Previously only available as a pricey piece of standalone DLC, it’s great to see this small gem get the boxed treatment. It’s an essential buy at almost £2 cheaper than the next best price.
Acting as an intermission to the two PS3 games, (Future Tools of Destruction and A Crack in Time) we find Ratchet searching the galaxy for his robotic chum Clank who was suddenly taken by the mysterious Zoni at the end of Tools.
Ratchet must team up with the robotic First Mate pirate Rusty Pete, who himself is missing his dear ol’ Captain Slag. Come on how can you not love it! There’s a pirate called Captain Slag!
Without Clank, it’s a harder work for Ratchet when platforming as he can’t use the robots abilities to help with gliding or boost jumps. Annoying at first, but you’ll adapt. A new mechanic is chucked into the game as Ratchet can pick up glowing creatures on his Omniwrench to light his way through darker locations. The Kinetic Tether also makes its debut, allowing Ratchet to manipulate platforms and pull sections of walkway down. Insomniac have included some more great puzzles, one of the best being where you use the tether to move objects to manipulate their resultant shadows.
This bite-sized adventure may only last just over three hours and have little replay value compared to the full releases but it’s nevertheless an essential buy for fans. It’s almost a given that Insomniac are working on Resistance 3 right now, which is all well and good, but fingers crossed there’s another full Ratchet & Clank on the way after that.
Thanks to goonertillidie at HotUkDeals for the find.