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- Squad based gameplay - Demolish the competetion by commanding bots through critical and strategic battles
- New mission-structure approach with a constant progression of items like weapons, armor and health
- Pilot several wild new vehicles like the awe-inspiring Land Stalker
- Destroy enemies with an all new weapons system that lets you choose how to power up a weapon -- giving you endless mod combinations
- Enhanced online gameplay, with 5 modes of play and 12 levels - Conquest, Deathmatch, King of the Hill and more
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Ratchet: Deadlocked takes Ratchet and Clank on a mission to locate several famous heroes who have mysteriously disappeared. The good news is the duo located the missing people. The bad news is they find them after getting captured by the same person who has been going around stealing heroes. Now Ratchet has to compete in the game and go up against the deadly Exterminators, to save himself and his friends.
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I think the description is a bit misleading. Yes, this is "arena combat", but it's not really that simple. The premise is that Ratchet is a contestant on a game show where you battle bots and, ultimately, boss battles with other star gladiators.
When you enter a level you generally battle in small areas then there are platforming elements where you move on to other parts of the level. It doesn't really feel like you're trapped in an arena for the entire game.
It's a quick game, maybe 8-10 hours or so. My son has played through the game much more than I have so I can't recall how long the full story mode takes. But the good part of this, and what my son loves, is that the weapons continue to upgrade if you continue with the same game save and restart at the beginning. So your character and weapons continue to improve, which greatly enhances the replay value. To my mind it's long enough, and it's not an issue at all.
You can also play splitscreen multiplayer, either against each other in various standard game types, or co-op through the story mode. The only complaint is that it gets hard to see what's going on. That may be my aging eyes, but I think my son has the same issue to a lesser extent.
Still, a fun game. The R&C games are top-notch, and easily some of the best on the PS2. One of our favorite series of all time, and this is a welcome addition to the series, though overall it doesn't quite have what it takes for a full five stars.
Sony must have found a lot of positive feedback about the arena battles from previous games in the series, because as others say, Deadlocked is mostly that.
There are two major areas to go - one is a shuttle to the arena, two is a shuttle to whichever planetary quest you're currently on. Two is still very much dodge and shoot, not as inventive and expansive as the earlier games, and you get the feeling that Deadlocked is rushing you. You're humming along and suddenly it's the last challenge and you're left wondering where all the game went. "Get moving and finish already!" you can almost hear it scream. Maybe it's a subleminal audio track.
Although the non-arena quests do offer some of what the former games had, they simply don't compare with their scope.
It is still great fun, though. I like the new weapons system and the fact that you can earn bolts quickly enough to get some serious firepower, unlike the earlier games where it took forever to buy and upgrade your hardware. At first I was annoyed that they had changed some of the controls (the first 3 worked essentially the same), but quickly got used to it. Also, I used the target-lock view instead of normal 3rd-person view for the first time and found myself preferring it (at least for Deadlocked).
So, should you buy? I suggest 'absolutely yes.' The humor is still there (although the announcer's comments can get repetive after you've played it through once), with one or two genuine laugh-out-loud moments, the weapons are great, the graphics are excellent, and the quests have some replay value. There are a few much more tolerable "race" type challenges, a hoverbike, a hovership and a dunebuggy, which is a good thing. I hate, hate, hate the races from previous games.
It's not as good as Up Your Arsenal, but then again, how could the Ratchet franchise top that?
- Great weapons
- Assistance robots help some
- Good levels
- It is a Ratchet and Clank game
- The plot
- Constant bombardment with arena missions.
- The shield glove is too powerful
- The turret glove is too powerful
- I suck at Landstalker missions and did them on foot with the sniper rifle.
If you really dig Ratchet & Clank games, you have to buy this. It is part of the series 100% and shouldn't be missed. The plot is just as lousy as in R&C3 and the final boss battle, while hard, when you get the hang of it and defeat the shark man, it's a quick battle.
As for the turret and shield glove. I believe that on the second time around you could play the entire game using only those two weapons. And, in fact, I pretty much did on the third time around. When maxed out, you become a god-like lorax spreading death everywhere you look.
The racing side missions aren't too hard, nor are the space ship ones. I liked the robot zombies that dig out of the ground and the ability to change my suit's and my robot's colors without changing the specs.
This is a review of only the one player aspects of the game. I think it's a little too late to get an online game with this, but you never know.
And I, personally, didn't feel it was too short, compared to other games. It is the shortest Ratchet & Clank (or maybe Size Matters is.)
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