| The Good
Huge living levels
Lots of weapons and gadgets to use
Graphics and music are well done
| The Bad
Camera is a little lazy
Aim on weapons is flaky
Ratchet & Clank are thrown together as allies in a quest
to find Captain Quark in hopes of informing him about Chairmen
Drek's plan to destroy other planets and use them to create
his own perfect planet. The two adventures travel from planet
to planet in hopes of locating Captain Qwark, all the while
finding videobots to give them coordinates to new planets.
While the story may not be all that original in it's telling,
it is told well enough to keep the game going and there are
enough funny moments to keep the player pleased.
Each planet starts off with a hub location where the player
often has choices as to which path to take. On each planet
the player has objectives to fulfill, which range from just
exploring the location to doing odd tasks for characters they
run across to just paying someone for an item or weapon. There's
an equal balance between platforming, puzzle solving and action
in every level. At the player's disposal is Ratchet's... uh,
ratchet, which can be used as a melee weapon or as a boomerang
attack. Also, the player can pick up weapons and gadgets to
use. The further into the game you get, the more you'll have
to use the gadgets to solve puzzles in the levels. Weapons
are varied and allow the player to customize their means of
attack. You'll have access to bombs, a laser rifle, missile
launcher and even the R.Y.N.O. (Rip You a New One). With the
variety of weapons at hand, the player has some choice in
And, outside of the standard exploration are some minigames,
like the hoverboard race, which can earn the player certain
items, gadgets or weapons or even satisfy objectives in other
worlds. And, each level has more than enough hidden locations
that you may not find everything in the first run through.
While the player can collect bolts (which act as cash) and
even very well hidden Golden Bolts, there seems to be a strong
intent not to make the game into a "fetch quest".
Visually, Ratchet & Clank is awesome. The immense
levels are teeming with life. Outside of the basic minions
you have to deal with, many levels are packed to the gills
with life. If you're not impressed with all the activity,
you will be by the draw distance as each level looks vastly
larger than it actually is. All the characters and enemies
are designed and animated well. The game is painted with such
a brilliant palette that it just jumps out of your television.
Level design is nicely done and everything, including the
crates you can brake, have a nice level of detail to them.
Audiowise, Ratchet & Clank is put together nicely.
The music is varied and enjoyable and the sound effects really
accent the visual style of the game nicely. The voiceacting
is appropriately done and manages to bring the story along
with a humorous style.
I would have to say that there are only two things that really
are a minor unresolved nuisance in Ratchet & Clank.
The camera tends to be a little lazy and can take some time
to catch up with the player, but it's never so bad that it
ruins the game. Also, the aim on some of your weapons can
be a little flaky. Some times, you'll get a lock-on to enemies,
while other times, you'll be shooting off into the background.
Ratchet & Clank is a very enjoyable game that
fans of the platformer and adventure genre's should make the
effort to find. While it may not revolutionize the genre,
it does more than enough things right and offers a wide variety
of options to get through the game that everyone should be
pleased with the effort.