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Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
4 April 2008
Excerpt: In need of enhancement. When writing about Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters , it would be easy to rehash the old games, pop in a few Viagra or Enzyte jokes, and slather the review with innuendo. Instead, I’ll keep this clean. I don’t want parents sending hate mail and accusing me of soiling the minds of their loinal fruit – as if Lindsay Lohan hasn’t nailed that coffin shut already. More than that, however, it turns out that size really does matter.
Pros: Compelling plot, Weapon power-ups, Unlockable overdose, Bland graphics, Skyboarding... never again, It's all been done... and better.
Conclusion: Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters will smash its way onto the PSP early next year and we couldn’t be any more excited. The PS2 games have all been excellent and it appears as though their first PSP offering will be equally enticing. We’ll report back if we can get our hands on a more complete version of the game sometime before its release. For now, be sure to check out our media section for all the latest Size Matters screenshots.
Excerpt: Any Ratchet and Clank game bares comparison to Jak and Daxter, and visa versa. They both feature an unlikely duo of ledge leaping madcap protagonists, and subsequently manage to attract much attention for their similarities. While it is fair to say they share a lot in common, as some of the only remaining champions of a genre that once dominated the industry with identikit games, it seems a little cruel to dwell on any likeness the 3D platformers possess.
Excerpt: It’s taken a little while, but the PlayStation 2’s popular duo of Ratchet and Clank has finally made its way on to the PSP. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters not only fills the gaping combat-platformer hole in the PSP’s library while maintaining the series’ tradition of double entendre subtitles, it also manages to be one of best PSP games to date.
Summary: Parents need to know that this adventure features a gun-touting cartoon hero who saves a child from abduction. While there isn't explicit violence or gore, much of the gameplay involves shooting, throwing bombs, and whacking enemies with a wrench. Most of these enemies are robots, and the alien weapons are fantastical. The title contains a sexual pun, but most kids will probably miss it.
Excerpt: Ratchet & Clank have made it into some very hallowed territory. In this day and age of over-muscled protagonists, sci-fi warriors, and violent criminal "heroes," you don't get too many talking animal characters, barring movie adaptations, of course. Back in the day, there was a glut of them, with Jersey Devil, Bubsy, and Aero the Acrobat crowding the shelves.
Conclusion: Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters is not a groundbreaking game. It won’t change the way you look at platformers, and it won’t inspire a generation of young gamers. But it’s a well-done, good-looking, and most of all fun game, and it really shows off what the PSP is capable of.
Pros: Great graphics, Wicked weapons, Multiple mini-games
Conclusion: Overall, though, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters is a great PSP game that faithfully duplicates the Ratchet & Clank experience in a handheld format. Anyone on the hunt for a rock-solid action game will find plenty to like in Size Matters.
Pros: Good sense of humor, Quality single-player adventure, Plenty of weapon add-ons and enhancements.
Cons: Multiplayer is uninteresting, Camera control is funky, Sound effects are lacking.