Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ratchet & Clank Collection

You do not mess with the R.Y.N.O.!
Ratchet & Clank is one of those special kinds of franchises that seems to have everything: awesome weapons with equally awesome mods that can all be leveled up, cool armor suits, interesting plotlines, good voiceover work (particularly by James Arnold Taylor), and a fuzzy alien hero with a seriously epic name for players to control. I play Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters on my PSP, and I would definitely reccomend the game to anyone who likes third-person shooters. Sure, it's not an easy game (I still can't seem to beat the last Quodrona level in Master Mode), but it sure is a lot of fun.

If you love Ratchet and his robot companion, Clank, or if you've never played any of the games before, the Ratchet & Clank Collection will likely be a good investment if fun third-person shooters are right up your alley.

Published by Sony Computer Entertainment and Developed by Idol Minds Digital Entertainment and Insomniac Games, the Ratchet & Clank Collection is a box set of three R&C classic games: the original R&C, Going Commando, and Up Your Arsenal. All of the games have been "remastered in 1080p...with additional upgrades such as Trophy and 3D support" (IGN).

Here are the synopsises (synopsi? Whatever the plural of "synopsis" is) for all three games, courtesy of IGN: "In the original Ratchet & Clank, save the galaxy as Ratchet, a wrench-wielding Lombax, and his robot buddy, Clank, in this action-adventure with a multitude of crazy weapons.

"In Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, Ratchet and Clank return as heroes for hire. Upon taking a job to find a stolen experiment for mega-corporation Abercombie Fitzwidget, Ratchet and Clank meet a large cast of character who will help them along the way.

"In Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, gamers return to Planet Veldin, the setting of the original game, where the duo set off on a gripping new adventure through a multitude of diverse planets to fight for galatice peace. Up Your Arsenal includes a multiplayer feature that allows up to eight players to play at once."

According to the official PlayStation 3 blog, this box set of three classic R&C games has been created "to commemorate the achievements of the Ratchet & Clank saga," a saga that is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year (the first game was originally released on the PlayStation 2 in 2002).

If you live in Europe then the collection was released in the spring of this year, but North American fans will have to wait until this fall to get their version.

Why do North Americans have to wait longer? "...It's becuase we have something very special planned for our North American fans to celebrate the 10th anniversary" (The Official PlayStation Blog). What is this "special" something that Sony has in store?

*NOTE: Skip over the next paragraph if you're the type of person who likes surprises and wants to find out the special something for yourself!*

For North American gamers only - sorry, international gamers - the Collection will come with a demo for Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, the new game in the Sly Cooper franchise. The reason why North Americans get this bonus content is because Sony wants to reward the gamers here for their patience, since the game released internationally in the spring and the North Americans have had to wait an extra few months.

*NOTE: Continue reading here if you like surprises.*

The Ratchet & Clank Collection will release in North America on August 28, 2012, for the PlayStation 3.

DISCLAIMER!: The Ratchet & Clank Collection has been rated E 10+ for Everyone 10 and Older for Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes.

Who here plays Ratchet & Clank, and what do you love about the franchise?

My favorite thing about R&C is the weapons. I adore my dual, double barreled Lacerator pistols, my Acid Bomb Glove, Agents of Doom (mine are Agents of Dread because I've leveled them up to Titan 4), and the Rocket Launcher. Currently I'm saving up for the R.Y.N.O. and I can tell you right now that I am gonna have so much fun with that bad boy when I finally get Ratchet's fuzzy hands on it!

 - Edessa, signing off

1 comment:

  1. I don't have a PS3 but I really enjoyed the Ratchet: Deadlocked game. :)



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