|Dev: Insomniac Games|
|Pub: Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Release: April 12, 2016|
|Players: 1 Player|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080i||Blood and Gore, Intense Violence|
Ratchet & Clank is by far one of the best looking games for the PS4. The color palette is fittingly exotic for the extraterrestrial worlds you’ll explore – you’ll want to keep your thumb hovering over the share button. Character animations are fluid, and I didn’t notice any graphical oddities or framerate issues, even at 30 FPS, that detracted from the action. I’ve always thought the actors would do well in a Pixar-like movie, and all of the performers brought their A-game for this movie tie-in. My only complaint is that some of the updated planets feel like they borrowed too much from the PS3 games – one planet felt like it was lifted directly from Tools of Destruction.
The review guide suggested veteran Ratchet & Clank players start the game on Hard difficulty, but general 3D platformer fans shouldn’t have too much trouble jumping in at the highest difficulty either. Ratchet & Clank is quite forgiving, allowing you to resume at a checkpoint close to where you die. You don’t lose your bolts or raritanium (the types of currency used for buying and upgrading weapons, respectively) either. Moviegoers and gamers alike should find a difficulty level that suits their needs.
When it appears in theaters, I doubt that critics will shower Ratchet & Clank with the level of praise as, say, Zootopia, which handles more adult themes like racism. What I’ve seen from the game’s story is a Pixar-like experience that’s mostly just another tale, albeit a funny one, about the power of friendship. Even as a game, no matter how much it borrows from the PS3 entries, it’s not a revolutionary 3D action platformer, but it is a high-quality one that’s crafted by who know what they’re doing. I bring this up because there will be some cynics who believe Insomniac has run out of ideas. Considering that Ratchet & Clank borrows more ideas from the PS3 games than it introduces new ones, I can see their point. However, Ratchet & Clank is an upgraded version of the classic. It doesn’t need to be much more than that, and what it does it does well.
Date: April 12, 2016