Tyler has been playing “Ratchet and Clank”
The new release of Ratchet and Clank on the PlayStation 4, which is based on the movie, which is based on the original 2002 PlayStation 2 game, is simply a piece of nostalgic gold. For anyone who has played even one of the several games in the series created by Insomniac Games, this one feels like home. The gameplay and controls remain true to the original game and its respective franchise. The only real issues I had with the game was it’s extreme influence from the Ratchet and Clank film, released less than a month after this title in April 2016. It is admittedly hard to look at a game like the original Ratchet and Clank and see it given the “movie tie-in” treatment, but it’s by no means a terrible story. At the worst, the troubles of the game’s plot, and thus the film, is that there isn’t a whole lot that’s original in it. As a result of being ‘tied-in’ the humorous one liners and cutscene narrative of this game are ripped directly from the film, which, depending on how you liked it, can be good or very bad.
Even with some tweaks to the story, this game still tries it’s hardest to remain close to the classic plot line of the original game.
Including several callbacks to classic moments and best jokes from the 2002 original, the awesome, and occasionally goofy, weapons that are unlocked throughout the game, and of course the witty banter between our two titular unlikely heroes in Ratchet and Clank. If there is one positive side effect of the film’s influence, it has to be the amazing voice talents that took part in the game such as Paul Giamatti and Rosario Dawson, who make sense in the film, but in the game may feel strangely surreal. Overall, this game was a very enjoyable entry in the series and the memories it brought flooding back made the mediocre film’s influence a little easier to swallow. – Tyler Carlsen