I have always been a little slow on getting into platformers. Usually my intrest wains after a few hours. As beautiful as this game is I was thinking I would fall into the same trap. So I decided to give it an hour. I couldn't put the controller down. The problem became so bad that I couldn't get up. Yes it is that addictive.
What makes this game a masterpiece is not just the beautiful graphics or the exciting storyline. The fun characters keep it going but what really impresses me is the diversity of each level. I have played this game for over six hours and each level looks completly different from the next. From being in the asteroid belt to going to a destroyed city and then travelling thru a prehistoric land.
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction should be on everyones buy list. This is what gaming is all about. For children or adults this game doesn't discriminate. Never overlly difficult and not to simple. This game does it well on all levels.
on October 25, 2007
This is arguably best platformer I have ever played. This game really captures the feel of a pixar movie and throws in great gameplay. If you have a PS3, you owe it to yourself to buy this game. If you do not have a PS3, well you're just crazy ;) this machine is pure class.
This is the best looking game 'til date on any platform. I literately just stop playing and admire the beautiful environment.
+ Best graphics this generation so far. This is Pixar quality people!
+ Gameplay is very well done.
+ Very fun to play
+ Crazy weapons that will have you trying different things out for days. Groovitron will rock you!
+ Good Lasting Appeal. Like all Rachet and Clank games this one will give you alot of mini games and reruns to keep you busy.
+ 12-15 hrs of regular game without counting the extras.
- If your played the previous games, it may not seem as original...
Yeah I really have to reach to come out with a negative, sorry there just isnt much wrong with this game.
Don't believe me? How about the critics?
100/100 - GamePro
An amazing PS3 game that fully leverages the power of the console. It sets the bar high for not only the series but for all PS3 games to come. It is, without a doubt, reason enough to buy the system.
100/100 - GameTap
It's rare that a game critic feels the way I do about this game, but in all honesty, I find it really difficult to find something that's not to like. The controls feel great. The graphics look great. The score sounds great. The weapon selection alone make me want to play the game over and over again, just to test out all the cool offered.
95/100 - PSM Magazine
Combines absolutely jaw-dropping graphics with familiar platforming/shooting mechanics and genuinely funny humor to make one of the PS3's few true masterpieces.
94/100 - IGN
Not only has it supplanted Going Commando as the best title in the franchise, it's also the best game of any series on the PlayStation 3 thus far -- and that's saying a lot when you're up against Oblivion, Ninja Gaiden, Warhawk and Insomniac's very own previous effort, Resistance: Fall of Man.
New York Times - "This is like playing a Pixar movie"
on October 24, 2007
Let's face it - you love the PS3 and everything about it, except the games that are out. You were wondering - when is that game going to come out that is going to make it truly irresistible to own the PS3 for those who are hesitant buying it just for the blu-ray movie value. This is that game! Our family has always been fans of the R&C series and own all the games except the PSP "Size Matters" game.
The graphics and sound are truly stunning in this game. I agree with the other reviewer who died looking at the backgrounds - you will keep falling off the map watching the graphics in the game. With this R&C you believe you are playing in a Pixar movie.
This is the game we have been waiting for - one that is truly playable and looks and sounds amazing. It's time to buy that PS3 if you don't own one already.
on October 24, 2007
I have a blast it's colorful the landscapes are amazing. Sometimes I died because I was too busy looking at the backgrounds. The PS3 finally has a chance to show its power. All in all it is a easy game to get into and is eaasy to play and understand. Great for all ages and levels of gamers
on October 28, 2007
I waited impatiently for LAIR, and wasn't as pleased as I thought I'd be. I'm a HUGE Ratched & Clank fan, and I've been waiting for Future: Tools of Destruction for nearly as long.
I was NOT disappointed! In fact, it's taking a few extra towels to clean up the drool!!
This game is incredible fun, and incredibly beautiful! It sounds wonderful, and has great depth in the environments. This is definately the current crown jewel for the PS3, and is a MUST BUY for anyone w/ a PS3.
Insomniac has YET to let the Playstation community down, and this just proves they keep getting better.
BUY THIS GAME!!!
This game probably has the highest production value and polish, comparing to any thing out in the market. A very clear example of how a game can be as fun as a Disney ride. Every chapter is different.. amazing environments, superb narration. Most importantly it is a very family friendly game. No non-sense vulgarity/violence. Every one in the family can sit and play together. So may times it will force you to put the controller down to laugh or you get mesmerized starring at the TV.
There are questions if this is a PS3 seller. I dont know the answer. But sure this is a HDTV seller. It will force you to sell your house to pay for 100000000" TV.
Probably this is the year for the return of good old school games. With Super Mario Galaxy coming in the next few days.
on October 31, 2007
I believe the game took me about 12 hours of gametime to beat and when I did, I immediatly started playing it again in challenge mode which is more difficult, you keep your weapons and armor but get to upgrade them more along with some other extras and hidden stuff. The graphics are superb. While I'd say maybe not quit as good as heavenly sword in terms of visual quality, overall it's better because the game runs at a rock solid 60fps and feels silky smooth the entire time. The sound is wonderful and you never feel alone because there's always dialogue with Clank or other characters in the background or cut scenes. The story is very funny and uplifting, it really makes you feel like you're watching a Pixar movie.
The game is one of the best game I've ever played. My all time favorite game is Super Metroid (SNES). I have loved many Sony, MS, and Nintendo games in the past so I'm no fanboy. If you're wondering if this is enough to buy a PS3 my response is a "qualified" yes. I would never spend $399 on a console for one game but, tons of other great games have recently been released or are coming soon.
Warhawk, Ratchet, Heavenly Sword, Ghost Recon, Rainbow Vegas Six, Guitar HeroIII, Oblivion and more now... and right around the corner you have Assassin's Creed, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, UTIII and much, much more...
For those of you more interested in family gaming my four year old watched and was completely entertained the whole way through. Once the game was finished he responded with only one word: "Again". If you like this title for family gaming you'll be happy to hear there's a bunch more family oriented games on the way including what will be the most innovative title in years: Little Big Planet. It's coming around January and has already won several awards.
In conclusion, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction is a incredibly fun, attractive game that will put a smile on your face.
on October 28, 2007
i can't even believe how good this game is. but its not just me, look at some websites that thought so too.
"In its own colorful way, this is as impressive as BioShock or Gears of War," Gameinformer.
"Ratchet Future is one of the best looking titles of 2007 and is easily the most attractive PlayStation 3 game to date,"IGN
"this is as much pure fun as you'll have this fall playing a video game," Gameinformer
"Starting with the opening cinematic to the very last moment, the game is a prime example of what developers can and should do with the platform,"
now some reviews so far:
5 out of 5 gamepro
9.4 out of 10 ign
I'd never played any Ratchet & Clank games before giving this one a test drive - and now it looks like I'll have to add the other games to my library. I can barely sit here and write this review, because I want to keep playing!
You play as Ratchet, the last known survivor of a catlike race known as the Lombaxes. Clank is your robot buddy, who spends most of his time strapped to your back, offering advice, or using a well-placed propeller to slow your fall. Your nemesis is Tachyon, the last survivor of the Cragmite race, who will accept nothing less than the complete domination of the universe.
Most of the time you'll be running around as Ratchet, trying to collect bolt points or Raritanium crystals to power up and purchase new weaponry. Every once in a while you get to play as Clank, and unlike other games where secondary characters may not be very fun to play, Clank has unique abilities like being able to slow time and control other characters. With a seamless menu, you can choose weapons, deploy items, wear costumes, take flight, and more. Your goal is to discover the Lombax secret, and stop Tachyon's tyrannic reign of terror.
(1) The graphics are very crisp and clear, even on a non-HD television. The visuals are similar to the type used in the original Crash Bandicoot game, but with a Blu-Ray redux and a 3-D environment to explore.
(2) There is little bit of every kind of gameplay. Want to lay waste to hordes of enemies with a flamethrower? You can do that. Want to collect trinkets to upgrade your weapons? You can do that. Want to dance like a pirate and shake your booty? You can do that. Want to go rail-sliding like a skateboarder? You can do that. Want to avoid surface-to air rockets with the Sixaxis controller while free-falling? You can do that. Want to shoot down enemies in a spaceship? You can do that. Want to make your enemies dance to a disco ball before sending them to meet their maker? Yep, you can do that too!
(3) Having infinite lives. This game is designed to keep you entertained and keep you playing until the story ends... with infinite lives, you can keep trying to jump that chasm, fight that boss battle, or duck that laser until success is in your grasp. Kudos to the game designers for including this feature.
(4) The humor. From the computer countdown "Oops...3-2-1!" to Qwark's pleads of "I'm too handsome to die!", Ratchet & Clank had me chuckling all the way from the opening credits to the end titles. Some of the jokes remind me of the game Blasto - and there's more than one character presenting the jokes here.
(5) The secret goodies. It's no surprise that video games are less about high scores and more about unlocking secrets these days. There are secret weapons, character skins, hidden areas, and using a style similar to Resistance: Fall Of Man, there is a long list of "skill points" to unlock, which skyrockets the replay value. The requirements are not always clear, but there are more than enough internet sites to help you out.
(1) The camera angles. Unfortunately, there are a few places where the "behind the back" camera angle can get stuck and the shaking becomes nauseating. Thankfully there aren't many of these, so it can be overlooked.
(2) The skill points. Yes, this is a positive, but it is also a negative. Most of the skill points are really fun to earn, but a few are next to impossible to achieve without an astronomically high level of patience. Those infinite lives will come in handy for the hardcore gamers.
(3) Weak boss fights. Almost every boss in this game can be defeated with little difficulty. While some people may feel games like God of War are too difficult, I think there should be a middle ground - and this game almost feels too easy at times.
In closing, if you had fun playing games like Blasto or Crash Bandicoot, you'll have a great time with Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. The rating of E+10 means that pretty much anyone can play the game and enjoy it.
And enjoy it you shall.
on May 22, 2008
There are already over 120 reviews for this game and I'll try not to repeat anything already written. So, this is not a comprehensive review.
I have 4 kids from ages 5 to 9 and they simply love this game. It's very appealing and intuitive, as even my 5 year-old can do amazing things with Ratchet, including fighting, jumping, and selecting the right weapon for battle (there are quite a few to choose from). My kids understand the concept of gathering "bolts" (the equivalent to money in the game) to buy weapons, ammo, armour, etc. They even know how to "upgrade" their weapons to increase their power by collecting "raritanium" (another type of money in the game).
The game does not overwhelm you with all these choices at first, you slowly grow into it. I enjoy the game myself, and even as a computer professional (I'm a Software Architect), I can't do a few things in the game quite as well as my kids.
I'm not pulling your leg on this one: there was one instance I couldn't slide, jump, and battle. I gave the controller to my oldest kid (9). She couldn't do it either. Then the other 2 kids tried. Same thing, we all failed. Then my 5 year-old came in... and I promise you, it's the truth: he did it! I was floored and this is to prove that the game is e-x-c-e-l-l-e-n-t at appealing to all age groups. I don't need to tell you how happy and confident my youngest kid was afther this, as his older siblings cheered for him. It was a family feel good moment.
There are a lot of "hardware" destruction which makes it fun, and there is no "killing", it's more like "destroying". It's comparable to Lego Star Wars (we have them both) but my kids prefer this one by far, as it is more colorful, action packed, and more challenging. Yet, it's not hard enough for a 5 year-old to have a blast.
In a few parts of the game some kids may not be able to get by at first (i.e. flying). However, right now my kids can play the full games almost 100% on their own.
If you have kids, this is a must have game, no questions asked.