Ratchet & Clank

released on Nov 04, 2002

Ratchet & Clank is a platform/adventure game in a similar vein to the 3D versions of the Rayman, Sonic, Mario, or other games. It involves the two protagonists Ratchet, a furry alien creature, and Clank, a nerdy little robot, going on a quest to find Captain Qwark and ultimately to help save the galaxy.

Ratchet & Clank includes many of the best features of previous similar games, but makes itself unique in a number of ways. Firstly each of the game's levels are huge sweeping vistas with extremely detailed buildings which are visible at all times (i.e. there is no distance fog). This means that a building on the horizon is not just a "backdrop"; in all likelihood Ratchet will be exploring it in a few moments time. Secondly, the game includes a number of sub-games, such as a space fight sequence and a number of turret shoot-outs which are akin to Missile Command in the first person.

The game has over twenty levels (planets) and includes as many real-time cut-scenes which tell the story. Also of note is that the story is non-linear, requiring the player to return to previous levels to complete objectives and to choose between multiple paths forward. There is also a respectable array of weapons, gadgets, and accessories to find or buy as the game progresses, which offer some unique gameplay features.

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Pretty good platformer/action game with some really fun humor and characters, the graphics are beautiful and the soundtrack really shines. The gameplay in the starship segments are surprisingly solid and funny (my favorite parts of this game is this moments in the game)
This game have two major problems: the automatic aim in the platform segments is horrendous and some of the planets have difficult spikes so intesses that made me rage quit a bunch of times while playing this game.
Morph-O-Ray best gun.

Honestly the only thing that can sometimes get in the way of enjoying this really cool game are controls which feel like Ratchet is running in mud 24/7. Otherwise I’m actually impressed with the gameplay variety. Rails, hoverboard, big Clank, flying a spaceship, underwater stuff, slingshot… There is just so much put into this little adventure

clank: we should focus on saving innocent people
ratchet: KILL YOUR SE-

This was a pretty good time. Took a bit to really get used to the controls and mechanics, but after that was a lot of fun. I love the level variety, music, and the general design. Growing your arsenal is a lot of fun, and the moment-to-moment gameplay just feels good.
Now the story wasn't anything special, like the turbulence of Ratchet's and Clank's friendship wasn't believable or anything, but I care more about it's gameplay so I'm okay with it.
And yeah, oh my god the final boss is stupidly hard.

By pure lack of competition, Ratchet & Clank is the closest thing Sony has to a mascot for the Playstation.

A first in a series of many great games! Ratchet and Clank is one of my favorite gaming franchises, and Insomniac did wonderfully with the first entry.
This one stands out from the other games in the series. For one there's no strafing, and there's more of an emphasis on platforming then combat. These are not bad things in my opinion, but other players may think otherwise.
This game may have my favorite soundtrack in the series history. The story and how Ratchet and Clank initially bicker but grow to work together is great! It's always a treat seeing what quirky npc you may run into at the end of a planet. Drek is a fantastic villain, and the game does a great job of making you despise him by the end.
If you wanna get into the Ratchet and Clank games, this is a great place to start!