Platforms: Playstation 3
Developer: Insomniac Games
Price: $59.99 (USD)
I’ve always enjoyed the Ratchet and Clank games, but it wasn’t until 2007’s Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction that I became a fan of the series. The visuals, the humor, the story and game play were polished to a fine sheen. It truly was Ratchet and Clank from the PS2 days on the PS3, in glorious HD. Of course, with that adherence to what has come before, the game garnered a lot of criticism for playing it so safe.
2008’s PSN download only Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty removed Clank from the scenario and focused solely on Ratchet and a mini-tale involving his search for his missing friend. The platform heavy game nixed all things planet hopping, as well as the heavy emphasis on weapons and upgrading that the series was known for, although they did expand on Ratchet’s Omni-wrench by adding a tether grappling mechanic. The game was received with mixed results. Some loved it, others loathed it for what it removed from the R&C franchise, despite it’s smaller, downloadable only package.
Now, here we are, another year, and another Ratchet and Clank title, A Crack in Time, which is the conclusion to the current “Future” series arc, and answers quite a few questions regarding the pasts of both Ratchet and Clank, and boy is it a ride. Continue reading