Graphics:
8.3
Gameplay:
8.8
Sound:
8.6
Control:
8.2
Replay Value:
8.7
Overall Rating:
8.5
Online Gameplay:
Not Rated
Publisher:
SCE
Developer:
Idol Minds/Insomniac Games
Number Of Players:
1-2
Genre:
Action/Adventure
Release Date:
June 27, 2012


Ratchet & Clank is one of this industry’s most positive franchises. I use the word “positive” because it’s almost impossible to say anything against it; no anti-game activists will freak out over excessive violence, fans typically get what they want, and just about anyone can have fun with a colorful, comical R&C adventure. Playing through one of these titles is always a wholesome experience that will inevitably put a smile on your face. Hence, “positive” is the perhaps the best description possible.

In this trilogy, the games shine with that great high-definition overhaul we’ve come to expect and respect during the course of this generation. A great many PlayStation classics have been touched up to become sharper and clearer, as you may have noticed. The only game that doesn’t look so fantastic is the original R&C title; hey, it’s the oldest, ya know? You also have to dial back the resolution if you want to play these games in the available 3D but personally, I’d rather have the higher resolution. It really puts the beautiful artistry and high creativity in the driver’s seat.

So we’ve got new 1080p visuals, 3D capability, Trophies, and a silky smooth 60 frames per second, but the audio sounds just about the same. I wouldn’t call this a black spot on the presentation, though, as all these games have been known for great voice performances, fantastic audio effects, and really solid soundtracks. All of that has returned for this compilation and although some of it may pale in comparison to what we have now, none of it can be considered subpar. Nope, not even by today’s standards. The audio has always been a highlight of the series and I don’t think that’ll ever change. The two heroes will always have amusing patter!

If you don’t already know, this trilogy features the first three games in the series: Ratchet & Clank , Ratchet and Clank 2: Going Commando , and Ratchet & Clank 3: Up Your Arsenal . This is a franchise that definitely benefits from a high-definition upgrade because as I mentioned above, it really brings out that signature artistic style for which this franchise is so well known. Such unbelievably well designed worlds and levels, amazing character design and animation, and a large amount of longevity are the hallmarks of these quests, and all of it gets a little better in this collection.

We’re looking at two of the most likeable characters in gaming, we really are. Ratchet’s breezy confidence is always hilariously offset by his metal buddy’s uber-dry humor and witty one-liners. It’s the perfect duo to take on the evil denizens of the world (all of whom still seem attractive or charming in some way), and when you toss in the aforementioned nicely designed worlds, you’re looking at almost endless fun. Besides, I should also add that these adventures can be highly addictive, in that you always want to gather more bolts, and you always want to check out the new weaponry.