Hi all, I've been a lurker the past few days after rediscovering my favorite games during a couple of weeks off work. I hadn't played any video games for years and went straight back to it, running through the PS2 trilogy and the future trilogy in about a week and a half. Yeah, I do tend to binge-play a little bit.
All this quick catching-up on the story made me curious about where it was headed, and I've spent a more than a few hours catching up to the games and the upcoming film on this forum (don't you just love unpaid leave? :rire.
Having run through all the games and seen all the cinematics within a short period, I've seen R&C evolve quite a bit, but I'm somewhat worried about where the "franchise" is headed.
If possible I'd like this thread to be a general discussion on where the entire franchise is going rather than a narrowly focused one that's only about one game or one movie, etc.
So, the biggest things that popped out to me, worry-wise, are:
-The nature of the PS4 reboot/remake. There's so much potential here. I saw someone mention the updated PS2 version of Tomb Raider, and to me that's the most optimistic case. A game that took all the elements that were great about R&C1- the balance of platforming and shooting, the challenge of using limited weaponry compared to later games, and the excellent storytelling- would be a huge boost to the series since us twenty-somethings that played it when we were kids are not the only audience for Insomniac now.
-The characterization of Ratchet in the movie. Part of the power in the serious half of R&C1's story was Ratchet's transformation from a selfish, sarcastic teenage jerk to a still-sarcastic kid who has a good heart, is somewhat less of a jerk and does the right thing. Making Ratchet a Dudley Do-right from the beginning misses the point of the story and reduces it to a far lower and more cartoonish level. Because I played the games all in a row the past few days I liked seeing Ratchet's transformation through the storyline; a big part of the overall story is Ratchet growing up. A more heroic, serious Ratchet is a great character, but starting off with him as a cloying whelp who then becomes an intergalactic badass cheapens the whole thing.
-"Cora"'s probable purpose in the film. As plenty of others have said on here, Ratchet's love life should stay out of this movie. He's 15 at the time, for God's sake. This is where we should be getting our dose of sarcasm, puns, and amusing innuendos, which should continue uninterrupted until the future plotlines start and he begins to mature a little bit. Just like his characterization as a good guy instead of an antihero, it has its time and place, but the first plotline where he's a pent-up, orphaned, and lonely teenager whose only desire is to leave his backwoods planet is emphatically not it. I have my doubts about long-term "romantic" plots within this series too (Talwyn), but that's another kettle of fish. In order to keep some of the spirit of the series we should see Ratchet at most in a casual relationship, especially given how it would make Clank a fifth wheel at least some of the time.
-What is it with all the spinoffs? Size Matters was fun, and I get Secret Agent Clank, but I'd rather have a longer, tighter game in the main series and wait a couple years between R&C releases to be honest. IE- DL, A4O, FFA.
-The effective retconning of the 2nd and 3rd games in the future trilogy through ignoring them. There's nothing more than passing references to the PS2 titles in the new trilogy, and no mention of how they got to Polaris from Solana, the pheonix, the old q-force, Angela Cross, gadgetron, megacorp, etc. I understand making the series accessible to newcomers, but there are better ways than completely ignoring the entire story up to that point. See most film sequels for a better example.
-The character modeling. Everyone except Ratchet generally looks better over time (Clank especially has gotten way better) but Ratchet just isn't quite right since the future trilogy started. He looked alright in TOD but his modeling in ACiT was a little off (why does he always look angry?) and ITN was cartoonish and looked like they were going for "15-year-old ratchet in high-def". The movie looks alright though, as long as they don't make him stay that way if it is successful and spawns another.
How about your thoughts on the overall state of the series? What are you optimistic about, and more interestingly where would you take the plot in the upcoming movie(s) games or both?