Ratchet & Clank (2016) Review

Ratchet & Clank (2016) is a remake of the original Ratchet & Clank game that was released back in 2002. With this game being considered a tie-in with the movie, and it only being priced at $40, I thought this was going to be another cash-in that the developers made to get more sales. I was very skeptical at first and oh boy was I wrong.

Presentation

This game looks amazing; there is no better way to describe it. The animation is smooth and beautiful, with lots of bright colors. Lots of games are trying to be dark and gritty, and this game’s vibrant colors are a welcomed change. When the action starts there is a lot of things happening on screen, with explosions happening everywhere, crates breaking, and little bolts flying all over the place. The framerate never dips, this game runs very smoothly. The various amounts of characters you meet throughout your journey are all original and look like something out of a Disney movie, Sony should really consider making them into stuffed dolls for kids. Every planet you visit looks different from the last. Some are war torn, others are covered in snow, some are giant cities, and one is a factory in the middle of a swamp. This is one of the best looking games to date; it feels like I’m playing a Pixar or DreamWorks movie.

The only downside to the presentation is the music. There isn’t anything wrong with it, but there isn’t anything special about it either. The music builds up with the action, but it is drowned out by all shooting and explosions happening on screen.

Gameplay

The game is a platformer/shooter hybrid. The platforming sections are simple, without anything too difficult. There are a couple puzzle sections that require you to hack some terminals. There are a few grind rail sections that show off the beautiful, sometimes destroyed, worlds. Most of the action is shooting and blowing up enemies. Every enemy you defeat and every crate you break rewards you with bolts. You use these bolts to buy more awesome weapons to cause even more mayhem. The more you use a weapon the stronger it becomes so there is an incentive to use all the different weapons. You can also upgrade your weapons using raritanium, gems you find across the different worlds. The difference between how a weapon looked like at the start of the game and at the end is night and day. They become super powerful and a hell of a lot of fun to use.

Story

The story is a retelling of the original Ratchet & Clank game. The story is narrated by Captain Quark as he tells his version of the events that happened. The story follows Ratchet, a Lombax, who works as a mechanic and has dreams of joining the Galactic Rangers. But when a robot, Clank, lands on his plan and tells Ratchet that the evil Dr. Nefarious is building a mechanical army, Ratchets plans change. Together they decide to travel to the Galactic Rangers headquarters to warn them. It’s a well written and charming story. Everyone that appears on screen has his or her own personality that adds the humor and charm to the story. There are too many games these days that take themselves way too seriously. This is not that. There is enough humor here that players of all ages can enjoy.

People that played the original will immediately see the changes to the story. As for someone who played the original many times, this kept the story new and fresh for me throughout the adventure.

Verdict

I cannot recommend this game highly enough. Everything from how the game plays to how it looks is just great. The story took me about 15 hours to complete and I had an absolute blast doing it. And there are still plenty of things to find and collect. The game only costs $40, so what are you waiting for? Go get it!

9/10