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Ratchet and Clank Preview

Scheduled release date:
April 12, 2016
Insomniac Games
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Release Date:
April 12, 2016

If you weren’t already aware, there’s a very big difference between a remake and a remaster. The latter is simply a retouched and lightly upgraded version of an older game, while a remake is a reconstruction of the original concept, built from scratch for a new platform (or set of platforms). As you might expect, this requires a lot more time and resources and it’s also prone to controversy and dissent, as evidenced by the blowup concerning the Final Fantasy VII Remake . Thing is, when developers remake a classic, they need to update absolutely everything and in some cases, they believe this should also include a gameplay overhaul.

But you know, I seriously doubt you have to worry about the Ratchet & Clank remake for PlayStation 4. First and foremost, Insomniac Games is one of the premier designers in the industry, and on top of that, they’re certainly not interested in dramatically altering that awesome action/platforming gameplay. They will implement modernized controls and expand greatly upon the initial concept, of course, but it will indeed be good ol’ R&C through and through. If you’re unfamiliar with the iconic IP, the franchise tells the story of the feisty Lombax Ratchet and his wisecracking robo sidekick Clank. Known for its fantastic sense of humor, the franchise’s cheerful, almost whimsical presentation is just wildly attractive. You can’t help but smile when playing a Ratchet and Clank .

In addition to the sharp wit and comical yet oddly involving narrative, there’s a wonderfully appointed environment. Dubbed simply The Metropolis, it’s a sprawling, colorful, futuristic city that’s just begging to be explored. Ratchet has plenty of tools and gizmos at his immediate disposal, which makes traversing this high-tech landscape a fluid and ceaselessly invigorating joy. The lighthearted nature of the backdrop and even the enemies you must face make the game a family-friendly romp, but one specifically designed to cater to the kid in all of us. As for the visual upgrade, all the footage we’ve seen thus far is incredible ; it really reminds you of a Pixar movie brought to life. And speaking of movies, this remake will arrive just a few weeks before the new animated “Ratchet & Clank” film, scheduled to release at the end of April.