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Ratchet & Clank Collection Review

Ratchet & Clank Collection Review

The PlayStation 2 did not have a shortage of mascots with Jak and Daxter, Sly, and Ratchet and Clank. Now 10 years after their debut back in 2002 the dynamic duo Ratchet and Clank are back. This HD collection includes the first three games in the series starting with Ratchet and Clank, Going Commando (Locked and Loaded), and Up Your Arsenal. Insomniac and Idol Minds Studios teamed up to add 1080p, 3D, and trophy support to one of Sony's most famous franchise.

The Ratchet and Clank series has always been known for having a very tongue and cheek sense of humor. This doesn't change a decade after the original game's, so don't be surprised to be laughing at plumber jokes again. The first game's story introduces us to Ratchet and Clank as they take down the Blarg. The Blarg are run by Chairman Drek who is going around the galaxy destroying planets just to create the perfect planet for his race the Blarg.

After stopping Ultimate Supreme Executive Chairman Drek, Ratchet and Clank become heroes with nothing to do at the start of the second game. This is when the two are teleported to a new galaxy by the boss of the Megacorp Company, Abercrombie Fizzwidget. They are hired on to find the “Protopet” which has been stolen by a mysterious thief. This leads the two all over a brand new galaxy with even more twist and turns than in the first game.

The third game has the best story out of the whole trilogy by far. The evil Dr. Nefarious is trying to turn everyone that isn't a robot into one. This leads to captain Quark assembling a team to take Dr. Nefarious down. This was a great way to bring back all the memorable characters you ran into from the first game. Returning to the planets from the first game also goes to show how far the series has come.

The story by far is the reason to keep playing because even though it is not the deepest story, you get attached to what is going on from planet to planet. Ratchet and Clank never feel like they have a one dimensional relationship which is good when you have to spend so much time together. Also watching the life of Captain Quark as he falls and falls even more then makes a comeback miraculously never gets old. Ratchet and Clank is the perfect example that no matter how old a game gets the writing can keep it a classic.

All three games are an action platformer with heavy emphases on the action. The series has made a name for itself with the crazy weapons introduced in each game. Just when you think that this crazy gun you just bought can never be topped, a new one that is twice as expensive shows up and makes you want it right away. All of the games have you collecting bolts which never stops feeling rewarding as you bash in what seems like your millionth box.

The first game was very bare bones when compared to the sequels in terms of gameplay options. Still this made upgrading and leveling up your health and weapons even more satisfying. Having your progress show as you mow down wave after wave of enemies kept battles feeling fresh.

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