It’s been WAY TOO LONG since a Ratchet & Clank game by Insomniac Games. Three years to be exact! Even those more recent releases were more spin-offs than fully fledged, meaty games. Despite this, Ratchet & Clank 2016 is a remake of the original first game of the series (from 2002!) so it’s not quite a whole new game in my opinion.
Or at least, that’s what I THOUGHT.
Being a devoted fan of the Ratchet & Clank series, I obviously remember the general plot and character development for this game. However, this game goes above and beyond in terms of style and substance, which I was pleasantly surprised with! For starters, the game has had a revamp and some of the scenes are stunning…
But it’s not just a makeover that makes this game amazing, although I would have probably been happy just because of this!
The game is riddled with references as the story revolves around Captain Quark’s boastful recollections of the original story in his prison cell (after the first game), which brings back the classic ironic comedy that makes Ratchet & Clank so lovable. Weapon upgrades are a lot more effective and the levelling system works seamlessly, which has probably been taken from more recent games (a great addition!).
Everything you need is now on the map rather than having to toggle through different screens that was a classic annoyance from the first game for me.
Gameplay is near perfect with strafing and trigger control working well. Ratchet & Clank definitely marks the way forward when it comes to precise camera control that I wish other games would adopt.
One thing that I found a lot easier to use was the aiming in the spaceship control scenes that works SO MUCH BETTER than other manual aiming tasks that have been presented in the past.
The addition of card collectables that upgrade your weapons was something I was worried about but works really well as there’s no microtransactions or any other incentives other than the game itself. It’s that good.
The thing about Ratchet & Clank if you haven’t played before is it nails the humour side of things. It’s that kind of dry, not-so-obvious, British-esque humour that creates an atmosphere that keeps you hooked for days on end.
It’s that surprise ‘Pool Sharks are the Worst‘ trophy you get from being chomped by an underwater enemy or the zurkon vs zurkon fights that brings this game into my favourites list.
I have to admit, I was quite crushed when the end cut scene didn’t load after what seems to be a glitch if you die at the same time as the final boss….
But of course that didn’t stop me from replaying the game on Hard, Challenge mode just to get the end scene I so deserved…
So if you’re sat looking at your PS4 thinking ‘why oh why are there not mountains of amazing games being released anymore‘ then spend the £30 on Ratchet & Clank for an amazing experience that will keep you busy for a few days at least. This game also has huge replay value with massive charm that anyone can get stuck into.
If you’re an avid R&C fan and are wondering if it’s worth the money for a revamp, the answer is a solid YES.
P.s. You can’t have a Ratchet & Clank review without a couple oh-so-satisfying mid crate smashes!