Review – Ratchet & Clank (PS4)

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I know what you’re probably thinking, “Ratchet & Clank has been around forever! You’re just now getting around to playing it?!” Well, the short answer is: yes. For whatever reason I just never got around to playing any of the many Ratchet & Clank games. It certainly wasn’t on purpose, though now I wish I had gotten into them much sooner. I’ll be reviewing the latest installment in the series Ratchet & Clank (PS4).

STORY

This iteration is sort of a reboot/retelling of the original R&C that was first released on PS2. It combines an HD re-master of the original game with cut-scenes from the feature-length animated movie. It focuses on a Lombax named Ratchet who meets a defective Warbot whom he gives the nickname ‘Clank’. They team up to join the Galactic Rangers and help Captain Qwark defeat Drek, the chairman of Drek Industries who has been working under the evil Dr. Nefarious.

Using Drek Industries to create an army of Warbots, Dr. Nefarious is also planning the construction of a device called the “Deplanetizer” which deconstructs planets down to small pieces so he can put them all back together to create one giant amalgam planet. 7/10

GAMEPLAY

The gameplay is probably the best part about the R&C. It’s a fun, fast-paced platformer with lots of jumping, grinding, jet-packing, hacking and slashing. One of the most attractive features of the game is the array of weapons that Ratchet can acquire throughout the course of the game. Always equipped is the Omni-Wrench used for smacking baddies as well as turning screw- and gear-cranks to open doors and switches. The weapons range from a blaster-cannon to fusion bombs to the aptly named ‘Sheepinator’ (you can figure out what that one does). There’s even one that sends enemies back in time to a lower definition era, the ‘Pixelizer’. The weapons are fun and easy to use and offer a variety of ways to dispatch enemies. 9/10

The Sheepinator

AUDIO / VISUAL

If you’re like me, you might’ve recognized some of the famous voices used for some of the characters such as Rosario Dawson (Elaris) and Paul Giamatti (Chairman Drek). To see A-list celebs in a game of this caliber was unexpected but a nice surprise.

The music is perfect and lends to the space-themed cartoon feel of the game in a way that doesn’t seem forced or overbearing. 8/10

Pokitaru – A lush, water planet.

SUMMARY

It doesn’t have a difficulty setting and it’s fairly easy to beat even if you’re not an expert gamer. The difficulty level is very moderate but isn’t too easy to not be fun. If you’re looking for a low stress, fun game to pass the time, definitely give Ratchet & Clank a try. Overall i’d give it a 8/10

 

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