot on their tale, setting off a wild adventure that spans a variety of interesting and evocative planets.
Generally speaking, Tools of Destruction is similar in nature to most of the other Ratchet and Clank games, just with slightly less combat than some of the more explosive sequels. This results in a gameplay experience that perfectly balances exploration, combat, and puzzle-solving, offering a rewarding trip through nearly 20 different levels. As always, you start the game with a limited set of weapons, but as you progress through the introductory levels and start to collect bolts, you can purchase new weapons from gun vendors. Weapons become more powerful as you use them and can now be upgraded with Raritanium, unlocking bonus abilities and alternate firing-modes.
Levels are larger and more detailed than ever before, featuring an abundance of collectibles and side-activities to engage in. Tools of Destruction also offers a significant amount of variety, as the objectives you'll complete on each different planet as often vastly different. Although most levels will see you blasting through dozens of enemies, you'll also spend some time solving puzzles as the tiny robot Clank, or mastering tough jumping challenges. There's also a bit of on-rails spaceship combat between levels, ensuring the action never stops. To top things off, every level, explosion, and visual effect is full of vivid color, making Tools of Destruction a treat on the eyes as well.
Whether you've played the original Ratchet and Clank games on the PlayStation 2 or not, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction is a must-play. By easing up on the excess of third-person shooting and ensuring that there's enough variety for everyone, the game ends up feeling like a more complete package.
The guns are wacky and feel awesome to use, the upgrade systems are engaging and addictive, and the levels are exceptionally well-design and fun to explore.
When it comes to a third-person action game, there's not much else you could want. When you combine that with a colorful cast of characters and a rich, complex sci-fi story that's great for both kids and adults, it's very easy to see why Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction is considered one of the best in the series.
- Tons of new gadgets, traversal devices, and weapon upgrades
- Clank's puzzle missions are refreshing
- Visual effects and general art style is wonderful
- Action can get too hectic
- Lack of retro weapons