Ratchet & Clank Size Matters
The latest Ratchet &
Clank game finally lands on the PlayStation 2 which was originally
released on the PlayStation Portable that offered the portable gaming
market, a truly entertaining and almost PS2-like Ratchet & Clank
Once again gamers are
reunited as Ratchet & Clank, an alien and his "pet" robot who must
rescue a kidnapped girl from a mysterious tropical island. Featuring the
stock standard humour from the previous series and the ability to use a
variety of different weaponry (Acid Bomb Glove, Bee Mine Glove), Ratchet
& Clank Size Matters is your classic arcade adventure game where you
must run, fight and solve your way through the game.
designed for the PSP, the game feels a little lacking on the PlayStation
2 but for those avocados of previous titles, they will still enjoy the
storyline but may leave some gamers craving for more.
The title plays like your traditional platformer where you must navigate
a variety of obstacles and enemies in order to progress through the
game. Your characters also engage with the other characters in the game
to go on missions and even purchase weapons. There are also a variety of
mini-games available such as space invader style shooters and even a
Lemmings style of game.
The characters still
have access to a variety of weapons with the ability to mix and match
armour and with classic elements from the original titles where you need
to collect bolts and nuts, fight a plethora of almost unlimited enemies
but at the end of the day,
there just seems to be something missing from the title. The gameplay,
although generally quite good does suffer from some technical flaws
which seem to have made the transition from PSP to PlayStation 2.
Certain parts of the title feel a little buggy or unfinished.
Graphically, the title
is still rather impressive on the PlayStation 2, however it seems like
this old console is finally showing its age. Even so, the background environments
are quite detailed and colourful as is the animation but when the camera
angles go a little wonky, the gameplay does become frustrating.
characters are well animated and add in a variety of special effects and
this game would have been better if it was released more than a year
ago. The sound effects of the title are enjoyable as is the musical score
which pays homage to previous instalments of the Ratchet & Clank series.
In conclusion, Ratchet &
Clank Size Matters is almost like a blast from the past with its classic
gameplay and entertaining storytelling, just be warned that the game
feels like a 1/2 Ratchet & Clank game but then again, our
heroes are back and that's what really matters!