Before I begin this article, can someone please tell me what in the H-E-double hockey sticks is a “lombax?” Sounds like something out of a J.R.R Tolkien novel. But any-who, Insomniac Games’ much anticipated remake of the original game from their beloved Ratchet & Clank series is coming out…well actually, it’s 12am Pacific Time up here in Canadia, which means that the game is actually already out. I was supposed to have this article up more than a few hours ago, but somehow I got distracted and played Mass Effect for 3 hours…Ah, fu#k it. As one who has only ever very lightly dabbled into the Ratchet & Clank series – my interests flew to another duo, which included yet another smack-talking, absurd looking, orange coloured animal – this game has been on my radar for some time. Especially growing up as a huge fan of the colourful action platforming genre, I was more than happy to see this game in the works as it would strike a breath of fresh air amidst a much darker toned era of gaming with titles like Dark Souls and the like flooding our libraries. Not to diminish the quality of those games, because god knows I love me some masochistic, gothic fun; but I’d been yearning for quite some time for a triple A game that screamed Jak & Daxter or Ratchet & Clank. Well, what better game to release than Ratchet & Clank itself to fill that ever growing void? But the real question is…Is it good?
Well, review copies have been out and in the wild for some time now, and we’ve just started to see the initial reviews for the game.
The game currently sits at a very comfortable 86/100 on Metacritic, from a total of 48 critics (Jesus I am late writing this).
Marty Sliva from the gaming conglomerate IGN gave the game a very pretty 9/10, complementing the games’ graphics, weapon designs, and story. The only gripe he seemed to have was that the game felt “occasionally lonely” … whatever that means. (leave it to IGN to say something like that…not hating, just saying). Sliva closes off the review by saying:
Ratchet and Clank is a culmination of everything Insomniac has done with the series over the past 14 years. It takes the characters that we fell in love with long ago, and sets them off on their most gorgeous quest yet. The deep and rewarding weapon system, beautiful and varied worlds, and charming-as-heck story make it an adventure that anyone with a PlayStation 4 should strap in for.”
Cassidee Moser continues the positivity over at Gamespot giving the game an 8/10. Complementing the games great sense of humor and gameplay variation, closes off the review by saying:
Ratchet & Clank is every bit as dynamic and fun as the 2002 original. It’s endearing and entertaining, a veritable power fantasy fueled by rockets and carried by specialty gadgets. Re-introducing a classic franchise to a new generation is a difficult task indeed, but Ratchet & Clank is a shining example of how it can be done.”
One reviewer who was not all that thrilled when initially hearing of a Ratchet & Clank reboot, but then quickly changed his mind after playing this game was Chris Carter from Destructoid. Giving the game another 8/10, he says:
Initially, I wasn’t all that excited to hear about a Ratchet & Clank reboot, but having actually played it, I don’t mind seeing a resurgence at all. This feels like a last-ditch effort for Sony to bring this series into the spotlight again, and honestly, I hope it works out.”
So far the game has received only positive reviews on Metacritic; but there do exist those that are on the lower end of the spectrum. Blake Hester from GamingTrend gave the game a 75/100, saying the following:
There is a lot to love in Ratchet and Clank, but it also comes with its fair share of headaches. Levels are short and linear, and leave little desire to stay on them any longer than you have to. While weapons are interesting and unique, they often come with the added weight of being hard to aim. It’s beautiful, funny and fun, but also, short and stale.”
So far it looks like things are going the way Sony and Insomniac Games had hoped. Now if the movie gets even half the good reviews as the game is getting so far, then I think it’s safe to say that it just may not be the last that we see our little lombax (seriously, what is this?).
Ratchet & Clank is available exclusively for the PlayStation 4 and is going on sale for the (beautiful) price of $39.99.
What are your guys’ thoughts on Ratchet & Clank? Will you buy it? Are you looking forward to the movie? What was your favourite game from the franchise? Let us know in the comments below!