In a week that sees Xbox One gain a new valuable IP in Quantum Break, PlayStation are set to revive one of their own valuable IP’s in Ratchet & Clank.
A return to the series is welcome news indeed. Especially in a generation that lacks a mainstream ‘AAA’ platforming game, ignoring the Nintendo offerings, obviously. I’m sorry, Mario, no hard feelings, okay?
The general consensus surrounding Ratchet & Clank though seems to be that you’ll love a return to the series with a completely overhauled graphics engine. An engine that comes close to the likes of a Disney Pixar animation. It shames all these so called HD remakes and gives a classic game the treatment it deserves.
Or you’ll just be unswayed by the nostalgia to which I can understand, because like Chris Carter of Destructoid, I preferred the Jak & Daxter games.
First up, though, is IGN’s Marty Sliva, who gave the game a resounding 9.0 out of 10. He loved the whole affair, saying:
“Ratchet & Clank is a culmination of everything Insomniac has done with the series over the past 14 years. It takes the characters that we fell in love with long ago, and sets them off on their most gorgeous quest yet. The deep and rewarding weapon system, beautiful and varied worlds, and charming-as-heck story make it an adventure that anyone with a PlayStation 4 should strap in for.”
Destructoid’s Chris Carter on the other hand wasn’t expecting much from the game going into it, but came away hoping Sony’s franchise can re-surface for good. He gave the game an 8 out of 10, here’s what he said:
“Initially, I wasn’t all that excited to hear about a Ratchet & Clank reboot, but having actually played it, I don’t mind seeing a resurgence at all. This feels like a last-ditch effort for Sony to bring this series into the spotlight again, and honestly, I hope it works out.”
Mike Fahey from Kotaku UK felt the game had infected his nostalgia of the original as he’s a big fan of the series; but didn’t feel it was a bad thing. He had this to say:
“The new Ratchet & Clank is familiar enough to feel like a homecoming, while being divergent enough to never feel old-hat. Forget HD re-releases. Every classic game should get this treatment.”
It’s good to see an old classic get more than just a polish and a full technical overhaul which stays true to the core game. Sony may now have paved the way for more games to get this treatment. Could Jak & Daxter be next? Or even the crazily awesome Crash Bandicoot?
I’ll definitely be picking up a copy of Ratchet & Clank to support the reboot.
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