We all know that movies based on games are typically trash. But what about a game, based on a movie, based on game? With Ratchet & Clank for PlayStation 4, Sony brings the very first adventure of Ratchet and his robot friend into cinemas and revives an almost forgotten video game franchise with a both playable and watchable reboot of its origin.
Let’s start anew
When Ratchet & Clank originally came out on PlayStation 2, it was a massive hit. Over the course of over ten years, the story about the Lombax who wants to be a hero saving the galaxy was extended by multiple games. The new Ratchet & Clank only borrows the spirit of the classics and re-imagines the roots of the franchise with new bosses, new planets, and of course modernized gameplay. As a person who doesn’t like the combination of platforming and shooting, I was intrigued how well Insomniac Games combined these two elements into a challenging yet easy to learn game for all ages.
Take this, Disney
Since Ratchet & Clank was supposed to launch alongside the major motion picture coming to theaters, it was pushed back to a simultaneous 2016 launch, giving the developers some extra time to work on the game. With the reboot’s wide range of bright colours, and the variety of exotic planets, the graphical presentation is just beyond imagination. If you have a heart for Pixar-like animations and small, colourful particles flying all over the place, there’s no way around this game. At some points, Ratchet & Clank even felt like being part of the Lego series, since the mass of collectable bolts after finishing off your enemies is sheer amazing and satisfies accordingly.
Like other platformers and earlier games of the series, Ratchet & Clank heavily relies on collecting and exploring. Acquired materials are used for upgrading your many different weapons on a grid, increasing effectiveness or item drop rate. To get your guns to maximum level, however, you have to actually use them in combat. This encourages alternation and influences your experience in a positive way, as there are plenty of unique weapons to discover. The Groovinator, for example, turns the battlefield into a disco, forcing your enemies to dance for you while you can switch to another weapon to defeat them. You don’t want to heart them? Use a laser beam to transform those monsters into sheeps. When you complete the game, a harder Challenge Mode becomes available, which allows your weapon arsenal to become stronger and even more ridiculous.
Ratchet & Clank provides charming and clever family entertainment and rekindled the franchise’s flame that was once burning so brightly. It’s a lovely playground for fans of shooters and platformers and perfectly conveys the humour of your favourite animation films. I truly believe that there has never been a better game, based on a movie, based on a game.
What we liked:
- Pixar-like animation style
- Enjoyable, family-friendly gameplay
- Tons of creative weapons and upgrades
- Sharp and witty humour
What we didn’t like:
- Tedious endgame checkpoints
This review was written using an PlayStation 4 review code provided by Sony PlayStation. What is your favourite Ratchet & Clank game? Are you planning on watching the movie? Tell us in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter!