E3 2014, The Insomniac Conference is taking place and the venue lights have just dimmed, alerting the audience that a demo for an upcoming game is about to play. Except, for the next two or three minutes, this isn't the case. Instead, we are treated to a trailer for an animated Ratchet And Clank movie. It was greeted with applause from the audience as well as cheers from me, as I was watching it on my laptop across the sea, in the UK. To see the minute 2014 trailer, click here. Alternatively, here is the new trailer:
I am more than over-excited for this adaptation. This was one of my favourite games growing up, and the original trilogy is still some of my favourite games (next to the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy). Co-produced by Insomniac Games (yes, the actual creators of the franchise) and featuring the original voices of the lead characters, it follows and expands on the story of the first game about a Lombax and a robot (Ratchet and Clank) who have to stop an alien from destroying the solar system in order to create a new home planet for himself. After watching the trailer, I noticed a few things that I liked about it:
Chairman Drek and Captain Qwark
The first two characters that we're introduced to in the trailer are Chairman Drek and Captain Qwark. We first meet these characters in the first game; Captain Qwark is Ratchet's idol in this adaptation (which isn't quite the case in the original game) and Chairman Drek is the villian in the original game, so fans of the franchise can tell the film's going to follow the first game's plot. It's also worth noting that the voice actor for Qwark is the same as the one in the game series. Two other characters have their voices provided by the original actors as well.....
Ratchet and Clank
It's so cool to see my favourite video game pair brought to life for the big screen and that their designs, (as well as Qwark's and Drek's) haven't changed in the slightest. I'm also happy to learn that the Ratchet, Clank and Qwark's voices will be provided by the original actors. Yay!
Video Game Influence
Ratchet and Clank will also get an accompanying video game for the Playstation 4, which, seeing as this is based on the first game, will probably be an extended and remastered version of the first game. Some of the missions in the trilogy were battle arena style levels, in locations such as the one above.
Woah, Woah....Is that Dr Nefarious pre-cyborg stage?! For those of you who don't know, Nefarious was the villian, and Captain Qwark's arch enemy, in the third game and some of the other games later in the franchise. It will be interesting to see what role he plays in this, especially since
Captain Qwark works closely with Chairman Drek as his main spokesperson.
Veldin is the planet that Ratchet crash-lands on and is where we first meet him. It's also first level of the first game so it's fitting that this is where the trailer (and presumably the film) introduces Ratchet. Because the original creators are working closely with Rainmaker and Blockade Entertainment, they want to make the film to reflect the games and, with an example like the image above, it definitely shows.
Gadgets and Gizmo's
One of the main aspects of the franchise has been the many weapons and gadgets that you earn or buy throughout your adventures and, from the looks of things, there are going to be weapons and gadgets galore featured in the movie.
Lastly....The Original Logo!
A Couple More Things:
The trailer is fun and action-packed, capturing the atmosphere of the games even if the tone of the trailer is a little generic, especially with the use of a voice-over (a technique that I personally find cringe-worthy). However, the film is family-orientated, so its silly humour and style is suited to this. Saying that, the humour displayed in this is something that worries me as a whole. The humour in the games are similar to that of Pixar: it had slapstick moments and silly humour that appealed to children, but also had innuendos (just take a look at all the Ratchet and Clank titles) and adult jokes hidden within. I really hope this style of humour carries into the feature film. Aside from that, I am glad that the character, weapon, gadget and location designs haven't been changed for the film, although Insomniac's involvement clearly has something to do with it. I also personally wish they'd done a new and original story but I suppose this is the best way to introduce the new generation of gamers to a (let's be honest here) disappearing franchise. Either way, I am really excited for the film and will defintely seeing this in the cinema.
Ratchet and Clank is out in U.S. cinemas 29th April 2016.