The most interesting genre for the PS2 was definitely the 3D Adventure Platformers. When I first got my hands on the first Ratchet and Clank game I was hooked. It was just so captivating I could play it for days on end.
A quick list of Ratchet and Clank Games for the Playstation looks something like this:
Ratchet and clank games PS2:
- Ratchet and Clank 1 (2002)
- Ratchet and Clank 2: Going Commando (2003)
- Ratchet and Clank 3: Up your Arsenal (2004)
- Ratchet and Clank Gladiator (2005)
Ratchet and clank games PS3:
- Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (2007)
- Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty (2008)
- Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time (2009)
- Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus (2013)
Ratchet and Clank (2016) – PS4
There are a few versions of the game that were released on PSP and a few others on the PS3 but this list gives you the best of them.
The pioneering Ratchet & Clank 1 game was released around this time as well. Developed by Insomniac Games, the people that developed Spyro the Dragon just 4 years earlier, this comic-book-like adventure immediately captured the hearts of gamers worldwide including mine. The wide range of weapons and gadgets at the disposal of Ratchet and his robotic sidekick Crank, coupled with abundant, intricate puzzles got kids hooked on this game almost instantly. The game is mostly an Adventure Platformer, but the diversity of gameplay and the (at the time) stunning graphics resulted in really good critic scores.
The second game in the series Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando also had great success as people were interested in what their heroes would be doing after they’ve saved the world if the Ratchet and Clank 1 game. Ratchet, the lombax is blowing up a lot more things than before with a refreshed arsenal of explosive weapons and gadgets. This time you had a selection of weapons from the previous game but there were many more awesome weapons to use. The player was allowed to level up his guns and use the gold bolts for motifications later on for more massive spectacles. Insomniac Games also introduced space-battles and monster arenas into the mix of mini-games, adding hours and hours of content for me to spend my time alone. This was probably the best Ratchet and Clank game for me since it had the most radical changes and the very challenging planets to play.
The third installment, Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, also known as Ratchet & Clank 3 was released in 2004 which was also well received. This time our heroes set out to stop the infamous robotic villain Dr. Nefarious from destroying all organic life. A number of original characters return this time and some exciting new ones are introduced as well. Up Your Arsenal strayed a bit off the Platformer genre and focused more on the Action and Shooter elements. The game also brought online multiplayer, drivable vehicles, huge worlds all of which made me more addicted to the game. Ratchet & Clank Armor Collection system was reintroduced again which was then carried on to the rest of the game series.
Ratchet: Deadlocked also known as Ratchet and Clank: Gladiator was the next part of the Ratchet & Clank story. This time, Ratchet and Clank are kidnapped and forced to fight in the underground reality show “DreadZone”. The emphasis this time is mostly on the shooting elements of the game. You get two upgradable AI bots that fight along-side you and an arsenal of about 10 weapons. The lack in weapon variety compared to the previous games is made up for in terms of extensive weapon customizability. Alpha and Omega mods play a key role in the way your guns will shoot and are something every player can use differently. Needless to say that a successive fire of weapon after weapon caused an even greater explosive spectacle than the Ratchet and Clank: Gladiator was released in 2005 and features online multiplayer, just like the one before it. This is not the best Ratchet and clank game out there but it was very unique in the sense that on every stage you had to go through various arena challenges.
The debut PS3 game, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, our heroes find out about the origins and history of Ratchet’s race and discover that Clank has a soul allowing him to speak to invisible Zoni robots and unlock new abilities. The RYNO which is the strongest, most ridiculous weapon in the game series is reintroduced again after it was withdrawn from Ratchet & Clank Gladiator.
Our heroes’ next appearance is back on the PS2 (and PSP) in Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters – a game nostalgically similar to Ratchet and Clank 3 and Ratchet and Clank 1. The RPG-like experience system and most of the guns from Ratchet’s arsenal are reintroduced along with a new Ratchet & Clank Armor Collection system.
There were also two more games concluding the Ratchet & Clank Future series on the Playstation 3. The (very short) R&C Future: Quest for Booty in 2008 and R&C Future: A Crack in Time in 2009 conclude our protagonists’ time-bending adventure and end with Ratchet finally discovering the truth about his Lombax past. Time manipulation and space flying are the mechanics Insomniac Games introduced anew this time. You’re allowed to travel freely through space and visit moons in order to acquire the special weapons and Ratchet and Clank Armor that they hold. Clank now has the ability to rewind time, and throw time bombs while mounted on Ratchet,
The latest appearance of this game is in the 2016 release titled simply Ratchet & Clank, just like the first game. This time we follow an upgraded version of the Ratchet & Clank 1 storyline narrated by captain Qwark. The game was made for the next-gen Playstation 4 and it has by far the most beautiful graphics of all previous games in the series and it’s optimised greatly. From the 3rd person view-point you can witness the endless, stunning landscapes on the many planets Ratchet and Clank visit. The attention to detail is incredible and you’ll definitely just have to stop and gaze around at times during gameplay. You control both Ratchet and Clank in this game as they help each other navigate the vast levels to save the galaxy from Chairman Drek. You’re able to level up both Ratchet, gaining health each level, and his weapons that you can take into the Challenge mode after you’ve maxed them out which is what every other previous instalment of the game had. There are tons of collectibles in the game and a lot of replay value. You’ll definitely spend many hours in front of your screen focused on collecting those sneaky Holocards and Gold Bolts in order to help Ratchet and Clank save the Galaxy. After playing this game series for 15 years this brings back a lot of nostalgia and I hope that they will never stop introducing new games to the series.