Ratchet and Clank
Platform(s): PlayStation 4
Release date: April 2016 (Sony Computer Entertainment)
If you’re like me, and have enjoyed any of the previous core Ratchet and Clank games, this is all you need to know: At $40, this game is a steal, and it beautifully recreates the origin story of the galactic duo while feeling both fresh and nostalgic at the same time. Changing the perspective of the story keeps you on your toes as the encounters have been changed enough that it doesn’t feel like a retread. The upgrade system and advances the series made with the PS3 games, mixing PS4 presentation, and the PS2 freshness the series brought to the genre is a welcome sight in 2016. Buy it and you’ll love it, it’s everything I’d hoped this game to be. Now, for those who may have skipped the last couple generations of Lombax adventures, you’re in for a treat. The last decade has been most unkind to the majority of mascot 3D platformers. There have been some solid gems out there such as Mario Galaxy, Ratchet and Clank (PS3), and Sly Cooper, but we’ve seen a steep drop off in the plethora of options lately. Honestly, that’s probably one of the many reasons I enjoyed the game so much. Having not played one in so long, it was a real palate cleanser to all of the more highly involved, open world realistic games I’ve been playing lately. Not to mention the humor, tight game play, world variety, awesome weaponry, and absolutely beautiful graphics that make Ratchet and Clank shine. Story wise, this is a typical “Star Wars” type set up where a young dreamer is swept up into a large scale Good vs Evil space adventure complete with a colorful cast of characters. To conclude this love fest, it took me right around 14 hours to complete and I took my time exploring the levels for side quests and feeding my addiction for more Bolts and Raritanium. You’ll find a slight let down in Challenge mode which is basically a replaying of the game with a Multiplier system instead of something like the Challenge rooms found in games like the Arkham series. Having said that, this has been my favorite game released thus far in 2016 and it baffles me that Sony hasn’t pushed this game more with advertising. The $40 price tag along with a stellar campaign full of wonderful weapons and sarcastic humor makes this a must buy for Playstation fans and a welcome jumping on point for those that haven’t stepped into Ratchet’s Grind Boots yet.