Review: The Ratchet and Clank HD Trilogy

23:00, Jul 23 2012
Ratchet and Clank HD Trilogy
SMASH AND GRAB: The Ratchet and Clank HD Trilogy is all about smashing things up and collecting bolts, to be cashed in for more weapons.

Ratchet and Clank must be two of the most loved characters to have appeared on the PlayStation 2, but has it really been 10 years since the duo first appeared on Sony's console.

The Ratchet and Clank Trilogy is a collection of three of Ratchet and Clank's best - Ratchet and Clank, Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando and Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal(which introduced online play to the series). They've been re-mastered in high definition and now have stereoscopic 3D support and Trophy support. And they look great, with crisper textures than the originals and vivid environments that just pop on a high definition screen.

While it could be said that the Ratchet and Clank games were about exploration and travelling from planet to planet, in my mind they were about smashing things up and collecting the bolts that were littered around the game world.

As in-game currency, these bolts could be used to purchase wondrous weapons, ranging from flame throwers and mini nuclear bombs to weapons that created black holes to suck enemies up.

Sure, the games had platforming and minor puzzles to solve, but come on, the game was really about Ratchet collecting bolts and using them to buy cool stuff. Right? You know I'm right.

That was part of the charm: I would search every inch of an environment just for crates to smash, just to collect all those lovely bolts to upgrade my weapons - and use them to blow up crates!


The stars of the games, of course, are Ratchet (a creature called a lombax) and Clank (a small robot), with Ratchet the action hero and Clank the comic relief when things get frantic. And they get frantic, when you're trying to negotiate perilous jumps, battle flying robots and avoid laser beams.

It's clear that developer Insomniac, which went on to make the Resistance games for PlayStation 3, grew in confidence as the Ratchet and Clank series developed. Each game grows in strength.

There's really not much more to say: if you've played Ratchet and Clank on the PS2 you'll know what great fun the original games were. If you haven't played the originals and you own a PlayStation 3, here's your chance to play some PlayStation 2 classics bundled up in one easy-to-use Blu-ray disc.

You have no excuse not to own these classics.

The Ratchet and Clank HD Trilogy
PlayStation 3


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