Why should anyone care about a Ratchet & Clank game? Maybe not because of rose tinted glasses nostalgia. But more because we all needed a really simple, fun game to take the edge of quite a long period where all the big games were taking themselves far too seriously.
There are some fantastically fun games available on Steam and the PlayStation Store, but often they feel a bit throw away. The idea of a AAA smash em up really appealed to me.
The best thing is that it delivers too. The game is as simple as Nigel Farage’s understanding of immigration. It doesn’t make any bones about it and just lets you get on with shooting and smashing to heart’s content. It’s a wonderful looking game too, if you came to this from Bloodborne you’d realise there is colour and light and beauty still left in the world.
This is the antidote to months of very serious, very important gaming
If you came to Ratchet & Clank from The Division, you’d remember that video games are all about having fun and escapism and rewarding progress in entertaining and satisfying ways. This is the antidote to months of very serious, very important gaming.
Now it’s time to smash and explode lots of stuff and you’ll do it with a huge grin on your face. The story is light and the comedy very broad and it’s enough to keep you engaged, but it’s the gameplay that really satisfies. There are your basic 3D platformer bash-em-ups, which make up the majority of the game, then there are some aircraft sections and some rocket boot rail sliding sections. All of these were fun, however they offer little challenge, which some may bemoan, but for me it’s not an issue. This is a game you can turn your brain off to. Me, I love that!
I also like the Clank puzzle sections. These are generally short logic puzzles based around using ‘bots’ to activate electrical terminals, build bridges or provide a spring up to a higher platform. A few of these were quite tricky and as there is no time limit, you can relax and just work out how to complete the puzzles in your own time.
The levels that don’t work for me are thankfully few in number. So far I’ve had about four Clank running levels, where the diminutive robot has to dodge and jump away from an on rushing enemy. It’s boring and clunky… Less of this please.
The game is dotted with sequences from the movie of the same name and while these work OK within the confines of a video game, I’m not convinced they’ll get anybody too excited about heading t0 the cinema. But I knowledge I am not their key demographic.
All in all, for £30, I think Ratchet & Clank is a wonderful bit of escapism and classic console gaming. If that’s your bag, get on it!