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Ratchet & Clank (PlayStation 2)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.1
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Possibly the PS2's finest. Gary Smith (65) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
A Game For Anybody who wants a game with a storyline and the action adventure type.... powerstone05 (281) unrated
Why does it have to be me? :( Pixelspeech (955) 2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars
The game that saved platform gaming. Exodia85 (2160) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Go "Gadget?" Daniel Backhaus (3) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.1
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall MobyScore (45 votes) 4.1


The Press Says

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100
Mania
Simply put, RATCHET AND CLANK is the best first-party PlayStation game of the year, and a contender for Game of the Year. It is a must-own.
98
Game Vortex
Well, another year is about to close and with the Christmas rush comes the annual selection of our distinguished 'Game of the Year' award. I have to tell you guys, this is most likely going to be the hardest year ever when it comes to picking just one game that stands out as THE game of 2002. In the last few months alone, nearly five games have been released that deserve to be considered for the top spot. Among these titles is Ratchet and Clank.
95
games xtreme
So to the downside to the game, there isn’t one, I try to be objective and I thought I couldn’t simply dribble about it so I tried to pick faults and there is nothing that I could find, everything is amazing! It does occasionally suffer from the annoying platform syndrome of being stuck on a certain jump and not being able to get any further but that’s why you keep playing games. In the words from a film: “If it wasn’t a challenge it wouldn’t be a short cut, it’d just be the way.”
95
PSX Extreme
In the end, after much time with Ratchet and Clank, I can most certainly attest that it is a fantastic platform title that is easily worth the 40 bucks that most retailers are selling it for. Blending absolutely stunning visuals that include massive, vivacious areas; extremely fun gameplay and tight controls, Ratchet and Clank is a formula that defines success. Despite being a platform title, the game also incorporates and encourages doing one thing, "blowing sh*t up". Think of Ratchet and Clank as Star Fox Adventures meets Jak and Daxter with a wee' bit of Contra thrown in for spice.
93
Game Over Online
Overall, Ratchet and Clank is the kind of game that any gamer would want in their library, whether it’s as a holiday present or as a gift to yourself. Revamping the action platformer genre with plenty of action, wacky, impressive gadgets and an interesting storyline, this is what the future of action games should be. If you’ve got a PS2, get your hands on this one.
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Game Freaks 365
The only complaint about Ratchet and Clank that I can find is its length, which is resolved with its two sequels. The game starts out easy, but will later become more difficult. The final boss is a multi-stage boss, and is very difficult to beat. Overall, it shouldn't take you more than 7 or 8 hours to complete. Once you're complete, if you own Going Commando, you can transfer your weapons to that game, as long as your save file still exists. Ratchet and Clank is the start of a franchise that I hope will continue to thrive long into the next generation with the PS3.
92
IGN
Still, Insomniac's first effort on the current-generations systems is an immensely good time. And because the game is so beautifully crafted, deep with scenarios, long and filled with various challenges, weapons and gadgets, it's a winner. For platform, action or simply just regular old game fans, Ratchet and Clank is a no-brainer. Go pick it up.
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4Players.de
Ratchet & Clank ist ein rundum stimmiges Spielvergnügen. Es ist durchdacht, abwechslungsreich, bleibt stets fair und wird von absolut stimmiger Kulisse und Akustik untermalt. Allein die immer wieder neuen Waffen reichen vollkommen aus, um die Motivation auf einem beständig hohen Niveau zu halten. Bedingt durch die starke Betonung auf Action ist es schwer Ratchet & Clank zu kategorisieren. Ist es ein Jump&Run mit Action-Einlagen oder ein grandioses Action-Spiel mit Hüpfsequenzen? Die Antwort wird für jeden anders sein und hängt von der jeweiligen Spielweise ab. In jedem Fall ist das Abenteuer des ungleichen Duos ein lohnenswertes Spielerlebnis, das niemals langweilig wird. Das einzige Manko ist, dass die Planetenrettung bei intensivem Spiel nur etwa ein Wochenende in Anspruch nehmen wird. Doch andererseits ist ein relativ kurzes, aber dafür umso intensiveres Spielvergnügen mehr wert als ein wochenlanger Motivationskrampf.
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The Video Game Critic
Ratchet and Clank has a very aggressive brand of gameplay that's lacking in most platformers. An auto-aim mechanism makes it easy to pick off one robot after the next, although the system doesn't work very well when your adversaries are off-screen. The game has a nifty auto-save feature, although you also have the option to save the game yourself at any time. Ratchet and Clank is one of the best platform games around, and I recommend it highly.
91
Gaming Age
Ratchet and Clank is a fairly long game; One which could probably not be finished off in a sitting or two. It very rarely became especially difficult or annoying, and was mostly purely enjoyable right through to the end. R&C bridges a few gaps, but should really appeal to gamers craving a solid platformer, a lengthy game, and blowing things up. The smart humor and sweet visuals don't hurt either. Ratchet and Clank is definitely within the top three games of the genre this year, and should not be overlooked.
90
Super Play
Insomniac är förvisso mer som tjuvaktiga Rare än som nyskapande Nintendo, men det här spelet är betydligt bättre än Star Fox Adventures och Banjo-Kazooie. Det är till och med bättre än Super Mario Sunshine. Mina damer och herrar, Ratchet & Clank är årets bästa plattformsspel och kanske mer än så.
90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Hardcore players may find it too easy, and you’ll have to wrestle with the camera from time to time, but when all is said and done, Ratchet and Clank is one of the best platformers to hit the PS2, ever. The game introduces very few novel concepts, and its best parts have been lifted wholesale from other releases in its genre. Despite the lack of innovation, the overall presentation speaks of a process of refinement, making for a highly entertaining, excellently presented and – above all – fun experience. Fans of this genre should instantly grab Ratchet and Clank, and anyone looking for a good action game would do very well to pick up the wrench as well.
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Electric Playground
R&C does a lot of little and large things right to create a great game world. The graphics, the busy environments, the interactivity... every element taken by itself it pretty praiseworthy, stick 'em all on the same disk and they add up to good things. Ratchet & Clank were a fun pair to hang around with, and I hope to see more of their adventures in the future.
90
GameZone
Ratchet & Clank takes the standard platformer/action-adventure formula, changes the rules a little, ads weapons, expansive levels and a ton of eye-candy for gamers to feast on. And in plenty of time for Thanksgiving, no less!
90
Gameplanet
Overall then while R & C is a true platformer at it's heart and from that point of view isn't the most innovative game around, it does add some new dimensions and is genuinely a very enjoyable experience. There's lots to see and do in it's beautifully crafted levels and the gameplay is surprisingly long with lots to be unlocked but it never gets tedious and is always entertaining. The balance between standard platform action and all the different combat situations is spot-on and we think that all being said R & C has to be considered as one of the top games in the genre. We also think it's appeal will be wider than just with platform nuts and young gamers as fans of 3rd-person shooters may well warm also to it's huge inclusion of weaponry and emphasis on combat.
90
Gaming Target
While the music isn’t anything to get too excited about, it fits each level well and actually fades into the background so the cool sound effects can get the spotlight. These can be considered cheesy and sort of like 1950’s sci-fi in that manner (when I think about it, R&C seems like a 1950’s sci-fi movie, only Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars inside the movie instead of making fun of it), with oddball explosions and silly sounds for the weapons (there’s a taunting weapon that makes weird noises to attract attention…hopefully for the glove of doom).
90
GameZone
Ratchet & Clank takes the standard platformer/action-adventure formula, changes the rules a little, ads weapons, expansive levels and a ton of eye-candy for gamers to feast on. And in plenty of time for Thanksgiving, no less!
90
Gameplanet
Overall then while R & C is a true platformer at it's heart and from that point of view isn't the most innovative game around, it does add some new dimensions and is genuinely a very enjoyable experience. There's lots to see and do in it's beautifully crafted levels and the gameplay is surprisingly long with lots to be unlocked but it never gets tedious and is always entertaining. The balance between standard platform action and all the different combat situations is spot-on and we think that all being said R & C has to be considered as one of the top games in the genre. We also think it's appeal will be wider than just with platform nuts and young gamers as fans of 3rd-person shooters may well warm also to it's huge inclusion of weaponry and emphasis on combat.
90
PGNx Media
Overall, if this game had some more interesting characters, I'd rate this right up there with Mario. But dont let bad characters get you down, this game more than makes up for it with everything else, go out & get this if your a platforming fan. Go go!
90
GameSpot
The team at Insomniac did a fantastic job of balancing the game between various types of combat and standard platforming action, and the overall design sidesteps most of the common platformer failings really, really well. Anyone looking for a lengthy platformer will find a lot to like here, and fans of third-person shooters will also have a lot of fun with the game due to its heavy focus on various outrageous projectile weapons. Ratchet & Clank is certainly a fantastic platformer in every way and qualifies as one of the best games the genre has seen since consoles went polygonal.
89
Power Unlimited
toen Jak & Daxter uitkwam ging er een wereld voor me open. Toen Ratchet & Clank uitkwam was het diezelfde wereld waarin ik opnieuw terecht kwam... maar dan anders.
88
Game Informer Magazine
n this day and age, a game that sets a new standard for gameplay and graphics could very well be considered a complete and utter failure. How is this possible, you ask? As developers continue to aggrandize the size of the quests that we embark on, if the play is unbalanced, or the adventure has vast lulls in its pacing, it doesn’t really matter how visually dynamic or innovative the gameplay is. People will become disenchanted with the game and will move on to bigger and better things. I never thought I’d find myself saying this about a title developed by the very team that brought to life the 32-bit Spyro adventures, but sadly, this just happens to be the case.
85
Jeuxvideo.com
Ratchet & Clank se place naturellement au sommet des jeux de plates-formes sur PS2, côte à côté avec Jak And Daxter avec qui il partage de nombreuses similitudes. Tout aussi réussi techniquement, il s'impose comme une évidence pour qui aime ce genre de jeux.
83
Netjak
The game's pretty fun. No replay value or anything, seeing as how the game is getting kinda repetitive by the time you finish, but I didn't have any urge to go and search for all the Gold Bolts. Pretty good for your simplistic platform game, but definitely geared towards your younger audiences. Go ahead and give it a spin.
80
Eurogamer.net (UK)
That's not to say we didn't enjoy R&C, because we obviously did. In fact it's hard not to enjoy what is quite easily one of the best platformers on the PS2. It's addictive, tells a good, amusing yarn, looks spectacular and is challenging without ever being annoying. If you're even remotely into run, jump and collect epics, then you have to give R&C a look. It's not our favourite platform game ever, but it's pretty damn close.
80
All Game Guide
Ratchet & Clank covers familiar ground, but does so in such a manner that the player will likely not care. There's a lot to like about the game, making it an easy recommendation for PlayStation 2 owners, whether they're fans of the genre or not.
78
GameSpy
It's just bland. It's nothing new. With the exception of the graphics you've seen it all many times before, and probably with more flair and better characters. (See the oft-mentioned Mr. Cooper for a good example of such a game.) With a long running time and lots of secrets to find, Ratchet & Clank provides a good bang for your platforming buck. However, I'd rather experience ten hours of very tight, fun, original gameplay than 30+ hours of just going through the same old platformer motions. Ask yourself: which do you prefer? That answer should go a long way towards helping you decide whether to make Ratchet & Clank a purchase or merely a rental.
75
Game Revolution
Which is a fair comment about Ratchet & Clank in general. The game is a solid platformer, a well-oiled machine with all the proper nuts and bolts, but there are several things that could use some work. A more deeply developed plot and some tweaks to the control would have given more heart to this tin man.