‘Ratchet & Clank’ Review and First Look

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Ratchet Clank Run

How excited am I about the new Ratchet & Clank video game releasing tomorrow? Excited enough that I’m typing this with a brand new PS4 sitting in my living room.

Okay, I admit I planned to buy one at some point anyway. But after screening the movie and playing the game for a few minutes this weekend, I was convinced that now would be a great time to finally pull the trigger and pick one up. I’ve only played they copy provided to me for about an hour, but so far I’m satisfied I made the right decision.

But enough about my lack of impulse control.

If you’re a fan of the Ratchet & Clank series, you’re probably surprised at the lack of a witty subtitle. There have been over a dozen different Ratchet & Clank games dating back to 2002, all with catchy titles like Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, and Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty. This latest version is not exactly a remake of the original, but it’s close. Call it Ratchet & Clank (2016). All of the humor and clever one-liners you come to expect from a Ratchet and Clank game are here, including plenty of jabs at both itself and other video games. Again, I haven’t played very far into the game, but from what I have seen, be sure to keep an eye out for Easter Eggs of other Sony properties.

What makes Ratchet & Clank (2016) different from Ratchet & Clank (2002) is that Insomniac has taken everything they’ve learned over the years, what works and what doesn’t, what weapons kick ass and which ones fall short, and combined it all into one origin story / movie tie-in without the “I’ve seen this all before” feeling you get from some reboots. I’m reminded of how it felt to play New Super Mario Bros. years after the release of Super Mario Bros. 3. Sure we had the Mario Worlds, the Mario Sunshine, but nothing felt quite like getting back to its roots like New Super Mario Bros. Ratchet & Clank (2016) is like visiting an old friend after years apart.

The Intro

Game vs. Movie

The second in-game video I captured was the cut scene from Quartu that was used in the exclusive GeekDad movie clip I shared last week. I know that many of the scenes from the movie started out as actual game play and were re-rendered for the film, and I wanted to compare the two. Amazingly, the PS4 is such a beast that much of the game play is nearly identical to the movie.

Clank Solo Game Play

Next, I wanted to capture playing as Clank. Most of the game you play as Ratchet with Clank on your back, just like the original, but Clank is just so stinking cute, I had to get some solo play of his. This is his escape from Quartu and immediately follows the above scene.

Warning: the videos below likely contain spoilers for the game. If you don’t want to watch someone playing the game, you’ll probably want to skip the rest of the videos.

Ratchet Game Play

Finally, here are some longer scenes of Ratchet game play provided by Insomniac Games.

Ratchet & Clank (2016) is available on PS4 starting tomorrow.

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