Excerpt: Ratchet: Deadlocked is the fourth installment in the highly successful franchise Ratchet & Clank by Californian developer Insomniac Games. The series started off as a platformer initially, but has always been set apart by its shooter elements and unique personality. The previous games have all been moving more and more into the shooter genre, but at their heart still platformers.
Excerpt: The Ratchet & Clank series has been one of the more popular platformers for the PlayStation 2 console. Since the release of the original, the series has been a hit with both buyers and critics. With Ratchet: Deadlocked , the fourth installment now released for the PS2, fans can once again expect to see another great game in an excellent series.
Excerpt: Taking the multiplayer elements introduced in last year’s Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal , Ratchet: Deadlocked expands them into not only a fully realized multiplayer game, but a rather engaging single-player one as well. Deadlocked doesn’t improve on UYA ’s visuals, though there probably isn’t much more room for expansion considering how great the series has always managed to look.
Excerpt: Developer - Insomanic Publisher - Sony Features 1-4 players (1-10 with adaptor) Memory card - 399 blocks Progressive Scan compatable Widescreen Online compatable Pressure sensative Analog control 3 languages Well Ratchet & Clank fans, Ratchet is back and better than ever in his newest game. As always Sony has supplied a great new installment to what I see as a timeless series.
Excerpt: Insomniac Studios has done an excellent job over the last few years with the Ratchet & Clank series. Not only did they create a fantastic must-play franchise out of what could have been a boring me-too character game, they've topped themselves with each sequel. Keeping that same high level of quality going couldn't have been easy, and my hat is off to them for what they've accomplished. In fact, I almost feel guilty for writing this review.
Excerpt: Ratchet: Deadlocked. Hmm, now let’s see, what’s missing here? Besides a double entendre for a subtitle, that is. That’s right folks, there’s no Clank in the title. Clank’s been sort of relegated to a desk job in Deadlocked, leaving all of the fighting and jumping to Ratchet. Is this a bad thing? Well unless you’re a diehard member of the Clank fan club, you’ll probably be having too much fun to give him much thought.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Unless you plan to go for a 100% completion rate and/or will be playing the excellent online mode, there really isn't enough here to get your teeth into, regardless of how much you may have enjoyed past Ratchet games. It is good to see Insomniac aren't resting on their laurels with these yearly updates, by taking new directions, but the franchise is unlikely to support another such release next year.