Insomniac and Sony came together to recreate the PlayStation 2 classic, Ratchet & Clank, for the PlayStation 4. It appears as though the remake has hit a home run, offering both the classic experience and new features to entice a new generation of gamers.
Judging by the reviews of the game, the weakest feature of the game might be the game's ending, but overall the story doesn't offer much to complain about. Other than that, the world, the characters and gameplay are dynamic and beautiful.
It appears as though Ratchet & Clank is worth the $39.99 purchase. You can grab it for the PS4 on April 12th, 2016.
Ratchet and Clank is a culmination of everything Insomniac has done with the series over the past 14 years. It takes the characters that we fell in love with long ago, and sets them off on their most gorgeous quest yet. The deep and rewarding weapon system, beautiful and varied worlds, and charming-as-heck story make it an adventure that anyone with a PlayStation 4 should strap in for.
9 / 10.0
The humor is hit and miss, but the narrative flows along at a nice pace and hopefully sets the stage for a sequel, or a similarly reworked version of Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, the second game in the series.
Ratchet & Clank has always been a showpiece of new-gen technology, and while this entry’s environments look a little retro, the detail in the characters and the explosion of bolts and gears are legitimate spectacles. The colors pop, the worlds feel more alien, and the heart of the adventure is right where it needs to be: with explosions and rockets lighting up the screen like a Fourth of July fireworks celebration. When Ratchet’s doing what he does best (blowing stuff up), this new experience sings its classic tune well.
8.3 / 10
The strength of each character is important, because the story itself is probably Ratchet & Clank’s weakest point. It’s a basic story about two hapless misfits who set out to achieve a dream and save the galaxy from catastrophe at the hands of greedy and mad antagonists. Other than a rushed and awkward ending, there’s nothing unforgivable about it.
…Ratchet & Clank’s finest attribute is its visuals…
Ratchet & Clank is every bit as dynamic and fun as the 2002 original. It’s endearing and entertaining, a veritable power fantasy fueled by rockets and carried by specialty gadgets. Re-introducing a classic franchise to a new generation is a difficult task indeed, but Ratchet & Clank is a shining example of how it can be done.
8 / 10
Initially, I wasn't all that excited to hear about a Ratchet & Clank reboot, but having actually played it, I don't mind seeing a resurgence at all. This feels like a last-ditch effort for Sony to bring this series into the spotlight again, and honestly, I hope it works out.
8 / 10
Ratchet & Clank is an easy recommendation. It's great fun, looks lovely, plays well and almost serves as a palate cleanser to the usual video game releases. Newcomers to the series will likely find a fresher experience (even though it's a proper remake, familiarity does creep in), but fans will love what Insomniac has done here. A remake done right in a series that rarely puts a foot wrong.
8 / 10
There are some minor things to gripe about: the last fifth of the game feels a little padded out, you're only afforded one save file, and the final boss is predictably frustrating (I imagine he'll give younger players fits). But the good far outweighs the bad, and after some experimental entries on the PS3, Ratchet & Clank is a entertaining return to form for the series. This is a reboot done right, recapturing everything that made the original great and making substantial improvements for a new generation.
4 / 5