With so many HD upgrades or new-gen remasters, you might be forgiven for overlooking the new Ratchet & Clank. After all you've already bought the game again for the HD trilogy, right? Wrong. This latest Ratchet & Clank isn't a shinier version, it's a proper remake, essentially rebooting the story to sit alongside next year's movie.
New levels, new script, new bosses, new weapons. Essentially the Ratchet game we thought we'd never see after Insomniac ditched Sony to work with EA (Fuse) and Microsoft (Sunset Overdrive). It's ok guys, you can't win 'em all. This brand new gameplay demo from the PlayStation Experience presentation shows that the studio haven't lost their touch. Bring on April 2016.Click here to read more...
Insomniac recently announced that they were working on a new PS3 exclusive (and set for a Gamescom announcement)- and as we mentioned when we first brought you the story, the smart money was on Resistance 3. Retailer listings, whispered rumours and even a billboard spotted on a movie set all pointed towards a sequel to Insomniac's FPS series. However, Insomniac voice actor David Kaye (who voiced Nathan Hale, the protagonist of the Resistance series) has officially thrown a spanner into the works.
When asked about whether Insomniac were working on Resistance 3, Kaye replied:
“Don’t know about Nate. There are some interesting developments always coming from Insomniac Games. We’re working on more R & C currently.”
Ah. Okay then. This doesn't necessarily mean that Resistance 3 isn't in the pipeline (as the game could well be in the early development stages ), but it does throw a strong new contender into the ring. Could Ratchet & Clank be Insomniac's mysterious PS3 exclusive? Could this even have something to do with Insomniac's implicit support of an HD collection? We'll be at Gamescom to bring you the latest. [VG247]
Privates, the new hilarious sex-themed shooter from the esteemed Zombie Cow studios, is now free to download from E4. Taking control of a 'crack' team of commandos, you'll shoot your way through the interior of various private parts and rid them of oozes, critters and some genuinely disturbing genital denizens.
Zombie Cow have a history of producing hilarious and thoroughly gauche titles- so as you'd expect, Privates is fun, hectic, sidesplittingly-funny and absolutely NSFW. [E4]
We're just under two weeks away from the timed exclusive XBLA release of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light; and after our hands-on preview, we're pretty excited about it. However, a couple of recent news stories suggest that it won't quite be a finished article. In fact, a fair chunk of it will be missing.
First of all, Guardian will ship without any online cooperative functionality. According to Crystal Dynamics, the game will release on time, but we'll have to wait until September 28th for the ability to play with our friends. [Joystiq]
"We made a decision recently because we were focusing on how we can deliver the best possible experience to the players. If we had launched with online co-op, we wouldn't feel comfortable that it was the best possible experience for the player," Karl Stewart, Crystal Dynamics global brand director
Crystal Dynamics have also already set their sights on downloadable content. Apparently some forthcoming character packs will replace Lara and Totec with other adventurers; including well-known characters from other videogame franchises.
It's been a month since Xbox 360 and DS owners got their fix of Puzzle Quest 2, the addictive sequel to the original hybrid RPG puzzler. Luckily, you PC owners will be finally able to calm the shakes on August 12th. Steam are currently offering a slight preorder deal in case you're interested, though it's still slightly more expensive than the XBLA version.
Having to go gold turkey from the original Puzzle Quest was one of the hardest things any gamer has to do... and it's time to chase the dragon all over again. Why not check out our full review of Puzzle Quest 2 to see what you're in for?
Last week's emergency budget called for a VAT increase of 2.5% across the board... which, in a super-simplified nutshell, means that everything is going to get more expensive as retailers seek to normalise their profit margins. However, the games market faces a unique problem.
"Senior retail figures" have informed MCV that the overwhelming majority of us simply won't buy games for more than £39.99. They're right, of course. Whilst the occasional anticipated title can get away with a higher release price (here's looking at you, MW2), games vendors are simply unable to raise their prices above this level for fear of a consumer revolt and a massive profit slump.
Whilst retailers will do their best to keep the prices down, we can expect them to attempt to claw back some of their lost profits (no, not the band) in other ways (such as lessening the frequency and potency of deals and sales... or laying off more employees). If this doesn't sit well with shareholders, we could even see a net rise in new releases and preowned base price levels. Not to blow our own trumpet, but expect Hot UK Deals and Dealspwn to become even more important for the savvy consumer over these next few months! [MCV]
Would you consider paying over £39.99 for a game these days? Worried about the current economic situation? Drop us a line in the comments!
The probability of reskinned and remastered PS2 classics hitting the PS3 in the near future has hit our headlines many times... basically, because we all want it to happen. Insomniac is the latest to developer to jump on the remake bandwagon, twittering that they would be happy to support a Ratchet & Clank Collection- but would prefer not to be involved in its development.
“We won’t make it, but we’d support Sony if they decided to do it!”
Would we like to see a Ratchet and Clank HD Collection? Yes please. Would we like it to be the tip of an entirely new range of HD classics. Hells yes, please. [The Sixth Axis]
Sony is currently getting ready to make their first major 3D hard sell at the Develop conference in Brighton... even though they've received some disturbing news from Japan. According to a recent poll (of over 8000 respondents), over 70% of consumers have no interest in 3D technology whatsoever. Apparently, the glasses aren't sitting well at all.
Nintendo must be loving this. After all, Sony actually begged them to stop taking the mickey and consider joining forces on glasses 3D.
However, it's important to remember that 30% still equates to a lot of people... and a lot of money. If enough of this proportion adopt the technology it will make for a viable install base so long as Sony keeps up the pressure. [VG247]
You know what I'm about to ask. Can you get excited about Sony's 3D tech? Do the glasses put you off... or are they a necessary part of the next major gaming evolution? Have your say in the comments!
Buy it now! £7.98 is obviously a mistake for this Platinum range pre-order as Gamestation’s bed-buddies Game are selling it for £17.99.
Still here? Fine I suppose I’ll have to convince you how awesome a game this is. The game begins after the DLC intermission, Quest for Booty, with our heroes still separated. Clank finds himself stuck with the villainous Dr. Nefarious and Ratchet has somehow been paired with a fantastically-on form Captain Quark (give the man a full game already damnit!).
Ratchet is deadlier than over as he’s finally learnt to do a comet strike (throwing the wrench) on the move. Sounds simple but the extra flow it adds to the combat is top-notch. Of course, you start the game with a crappy blaster as once again Ratchet seems to have lost every weapon that you bought him last time out, even the bomb-glove. The Jerk. The best new one is the Sonic Erupter which is a creature that unleashes a shotgun like burp that can be weak or devastating depending on when you time the shot in-line with its breathing. It provides plenty of tense moments when you get swarmed desperately waiting to fire off an optimal shot.
Past favourites return like the Groovitron that makes everyone stop and boogie, giving you some time to regroup. Mr. Zurkon the back-up robot returns and kicks more ass in one level than Clank ever did and is a bit of a psychopath to boot.
As well as the usual planet missions, Ratchet gets to do a bit of space exploration and investigate a planet’s nearby moons. These are similar to past games but in much greater numbers and rewards range from gold bolts, upgrades or extra Zoni (essential for upgrading your ship). The moons are so damn addictive with cases of ‘one-more-moon’ turning into another six. That pretty much sums up the whole game to be honest, there’s always a reason to keep playing.
Let’s not forget about Clank’s levels though. Some much needed variety is thrown into the game here with a neat twist to button-panel operated doors. Clank has to record himself multiple times performing actions with hardlight holograms to open areas, stay on pressure pads and activate platforms. Initially a little baffling but it all clicks once you get the hang of re-recording over past runs to shave off a bit of time or gain access to a previously blocked path that one of your recordings has opened up for you. The optional puzzles are absolute monsters, but feel very rewarding once you master them.
The chaotic gunplay and the desire to level everything up and discover every last collectable is utterly compelling. A Crack in Time is one of those games that as soon as you finish it, you’ll quickly shrug off any disappointment over the shortish length (compared to past games) and start a new game just to do it all over again.
Thanks to goonertillidie at HotUkDeals for the find
Everyone loves a good double act, and a great team can make for a an unforgettable dynamic. Just ask Morcambe and Wise... Riggs and Murtaugh... Tango and Cash.... and Ratchet & Clank. Delivering a mix of traditional platforming, badass weaponry and clever puzzles, Insomniac's Sony-exclusive franchise has gone from strength to strength: culminating in the finest iteration of the series so far with Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time. ShopTo are currently stocking the duo's latest adventure for £14.85, which is £5 cheaper than Simply Games (the nearest price rival).
Crack in Time concludes the story that Tools of Destruction started back in 2007, but improves upon almost every aspect of its predecessor. Whilst the platforming and awesome arsenal are still intact, Crack in Time introduces some seriously impressive puzzle sections where you'll use Clank's time control ability to circumvent some impressively involved obstacles. Far from being a gimmicky diversion, these segments are the highlight of the game- and it's great to see Clank step into the limelight after his lukewarm PSP spinoff.
The all-important boomsticks include standard shooter fare like the shotty and sniper rifle as well as the series' trademark outlandish armaments. Want to turn your foes into monkeys or freeze them with ice grenades? Crack in Time has you covered. In short, you're getting a great platformer with expansive levels, a solid shooter and a tricksy puzzle game in a single package- and at £14.99, it's an extremely attractive package indeed.
Thanks to Alena at Hot UK Deals. Time to pour on some rep!
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.
Today’s news roundup sees God of War being considered as a First-Person Shooter, Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time receiving two demos, and Sony working on a prototype with the capability of sending electricity through the air.
God of War is widely considered one of the top action games around today, and a game that probably will never make the transition to first-person shooter. This still didn’t stop Sony Computer Entertainment of America art director Ken Feldman from expressing his dream to see God of War through the eyes of Kratos. A write-up explaining details of the technical and lighting issues revealed his idea for the change of direction.
Of course the idea was widely rejected, but one he still wants to pursue. “I tried unsuccessfully to convince [director Stig Asmussen] to make 'God of War III' a first-person shooter. Kratos could have some truly badass huge weapons that rip gods to shreds. Unfortunately he didn't see the genius in the idea,” said Feldman. Taking the mickey or not, it’s still possible this sort of thing could happen as a spin-off, albeit one that is probably so bad it hurts. [CGSociety]
Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time is revealed to have two demos in line for PS3 owners, rather than the usual one. Insomniac explains that due to the large size of the original demo, they were forced to cut it in half.
One demo will focus on Ratchet, the lombax (a kind of space fox-cat human thing) with ‘attitude’, while the other will star Clank, the little robot sidekick. A Crank in Time isn’t too far off but Community manager James Stevenson confirms the demos will be released before the game. [PS3Center]
Sony have been busy developing a prototype power system with the capability of sending electricity through the air, removing the need for a bulky power cable hoarding up all your space. Sony claim to succeed in sending a 100 volt electricity supply over 50 centimetres, powering a 22-inch LCD television. Of course it’s only a prototype, and many drawbacks are still apparent.
The prototype was only 80% efficient, wasting a fifth of the power it received, and further loss occurred once the electricity reached the device being powered. This only represents the basic technology of the device, so it’s still a long time until implementation can even be considered. But if everything moves along smoothly, it’s entirely possible the next generation Sony console could come in wireless form. [PCWorld]
In today’s news, Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time sees an official release date. In other news, an EEDAR analyst predicts Guitar Hero 5 will sell twice as many units as The Beatles Rock Band, Capcom tease several new game announcements at the upcoming Tokyo game show, and Halo: ODST sells four weeks early in a French retailer, prompting action from Microsoft.
Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time has received an official American release date of October 27th. Retailers are of course offering the usual bonus offers that come with any new game, with Amazon offering customers two new power-ups, plus 5000 bolts already in their account.
This news comes as a relief to fans, with nearly every publisher moving their major games back to 2010, keen to avoid the threat of Modern Warfare 2. A European release date announcement should follow soon. [EuroGamer]
Despite the excitement and buzz created by The Beatles Rock Band, EEDAR analyst Jessie Divnich predicts Guitar Hero 5 will incredibly sell over twice as many units. EEDAR predicts Guitar Hero 5 should sell over 4 million units, while The Beatles Rock Band will only manage 1.7 million units. “I believe that at the end of the day, it comes down to marketing muscle, and Activision has proven in numerous showdowns that they can out advertise and out promote their competitor” said Divinich.
Although he went on to admit his predictions could turn out to be wrong, due to the arrival of new Activision game DJ Hero. Activision may divert their attention and funding to DJ Hero, denting the success of Guitar Hero. Divinich also points out both franchises could have trouble attracting new customers, with the rhythm genre apparently “peaked”. After such growth over the past two years, further growth seems unlikely. [BloomBerg]
Capcom teased they will be revealing “several new games” at this years Tokyo Game Show. A post on Twitter said “Hard at work on Tokyo Game Show plans. Several new games to be announced in Japan, lots of new content for [Lost Planet 2], [Tatsunoko vs. Capcom], [Dead Rising 2]. Exciting!” Hopefully these new games include both new IPs as well as new instalments in their classic franchises. [1UP]
4 weeks before its official release, a French retailer has been caught selling copies of Halo 3: ODST. Microsoft of course caught wind of this, issuing a statement that anyone caught playing the game will be banned from playing Xbox Live.
This seems a rather harsh punishment for anyone playing a game they legally bought from a retailer. Microsoft must have later regretted these actions, as an announcement from Stephen Toulouse informed gamers that while Microsoft are looking into matters, “we will not be banning legitimate customers from Xbox LIVE who play early”. Anyone lucky enough to be in possession of a copy can now sit back, relax, and enjoy the game. [Kotaku]
Fans of fun, family-friendly games can pick up Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction for a mere £9.95 from JohnLewis.com. In Tools of Destruction, the Lombax Ratchet and his robot side-kick Clank travel to new dimensions in search of the rest of Ratchet's elusive race, combining inventive weaponry and breathless platforming.
According to a price-comparison, this is the cheapest deal available for a new copy of Ratchet and Clank Future. It's part of the Playstation 3 Platinum Hits Collection, meaning it has sold over a million copies worldwide, receiving an 89/10 from MetaCritic.com. It also received Spike TV's Best Action Game in 2007
Ratchet and Clank Future is a very enjoyable game, and is designed from both an aesthetic and gameplay stance to be accessible for children and adults alike. Kids will enjoy the furry, talking animals hopping and bouncing around, whereas older gamers will appreciate the deep combat and thrilling space-fight sections.
The graphics are particularly amazing, with an almost Pixar-esque level of detail and animation. The story is comical and cheesy, and if you're suitably hooked and want more, an extra level is available on the Playstation Network, and the sequel releases later this year.