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Ratchet and Clank 3: Up Your Arsenal
7 February 2008
Excerpt: After word spreads of Ratchet and Clank's recent conquest in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, Clank finds himself recognized as an interstellar robot of mystery and intrigue after starring in his own television series, Secret Agent Clank. While Ratchet is dismayed by his new sidekick status, the feelings are put aside when the twosome is called together by the Galactic President to bring peace to the universe.
Excerpt: Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel. Unlike other games in its genre, which try to bring in foreign concepts like GTA -style gameplay, Ratchet and Clank tries to simply perfect platform games by sticking to the roots. Like its predecessors, Arsenal is perfect in just about every aspect -- in fact, the only problem, albeit a rather selfish one, was the lack of cool swag this time around.
Excerpt: Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal is the third game in the mega-series from game developer Insomniac. It follows in the footsteps of the two previous games, Ratchet & Clank and Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, very well and in fact succeeds them in terms of overall performance.
Excerpt: The third instalment of any game is always going to be a challenge. After all the praise received from the predecessors, you need to pull something very special out of your hat to push the envelope, rather than just obviously wanting to milk your game for all its worth. Unfortunately, it seems to be the norm of the past few years for developers to churn out sequel after sequel, with no real scope on increasing the game dynamics, originality or ingenuity of their brand.
Excerpt: As another year draws to a close, leaves fall from trees, snow begins to fall, and a new Ratchet & Clank game is released. And like other yearend, time-honored traditions, this one is a classic that gets better every year. This year we have Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal and it manages to top last year’s excellent Going Commando.
Excerpt: Though the games industry is abundant in generic platform adventures, few have been able to match the level design and gameplay of Insomniac's efforts with Ratchet and Clank. Both Ratchet and Clank and its sequel proved just how well weapons-based combat could be blended with the standard platform formula.
Excerpt: Features Players 1-8 Memory Card Compatible Online Multiplayer Dolby Pro Logic II 480p support Introduction Being somewhat detached from platform games in recent years, I decided to return to my roots for some good old platform gaming fun. Developed by Insomniac games Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal gave me an opportunity to step away from my Xbox and dust off the PS2.
Summary: As the third game in the long-running
franchise, Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal does an excellent job of
maintaining the series' flavor while adding some new elements. The single player
mode is somewhat familiar, with new weapons and more elaborate cut-scenes, while
staying true to the series' action-oriented roots. The biggest change this time
is the addition of a new online mode, where you can fight it out with other
players in a variety of maps and different modes.