Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time Review
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System: PS3 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Insomniac Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: SONY 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 27, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Controls-wise, nothing has really changed that much. As always, there's the different action buttons, plus the weapons, which can be mapped to the D-Pad for quick access, though they can also be picked from the menu the triangle button brings up. The controls in A Crack in Time are flawless and easy to learn for the most part, though it takes some getting used to walking with the gravity boots in certain areas, and some of the weapons employ the SIXAXIS motion controls, which wouldn't necessarily be my preference.

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The entire presentation of A Crack in Time is almost to die for. The gorgeous, three-dimensional HD visuals are loaded with amazing details and textures that are on par with today's most ambitious animated movies. The characters look slick, and the cartoon-style commercials are charming and hilarious at the same time. For the most part, you won't find a single problem with the visuals, and camera issues are virtually non-existent, unless you try to do something silly to force awkward camera angles.

To round out the majestic presentation, the soundtrack is also splendid. The music, the voice acting, and the sound effects are all of movie quality and make this game even more desirable. Kids watching their parents play will probably get into it as much as if they were watching their favorite movie; a 12-14 hour long movie. But, whether you're playing or just watching, one should try to make the best out of this game, because it doesn't get much better than this in the action / platforming genre.

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If you like extras and rewards, this game packs a bunch of them, from the typical costumes to turn Ratchet into characters like Mustachio Furioso (an Agorian Warrior), Alister Azimuth (once leader of the Lombax), etc. to cutscenes from the game, artwork, numerous cheats to modify gameplay, and Insomniac's skill points (in-game achievements) that complement the PS3 trophies.

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is a truly immersive and extremely enjoyable experience that fans of the franchise shouldn't miss. Its innovative gameplay elements and engaging conclusion to the trilogy make this one the definitive title in the Future series. If you haven't experienced the other two titles, don't be afraid to jump into this one, as it has lots to offer and really stands on its own.

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.7
Graphics
Gorgeous HD graphics are full of great details and textures, turning the game into an animated movie worth watching (and playing, of course).
4.2
Control
Controls work flawlessly for the most part, and they're easy to catch onto after a bit of practice.
5.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
A++ music, voice over, and sound effects. It's a movie-quality soundtrack!
4.0
Play Value
Engaging single-player adventure with updated gameplay warrants a very entertaining first play-through, plus it comes packed with all the extras that make Ratchet & Clank games addictive.
4.6
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • An original new adventure and story that answers many of fans' most-asked questions and wraps up the story arc that started in Tools of Destruction and Quest For Booty.
  • Non-linear levels with plenty of hidden areas to explore, and new gadgets like the Hoverboots that let Ratchet soar to new heights.
  • All-new Clank gameplay and special "Time" abilities that bring new meaning to "past selves."
  • The series' renowned arsenal gets even larger with brand new weapons, as well as weapons that players can customize with various modifications.
  • New space gameplay that gives players the opportunity to engage in space battles, explore the surrounding star system, and discover hidden items and collectables.


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