At the turn of the sixth generation, CD roms turned into DVD discs, Naughty Dog created Jak and Daxter after Crash Bandicoot on the Playstation, and Insomniac Games created Ratchet and Clank after Spyro the Dragon on the Playstation…you see what I did there?
Two Loners Become One
Ratchet and Clank follows the tale of Ratchet, a Lombax mechanic and Clank, a VERY small war sentry robot who crash lands on the planet Veldin, where Ratchet lives. Clank requests the help of Ratchet to find Captain Qwark and stop the plans of Drek from destroying planets and creating his own. In return, Clank has a missing piece Ratchet needs to fly his ship so….win-win, right?
In this platformer / action-shooter-adventure game, you travel to different planets that you learn about from info-bots. Think infomercials showing a planet off and making the best look of a bad situation. Along the way, meet interesting people like Al the technician builder, a plumber who loves fourth wall breaking, and the mightiest hero….Captain Qwark! Each world offers multiple pathways that always end in a reward, be that a gadget or weapon.
Pew Pew Pew
Fight against enemies using your trusty wrench or a long list of weapons. Each weapon is unique in its own way. Whether it’s throwing bombs with the bomb glove or firing off mini rockets in the RYNO (Rip Ya a New One), the possibilities are endless!! If you ask me, just spam the Tesla Claw and Devastater (if you don’t want to spend 150,000 bolts on the RYNO).
Point A to Point B to Point C
As mentioned before, this game is a platformer / action-shooter-adventure game. The developers made this point clear by each planet having two (or more) set paths. One path is entirely platforming and the other is the fighting and going pew pew pew. This was a safe bet however it gets old really fast.
Everything Costs Money
Want a new weapon to go pew pew pew? Pay it in bolts. Want a gadget to get through a puzzle? Pay it in bolts. Want an infobot to get new planet coordinates? You guessed it, pay it in bolts. There is an underlying concept in the first two games, capitalism and greed. The main antagonist is a businessman, everyone cares more about bolts (the currency) than anything else. To get anywhere, you need to pay. I have never had to grind for bolts for an item (aside from the RYNO) and I think that shows the balance of currency with distribution.
The Final Infobot
Ratchet and Clank was Insomniac Games first game in the sixth generation. While it comes off as simple (because it is), 20 years later and this game is still enjoyable. It has a cute charm, good character development, and overall funny things going on. At the end of the day, Ratchet and Clank gets a 7/10.
Thank you for reading and I’ll see you all in the next review! Take Care!