6 Reasons You Really Should Play ‘Ratchet & Clank’

Up until the Xbox 360 era, mascot platformer games played a major role in the video game landscape. We had Mario, Sonic, Earthworm Jim, Crash Bandicoot, Rayman, Banjo Kazooie, and a whole lot more. Then somewhere around 2005, those cartoonish mascots vanished and were replaced by super soldiers with big guns who starred in the most popular games of the day. That’s more or less where we stand today. But thanks to the PlayStation 4 exclusive Ratchet & Clank, gamers can relive those halcyon days of colorful platformers. And if you’ve been hankering for some good old-fashioned jumping and shooting, this game won’t let you down.

1. Not just a remaster

The original Ratchet & Clank launched on PlayStation 2 in 2002. It’s an incredible game that still holds up today in just about every way. It’s funny, well acted, and it plays great. The team at Insomniac Games could have simply released another remastered version of the original trilogy for PS4. Instead, they took the basics of the 2002 game and rebuilt it as a fully modern PS4 exclusive from the ground up.

You can see the skeleton of the original game throughout, but the 2016 version of Ratchet & Clank adds tons of new areas, narrative branches, weapons, upgrades, cut scenes, and stunning, all-new graphics. It retains the heart and soul of Ratchet & Clank from 2002, but brings the experience seamlessly into the present.

2. It looks downright stunning

You might not think a cartoon-style game could compete with visually stunning realistic games like The Division or Dark Souls 3. You’d be wrong. This game looks like a living, breathing Pixar movie. It’s also so well written and acted that you might forget you’re not in a movie theater with the kids.

3. Weapons galore

Like any Ratchet game worth its salt, this one is stuffed to the gills with creative weapons. The Pixelizer lets you break down enemies into tiny pieces, while the Suck Cannon acts like a portable Kirby, vacuuming up enemies to fire out at their buddies. Better yet, each weapon is upgradable, thanks to a fun new interface that gives you occasional bonuses.

4. A ballet of (cartoon) violence

The combat in Ratchet & Clank feels ridiculously good. Because the arsenal of weapons is so creative and clever, it feels great to switch through them on the fly as you face off against hordes of enemies. You’ll find yourself blasting baddies, running out of ammo in one weapon, switching between your others, and finally resorting to your wrench on the enemies who get too close. The combat is intense, but once you get the hang of it, it’s exhilarating.

5. Satisfying collect-a-thon

With a hero like the wrench-carrying Ratchet, it’s no surprise that the currency in this game is bolts. Bolts are everywhere and come flying out of most things you hit: enemies, boxes, even mushrooms. Not only do you pick them up when you touch them, but they’re magnetically attracted to you. There’s little in this world more satisfying than completely wrecking a small army of enemies and seeing a tornado of bolts fly into your pocketbook.

6. Lots of variety

Ratchet & Clank makes sure you never have to do a single thing for too long. You’ll fight bad guys, leap between platforms, grind on rails, man turrets, and a whole lot more, each thing more fun than the last.

There’s not much else to say about the new Ratchet & Clank other than you really should play it. It’s creative, funny, and full of heart. It’s also a thrill to play. What’s not to love?

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