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AceGamez (Aug 22, 2006)
I am honestly rather surprised by just how well Ruff Trigger turned out. Sure, it has a few nominal quirks, but when push comes to shove, this game puts on an entertaining show with value that far exceeds its budget pricing, thanks to a sizeable campaign and a fun selection of eight unlockable arcade-style mini-games. Picky Ratchet & Clank fans and jaded mainstream gamers probably won't give it a fair shake, which is a shame, but for its intended audience, or anyone with an open mind, Ruff Trigger: The Vanocore Conspiracy presents a fun, family-friendly space adventure that's well worth embarking upon.
GameSpot (Jul 16, 2006)
Though there is a fair amount to do in Ruff Trigger, and the gameplay diversifies as you play through (by unlocking new forms for the werewolf and acquiring new piglots), the standard gameplay isn't entertaining enough on its own. Also, the game is lacking some kind of hook. For its budget price, Ruff Trigger is easy to swallow, but considering that most of the other platformers on the PlayStation 2 have, since their release, reached Greatest Hits status, it's hard to justify playing Ruff Trigger over playing Ratchet & Clank, or Jak, or Sly Cooper, or any other vastly superior PlayStation 2 platformer currently circulating around the PS2 Greatest Hits market.
GameZone (Jul 31, 2006)
For the kids who have played the game that Ruff Trigger copies, forget it – move on. They're going to expect that same level of quality from this clone. Unavoidably, they'll be disappointed.
Game Freaks 365 (Aug 01, 2006)
At the end of the day, Ruff Trigger comes down to the same old platform mechanics that made Insomniac the biggest player in Sony's corner. The only advantage Ruff Trigger has over the Ratchet & Clank series is that it's budget-priced. Problem is, so are the first three Ratchet & Clank games now. Laughable cut-scenes (I counted at least four times that they used the word "hell", spelling errors in the subtitles and a bland character/storyline make Ruff Trigger a rough game to suggest for a purchase. Fans of Ratchet & Clank may want to pick this up for a rental just to see what else is out there.
Just RPG (Oct 19, 2006)
Considering that Ruff Trigger: The Vanocore Conspiracy is only priced at $19.99, one can look past some of the game's flaws. If you are looking for a great action/platformer, then I recommend checking out one of the Sony titles that I mentioned earlier. But if you have already played those series, then you can check out this game, but don’t be expecting a high-quality title.
Softpedia (Dec 21, 2006)
It's going to be the "season to be jolly" soon and I hope that I didn't destroy everyone's hope of playing a good plaftorming game for Christmas... or did I? Ruff Trigger is not even close to the standards set by Crash Bandicoot or the Jak and Daxter series. It's a pale attempt to recreate those cult games and it fails in every aspect to even get close to the platforming megastars. Hope we won't see a sequel.
Cheat Code Central (Jul 28, 2006)
Cecily is Ruff's sexy-looking assistant but there are no sparks flying during the dialog. The voiceovers are flat and the writing is forced. It tries to be funny but the humor is very immature, probably created by one of the programmers. Don't quit your day job, buddy. Graphically the game doesn't look bad, but the backgrounds are rather sparse. I've seen better on the original Playstation. The mini-games offer some motorcycle-style riding in addition to a maze and various other puzzle and skill games. It adds some replay value if want to get more out of this game. More than anything it's just that the characters don't have any pizzazz. They are dull and uninspired. At least if we cared about them and what happens to them we might be able to ignore some of the technical issues. But with nothing else to focus on, the problems are as glaring as a three-headed clown in church.
Admidst the rest of the monotony, you'll collect lots of glowing icons by smashing an endless number of crates, unlock a few minigames that you'll never play, and watch lame cutscenes - complete with spelling errors in the subtitles. Ruff Trigger isn't a bad game - it's just obnoxiously average.