|System: PS3 (PSN)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Insomniac Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SCEA (SONY)||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug. 21, 2008||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|
Still, Quest for Booty is an enjoyable Ratchet and Clank game while it lasts. It has been clearly scaled back both in scope and length due to it being a downloadable, episodic title to help bridge the gap between disc-based releases. While not much is accomplished story wise, expect to get about three to four hours of platforming goodness out of your fifteen dollars. Unfortunately, once you've completed the game, there is no reason to come back to it. The game's worlds are all fairly linear and straightforward, with virtually no reward for trying to explore. What you see is what you get.
This brings me to my main gripe with Quest for Booty. While five dollars an hour for more Ratchet and Clank doesn't seem too steep, you will spend more time downloading this game than actually playing it. It is almost like you are getting two games for the price of one. One game is a fairly short and enjoyable experience, while the other is a seemingly never-ending waiting game to actually be able to play the title. For me, one of two things needed to happen to rectify this situation: Either the game needed to be a couple hours longer or the file size needed to be drastically smaller. One of the major appeals of downloadable games for the consumer is in their convenience. Sure, you can buy and play the game without ever leaving the couch, but at what cost? I honestly could have driven to a game store, purchased the game (if it wasn't downloadable only), fully read through the instructions, and played through the entire game before it finally finished downloading. Since I have a fairly high-speed Internet connection, this doesn't bode well for anyone who may not be as fortunate.
I still recommend this game to fans of the series and newcomers alike. If you haven't played a Ratchet and Clank game before, this is certainly a good place to start since it has a very short play time. At fifteen dollars, it also isn't much of an investment, as long as you don't count time wasted waiting for it to download. Still, if you can manage to busy yourself until the game is on your hard drive, Quest for Booty is a good game that will help fans fill the gap between Tools of Destruction and the unnamed next game, set to come out fall 2009.
CCC Staff Contributor