Ratchet and Clank (2016) Review!!

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Developer(s) Insomniac Games
Publisher(s) Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platform(s) PlayStation 4
Release date(s)
NA April 12, 2016
EU April 15-20, 2016
UK April 22, 2016
Genre(s) Platformer, shooter


Ratchet and Clank for the PS4 is a re-imagining of the original 2002 game released for the Playstation 2. It has a variety of gameplay elements from different entries in the series, with features like strafing, weapon and health upgrades, raritanium weapon upgrading and the inclusion of weapons that came after the first game. It also features brand new weapons. For example, the Pixelizer, which, as the name suggests, turns enemies into an 8-bit appearance. The PS4 re-imagining runs at 1080p resolution and targets gameplay at 30 frames per second, unlike the 2002 original PS2 title which targeted 60 frames per second. Heavy motion blur is used in the remake to help alleviate the sacrificed smoothness of gameplay.


PRO: Ratchet and Clank’s fresh coat of next gen paint breathes new life into the series. The first game was graphically impressive 14 years ago on the Playstation 2. This new take bumps that up by fivefold. Some environments have been changed to fit the upcoming movie even though there are no tie-ins. The controls for Ratchet and Clank are as tight as ever, making targeting for using the Swingshot, which is a grappling line type device, or any of Ratchet’s weapons manageable and easy to use. Even though the frame rate has been dropped by half, this doesn’t seem to effect gameplay and, if you played the original game you’ll hardly notice any difference.

CON: Very few bad things to speak of about Ratchet and Clank. The only issue is the targeting with weapons. While the offer of auto targeting is on the table, an actual lock-on feature would make things easier especially against the drop ships.

All in all, the Wombax/Reject warbot duo is back and better than ever! It is certainly a thrill to relive their first adventure all over again without the need of an HD release, rerelease or re-rerelease HD supreme edition or anything of the sort. Ratchet and Clank will bring new love to the franchise while keeping the old love fresh and vibrant.

Ratchet and Clank 2016 gets a 4.5 out of 5.


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