Secret Agent Clank PSP Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.4
Graphics 8.1
Sound 8.1
Value 8.3
Distributor: Sony
Classification:
G
Review Date:
July 2008
Reviewer:
Simon Robertson

8.3


Secret Agent Clank

Batman has Robin, inspector Clousea has the Pink Panther (in friendly arch-nemesis way) and Ratchet has Clank... every good hero has a sidekick or wingman and for Ratchet, it's his best friend Clank who happens to be a robot and is the sidekick who always gets his best friend out of trouble.

The Ratchet and Clank series has become a staple on a variety of different Sony consoles and this exclusive game has been designed for the PlayStation Portable that stars Clank in "Secret Agent Clank" which features all the humour, action and excitement that has made the previous games so popular within the gaming community.

The story of Secret Agent Clank continues from the popular franchise and when Ratchet is framed for a crime he didn't commit by one of his nefarious enemies, it is up to Clank to solve the mystery and also free his friend from imprisonment.

In its essence, the game is your traditional arcade adventure game where the gamer controls Clank as he interacts with the gaming environment by running, jumping and engaging in a variety of foes as he attempts to rescue his buddy.

The developers also make use of all spy clichés, especially from James Bond which actually makes this quite a endearing game as the characters are quite likeable and the storyline is extremely immersive.

It would not be a game without the ability to play as other characters and gamers can even experience the "hero" Captain Qwark and it wouldn't be a Ratchet & Clank is players couldn't play as Ratchet himself.

Although the gaming environments are extremely huge, the developers have ensured that the game is not all about running and jumping and ensure a variety of different gameplay modes that assist in spicing up the gameplay of the title.

There's even a rhythm based game where our hero must play music and even race around the world in an almost racing-esq experience. The control system is perfectly mapped on the PSP that make use  of the majority of controls on the device which novice gamers should have no problems in mastering.

Experienced gamers will easily be able to pickup this title as they rotate the camera angle, jump, shoot and perform a variety of different maneuvers as the player completes a set number of objectives.

Best of all, those strange gadgets from the previous series make a return, however with a more secret agent twist which all adds to the gameplay. The player must also unlock a variety of items, secrets and bonuses in the game which means you could easily play this title another time.

Graphically, the title is reminiscent of Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters with extremely detailed gaming environments and well modeled characters. The colours are vibrant and bright and the title contains some great special effects.

The musical score and sound effects compliments the graphics and gameplay and the voice acting, although clichéd perfectly suits the title. The soundtrack also sounds like it has been taken directly from a James Bond movie.

In conclusion, Secret Agent Clank is a great PSP game with out of this world graphics, great gameplay and good old fashioned Ratchet & Clank gameplay with a few new twists. Definitely one for the fans or for those looking for a decent arcade platform game.






 
 



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