Ratchet & Clank
Sony CEA November 2002 -- The creators of Spyro the Dragon are back, but the little purple puffer is nowhere in sight. Instead, the folks at Insomniac return with a dynamic duo that lands somewhere between Jak and Daxter and Maximo. Unlike that rat Daxter, Clank (Ratchet's robotic backpack buddy) is actually useful. By saving up enough loot, Ratchet can upgrade the little droid into a wide variety of useful gadgets which, when combined with the dozens of weapons available for purchase, give the player a beefy arsenal to play with. Nonstop action, huge cities, toads of levels and a wealth of secrets make Ratchet & Clank one to watch.
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Theres a ton of PS2 hoppers and hoppers arriving this fall, but Sonys Ratchet & Clank stands apart from the rest. Its hook comes from its intense firearm combat and bountiful selection of equipment (over 30 guns and gadgets total). Youll need all that high-tech heat to smoke the baddies infesting the games 18 planets.
Platform gamers wake up! For those of you who loved the original Crash Bandicoot, spent days playing Jak & Daxter or begin salivating over rumors of the next Sonic game, your wait for the next 'must have'? platform game has officially ended. Ratchet & Clank was in development by Insomniac Games (the team that gave you Spyro the Dragon) for almost three years and it was well worth the wait, as the game reflects the effort and thought put into it.
You play Ratchet, a young, yellow-furred mechanic stuck on his backwater planet, dreaming of adventure and intergalactic space travel. Your plans look doomed to fail as your recently built space ship is lacking a robotic ignition system. Somewhere near the galactic core, the evil emperor Drek, leader of the Blarg, is planning to rebuild his polluted home world by grabbing the best parts of the other planets and relocating them to his world. To ensure that the inhabitants of these planets agree to part with chunks of their planets, Drek is mass-producing an army of war-bots and Blarg warriors. One of the robotic rejects (Clank), figures out what's going on and seeks out the assistance of the Captain Quark, galactic hero, the only one who can save the galaxy, but is shot down over (you guessed it) Ratchet's home world. As it turns out, Clank has a built in robotic ignition system and the two agree to help each other and so the adventure begins.
The game play is multifaceted, diverse and entertaining. Together your unlikely heroes travel from world to world accomplishing tasks, destroying everything that you 'can't put a wrench around'? and collecting cash to upgrade your weaponry. Many times you just need to just destroy everything in your path to clear a level and other times, you will need to think your way out by solving puzzles and even mastering the art of hoverboard. While the majority of the game is pretty straight forward, there are a couple of levels that really have you sweating it out.
The characters are excellent, ranging from the main characters like Ratchet, Clank, Emperor Drek and Captain Quark to even the minor characters scattered around each world. Each is beautifully rendered and professionally voice acted.
The worlds are visually wonderful and detailed. While the game is somewhat linear and task oriented, the worlds have an openness about them so that you don't feel trapped like you do in many games. You can always leave a world and come back later. In fact, many times, you have to leave a world to collect the tool you need to get past certain obstacles. The huge diversity of weapons and gadgets at your disposal provides for numerous ways to take out enemies and overcome obstacles.
My kids (4, 6 & 14 years old) and I loved this game and give it an enthusiastic 'Recommend Buy'?, as we never got bored with it. The only debate is which one of them gets to keep the huge Ratchet poster that came with the game.
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