Excerpt: Every long running franchise discovers the same pitfall after it releases a number of successful sequels: How do you keep the gameplay fresh without losing the original concepts that made your title standout?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.