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Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (PlayStation 2)

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MobyRank
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4.1
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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.2
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.9
Overall MobyScore (37 votes) 4.1


The Press Says

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100
UOL Jogos
O terceiro "Ratchet & Clank" não tenta consertar o que não está quebrado, e continua sendo uma das mais competentes séries do gênero - no qual ele mesmo não se encaixa perfeitamente devido à sua criatividade. Então, a não ser que você tenha alguma birra com a série, não deve deixar de compartilhar a nova aventura dessa hilariante dupla.
100
Game Informer Magazine
A game journalist seldom has the opportunity to award a game the elusive "Perfect 10." This is one of those rare moments. In the case of Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, it simply couldn’t be avoided. After a long and successful history, Insomniac Games has finally created its masterpiece, a tour de force that is the zenith of a trio of titles that I feel should be held up in action/platform history alongside the original Super Mario Bros. trilogy on the NES.
100
GameSpy
Insomniac is a studio that understands the value of building on past accomplishments, perhaps to a fault. Back on PS one, each of its Spyro games was simply a refinement of the previous one, which resulted in quick development times but sometimes samey end results. Insomniac returned to this tried-and-tested strategy for the PS2's Ratchet & Clank series, but this time the improvements proved to be more than incremental. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando was an excellent sequel that made definite improvements over its somewhat drowsy predecessor, and now, likewise, Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal makes marked improvements over that second game. Combining a solid single-player adventure and all-new online competition modes, Up Your Arsenal is clearly Insomniac's most impressive outing yet.
100
1UP
If you've never tried a Ratchet & Clank game for whatever reason, buy this one. No one who likes action games of any sort should pass it by, since it has everything -- everything! -- you could want: imagine Tribes, Unreal Tournament, Contra, Day of the Tentacle, and Mario Sunshine all put together and you've got Ratchet & Clank 3. And if your frail human mind is incapable of wrapping your mind around a concept like that, then that's just one more reason to give thanks to our alien overlords at Insomniac.
98
games xtreme
Ratchet and Clank3: Up Your Arsenal is simply a fantastic game. As for the down side as far as I am concerned there are none. There is enough variety in this game to make you want to play it again and again.
98
Mygamer.com
No other title that has come out or is coming out this year for any system will match the good-natured fun Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal gives you. For that you will have to wait for Conker's Bad Fur Day: Live and Reloaded on the Xbox next year. As far as the Playstation 2 is concerned, this is as good as it gets, for any genre. Fans of the first two will adore it and new players will become fans instantaneously. Do yourself a favor, buy this game immediately, you won't regret it.
98
Next Level Gaming
The story for Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, much like in the previous title, starts about a year after the last adventure. Clank is enjoying stardom with his own TV show- Secret Agent Clank. Ratchet, despite having the honor of playing Clank’s chauffeur on the show, is getting somewhat fed up with his current situation. Luckily (I guess), the monotony is broken with an attack on Ratchet’s home planet of Veldin. It turns out that Dr. Nefarious, an evil robotic genius, is behind the attack, which is part of his plan to eradicate all living creatures. Before long, our heroes find themselves saving the universe again- but not before joining forces with their least favorite hero, Captain Quark.
97
Game Over Online
While these comments are somewhat up for dispute, there is one thing that isn’t up in the air: Up Your Arsenal is a phenomenal game and a great addition to the Ratchet and Clank franchise. With an expanded number of weapons, a humorous plotline and a tribute to side scrolling platformers, Up Your Arsenal is impressive as a single player game. However, it’s the inclusion of a fully fleshed out multiplayer mode that truly sets this title apart from many of the other PS2 titles this year. Go out and blow up your friends this holiday season, thanks to Insomniac.
96
IGN
This year, however, Insomniac has gone way beyond the notion of just adding a couple of upgrades or weapons before calling it a day and have implemented an all-new, fully-realized multiplayer feature as well. This new gameplay option isn't just a half-assed tacked-on bonus mode either; it's an extensive, entirely entertaining supplement to the single-player game that, for all intents and purposes, is the best PS2 online head-to-head I've experienced to date. Essentially, it's a Lombax's version of Unreal Championship. But man oh man, is it ever good.
96
Netjak
Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal is the third installment in the Ratchet and Clank series. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the series, at first glance it is simply another entry in the “buddy platformer” genre, in which a hero and his sidekick team up together to take on the world a la Banjo-Kazooie and Jak & Daxter. Ratchet is a rodent-like Lombax and Clank is a proper British robot who rides on Ratchet’s back and helps him jump higher and cross chasms.
96
Daily Game
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal is a fantastic game. It has beautiful graphics, smooth controls and plenty of different modes to keep gamers busy. With the addition of multiplayer and online modes, Up Your Arsenal will stay in your PS2 for quite some time. Other improvements add to the already-solid gameplay, tweaking the game to near perfection. Insomniac delivers another great sequel, one that will be sure to please.
95
PGNx Media
The Ratchet & Clank has always been excellent. Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, while not radically different than its predecessors with the exception of the new online play, still provides some of the purest, most enjoyable gameplay available on the PlayStation 2.
92
Just RPG
If you’ve been keeping up with the series, R&C: Up Your Arsenal is an obvious purchase. If you haven’t been following the series, don’t worry, this is a good place to start.
92
Gaming Target
Another year, another Ratchet & Clank. Since 2002 now, Sony and Insomniac have graced the PS2 with their action-platform franchise, and each time out, it's been an outstanding experience in numerous ways. Though occasionally considered the little brother of Naughty Dog's Jak franchise, R&C has developed quite a following due to its fast action, RPG-like elements (from Going Commando), and quirky humor. With Up Your Arsenal, the 3rd game in the series, Insomniac has maintained the same excellent adventure, but tacked on a seemingly natural progression for the series with multiplayer action, playable both off and online.
90
GotNext
Up Your Arsenal is a visually impressive game, that's for sure; you have anywhere from five to twenty enemies on the screen, with all sorts of things blowing up around you, and the game does not slow down. Ever. There's so many things going on all at once in the game that it's sometimes hard to keep track of it all, but that's what makes playing the game so damn fun at times. Dropping in from 30,000 feet from a dropship, landing, and then fighting a small army of aliens without any break is what makes Up Your Arsenal one of the best games on the system.
90
videogamer.com
Part one of Sony's two part action platformer double whammy this Christmas is Ratchet & Clank 3. Being the third Ratchet & Clank game in two years, you might expect to see signs of a rushed job, or that the game turns out to be nothing more than a mission add-on to the previous game. You would be wrong. Ratchet & Clank 3 is one of the best games you could play this year.
90
Jolt (UK)
Despite there being only one major change to the game, and a couple of slightly smaller ones, Ratchet & Clank 3 is still an improvement and genuinely one of the best platforming games on PS2. It’s big, it’s bright, it’s beautiful; it’s funny, it’s chaotic and it’s more enjoyable than a weekend in Amsterdam with a lot of money. If you’ve never tried the series before, take the plunge, because this is as good as it’s been so far. You never know: the sight of an evil scheme being unveiled with added sign language or a boss battle taking place in a music video might tickle your funny bone.
89
4Players.de
Nachdem sich Insomniac Games bereits mit dem zweiten Teil etwas von den Plattform-Elementen abgewendet hat und diese zunehmend durch Action ersetzte, geht man mit Ratchet & Clank 3 sogar noch einen Schritt weiter: Freut euch auf ein gut und gerne 20 Stunden währendes, durchweg motivierendes Stakkato an Feuergefechten mit kleinen Sprungpassagen. Insofern wird die eher auf klassische Plattform-Hüpfereien abfahrende Fraktion vom neuen Abenteuer der Weltraum-Helden vermutlich weniger angetan sein. Doch als vorbildlich ausbalancierter Action-Titel, der zudem nicht an Humor, feiner Grafik und einer klasse Soundkulisse spart, macht Ratchet & Clank 3 seine Sache exzellent. Eigentlich wäre ja der Platin-Award fällig – wenn nicht über allem die frappierende Ähnlichkeit zu den Vorgängern schweben würde.
89
Game Freaks 365
As a fan of the series, I enjoyed this game, but I am unsatisfied with the length, the over-powering AI in later levels, and I don't see a need for multi-player. My suggestion is, if you want a new take on multi-player modes, buy Up Your Arsenal. There are enough maps, weapons, and modes to keep anyone happy, that wants to play a multi-player game. For me though, platformers aren't meant for multi-player, which is why I walked away a tad bit disappointed. If you're like me, and you crave single-player platformers, then you might want to wait until the price drops to $20, as there's really no new single-player gameplay features.
87
GameZone
In my opinion, Mario 64 and subsequent followers like Banjo Kazooie set up the notion that all 3D platformers required a massive list of things to collect for no other reason than, well, you had to collect them to open up the next level. With a lot of recurring tasks (how many times do we feel like searching for eight red coins, really?) and really, the lack of much of a storyline or changes in the gameplay with progression, the platforming genre had started to feel a little stale. And this is a recurring trend, indeed; very little experimentation outside of this simple formula has been attempted.
80
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Three broadly identical games in the space of two years, though. That's overkill, surely? Maybe at full price, yes. We're in the happy position of not having to shell out our spare cash for these incremental updates, and yes, we enjoyed it immensely. But would we fork out top dollar for it? Probably not. However, if we did, we couldn't argue that we didn't get our money's worth. It's a tough call. If the game didn't have two cheap prequels to compete against then it'd be a nine all day long, and if you've resisted the temptation to get on board with the series to date, this is definitely one to pick up. But the truth is we're not rating it in isolation; it's much the same as the previous two, adds a great but non-essential multiplayer mode, and then whacks a full price tag on itself. That, to us, spells out an eight, and a worthy one at that for what amounts to an incredibly entertaining game from start to finish and beyond.
80
Jeuxvideo.com
Ratchet & Clank 3 n'est peut-être pas aussi innovant que l'était le second volet de la série mais il reste une valeur sûre de la plate-forme sur PS2 grâce à l'ambiance délirante, à l'inventivité des armes et surtout au multijoueur bien fun !
70
Computer Bild Spiele
Das Spiel überzeugt mit seinem ausgewogenen Schwierigkeitsgrad, einer tollen Optik und sehr präziser Steuerung. Auf der anderen Seite fährt es im Vergleich mit seinen beiden Vorgängern nicht viel Neues auf, verlagert den Schwerpunkt jedoch zunehmend auf pure Action - und reduziert jene Abschnitte, in denen reine Geschicklichkeit gefragt ist. Ob Sie nun Anfänger sind oder bereits die Vorgänger gespielt haben, mit dem dritten Teil können Sie trotzdem nichts falsch machen. Sie erhalten ein rundum solides Produkt mit ordentlichem Umfang, Mehrspieler-Möglichkeiten und viel skurrilem Humor in den Dialogen. Das ist wirklich "gut".
70
Gamezine
Sinon, bah c’est tout. La recette Ratchet & Clank marche toujours aussi bien, cependant rien de nouveau sous le soleil, et malgré l’ajout du mode multjoueurs, le concept commence un peu à tourner en rond. Enfin, toujours est-il que si l’on apprécie la série, il est difficile de ne pas résister à un nouvel épisode, même s’il propose des ajouts mineurs (c’est l’avantage des Mario et autres Sonic : les jeux de plates-formes, ça a pas besoin de se renouveler pour être accrocheur). Si vous prenez la série en cours, prenez évidemment le 3, c’est de loin le plus complet, si vous possédez déjà le 2 et vous n’êtes pas foncièrement fan, pas la peine de dépenser votre argent. Même s’il n’a pas la même ambition qu’un grand jeu, surtout en période de Noël, ce Ratchet & Clank 3 pourrait bien trouver sa place au pied du sapin, entre Halo 2 et Tales of Symphonia.