Ratchet And Clank is one of Sony Playstation's most beloved series. Since 2002 the lovable lombax Ratchet and his robot pal Clank have set Sony's console on fire with sharp humor, fantastic storytelling, and above all else, engaging gameplay. Following a seven-year hiatus from full length games, the duo have returned for a reboot of sorts on the Playstation 4; and my God, is it glorious.
While we have been exposed to the PS4 for two and a half years now, there has not been many games that have truly flexed the Playstation's graphic muscles. Such standouts as [Star Wars: Battlefront](tag:2684021) and Alien: Isolation impressed showing off a photo-realistic design. Ratchet & Clank, however, set themselves apart in thinking outside the box.
Staying true to its cartoonish, colorful worlds of the past, Ratchet & Clank plays like you're living inside an animated film. The worlds are lush, all main characters and (surprisingly) grunt villains are incredibly detailed, and the animations all feel seamless. It is one of the first PS4 games to have a unique visual style that is still propelled by the advanced graphics.
Let's not forget about the gameplay, though. This reboot to Ratchet & Clank works like a greatest hits of the entire series. Rather than reinventing itself like the PS2 release of Ratchet: Deadlocked, Insomniac Games opted rather to throw in every popular aspect of the series into one. While this doesn't exactly take the world by storm, it still feels fresh based on how long it has been since a full length game.
The weapons progression remains on point as ever. In addition to the typical raritanium upgrades as well as basic leveling up, one of the newest additions to the franchise is a new trading card system. Defeating enemies and finding secret areas will reveal cards that come in sets of three. Completing sets add on even more perks for your weapons. The entire system constantly feels rewarding and pushes you to keep your weapons to a solid variety.
All this feeds into, like most of the series, the replay-ability of the game. Once beating the game Challenge Mode is unlocked offering (you guessed it) more of a challenge as well as more weapon unlockables and a nifty bolts (the currency in the game) multiplier, meriting that your first play through certainly won't be the last.
The story remains as hilarious and heartfelt as ever. Without spoiling anything, Ratchet & Clank fully acknowledges that it is a reboot of a beloved franchise. Much of the comedy stemming from meta humor through little jokes and Captain Qwark's fantastic narration.
For the extremely modest price of $40 you get more than your money's worth with Ratchet & Clank. With hours of main story playability, fantastic gameplay, and many collectibles it is easily one of the best valued games currently on the PS4.