I never owned my own PS2, but I managed to get a unhealthy amount of game time into ones owned by friends, other family and the occasional stranger (not joking). One of my more fond memories was quick, sort sessions of Ratchet and Clank multiplayer – a addiction I could eventually explore in single-player on PS3. It’s been a while since A Crack in Time – but the debut of the Lombax on PS4 is looking well worth the wait.
Announced at last year’s E3, Ratchet and Clank for PS4 is a complete reimagining of the franchise’s first title on PS2 – a defining chapter in the history of developers Insomniac. You probably wouldn’t be able to tell that from the trailer below – with the title only sharing story beats with the original, and nothing else.
This isn’t just a remake of the PS2 classic; Insomniac Games wanted to go much further with the title:
We ended up with a new game, with elements based on the original – but now with modern controls, several new planets, new and updated gameplay segments, all-new Clank gameplay, all new boss fights, new flight sequences, and more, all constructed to take advantage of the PS4’s graphical prowess. Throw in James Arnold Taylor as Ratchet, and you have a new beginning.
In fact, if you’ve never heard of Ratchet and Clank’s escapades before, there’s really no need. Just think of this Pixar-like gameplay as your introduction.
Aside from tying in with the film set to launch next year, this reboot of sorts will be tweaking the series formula in smart ways. Taking a few cues from Sunset Overdrive, Insomniac is looking at a more RPG-like weapon system – although exact details weren’t divulged. In the past, you had to spend credits to access more whacky, powerful weaponry. Perhaps it’s based on weapon use this time instead now.
Aside from that, there’s nothing connecting this game and it’s predecessors visually. Insomniac has overhauled Ratchet and Clank for the new generation, and it’s utterly spellbinding to see in action. Most of what was in the trailer was direct gameplay – which I know is difficult to believe at face value. So let a good eight minutes more put those thoughts to rest – and give your eyes a bit of a treat.
I must admit that before this, I had completely forgotten that Ratchet and Clank was being brought back to life. And right now, it’s the PS4 exclusive I can’t wait to get my hands on the most. I’m coming Captain Qwark!
Last Updated: June 11, 2015