Ratchet & Clank series has been a staple on the Playstation platform for the past several years, however, I never played any of the R&C games on the PS2, and I only got into the series when Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction for PS3 was released, and that was one of my favorite games for PS3, it was a fun action platformer with a lot of charm, and I was pretty much hooked the whole time I was playing it. So I picked up the latest entry in the R&C series on its release day.
Like the other R&C games, this game has a very distinct style, very reminiscent of a 3D animated movie, and it ran very smoothly, one of the big draw for the series has been the plethora of crazy weapons, and A Crack in Time doesn't disappoint, some of them are so batshit insane, you can't help but laugh when you first use them. Also the weapons now seem to level up a lot faster, so you always felt that you are making progress, and the game is also a lot more open-ended then before, so you can visit different planets and do a bunch of side quests, which may or may not be a good thing for some people, I personally like the Tools of Destruction's more focusd story telling more than this game, but others might like the freedom that this game offers. And the game also added a lot of time-based puzzles when you are playing as Clank, basically you can control time using a device, so Clank can do something and then you can "rewind" time and the "past" clank can interact with you to achieve different goals, it's ingenious and very cool when you finally figured out how to solve some of the more difficult puzzles.
However, for some reason, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time just didn't hook me the way Tools of Destruction did, I can't put my finger on it, the game looks gorgeous and controls great, and the cartoony style and humor is still there, but somehow I just wasn't all that into this game, I think this is because the game just felt like an expansion of Tools of Destruction, even though the developers definitely added new features and made improvements, everything from the graphics to the gameplay felt very much the same. I think if I haven't played Tools of Destruction, I would probably love this game a lot more.
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I was originally from Taipei, Taiwan, and I moved to the united states when I was 16 years old. I lived in Champaign, Illinois for 6 years before moving to California and have been here since. … more
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Concluding the events set into motion by Tools of Destruction, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time will at long last answer some of the franchise fans' largest questions. After discovering that Clank's disappearance was engineered by Dr. Nefarious, Ratchet races to rescue his best friend. Unfortunately, he discovers that Clank's capture is just the beginning of Nefarious's latest diabolical plot. In this follow-up to the best-selling series, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time puts players into the role of both Ratchet and Clank as they attempt to reunite and save the universe. Along the way, both will finally uncover the hidden truth behind their origins, and discover their ultimate destinies. As the duo come closer to reuniting, they'll have to ask themselves the biggest question of all: Do Ratchet and Clank’s destinies lie with each other? Or is it finally time for the universe's greatest duo to separate for good? Powered by Insomniac Games' fourth-generation PLAYSTATION3 system technology, A Crack in Time will continue to bring the experience of playing your own CG-animated movie to the PS3 system. Players will use new gadgets such as Ratchet's Hoverboots to explore levels and can take off in Ratchet's ship to discover nearby moons and planets. Clank will use new abilities to manipulate time to try and stop Dr. Nefarious.