Ratchet and Clank HD Collection
Ratchet and Clank is a series of games that
was first released back in 2002 and was developed by Insomniac Games.
R&C follows the main protagonists as they save the universe from
maniacal super-villains with amazing regularity. These titles have
become renowned for a combination of action platforming with an emphasis
on over the top weaponry. The original R&C trilogy has recently
received the HD treatment. The original three titles are Ratchet and
Clank, R&C: Locked and Loaded and the cleverly R&C: Up Your Arsenal.
These three games are great titles in their own rights, but has the HD
treatment been worthwhile?
first aspect of any HD re-release is the visuals. The initial game
selection screen is very underwhelming; fortunately things improve
greatly from there. Once you start the game and start moving around the
environment, everything looks great. The R&C series features a highly
stylised cartoon style and this translates brilliantly to HD format.
The graphics have aged very well and the developers have really put in
the work to make sure that everything looks brilliant in full HD. Dont
go into this expecting the games to look like the PS3 releases you
will be disappointed. The visuals improve as you play through the
R&C series has always had very tight controls. There is a combination
of platform aspects and action, shooter style to the series. The only
criticism that I have with this is the original title could be a bit
frustrating to play as there is no strafe; fortunately the enemy
difficulty is far lower than the other titles. The manual camera
control is also not as responsive as more modern titles, but this game
is ten years old. As you progress through the titles the health systems
change drastically and the upgradability of weapons grows substantially.
sound in R&C is also fantastic and holds up very well. All the sound
effects are spot on and the weapons have a beefy over the top feel to
them. The voice work is top of the line this has always been a strong
point of the series and creates much more enjoyable cut scenes. There
is not really anything to criticise in this regard the blaster sounds
a bit weak in the original maybe.
my experience the original R&C games have never run smoothly on the
larger PS3 models, with terrible frame rates making game play virtually
impossible. Rest assured that the HD re-releases run at a smooth 60fps
I experienced slow-down once on the original title when there were
approximately 25 enemies on screen. The trophy support for the HD
collection is also well done. These are not games to buy for quick and
easy trophies, these take some time to get and the challenges have been
chosen well. Making players work for those platinum trophies.
R&C HD collection demonstrates how these should be done, the graphics
and game play and aged incredibly well and the HD re-release does not
look as though its based on an aged title. This provides a great
opportunity for long time fans to play through the original trilogy and
earn some trophies. This also provides a great time for those who never
experienced these games to play through them on their PS3s. There is
very little to criticise with this release and any criticisms are very
minor. This all provides supreme value and recommended to everyone who
enjoys action plat-former titles.