Ratchet and Clank brings back a lot of good memories for me personally. I remember when me and my brother in law got addicted to the first Ratchet and Clank game, when we shared an apartment back in the day. Our days consisted of working, getting home from work, then return to Ratchet and Clank and play until the night and then rinse and repeat. We almost 100% the first game, the only thing we we're missing was one collectible. That was years ago, so you can imagine my excitement when I was set with reviewing the newest release in the Ratchet and Clank saga for the Playstation 4
Since the first Ratchet and Clank release back in 2002 the series has been lacking in quality in my eyes. Now don't get me wrong, there really hasn't been a bad Ratchet and Clank game but I just personally felt they had drained the franchise for what it was worth until this release came along. The first games in the series was amazing experiences but when the series started to drift away from the original recipe I kind of lost interest, so when I heard the developers was going back to the roots and creating a new game inspired by the original release I was beyond excited. And trust me, this Ratchet and Clank release is one of the best in the series, maybe even one of the best platformer games on the Playstation 4, if not the best.
The game starts you off with with a prison scene which shows off Shiv Helix who is transported to a cell with none other than Captain Qwark, and since Qwark is known for loving himself a little to much he gladly shares his story with Shiv and we get to enjoy how the story of Ratchet and Clank began through the eyes of none other than the legend himself, Captain Qwark.
The different puzzles in Ratchet and Clank are enjoyable and at times you get to switch to Clank which has his own set of puzzles he needs help with figuring out. The Gadgebots comes in three different versions, Bridge Bot which turns into a bridge, the Power Bot which powers electricity based items and the Spring Bot which gives Clank an extra boost if he jumps on it.
Ratchet and Clank has everything you learned to love from the early beginnings of the series, puzzles, humour, entertaining cut-scenes that interviewee with the movie which also just released, collectables and of course, insane weaponry. The Playstation 4 release of Ratchet and Clank is the best of everything Insomniac Games has ever done with the series and it is the total package of an already amazing series.
Speaking of weapons, if you have played a game previously in the Ratchet and Clank franchise you know they are a huge part of the popularity of these games and this game is no different. You can upgrade each weapon with Raritanium, making them more powerful. To fully upgrade them you need to collect Holocards, which are cards spread across the different maps. If you manages to collect a set of three cards gives you a certain boost, if you manage to collect a specific set of cards you can buy the Omega version of a weapon.
The graphics is amazing, it is sharp and colourful just as you would expect from the series. The game itself runs smooth with few hiccups and during my play through I didn't run into any bugs or glitches which is always a nice experience. The frame-rate seemed to hold up well and the layout for the levels was smart and interesting. The game also sounds amazing and add the incredible pleasurable soundtrack you got yourself something really good to look forward to.
Another great addition to the overall experience was the enemies you encountered which all came with their unique look and challenges.
It is easy to write a review about a game you have nothing but good things to say about, and Ratchet and Clank is one of these incidents. It is a joy from start to finish and it is highly recommended to anyone the slightest interested in the series or platformers in general, it was also a breath of fresh air in a industry that for some weird reason has seen fewer and fewer platform game releases. Ratchet and Clank is just a entertaining experience that anyone should at least give a try.