We Got Game: Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest For Booty

Sony and Insomniac came up with a lil’ sumthin’ to hold over all the Ratchet & Clank fans. First, they release a solo Clank game for the PSP called Secret Agent Clank. Now, instead of a full blown out adventure without our favorite little robot, Ratchet begins his adventure to find his partner. But this is not a game you can buy in the stores. It’s a downloadable game on the Playstation Network that is a direct download into your PS3. It’s only four planets but you have to return to one at least twice and while the gameplay is limited, it still loads of fun. Think of it as instead of a full game, you get a direct sequel EP again, complete with cliffhanger.

Come on, you didn’t think Insomniac was going to have you save Clank with just an EP, did you?

It’s a little something to hold you over until the next installment comes out in 2009. It comes with a $14.99 price tag and basically you have Talwyn and Ratchet chasing down leads to find the Zoni who took off with Clank in Ratchet & Clank Future: TOD. Because Ratchet doesn’t have Clank this go around, you move a little different and his trusty Omniwrench has been upgraded. Rusty Pete, The Smuggler and Captain Slag (in his present bodyless condition) are in on this adventure. The search leads to finding Captain Darkwater’s secrets because he was in contact with the Zoni.

The graphics are still awesome as is the voice cast and sound. The gameplay is still top notch. What is missing then? Some of our favorite cast members such as Clank, Captain Quark, and some others. No mini games and no challenge mode. The replay value has been greatly reduced because of this but again, keep in mind this is a holdover until the main game is released next year.

There are some upgrades that we do hope are new holdovers. The new powers of the Omniwrench is a welcomed addition as is the light and dark play. In some of the dark areas that Ratchet must conquer, he uses these bioluminencent creatures to light his way. I was kind of glad that the puzzles were limited and it was more straight platform and destruction. Of course, there is backstabbing and since it is just a stop-gap between full games in the franchise, the cliffhanger continues and in fact is amped up especially for long term fans of the franchise. Trust me, you’re not going to believe this and in typical Ratchet & Clank fashion, it’s one of those “There’s no freakin’ way…” moments. How Insomniac pulls this off will be one for the record books. Also, check out some of the easter eggs thrown in – another Ratchet and Clank staple.

If you’re a fan of the franchise and want a little wanton destruction for a couple of hours, you can’t go wrong with Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty.

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~ by sladewilson on August 25, 2008.

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