It was 2002 when Ratchet & Clank, a funny and challenging 3D platforming game, first made its appearance on the PlayStation 2. The hero of the game, Ratchet (a Lombax, which is a kind of furry squirrel / raccoon cross breed), teams up with a reject from the robot factory. Ratchet names him Clank after the sound he first makes when he pushes him against the ship's hull. Together they went on to make gaming history...
Exclusive to the Sony franchise, there have been nine other games in the series, including forays onto the PSP. This latest release revisits the first three games in the series: -
You can purchase better weapons at shop nodes, and you also use the bolt currency you pick up from destroying crates and killing monsters to purchase quest items from various characters you meet up with along the way.
The game was a huge success largely because of its simple game play, easy to learn controls and amusing story line.
So what makes these three games the classics that they are? Well, there are - of course - the colourful visuals, the humour, and the very easy control scheme. But mainly we think it's just plain fun to play. The games themselves are not too difficult in terms of puzzles or challenges, but rather than that being a criticism, it has meant that the titles are accessible to a wide range of gamers.
These were three great games in their time, and each one has been long overdue for an upgrade and an outing on the PlayStation 3. So what have they done to them? Well, apart from the addition of a very simple menu screen to choose the version you want to play, the games are the same.
There is no doubt, however, that the graphics have been reworked to leverage the capabilities of the more modern console. If you have played the games before, you will immediately notice how much brighter and more detailed the environments are. This includes some good water effects and bigger and brighter explosions. This has all been accomplished without losing the charm of the original games. Each game also now supports 3D for those lucky enough to own a capable monitor or TV.
We have had a lot of fun replaying these classics and, although we were a bit concerned this may be a another cynical effort to eke out more revenue from an old title, we needn't have worried. What they have done is modernised the look and feel of the game but by keeping the games true to the originals they have given new gamers the opportunity to experience some great platform gaming.
We applaud the decision to release this as three games in one package. We are sure that, if they came out as individual releases, fans would still have purchased them, but as it stands this is has to be one of the best “value for money” packages this year. It's worth every bolt!