An Inventive Reboot

Ratchet & Clank is arguably Playstation’s most well known exclusive, and for good reason. Almost every game in the franchise has been fantastic, and the newest game in the series, is no exception. Ratchet & Clank is a reboot for the Playstation 4. It’s a retelling of the very first game of the franchise. It feels like a remake, but at the same time, it feels new, fresh, different and innovative, giving this fantastic series the start it deserves on the Playstation 4.

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Much like the first game, you start on Veldin.

A Game, Based on the Movie, Based on the Game

Ratchet & Clank’s story is a retelling of Ratchet & Clank’s origin story, and how they became partners. The whole game is told through a commentary from Captain Qwark, which leads to some twists and changes in the storyline, the game is also very aware of itself, with a few fourth wall breaks scattered around. It’s a bubbly, light, fun story that I enjoyed from start to finish. There were moments where I couldn’t help laughing, and Captain Qwark’s running commentary of the whole game was entertaining from start to finish. There are scenes from the upcoming movie dotted throughout the storyline, and they look fantastic. The way the story was told in Ratchet & Clank has me extremely excited for the movie. The end result is a well written, fun story that anyone can enjoy, and it’s a great starting place for newcomers.

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Ratchet is still using his wrench!

A Fantastic Return to Form

Ratchet & Clank’s game play mainly revolves around platforming, exploring and shooting. Lots and lots of shooting. Platforming feels solid, using jumps and different gadgets to get to where you need to go always feels good, and on planets like Gaspar and Quartu, the jetpack is openly available for use whenever you like. There are secrets hidden on every planet, and you’re always rewarded for exploring, whether it be a golden bolt, weapon, holocards, or a new gadget. Each planet feels unique and individual. Gaspar is a hot planet, covered in lava and red rocks, while Pokitaru is a tropical paradise dotted with islands surrounded by crystal clear water. Each planet has something different to do like travelling on a grind rail on Kalebo III to find what’s at the end of it or competing in hoverboard competitions on Rilgar for various prizes and rewards for doing well. Gunplay in Ratchet & Clank is fantastic. There are 16 different weapons to use, and every single one is different and they can be combined in different ways to work with one another. The Groovitron fires a disco ball, causing all enemies in the area to start dancing, leaving them vulnerable to other attacks. My personal favourite weapon is the Pixeliser, which does exactly what it sounds like, blasts enemies into bit form, making them look like out of place 2D sprites in a 3D world. All the weapons are fully upgradeable, and have modifications, making for a strong sense of progression with every single upgrade. Scattered around each planet are golden bolts, which unlock accessories for Ratchet, his ship and the filter through which the game is played. Cheats like invincibility and unlimited ammo can also be unlocked if enough are collected. Once you complete the main story once, challenge mode is unlocked. In challenge mode, you keep all your weapons and upgrades to play through the main story again. It’s a good way to earn more upgrades and bolts, due to the bolt multiplier exclusive to challenge mode.

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The Groovitron even works on bosses!

Just like a Pixar Movie

In my opinion, Ratchet & Clank is easily the best looking game currently on the Playstation 4. Ratchet & Clank looks like it’s been pulled straight out of the Pixar universe, both in terms of visuals and art style. Character models are detailed, animations are fluid and crisp, environments are absolutely amazing to look at and all of this is at 1080p, running at a smooth 30fps that never faltered for me, regardless of the amount of explosions on the screen.The weapons sound satisfying and impactful, and all of the voice acting is perfect. All of this makes for an extremely enjoyable experience from start to finish.

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Pokitaru’s water and greenery looks particularly good.

Verdict: 10/10

Ratchet & Clank is the reboot the series deserved and needed. It’s a fantastic starting point for the franchise on current gen consoles, setting this franchise up for success. There’s plenty of replay value and content here that makes the game well worth the $50 price. It looks beautiful, plays amazingly an brings back an old franchise that feels new again. If you’ve never played Ratchet & Clank, give this one a shot, you won’t be disappointed.

Positives

-Excellent retelling of Ratchet & Clank’s origin

-Fantastic game play

-Unique and fun weapons

-Visually stunning

-Runs smoothly

Up next is Star Fox Zero, it’ll be up either tonight or tomorrow!

Thanks for reading guys, Harry.

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