64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first review on Amazon- be nice
I myself happen to be a casual gamer who from time to time will buy a game that looks good. I first rented R&C to see if it was worth a look and it turned out to be a really fun game.
Ratchet and Clank is essentially just another platformer, but it's a truly exceptional platformer. Ratchet is a fun character to use, he can whack enemies and various objects with his...
Published on February 25, 2003 by J. C. Steuber
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun One Time Through!
This game has okay playability and is pretty fun. The music is not the greatest nor are the controls. I think that some of the puzzles are fun but the graphics are not great at all. Hopefully Commando will be better.
Published on October 28, 2003
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first review on Amazon- be nice,
This review is from: Ratchet & Clank - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)I myself happen to be a casual gamer who from time to time will buy a game that looks good. I first rented R&C to see if it was worth a look and it turned out to be a really fun game.
Ratchet and Clank is essentially just another platformer, but it's a truly exceptional platformer. Ratchet is a fun character to use, he can whack enemies and various objects with his wrench or use a nice diverse amount of weapons that you obtain along the way. Gameplay for the most part ramps up from easy to difficult keeping that frustration in check, not to mention that you have infinite lives. The gameplay itself is fun with paths branching into different areas on each planet you explore. Environments and graphics are well rendered and creative and the varied enemies will ensure that you'll test out the best possibilities for each weapon.
All of this could describe several platformers but R&C one-ups them all by having some of the best voice-over work I've heard on a video game. From Ratchet's cocky attitude to Drek's villainous banter, it gives the proceedings a true cartoonish feel. The animation is nice and fluid with some truly hilarious cutscenes in between missions. Even the story, with its take on another villain trying to be ruler, has a different spin than normal. Drek's homeworld is dying so he's having other planets mined and destroyed to compensate.
Of course it would be remiss to omit the faults in the game. The one thing I really wish they could have fixed was the awkward switching of weapons. 80% of the time it won't really be a problem. But then when you need to bring out the swingshot or metal detector, for example, you need to go to a subscreen and choose it. Also a problem is when you're under fire, you can't pause and switch weapons. Really annoying! There are some control issues too. Narrow platforms can be hard to traverse sometimes. It's especially noticable when you're using the magnetic boots. Although I am surprised the camera isn't a major problem. Just hit the L1 button and it lines up behind you. There's no problems with getting disoriented either since you can access the map to see where you are and where you need to go.
For the avid gamer, there's also hidden golden bolts to find in each level. I've only been able to find a few on my own (such is the curse of the casual gamer), but it gives anyone looking for more challenges even more to do.
I highly recommend Ratchet and Clank for anyone looking for a fun platformer. It may not be the most innovative game out there, but it's a highly polished and stylish one.
43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG! Super fun!,
This review is from: Ratchet & Clank - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)So this game looks like a cutesy cartoon game right?
This is one of the most sophisticated platform games I have ever seen, and I have been a gamer for a long time. It is a true testament to the power of the Playstation 2 that this game was created!
You play Ratchet, an interstellar grease monkey (fox-cat-furry thing) who meets the lovable and uptight robot, Clank. Clank enlists his help to save the solar system in exchange for starting up Ratchet's spaceship (which is quickly demolished). I guess Ratchet was really bored with his provincial life, because he and Clank head off throughout the galaxy in various ships collecting one of the widest assortment of weapons and gadgets I have ever seen (over 35!). They blast robots and monsters into oblivion and fight valiantly against the imperialist evildoers of the universe. The story itself is really great with fun characters, high quality animation and good solid performances!
Then there is the gameplay! Can you say PERFECT? There is this amazing learning curve that you go through when playing the game. You start off with just two weapons and simple controls. As time wears on, you get more and more gadgets and more and more movement possibilities. The world starts to blossom open, with new areas becoming available that you never would have thought of. It is so much fun.
Three words: Chicken Morphing Gun. Nuff Said.
The game is a masterful execution of what a Playstation 2 game should be. This is one you are going to want to spend some time with. It will quickly become like an old friend!
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, Awesome graphics, what more could you ask for?,
By A Customer
This review is from: Ratchet & Clank - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)Full Story:
Set in a futuristic world filled with spaceships, robots and high-tech gadgets, Ratchet and Clank moves from planet to planet across a vast solar system. Ratchet lives on an abandoned backwater planet and dreams of someday striking out on a magnificent space adventure. Closer to the center of the galaxy, Chairman Drek rules a polluted planet, Orxon, inhabited by an ugly race called the Blarg. He too has dreams, but his concern is conquest and domination. Tired of his polluted world, Chairman Drek comes up with the ultimate solution to build a new planet using the best parts from many of the other worlds in the galaxy. If he cant convince the inhabitants to part with a few thousand hectares of their worlds, the army of robots and Blarg warriors can eliminate any resistance.
In one of the factories creating Chairman Dreks evil armies, a computer glitch creates a small but smart robot Clank. Learning about the Chairman Dreks plans, Clank flees the factory seeking help, but his ship is shot down over Ratchets homeworld. Forced together by circumstance, Ratchet and Clank blast off from planet to planet through an extraordinary sci-fi universe. The unlikely pals encounter imaginative characters, acquire a plethora of weapons and gadgets, and blow up everything in their path, as they uncover more of the Chairman Dreks plan.
* Developed and created by Insomniac Games, this is an all-new action-adventure platformer, available exclusively for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. This superstar development team includes Mark Cerny of Cerny Games who has been heavily involved with Ratchet and Clank from the beginning of the project.
* The player can acquire over 35 different weapons and gadgets in the game. Each has a unique function and the game is structured so that the acquisition of these items is spread out evenly over the player's entire experience.
* Ratchet has one of the most comprehensive sets of moves of any character on any platform. Ratchet can perform more than 20 standard moves and as the player begins to acquire the many gadgets in the game, the number of moves Ratchet can perform will grow astronomically.
* Weapons, weapons and more weapons! The game offers more than 35 weapons and gadgets that the player can acquire and equip. Each ultra-destructive weapon, while easy to use, has a different function and allows players to devise their own strategies when taking on hordes of enemies.
* The game's economic system requires gamers to frequently purchase gadgets infobots (clues to new levels) , weapons and their respective ammunition Players have the option to spend their time collecting money to build up their inventory of weapons to eliminate the tougher enemies, or they can plow ahead with a minimal weapon selection, facing a more difficult time as they advance to later levels. Players can earn money by destroying enemies, searching their surroundings and solving puzzles.
* Gamers can accessorize all of the weapons and gadgets obtained throughout the game by accessing the inventory screen to build up Ratchet with hand, head and foot gadgets.
* A "quick select" menu allows players to select weapons quickly or view their ammo counts without having to go back to the inventory screen.
* The combat system is easy to comprehend - there are a lot of enemies to shoot, most of them are fairly easy to destroy with the right weapon, and most importantly all of the weapons are fun to use. Because of the variety of weapons available, there is an immense depth to the enemy gameplay within the levels.
* The science fiction theming that permeates the game sets it apart from all other action-adventures. Travel from planet to planet in Ratchet's space ship, exploring a huge variety of environments, challenges, and alien atmospheres. Use futuristic, high-tech devices, battle intelligent robots and blow up everything with your ultra-modern weapons.
* A variety of fun, action-filled minigames provide players with immense gameplay variety - not only can the player play as Clank, but Ratchet can use vehicles that he finds throughout the game
*Breathtakingly enormous environments unlike anything else on the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Each planet is filled with life, movement, energy and full interaction that will keep players mesmerized for hours.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best game to hit the PS2, ever.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Ratchet & Clank - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)After a day playing, this is easily the best game I've played on PS2. Fun platform action, incredible graphics and lots of shooting. I've not had this much fun since Spyro on the Playstation.
The controls are great and have been tuned to perfection - Ratchet can jump and somersault with ease as he takes out the bad guys.
The story is well written and the dialogue between the characters is a hoot - Look out for captain Qwark!
Ratchet kicks Jak & Daxter and Sly where it hurts and laughs as he does it. The insomniac folk (of Spyro fame) have done it again. If this isn't game of the year, I'll eat my hat. If you buy just one PS2 game this year (or ever!) make it this one.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for me and my kids!,
This review is from: Ratchet & Clank - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)Ratchet & Clank is by far the best game for content and playability that I have seen yet for the PS2. I have such a great time with this one. It is truly revolutionary! I finally feel that my kids will be challenged and entertained by a game that I love. They did a great job with this one!
I am a very particular mom when it comes to game violence. But, all of the violence in the game was cartoon violence, reminding me of old bugs bunny cartoons. The animation, too, was in a classic and smooth style!
You play Ratchet, a catlike mammal that befriends a tiny robot named Clank. You must then save the solar system from an evil corporation that is stealing parts of planets to replace their own overly polluted world. Ratchet and Clank must then speed around the galaxy finding items and taking on the invading robot hordes that are laying waste to all the planets. (the message behind this is nice!)
The adventure is smooth paced and at a comfortable difficulty level for both kids and teens. It's just madcap fun for higher-level gamers. There are tons of powerups and weapons. The game is massive, with countless worlds too explore. The cut scenes actually add to the gaming experience, rather than take you out of it. The animation in these is superb, with fantastic acting.
Overall, this is a must have! It will make a great gift for any kid in your family! They will not be bored and neither will you.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ratchet and Clank Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,
A Kid's Review
This review is from: Ratchet & Clank - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)I got this game for Christmas. It was awsome!! I only played it for 2 days though, because my friend came over and wanted to play his file. I was a little bit farther then him,so I guided him up to the point that I was at. We passed the controller alot. Now we only have two more planets to beat, then we beat the game. The levels range from tropical planets to planets with blizzards. Space stations to Half deystroyed planets. Thier are over 36 wepons and gadgets put together. Here is a list of some of my favorites
1. Morph-a-ray (chicken gun)
2. Suck cannon (sucks up small enimies and turns them into bombs)
3. Glove of Doom (realeases small clanks that blows up enimies)
4. Visibomb(a rocket you can steer from long distances into enemies)
5. Walloper(a punching glove that kill almost any enemy in one hit)
6. Tesla claw(a claw that shoots out a line of electricity form a long distance)
1. Grindboots(allows you to grind on rails)
2. Swing shot(a laser beam that grabs on to ceartain hooks so you swing around like Spiderman)
3. Hydrodisplacer(removes and puts water in pools)
4. Metal Detector(picks up bolts(money)from the ground)
5. O2 helment(allows you to breath under water without running out of air)
6. Magneboots(allows you to stick to ceartain peices of metal and walk across them)
In the game Ratchet and Clank start to hate each other but then they becom freinds again. This game is very Challenging, but HIGHLY RECCOMEND this game for those 7 and older.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FUN AND UNIQUE ADVENTURE,
This review is from: Ratchet & Clank - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)Different worlds, different weapons, different enemies and all fun. This was the first game that was purchased for me after I got PS2 for Christmas.
I am totally hooked on this game.
For the most part the levels are fairly easy to get through.
Ratchet, the fox I think, finds this little orphaned (by choice) robot and they roam the galaxy searching and trying to stop Drex (sp). Drex is going from planet to planet to find the perfect planet to call his own (or so we think). Ratchet goes to each level trying to find different weapons (some are not free) and different gadgets to help him along his way. To buy certain weapons and ammo, he must gather nuts and bolts. The two ways to gather this stuff is to destroy wooden crates found through out the planets or destroy enemies. Also your health can be restored by breaking the boxes that contain the glowing orbs of blue/white.
At certain points Clank can get upgraded. First he starts out just as a robot stuck to Ratchet's back. Then you can upgrade him (at a price) to a heli-pack, a jet pack or an aqua pack. On one planet Clank can turn into a giant.
Some levels are not as easy to get through. It took me at least 20 tries to swim through a certain level. You can also collect gold bolts. These are used to purchased golden weapons.
There are races, space fights and some big baddies to destroy.
Overall this is a fun and exciting game to play.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One word...FUN!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Ratchet & Clank - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)OK, wait. Actually two words...FUN and ADDICTIVE! I am an adult gamer who's been playing video games for years, and some of my current favorites are the "Resident Evil" series, Fatal Frame, the "Medal of Honor" series, Silent Hill 1 & 2, GTA3 & GTA-VC as well as other "adult" themed games. I'm not too much into cutsie cartoony mascot style characters in my games. With that said, I was given "Ratchet and Clank" for Christmas completely by mistake (due to a wrapping error), and I couldn't be happier. This game has everything you could ask for in an action/adventure, but the key word here is adventure, and LOTS of it. Countless weapons, countless enemies, countless missions, countless characters to interact with, and above all, IT'S FUN & I HAVE NOT HAD THE URGE TO THROW MY COTROLLER ONCE WHILE PLAYING THIS GAME! If you're like me, the "try - die - repeat" can wear a bit thin, but rest assured...this game is a whole different ballgame. It is a MUST buy and I can't wait for a sequel. I own all three gaming systems and this is definately one of the best games I've ever played. I just hope my little neice enjoys my copy of "Resident Evil Zero" she mistakenly got for Christmas because I'm not givin' this one up.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Platform Standard!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Ratchet & Clank - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)I bought this the day it came out after months of anticipation and all I can say is WOW! Don't hesitate, just go buy it. The graphics, gameplay, camera controls, weapons, and storyline are simply unflawed in every way. This game blows Jak and Daxter away(which I only mention because most think it was the best). Personally, I prefer Rayman, Maximo, or Sly Cooper any day over Jak. Sorry but running around just to find things while beating enemies that are way to easy is no fun. I play all the platformers and this is going to redefine game play. It's challenging and inspiring. How were they able to release what will be the game of the year...?
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic.,
This review is from: Ratchet & Clank - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)Ratchet and Clank is incredibly well-done in every respect. The characters and concepts are hilarious, creative, and off-the wall. I did not realize that the PS2 could produce such amazing graphics. The game is challenging, but you always feel like you are making progress. I haven't been this impressed by an action-adventure game since Mario 64 seven years ago. Very entertaining.
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