Video Game Review: Ratchet And Clank (Ps2)

Ratchet and Clank is the first game in the sucessful series of the same name. Ratchet and Clank were created by the gaming geniuses at Insomniac games in 2002.  Insomniac is the company that made the character Spyro the Dragon and made all of the Spyro games that were on the PS1 console. Speaking of Spyro, Ratchet and Clank reminds me a lot of the 5th game of that series, “A Hero’s Tail”, which was on the PS2. It’s the graphics and music that remind me of that game.

One of the first things I noticed is that the game’s instructions weren’t in a booklet format. The instructions were printed on the back of a Ratchet and Clank poster that comes with the game.

I love how insomniac did this game! The graphics are among the best graphics I have ever seen for a game that isn’t trying to look like real people. I tried to nitpick, but I just couldn’t! Well, maybe I could, buildings, landscapes, and crates don’t throw shadows, but they would have just gotten in the way. Everything that moves throws shadows, though, and the fact that things that don’t move do not throw shadows is normal. For the time, the graphics of Ratchet and Clank are amazingly good, but Insomniac cannot take all of the credit for this. The backgrounds were created using software developed by Naughty Dog (creators of Jak and Daxter, as well as Crash Bandicoot) This sharing of technology has helped to create stunning planets for Ratchet and Clank to destroy enemies in (the Ratchet and Clanks series is played on planets instead of levels).

If you are trying to be quiet, pick another game to play. The weapons make a lot of noise, everytghing from Bang to Boom and everything in between. The noises can get really loud, especially in a heated firefight. Bombs exploding, blasters going off, everything has a noise. There are no subtle noises, but then again, this is not a subtle game. Subtle noises would detract from the game and if you were to turn down the game, it would not be so fun.

The best part of the game, and the part I pay attention to the most, is the gameplay. The overall game is simple, blast, burn, shock, and completly obliterate everything that gets in your way. You have dozens of weapons to help you, and they do just about everything. A few of my favorites are the Glove of Doom, which sends little robots out ahead of you to seek out and blow up enemies; the tesla Claw, which electrocutes everything, and the R.Y.N.O.(Rip Ya A New One), which shoots powerful missiles that can hit many enemies at once. However, the R.Y.N.O costs 150,000 bolts (the currency of Ratchet and Clank’s universe) to get and you usually cannot get it until you play the game a second time through. There are some levels where you can only be Clank, and others where you can only be Ratchet, but most of the time they are together.

Overall, this is an amazing game to play, and is recommended to anyone, excepting younger kids. There is a reason that the game is rated for teens.

This game was purchased from Goozex for $1 and another game, but I cannot remember which one. You can easily get it from Ebay for just a few dollars.

Rated 5 stars for gameplay and fun!

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