Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time is the much-anticipated sequel to the popular Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction. Designed for the Sony PlayStation 3 platform, this game is no stranger to the crisp graphics, intense action sequences and endearing characters Sony has given players in the past.
Join the fuzzy-eared Lombax orphan, Ratchet, on a high-adrenaline adventure in space in search of his sidekick, Clank, who was kidnapped by the Zonies in the game's prequel. Players earn a vast array of weapons and modes of transportation to achieve goals.
Ratchet's hover boots act as a sort of levitation device to assist in gliding over abysses and other geological threats. He'll get to use a Negotiator rocket launcher to fire blasts at enemies and place Tesla spikes in strategic locations on the ground to curdle his enemies' blood with electricity.
Another feature of Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time are the stunning playing fields. The intense imagery, detailed control panels and lifelike creatures make players feel as though they could step right into the screen and touch them firsthand. And let me tell you â it beats anything you've ever seen in Star Wars.
Ratchet fights villains in different galaxy levels, giving players a visual break from time to time. Although the graphics really don't differ much from Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction, the "worlds" are still pretty impressive.
What most players don't know from previous games is that, contrary to what the villainous Nefarious has told Ratchet time and again, Ratchet is not the only one of his kind left on the planet. Yes, there is another Lombax in the mix in this game. This Lombax was a friend of Ratchet's father, and although he is rather long-winded and somewhat unhelpful at times, his presence isn't obnoxious, so that's always a plus.
Don't be fooled by the game's "E" for Everyone rating, however. No matter how experienced you are, each mission is a challenge to win. Even seasoned players have difficulty winning them by the fifth try. Part of the issue is Ratchet's short life span. He usually gets 100 bars of health on the screen at the beginning of a fight, but he takes several hits in vital areas, which dwindle his health by the tens.
One of the most challenging puzzles to catch onto is the recording stages. Clank must record himself in various parts of the game to unlock doors and escape. Players might experience a little difficulty getting the hang of it at first but are given plenty of opportunities to improve on their recording skills.
The script for Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time is equally impressive. At first, I was expecting childish lines or superfluous victory chants. Instead, players are met with witty humor that manages to stay clean while still cracking up players of any age.
The only disappointment most players will have is that Ratchet and Clank don't play together for the better part of the game. Players will play see one or the other separately in different scenes and will play them as such as well.
All in all, it doesn't matter what age you are - Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time is appropriate for almost any age and playing level, and provides all the plot, visuals, weapons and gadgets a player could ask for.