We Got Game: Faves – Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools Of Destruction

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I remember when I bought the first Ratchet & Clank game. I actually picked it up for the kids in my family thinking, “Aww, it’s cute and it’s a platform game. No blood, no gore. This is a nice, safe game for the little ones.” Still, I had the foresight to play it first and came to a realization by the third board.

“This is one of the most destructive and addictive games I’ve ever played.”

I also came to one other conclusion: this was not a game for kids.

I mean, you can let pre-teens (with some sense) and teens play it, but for the wee little ones? No how, no way. This game is seriously destructive and as the franchise has continued, it has only upped the ante. Ratchet and Clank are certified world destroyers. The basic premise has stayed the same: some big evil threatens to take over the universe and only Ratchet and Clank can save the day. They travel from world to world to find clues on how to find and stop the big bad. Bolts are currency and that’s how Ratchet buys weapons. The more you use the weapon, it upgrades. And everything can be broken and or beaten on a planet and transformed to bolts. In other words, mass destruction courtesy of our erstwhile heroes.

Of course there’s more to it but that’s the basics. Now, the first Ratchet & Clank for the PS3 is here and Insomniac has truly upped their game. The graphics are first rate, the sound is superb, and the voice cast is excellent. The gameplay? More danger, harder foes with some easter eggs to those who are fans of the franchise thrown in.

This time it’s Emperor Tachyon that has come after Ratchet. Seems Ratchet’s people chased Tachyon’s people out of the universe and saved it, but the only one who survived was Tachyon as a child. Now, for the first time in the series, we explore Ratchet’s past and history. We learn of his home planet and other worlds once again where total carnage happens all in the name of saving the universe. There are puzzle games, the favorite challenge mode and some of the coolest mini games ever. Plus as an added bonus, the Zoni are introduced, aiding Clank to help Ratchet and ultimately causing the first and biggest cliffhanger in the series to date.

The mods are back as are the gold bolts, and new characters that look to stick around for awhile. If you think total destruction is fun, then this is the game for you. And in case you think it’s still a lame-ass kids game, it was ranked across the board as one of the top ten games for 2007. It has replay value and heck it’s just a fun game where you don’t have to think way too much and just destroy to your violent heart’s content. Check it out.

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~ by sladewilson on August 25, 2008.

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