Ratchet & Clank
Every so often, I like a good, clean, honest platformer, like
"Alex Kidd in Miracle World" back in the day for the old Sega Master
System. You can't go wrong with a little "Super Mario Bros.
3", too, just for good measure. I don't regularly buy games
like that--in fact, the last one before this might have been "Ape
Escape", a great game for the PSX--but when you have some down time
like I have had recently, you make some choices that aren't always
Happily, "Ratchet & Clank" was a very good game that keeps things
going by having some cool little gadgets and weapons, and some
ingenious level design coupled with some secrets and hard-to-attain
items. The plot features some alien bad guy that threatens to
destroy the universe unless Ratchet and a little robot named Clank
can stop him. The humor in the game is actually well done for
both kids and adults, and even though this game gets a Teen rating,
there is a lot of killing before all is said and done in the
Because of the way objectives are set up, you sometimes have to
visit some levels twice to get everything done on them; I wasn't a
big fan of this, but what can you do. Choosing the right
weapon for the right situation is half the game all by itself, since
when you have all of the gadgets you can find, there are almost 30
devices that need to be mastered. Because the level design is
so good--and, there are 20 or so levels in all--the game takes a
while to get through, but it's never very hard so it's enjoyable to
try and work your way through the game.
Not a bad game for $20, since it's on sale as a Greatest Hits
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience