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Ratchet & Clank HD Collection (PS3) Review

 
Ratchet & Clank HD Collection
Ratchet & Clank HD Collection
Ratchet & Clank HD Collection

 
At A Glance...
 

Formats: PS3
 
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Final Score
8.0
8/ 10


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We liked?


  • Three classic titles for one budget price
  • Solid gameplay has stood the test of time
  • Nicely updated looks

Not so much?


  • Video cutscenes still SD & looking shonky in places
  • Repetitive nature means you could be bored before the end
  • Lack of any real bonus features


Final Fiendish Findings?

Idol Minds have done a great job in bringing back one of the Playstation’s greatest franchises.

Many, many hours of pure platforming gun-totting joy can be had from this well remastered HD package. The graphics look good, the sound is still a joy and the writing still funny throughout.

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Posted September 25, 2012 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

 

With the Ratchet & Clank HD Collection Insomniac’s iconic duo are back!  This time it’s not a new adventure but with a HD remix of their previous titles.  Can the duo stand up to the tests of time?

Insomniac know how to make a good game.  Despite of your thoughts on recent additions like Resistance there is not denying the appeal and legendary status that both the Spyro and Ratchet & Clank series of titles managed to achieve.

Well, here we have served up to us by Idol Minds a HD remix of Ratchet & Clanks first three adventures on the PS2.

The first, aptly named Ratchet & Clank, shows how the mysterious long eared mechanic manages to team up with the wise-cracking robot Clank.  It easily looks the most dated of the three titles are you’d expect from a game that’s celebrating its 10th birthday.  Luckily, and this applies to the franchise as a whole, clever artwork, great palette use and big colourful characters means that a multitude of sins can be easily hidden.

Although the start of the series and undoubtedly a classic the game still feels like Insomniac were not one hundred percent sure which direction to focus on.  Should it be a platformer?  Should it be a shooter?  I remember at the time of release feeling it was good at both, but never great at either.

Along comes the second of our instalments, Ratchet & Clank: Locked & Loaded (or Going Commando in the US).  With this instalment Insomniac had made a clear choice – shooter.  The platforming was just as good as it had been in the first game but this time they’d gone all out with the shooting aspect.  Evidenced by the much needed strafing mechanic and a sharper focus on the real stars of the games – the weapons.

Yes, the multitude of weaponry available in this game would stagger the most ardent gun-nut.  Hold your horses though as these, as anyone who’s played an R & C title will tell you, are no ordinary weapons.

Along with Ratchet’s trademark wrench the series introduced such gems as the  Bomb Glove, the Bouncer, the Minitube Rocket, The RYNO II and the absolutely genius Sheepinator… yes you turn foes into sheep.

With the tone fully set the third instalment of the series, Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal   (insert your own smutty football reference here) waded in with even more humours shenanigans and satisfying gunplay.    Notable weapons amongst the hordes introduced and returning in this series would be the Plasma Whip, Disc Blade Gun, Suck Cannon and the Qwack-O-Ray.

With the HD remix a nice bump to the textures has been lavished over each and every title.  Each one looks more than reasonable and even the original title would stand up pretty well to most modern developed mid-tier XBLA/PSN titles.   The later titles in the series look fabulous and at times this looks like one of the smoothest and most satisfying HD make-overs yet.

Sure it’s a little disappointing that the original video sequences have been left untouched, but even the smudgy low-res looks of those don’t detract too much from the overall look and feel of the title.  It’s also a little disappointing that the games only run at 720p.  I would have thought that, like a lot of other HD remixes, 1080p wouldn’t have been much of a stretch for the hardware.

As with every other Ratchet & Clank title the writing is funny and sharp and will give you more than a few laugh out loud moments along the way.    The games are still incredibly well made even by today’s loftier standards.  In fact I’d also say that these older generation titles are harder and more punishing than the newer iterations on the PS3.  Something fans will relish, but others might find a tad frustrating at times.

Longevity won’t be a problem with these titles.  Whistling through the campaigns alone will put you in to the high to late 20’s even if you don’t partake in some of the bolt locating loot-lust.  Add in locating secret bolts and enjoying each game then you’re easily looking at 40+ hours of fun from this bargain package.  That not enough?  Well how about the much underrated multiplayer from Up Your Arsenal then?  Fully PSN integrated this game mode finally sees the action it should have done back on the PS2.

The only real down points, other than the slightly wonky video and erratic difficulty in earlier titles, is such a silly quibble you’ll think me pious.  The problem is that the games are just so similar that you may well experience burn-out long before the end of what the series has to offer.  That and the fact that this triple pack offers not much in the way of unlockables or extras that compliment the game.

Final Thoughts?

Idol Minds have done a great job in bringing back one of the Playstation’s  greatest franchises.

Many, many hours of pure platforming gun-totting joy can be had from this well remastered HD package.  The graphics look good, the sound is still a joy and the writing still funny throughout.

The only fly in the ointment being the slightly wonky video, lack of any real bonus features and the potential for Ratchet & Clank fatigue before the credits roll on the last game.

For the price you’ll be hard pressed to pick up something that will offer you more joy and hours of play.  Except possibly the Ratchet & Clank bundle of PS3 titles which sells for roughly the same price.

Either way it’s great to re-discover the origins of the crafty wrench wielding Lombax and his metallic side-kick.

 

 

 


Zeth

 
Zeth is our EU ninja and Editor in Chief. He's been writing about video games since 2008 when he started on BrutalGamer. He's pretty old and has been a gamer since he played Space Invaders as a young boy in the 80's. His genre tastes lean towards platformers, point-and-click adventure, action-adventure and shooters but he'll turn his hand to anything.