Excerpt: Playing the Ratchet & Clank Trilogy is like going back in time. Except, this trip down nostalgia lane is souped in gorgeous HD. This remake comprises of the first three games in the series released on the PS2. These futuristic platformers had you as Ratchet – the universe’s only furry, cat-like creature known as a Lombax in existence – running and gunning from one planet to the next to save the galaxy, followed by Clank, a diminutive robot that holds a devastating...
Excerpt: Insomniac Games sure knows how to cement a legacy. After doing wondrous things for Spyro the Dragon over on the PS One, the team moved on to a new franchise on the PlayStation 2, featuring a heroic Lombax and a straightforward (yet useful) sidekick as they made their way across a trouble-filled galaxy, helping out the clueless (yet noble) Captain Qwark and various other types while battling villainous droids and aliens. Yep, Ratchet and Clank was something special…and...
Excerpt: Ratchet & Clank is one of this industry’s most positive franchises. I use the word “positive” because it’s almost impossible to say anything against it; no anti-game activists will freak out over excessive violence, fans typically get what they want, and just about
Summary: The remarkable gameplay of Ratchet and Clank's first three adventures holds up in this great HD package, but don't expect a pitch-perfect port.
Pros: Tremendous gameplay that plays like a dream despite subsequent years of refinement, Addictive leveling and RPG elements that hook you for hours, A nostalgic refresher on the history of PlayStation platforming and how far we've come since
Cons: The feeling of design laziness that crops up when high-def elements don't blend seamlessly, Online multiplayer is appreciated, but totally forgettable, Where's Deadlocked HD?
Conclusion: Concept: All three original Ratchet games on one disc in glorious HD
Graphics: The environments and animations look great in higher resolution, but the seams show in the character models
Sound: Great voice acting brings each character to life, and the music is appropriately boisterous
Playability: All the games still control great, but Up Your Arsenal’s FPS-minded control scheme is the best of the series
Entertainment: Loads of goofy guns, breezy platforming, and absurd...
Excerpt: I think platform characters are often good inspiration for us all. Whatever happens in their universes, these cartoon characters always seem to have a smile on their face. Look at Ratchet as a role model – whatever his troubles, he just keeps on smiling, and the Ratchet & Clank series is one that has a made of lot of people smile over the years, so, bundling the first three together is hardly something for us to cry about.
Excerpt: At the end of the fifth console generation (N64 and PSX) and the start of the sixth (Gamecube and PS2), it was a time of buddy action platformer games with allegiances to Jak and Daxter , Ratchet and Clank , or Banjo-Kazooie dividing the playground and competing fiercely. That could be the nostalgia filter talking, but there’s no denying these series appeared within a relatively short time frame, keeping up an impressive release schedule.