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    Ratchet and Clank Review

    Ratchet and Clank Review
    by Kerwan_Ratchet



    Basic Information:
    Developer: Insomniac Games
    Publisher: Sony
    North American Release Date: August 28, 2012
    European Release Date: June 29, 2012
    Trophies: 1 5 10 19


    Overview
    A decade after it began, we are once again reunited with our favourite Lombax and robot as they embark on their first adventure to save the galaxy. Does the first game of this long awaited collection withhold the same sway as the first game did back in 2002?

    Gameplay
    If it’s one thing people know R&C for, it’s for its sweet selection of guns, challenging puzzles, humourous action, and best of all: the classic platforming style that we all know and love. Saying that though, the gameplay is clunky and irritatingly slow. You’ll press a button and not have the action be performed as it should, because you were accidently holding something else down, or not having the analog stick in the right direction. Yes, I do realise that the game is a decade old, but bare with me for a little bit.

    The most annoying aspect of the gameplay is the auto-lock on an enemy. Because the button placement is different from what you’d expect to use with a recent Ratchet game, you’ll often end up doing something completely and utterly different as to what you were actually meaning to do. Even if you know what buttons to use, the targeting system is unreliable. You’ll be swarmed by enemies and even though you managed to focus on one, even getting hit but another causes you to get the targeting system screwed up, and completely missing your enemy. It’s also very easy to die, as infrequent nanotech crates don’t do you the favour of showing up much, and when you’re attacked by a group of enemies, they’ll all target you at once, giving you no time to react. Then you’re sent back to your most recent checkpoint, which funnily enough for the most part is at the start of the level.


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    Other little aspects like having to manually select your grappling hook in order to swing across a chasm instead of it being equipped automatically can be frustrating, as you’ll often realize your folly as Ratchet plummets to the bottom of an endless pit. Even if you do have it equipped, you’ll have to have the grapple in view of the camera. If you don’t, Ratchet will not grab upon it. Similarly, throwing yourself forward and attempting to grapple – even if it’s in plain sight – will screw you up, as Ratchet will not hook onto it.

    That’s not all the gameplay does wrong. On one occasion Ratchet refused to grab onto the ledges at all. Then I figured out that you had to be level with it. If you were any higher and slipped you wouldn’t be able to grab on. In another instance you might have to risk life and limb to get to a certain area, and then either get stuck in the environment geometry, or if you’re high up, slip and fall to your death. Overall you have to view this game as a whole rather than inspect it closely. After all at its core it’s where the formula that we all know so well and love started here. However, you’ll be glad to know that the game series has improved since then. Not to say that this game has poor gameplay, but in reality for such a high quality story, improvements should have been made in the collection.

    Singleplayer
    The Ratchet and Clank games have never really been about story – at least the few first ones that is. However, the game does provide more than just a reason to head to the next yellow marker. A number of twists and uncertain events pop up expectedly, sending the game in a direction that you didn’t foresee, for better or worse.

    The tale is more or less what you’d expect from a Ratchet game, but it’s far from your light-hearted, childish dramatized tale that you might have come to see in the most recent title. As you might expect the dynamic duo meet for the first time in a less than friendly light, and as the story progresses, the contrast between Ratchet’s hotheadedness and Clank’s patience exterior comes into play with the main story. Sadly, there are no elements of “choice” or what to tackle next, as there were in some future titles.
    Regardless, the story is based on Drek, a sinister businessm...err....thingy...who’s planet has become overly populated and overrun by poisonous gases. To save his own race, Drek decides to construct his own planet rather than fix up his own. And where does he get the sources to build his own planet? From other planets of course. And thus begins you quest; to stop Drek in his evil mission.


    The story has you exploring multiple planets, all with completely different environments.

    It’s not the main plot that gives this game’s tale the character; it’s what lies in-between, as the two main characters constantly bicker and trade insults, even questioning the true nature behind their motives. This add-on of not really trusting the one of the main characters leaves you to wonder if you are really going to get the happiest of endings. Don’t take that into thinking that the game provides a web of intricately laid twists and turns for you to discover – most of it is clear and simple. However, adding this aspect of the game gives the player some thoughts to ponder over as you make your way to the destination.

    Most planets are constructed in such a way that once you’ve taken a certain path, collecting whatever the game throws at you, you in some cases may need to go in the opposite direction to find something required to advance to the next stage. If you’re too lazy to do so and just want to get the hell on with the story, you’ll be in for a disappointment; in turns out you’ll need to go back to that planet and go down that extra path in order to find something that was, in-fact required to finishing the main story. This extra level of back-tracking can be both irritating and positive, as it adds extra time to the quest itself, and gives you reason to explore and look in every nook and cranny. For what, you may ask? Gold bolts of course!

    There always seems to be a reason to go back to that planet you just finished playing through. It may be because you wish to collect all the gold bolts, clear the map to 100%, or just finish a little side quest (if you can call them that), there’s not any real reason to stop re-visiting the planets for those who enjoy doing everything there is to done. In some cases you won’t be able to access a certain area because the gadget you need will not be available later – or in some cases must be bought with bolts. Don’t have enough? Too bad, go and collect some more until you do.

    Not to say that this game is punishingly difficult – but the game will challenge you at times. For a good portion of the game you’re stuck at 4 hits – and once you die its back to the start of the level – or at best – halfway. It can be frustrating to lose all your progress, but the game isn’t that difficult. It is worth mentioning that it is harder than any of the later titles, but it won’t stumble anyone who is determined to press on. It tests your patience more than your skill, to be honest.
    All in all Ratchet and Clank provides you with an excellent single player story and campaign, going back to good ol’ platforming days where what you got was what you got. Don’t come in expecting a dramatic tale, but the characters themselves provide enough reason to keep going alone.

    Technical
    You just might be surprised at how crisp the visuals are. The sound hasn’t done much over its HD facelift, but the smooth textures and sharp colours have done the graphics justice. The only issue is that when inspecting something – say a wall or floor that didn’t have clear textures to begin with, you won’t see any improvement and will only seem to look worse, but that’s merely because the rest of the game’s visuals are fantastic. If you acknowledge that the entire game once upon a time back in 2002 appeared as these walls do now, you might be a little more forgiving.

    Trophies
    The easiest of the entire collection, but don’t fooled into thinking that means ‘easy’. You’ll be required to gain all platinum bolts, complete all skill points and hardest of all, have a million bolts stored in your inventory. Considering the price of the weapons and how difficult it is to scavange a good amount of bolts it is, this trophy might irritate you more than you’d think.


    Closing Thoughts
    At its heart the game still remains the same chunky system that it was back in 2002; but there’s more to it than that. The story gives you an insight into the characters rarely seen in future titles, and the new crisp visuals await your satisfaction. Maybe not the strongest of the trio, but definitely worth your purchase.


    Gameplay: 7/10
    Fun, but still has more annoying quirks than it should..
    Singleplayer: 9/10
    Has a fantastic tale for a platformer.
    Technical: 8/10
    Does it's job well, despite a few nit picks.

    Overall: 8/10
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    Good review Kerwan, never got around to playing the R&C games so I might pick this up soon

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    Great review man

    Im happy that you guys are doing a review for each game as R&C deserve that

    I dnt quite agree that the game is chunky tho, i had no problems with it, i think a true R&C fan willremember how to play it and the controls and not have a problem lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ac3dUd3- View Post
    Great review man

    Im happy that you guys are doing a review for each game as R&C deserve that
    Yup, it's always a weird call with these HD releases, there's too much for one review, but at times (Like the technical section here) there isn't much to write about for certain areas when you review each one at a time

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    Kerwan reviewing the first Ratchet game?

    Crisp visuals? That's odd to hear for an HD remaster Though that's how it should be.

    I agree with most of what was said in this review, especially the score. Nice job Kerwan I can't wait to get my hands on this collection.

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    Nice. Will borrow from friend whenever I can. Hope you do a review on the rest of the collection

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    Great review here Kerwin I can't wait till it hits NA shores, hopefully I'll be getting it.

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    R & C great review and well said,

    I might have to pick this up
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    I can't wait till this hits US Good review


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    Great review! You have me drooling waiting for my copy to arrive.

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    I enjoyed reading that review. Now when I get the collection (getting impatient now ) I know what to be careful of for the first game. I expect to really enjoy this game though.

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    Nice done and agree with the review

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ac3dUd3- View Post
    Great review man

    Im happy that you guys are doing a review for each game as R&C deserve that

    I dnt quite agree that the game is chunky tho, i had no problems with it, i think a true R&C fan willremember how to play it and the controls and not have a problem lol
    Yeah, I decided to do each of them by themselves instead of one. It's going to take longer, but it's worth it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Curse View Post
    Yup, it's always a weird call with these HD releases, there's too much for one review, but at times (Like the technical section here) there isn't much to write about for certain areas when you review each one at a time
    Especially if the gameplay is exactly the same as the previous titles (Silent Hill *cough cough*)

    Quote Originally Posted by dsluckay View Post
    Kerwan reviewing the first Ratchet game?

    Crisp visuals? That's odd to hear for an HD remaster Though that's how it should be.

    I agree with most of what was said in this review, especially the score. Nice job Kerwan I can't wait to get my hands on this collection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CallmeNasty View Post
    Nice. Will borrow from friend whenever I can. Hope you do a review on the rest of the collection
    I will indeed. Stay tuned.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kid_Loser View Post
    Great review here Kerwin I can't wait till it hits NA shores, hopefully I'll be getting it.
    Quote Originally Posted by nevetsteven2 View Post
    R & C great review and well said,

    I might have to pick this up
    You guys better be getting it soon.

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    I can't wait till this hits US Good review
    Quote Originally Posted by emosgirl View Post
    Great review! You have me drooling waiting for my copy to arrive.
    For once we actually get a copy eariler than the US does.

    Quote Originally Posted by DaRe_xLw View Post
    I enjoyed reading that review. Now when I get the collection (getting impatient now ) I know what to be careful of for the first game. I expect to really enjoy this game though.
    You will enjoy it.

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    good review... I will say I think this game deserves a 9... this is a solid as stone series

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    The only problem I found with the whole collection, the first one is like in the past, the first game does not have strafing, and that is a pain! haha but you after a while learn how to deal with it, and the other problem are some minor glitches that the collection has with the second and third game, like the helmet being weird :/ and in the final boss with nefarious the two times I fought him when sky diving the missiles are so far away that they won't even reach you ._.

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    Nice one RT brother . Happy to see it get put out there and agree with your score from when I played it back in the day lol. Can't wait to read the next two .

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeroRadec707 View Post
    Nice one RT brother . Happy to see it get put out there and agree with your score from when I played it back in the day lol. Can't wait to read the next two .
    Same here man. And im happy this got great review. Just like Sly Cooper, God of War, and even Jak and Daxter, these games will continue to impress us. Im happy they are finally bringing them back soon. Cant wait to play em on August 28th!

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    That was great review. It's quite a stretch that the characters are at each others' throats in this, Ratchet is the stereotypical teen that craves adventure and excitement, Clank is strictly focused on the mission. In the future releases, Ratchet is much more wisened and realizes his priority lies in the safety of the galaxy and Clank laughs more. For a base of the series, this does the job well showing the evolution of point A to B. Nice review Herr Lombax


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    Quote Originally Posted by NeroRadec707 View Post
    Nice one RT brother . Happy to see it get put out there and agree with your score from when I played it back in the day lol. Can't wait to read the next two .
    You better get the HD remake.




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    Nice review Kermit.
    I probably might buy this game at one point..
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