Ratchet & Clank is a fun return for one of PlayStation’s greatest adventure series despite it’s flaws. Despite the controls being at times unresponsive, the familiar quirky charm of the series remains in its weapon, enemy and character design; while the game is one of the most beautiful games on the PlayStation 4.
Mini-games such as rail-grinding and hover-board racing tournaments were a nice distraction from the main story, albeit somewhat clunky, while I found several secret locations that required tools found near the end of the game, encouraging me to explore. I often looked past the at times unresponsive controls when rail-grinding because of the highly engaging combat system.
Ratchet’s arsenal is diverse and goofy with weapons such as a shotgun that reverts enemies to pixelated retro graphics. Clusters of explosions, bolts (the game’s currency) and enemies’ metallic remains fill the screen in a blissfully polished shine. Weapons can be upgraded in the game’s store menu or by simply using them – I found myself cycling between the ones closest to levelling up.
Puzzles where the player takes control of Clank and uses gadget bots mimicking bridges, electricity and springs are scarce enough to not feel like a chore while being somewhat challenging, – and I felt satisfyingly rewarded once I found the ‘aha’ moment.
Ratchet & Clank is a must have for anyone’s who’s played the original trilogy on the PlayStation 2 or is a fan of the adventure genre familiar to the PlayStation brand.