Game review: Ratchet & Clank Trilogy

By Matt Greenop

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Ratchet and Clank: The Trilogy. Photo / Supplied
Ratchet and Clank: The Trilogy. Photo / Supplied

Ratchet and Clank are two of the most important characters in the PlayStation universe, with a history of blockbuster 3D platformers stretching back to 2002 and the humble PS2. Still PS-exclusive, and still a hilarious comic duo with a taste for trouble, Ratchet (a furry critter called a Lombax) and Clank (his robot buddy) reprise a trio of PS2 games in high-definition, and even stereoscopic 3D if your telly is flash enough. The franchise is still very active, with a brand new game landing later this year.

But this collection, with Ratchet and Clank, Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando and Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal included on one Blu-ray. The storylines pit the duo against a variety of comical enemies, winging their way around the universe, exploring planets and solving the odd puzzle.

It's the smashing fun of beating crates into submission to collect bolts to trade on increasingly crazier weaponry that is the real fun. Platformers are like that - the main event quickly fades into insignificance as you scour environments for hidden currency, in this case bolts.

The weapons are brilliant, from the Lavagun to the Plasma Whip, mini nukes and the aptly-named Devastator.

Overall, a great run through an old trio of PS2 memories - if you never played them, it's a great opportunity, and a useful set of fun and very funny platformers upgraded for modern TV tech.

Stars: 3.5/5
Platform: PS3
Rated: PG

- NZ Herald

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