Ratchet & Clank Review
Ratchet & Clank Box Art
System: PS4
Dev: Insomniac Games
Pub: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release: April 12, 2016
Players: 1 Player
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080i Blood and Gore, Intense Violence

Ratchet & Clank is by far one of the best looking games for the PS4. The color palette is fittingly exotic for the extraterrestrial worlds you’ll explore – you’ll want to keep your thumb hovering over the share button. Character animations are fluid, and I didn’t notice any graphical oddities or framerate issues, even at 30 FPS, that detracted from the action. I’ve always thought the actors would do well in a Pixar-like movie, and all of the performers brought their A-game for this movie tie-in. My only complaint is that some of the updated planets feel like they borrowed too much from the PS3 games – one planet felt like it was lifted directly from Tools of Destruction.

The review guide suggested veteran Ratchet & Clank players start the game on Hard difficulty, but general 3D platformer fans shouldn’t have too much trouble jumping in at the highest difficulty either. Ratchet & Clank is quite forgiving, allowing you to resume at a checkpoint close to where you die. You don’t lose your bolts or raritanium (the types of currency used for buying and upgrading weapons, respectively) either. Moviegoers and gamers alike should find a difficulty level that suits their needs.

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When it appears in theaters, I doubt that critics will shower Ratchet & Clank with the level of praise as, say, Zootopia, which handles more adult themes like racism. What I’ve seen from the game’s story is a Pixar-like experience that’s mostly just another tale, albeit a funny one, about the power of friendship. Even as a game, no matter how much it borrows from the PS3 entries, it’s not a revolutionary 3D action platformer, but it is a high-quality one that’s crafted by who know what they’re doing. I bring this up because there will be some cynics who believe Insomniac has run out of ideas. Considering that Ratchet & Clank borrows more ideas from the PS3 games than it introduces new ones, I can see their point. However, Ratchet & Clank is an upgraded version of the classic. It doesn’t need to be much more than that, and what it does it does well.

By
Garrett Glass
Contributing Writer
Date: April 12, 2016

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
Sublime as always. At times, I feel like they lifted entire areas straight from the Futures series, and it would have been nice to have 60 FPS; however, this is still without a doubt one of the best-looking PS4 games.
4.5
Control
Ratchet & Clank upgrades the original’s controls with those of the later entries in the franchise. It feels nice to be able to jump and strafe while shooting your enemies. Borrows more mechanics than it introduces, however.
5.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Voice actors have brought their A-game for this movie tie-in, and explosions are nice and crisp.
4.0
Play Value
The first playthrough should take about 8 to 10 hours to complete. While it’s a shame that Insomniac didn’t bring back some of the multiplayer modes, at least there are plenty of golden bolts and cards to collect, weapons to collect, and difficulty modes to keep you busy.
4.3
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • A new Ratchet & Clank adventure based on the movie (based on the 2002 PS2 game).
  • A deeper version of the origin story, with over an hour of cinematics, including footage from the feature film.
  • All-new visuals showcase the power of the PlayStation 4.
  • Collect a massive arsenal including new weapons and fan-favorites from across the entire series.
  • Several new planets, new and updated gameplay segments, all-new flight sequences, all-new Clank gameplay, and all-new boss battles.

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