Summary: It should surprise no one that a new entry in the Ratchet & Clank series is filled to the brim with inventive weapons, stellar production value, and top-notch platforming. A Crack in Time maintains the quality the series is known for, and throws some new elements into the mix. Ratchet’s hover boots make it quick and easy to cover ground, and the Clank sections are the best puzzles seen in the series to date.
Excerpt: Ratchet & Clank pretty much invented the platform shooter genre and the series has consistently delivered some of the best platform games available, with or without the shooting. A Crack in Time continues the series' tradition of quality, delivering one of the series' best and one of the better platform games available.
Conclusion: on the PlayStation 3. It's inventive with its approach to telling its story and Clank really gets his moments to shine. Naysayers who stood against the robotic sidekick will be eating crow here, and that's definitely a selling point. This entry is great for newcomers and veterans alike, and there're plenty of reasons to keep playing long beyond the first time through. Collecting items, unlocking stuff, and upgrading weapons will keep hardcore gamers coming back for more.
Conclusion: A Crack in Time is easily the best addition to the Ratchet and Clank series so far, doing everything the previous games did right, as well as adding another layer of high quality gameplay features.
Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time (PS3) Review
2 December 2009
Summary: If there’s one point I can get across about Ratchet and Clank it’s this: Ratchet and Clank doesn’t do anything revolutionary, but it does a lot of things very well. A Crack in Time has great shooting mechanics, great platforming, and even great puzzles. The voice acting is great and the graphics, while not as amazing as they were in 2007, still hold up and look very unique compared to all of the warfare games that flood the market.
Excerpt: To like guns is one thing, but to enjoy using said guns to encase your enemies in blocks of ice, shoot saw-blades, or to turn your foes into dancing lunatics is an acquired taste. If any of these possibilities seem even remotely interesting to you, then Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time may very well be the game for you.
Excerpt: Ratchet & Clank is one of the most under-appreciated franchises out there. Having been around since 2002, Ratchet & Clank has established itself as the pre-eminent platforming powerhouse of the decade. Each November I look forward to a new Ratchet & Clank game and this year was no different. Having played the game at E3 , I already had a taste of what was in store this time around. Thankfully my positive impressions of the game have held up since that first brief demo.