Ratchet and Clank, developed by Insomniac Games is based on the original PlayStation 2 series, which debuted in 2002. Key components are integrated from the old-school titles and comics along with elements from the newly-released movie. You could say that this title is a game based on a movie based on a game!
First, I have to start off with the amazing voice talent in this game. There are many very well-versed voice and screen actors/actresses selected to portray these zany characters. Notable voice actor, James Arnold Taylor was chosen for Ratchet. He can be famously heard as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Tidus in Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, and Dissidia Final Fantasy, along with countless other cartoons, movies and games. The Plumber and Skidd McMarx were both voiced by Jess Harnell. He is a respected vocal talent who has done tons of games and cartoons over the years including the voice of Wakko in The Animaniacs and the voice of Crash Bandicoot (2005-2010). Chances are, if you’ve watched any cartoon, movie or commercial, ever; you’ve heard their versatile vocal ranges. Dr. Nefarius played by Armin Shimerman has done much work on and off-screen in his own right. He played Quark on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Principal Snyder on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and voiced Andrew Ryan on BioShock. Paul Giamatti (Chairman Drek), Rosario Dawson (Elaris), and Bella Thorne (Cora) can also be heard lending their voices to the game and movie.
As well as awesome voice talent flair, there are plenty of interesting space sounds, background noises and funny sound clips to listen to throughout each level. The sound effects and music pepper in just enough zest and really enliven the game.
The graphics in this game are amazing. There were times when I was travelling along in the game and found myself admiring the backdrop of whatever planet I was on. It was gorgeous! Some of the worlds can be very expansive and detailed with lots to explore. They are also unique from each other. Some can be desolate and desert-like, while others are lush and flourishing. There is a bustling metropolis that the heroes fly through in an effort to save the city that has such realistic visuals; it’s kinda hard not to get a little dizzy while maneuvering. The cut scenes are well-done, entertaining and funny.
This new version mushes together a combination of all its predecessors and the storyline has a lot of moving parts. It provides deeper insight into the relationship of the main characters, and breathes new life into the other characters. The side missions and plots can be challenging. They also prove necessary to the whole plot, as sometimes you’ll need to get a weapon or infobot to pass along to another character on a different planet. So, kudos on weaving a well-spun tale.
The most important critique about this game is: it is fun! I really enjoyed playing it and reminiscing about the OG R & C games of yore. The smooth game play and ease of controls make it suitable for just about anybody. From fans of the game to newbies, all you need to do is adjust the difficulty level accordingly.