Ratchet and Clank have only been on the Ps4 for a few weeks, and it's already the fastest selling game in Insomniac history! Let's find out why this charming return to the basics is the best thing to ever happen to our galactic duo.
The game's plot can be confusing at first. Captain Qwark is narrating the story based on his incorrect version of the events, based on the holofilm, based on actual events. This creates a 4th-wall breaking inception of a storyline, which can get hilariously comical at times.
In terms of cinematics, both movie and in-game cutscenes are used. The storyline can feel a bit rushed, only because Insomniac shows us the bones of the plot, leaving everything else to gameplay. This is expected–after all, Insomniac Games wouldn't want to show us the entire movie before it hits theaters.
Fact–not opinion–this the best looking Ratchet and Clank game ever. And quite possibly the best looking Ps4 game ever (all that dark grey gets old in gaming real fast)! Every world is beautifully re-designed from the ground up, and each planet feels alive. Even though Insomniac Games said that there were 3 new planets to the game, there weren't any. Not that this retracts from game at all, but it's curious as to why they said that. The game plays in 30fps, but it is stable enough that the player will not notice.
The gameplay is very well-rounded in this installment. Players can choose between Classic, Default, or Lock-strafe for controls. All of Ratchet's moves return, including extra segments such as space combat, swimming, trespasser locks, and even hoverboarding! All of which have been updated with modern controls.
In terms of new gameplay, Clank missions have been greatly altered. When the tiny robot isn't running away from Victor Von Ion, he's using his brain to solve traversing puzzles. Gadget-bots can now be accessed with the quickselect for greater mobility. There many more Clank missions in this game than the first one, and each level gets more involved. The last level is quite tricky, but so worth it upon completion. A Crack in Time may have Clank beat, but this new gameplay is a definite 2nd place.
What would Ratchet and Clank be without weapons? Our duo now has an arsenal of 14 weapons; 15 if you pre-order the Bouncer (which is so worth it!). Most weapons are from the movie, which originate from Tools of Destruction, but there are a few Ps2 weapons. There are also 2 brand new weapons, and a RYNO. All weapons can be upgraded with raretanium, and leveled-up to V5 before challenge mode.
Final Score: 9.5
Insomniac Games has combined best of every single Ratchet and Clank into one game (and movie) that becomes the ultimate Ratchet and Clank experience. And I’d say they’ve succeeded! Though the in-game cutscenes were a bit rushed, the game is extremely polished, and is quite possibly the best Ratchet and Clank game ever!