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: 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: So, where does that leave Deadlocked? Still searching, to some extent, but in other ways, it also shows measured restraint on the part of the Insomniac crew, and that eventually works in the game's advantage.
Conclusion: Insomniac didn't really stray too much from the formula they've built up over the years, and it works to the game's benefit. Sure, you can really explore, but the objectives are varied, the challenge nice and the RPG elements nicely assembled. Good stuff.
Conclusion: Ratchet: Deadlocked is a pleasant detour for this popular series that can easily be recommended to Ratchet and Clank fans and action fans alike. It’s fun and accessible to just about anyone, with addictive gameplay and a formidable story.