I played through Ratchet and Clank on PS4. The framerate chunked up a few times, but otherwise it played great.
Ratchet and Clank are back in an all new action platformer! Although they never really left. After a few years of half-baked spin-offs and underwhelming budget titles, Insomniac reboots the series in this movie tie-in which serves as both a great jumping on point for new gamers, and a Ratchet and Clanks Greatest Hits for existing fans. And it’s beautiful to boot.
With the power of the PS4, Insomniac Games have perfected both the lush look and frenetic gameplay of one of Playstation’s leading franchises. Ratchet and Clank both looks and plays incredibly. At times, it feels like you are actually playing a movie, and the movie cutscenes that play at points in the story are almost indistinguishable from the in-game ones. At it’s worst moments, Ratchet and Clank chunks up a bit and a few in-game models look bad against everything else (Captain Qwark, most notably) but when you’re walking around what looks like a Pixar movie, it’ll be hard to care.
Ratchet and Clank has always been about explosive gameplay with tons and tons of crazy guns which can be upgraded into even crazier ones. Ratchet and Clank cherry-picks the best guns from the series and gives them to you one after another to blow holes in the colourful enemy armies. The levels are packed full of guys to shoot in any way you want. You want to light them on fire with the Pyrocitor flamethrower? You can do that. You want to pixelate them with the Pixelator shotgun? You can do that. But me personal favourite is the Groovitron. A disco ball which can be thrown out into the field, which makes all enemies stop and dance. Every single enemy has a dance animation, including bosses, and more importantly tanks.
Using these guns will earn them XP, which means the more you use them, the more powerful they become. All guns have a cap of Level 5 in the main game, but you can always re-up and go in for NG+, which will mean you can upgrade to Level 10. Ratchet can be upgraded too, with tons of health upgrades to unlock.
The fantastic action platforming of the Ratchet sections is slowed down in several Clank sections, where you take the little robot into more puzzle-orientated scenarios. While these sections are much improved from the original with Clank manipulating robots in order to progress in the stage, they’re still nowhere near as compelling as the Ratchet stuff. They’re not hard enough to make you think, and not short enough to easily blitz through.
Insomniac has created something special with Ratchet and Clank, a game which works on many levels. Hopefully, if it does well, it’ll lead into a new series. I would love to see a totally brand new Ratchet using this framework. Ratchet and Clank could be the start of something great. And that’s really exciting.
Ratchet and Clank is a fantastic entry into a series which had fallen on hard times. Whether you’re a newbie to the franchise or an old fan, this reboot won’t fail to thrill and entertain. The gameplay remains incredibly fun, and the loop of upgrading guns will keep you playing past the end credits. Ratchet and Clank is undoubtably the best movie tie game of all time and is also one of the best exclusives on the PS4.
RATCHET AND CLANK (2016)