I have been meaning to write this review for a long time but with the influx of hot new titles that have been coming out I just haven’t found the time until now. With that being said, don’t get me wrong at all Ratchet and Clank should definitely be in every real PS3 gamer’s collection. It is easily in my top 10 best titles currently available for the PS3.
So I know what you are saying, the game with the cat looking character and the robot? Yes, that game but he is no cat, Ratchet is a Lomax and trust me that is definitely something very different. I can understand if you haven’t played it, I walked past it for months in my local Gamestop until there was a point were there was just nothing left to play so I bought it. After I played it, I was smackin myself in the head wondering what took me so long, trust me that will never happen again.
So you start off and you are Ratchet, the last Lomax, and you are accompanied by your trusty sidekick Clank who is a robot with an interesting destiny of his own. The game is everything that every gamer wants, the graphics are bright and engaging, the controls are right on, and the story is actually one that you will want to unravel.
Most of the time Ratchet finds himself in situations where he is outnumbered, ok so in every situation he is outnumbered. But never fear for you have a secret weapon…lots of weapons and boy do they pack a punch. By the time you get to the end of the game, I think you have access to over 20+ weapons, all of which as you use them more and more will become upgraded and even more powerful. My favorite three are the lightening rod, plasma beast, and the nanoswarmers. While all the weapons in the game are cool and are useful at different moments, if you give me these three weapons full upgraded and I don’t need anything else. In your quest to solve the mystery and find out why you are the last Lomax you will travel the galaxy stopping at several different planets along the way.
Every planet is distinct, having its own special charm and secrets to unlock. After completing certain task on each planet, you will then be allowed to fly to the next, but you can return to any of the previous ones you have visited in order to finishing collecting money or special items. But who said space travel was without is danger, and it isn’t. Depending on what planet you are trying to get to you will encounter space pirates which leads into some pretty intense space battle to say the least. I mean from laser beams that will cut right through your ship to more than the fair amount of enemy spaceships, these up close and personal space battles are not to be taken lightly.
As your weapons get more and more powerful the more you use them and buy upgrades, so to does your armor. Hey if you are going to save an entire universe you have to do it in style. At certain planets, if you have enough money you can buy new armor suits that will give you added abilities and decrease the damage you take. Buying these are not a necessity but trust me it will make your life easier.
Whether you are flying over grasslands with your robowings or tearing up the streets on your gyrocycle, Ratchet and Clank is just a whole lot of fun to play. Along the way you will meet some very interesting characters to say the least, a trader character in particular who you will have a bit of a love hate relationship with. It has been months since I first beat TOD but I still find myself going back and playing it trying to solve all the puzzles and build the ultimate weapon. The one downfall of TOD is that there is no online mode or multiplayer to speak of and even though that seems to be becoming a standard for what makes a good game, honestly I am not sure this one even needs it.
If you call yourself a gamer then you just gotta play TOD. It’s everything you want, it has a great story that makes you wanna play, awesome weapons and gadgets, good controls, and its hard enough to be challenging but no so hard you don’t want to play anymore. As I think back, I am at a loss to find things that Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction doesn’t do well and because of that I have to give it 5.0 out of 5 stars even if it doesn’t have any online or multiplayer. All I can say is pick this title up, it should be really cheap by now and just play it and give it a chance and it will grow on you and you will love it and if you don’t well.. well then you don’t but I just can see how you wouldn’t. Let me know if I was right.