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?
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: It’s the year 2002: Queen Elizabeth II’s golden jubilee, Kelly Clarkson wins the first ever Idols contest and two rather unlikely interplanetary crime fighting heroes make their debut into gaming history on the PlayStation 2. What better way to celebrate ten years of one of the most loved franchises than to remaster their first three adventures and bundle them together into one glorious collection?
Conclusion: It may be a bit rough around the edges, but this HD remaster retains the charm and originality that shone through over a decade ago. Simple, elegant and chock full of firepower, it’s a history trip worth taking.
Excerpt: Ratchet and Clank celebrate ten years of platforming antics this year. What better way to celebrate than a new collection of the duo’s original adventures in sparkling HD? So, have the ten years been kind to the pair, or has Clank lost his lustre after all these years?
Conclusion: Insomniac's mix of platforming and shooting has followed the series from inception to the modern era. This collection, drawing together the three games of the PS2 trilogy with a bit of spit and polish added, is a bit of a gem. If you choose to try the games in chronological order, you will also start with the package's worst game. As such, there is nothing wrong with the first Ratchet & Clank, but the series' strong evolution simply means that its aged considerably.
Pros: + Lots of content for you money + Accessible + Up Your Arsenal is worth the price alone
Cons: - A bit dull and "easy" - first game really shows its age
Excerpt: It’s been ten long years since the platformer ‘Ratchet & Clank’ first appeared on the PS2 . Since then the franchise has flourished, with multiple games over a number of Sony consoles. Insomniac Games has now decided to re-release the first three games as a HD trilogy, but can they stack up against the more recent, flashier iterations?
Pros: Looks and sounds great., A lot to do., Brilliant weapons., Likeable characters.
Cons: Those looking for innovation as the franchise goes on will be disappointed.
Summary: Ratchet & Clank is een reeks als geen ander; leuk voor de jongeren, doordenkers voor de wat oudere gamers en een uniek universum dat zo goed als iedereen op een bepaalde manier aanspreekt. Met vier titels op de PlayStation 3 en een vijfde die later dit jaar moet gaan verschijnen, leek het Sony een prima idee om ook de PlayStation 2-trilogie maar naar de PlayStation 3 te brengen.
Pros: Gameplay staat als een huis, Prettig gestoorde personages, Toffe wapens en gadgets, Audiovisueel dik in orde