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.
Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time (PS3) Review
21 February 2010
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: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time hasn't seen quite the amount of hype and attention as past games in the series. As a long-time fan of the games, I'm a bit disappointed at the lack of attention, but at the same time understand it. The series has, for the most part, followed a steady path through the action-platformer genre with very few major deviations to the formula. This may lead some to see the series as formulaic, which in some respects is true.
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.
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.