Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters


By: Angus Deacon    On: PlayStation Portable
Published: Monday 18 Jun 2007 10:00 AM
 
 
 
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Size Matters is an original Ratchet and Clank adventure developed by High Impact Games – a studio made up of former Insomniac employees. With Insomniac being responsible for the initial games in the Ratchet franchise (as well as the much loved early Spyro games), this latest PSP installment had all the ingredients to be as great as the TV adverts for it.

One of the original’s best-loved features were the massive and hilariously ridiculous weapons. Luckily these are still central in this PSP version and you’ll find weapons such as the Bee Mine Glove, (which lets you fire out a swarm of robotic bees), an Acid Bomb and a Laser Tracer, which you can burn anything into the enemies or your surroundings. Each one is fun and inventive and makes what would be an average dull platform game a heap of laughs. The array of weapons also helps to distract from the uninspiring story too. Set after the events of Ratchet and Clank: Deadlocked, our heroes are on a much needed vacation, when their R&R time is suddenly cut short. They soon find themselves lured into a mysterious quest of having to save a schoolgirl named Luna who has been kidnapped by a forgotten race of little genius inventors known as the Technomites. Like all little genius inventors would be, they are hell-bent on galactic domination and are quite prepared to do anything to achieve their over-sized goal.

After loading up with guns, gadgets and armor the two of you set off to throw a spanner (or an oversized wrench) in their works. Fans will be glad to hear that the little robot side-kick Clank gets a much more prominent role in this game as you get the chance to take control of both characters throughout the levels. Apart from the weapons and gadgets you will find yourself unlocking a wealth of different vehicles as well which gives way to racing modes and other driving adventures. Gamers can even equip and swap armor to create different upgrades and effects. For example, equipping full sets of matching Frozen armor can give Ratchet special ice attacks and so fourth. It’s the little touches like this that give the game a much needed replay value as you try out different combinations.
The controls are the usual PSP platform game affair and thankfully the camera angles have been well thought out at all times. Another welcome feature were the quick load times making Size Matters a good pick-up-and-play event.

In the multiplayer arena, gamers can play through several modes and hidden areas that feature multiplayer weapon upgrades. For the more destructive gamers you can go head-to-head in "Deathmatch" or cooperate in "Team Deathmatch" and "Capture the Flag." Additionally, a mode called "Iron Lombax" requires gamers to team up and complete objectives that include turning Martian cows into fast food. It’s as much fun as it sounds as you attempt to accomplish your task by collecting the burger bound bovines honestly or by stealing them from your opponents.

With this full multiplayer support and loads of cool new features and gadgets (including Ratchet’s new ‘make-plants-grow-faster’ Sprout-a-Matic!) any Ratchet and Clank fan must check this portable title out.


The Score

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
"Any Ratchet & Clank fan must check this out."
7.5
Good
Rating: G   Difficulty: Medium   Learning Curve: 15 Min

 

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