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EGX 2015: Ratchet & Clank Preview

The pair may have been a PlayStation staple for almost 13 years, but for whatever reason, Ratchet & Clank have never particularly appealed to me. Sure, the games may have offered solid platform/shooter gameplay coupled with cutesy characters to appeal to a wide audience, but I just could never get on with the feline-like Lombax and his robot friend.

I had the opportunity to give the upcoming PlayStation 4 reboot of Ratchet & Clank a go at EGX, and I’m glad I took it. The short, but action-packed demo had you playing as Ratchet, with your trusty buddy Clank safely strapped to your back. With two levels to choose from, I encountered both an epic boss battle in a lava-filled lair, and an exhilarating traversal across a moving train, with enemies to destroy and pick-ups to collect along the way.

Ratchet and Clank 2-min

 The game played silky smooth, with controls feeling very responsive. A typical gripe of 3D platform games is annoying camera angles, but the preview didn’t fall victim once. The framerate ran solid throughout the 10 or so minutes’ gameplay. Most noteworthy though are the sumptuous graphics. Everything on display is crystal clear and simply a pleasure to look at. The cutscenes are akin to a Pixar movie; razor sharp and so intricately detailed. In-game doesn’t take too much of a nosedive either, with animations, backdrops and character models all looking delightful.

The gameplay mechanics will be familiar to anyone who has played anything from Ratchet & Clank‘s back catalogue. You’re presented with a large arsenal of weapons, many of which have appeared in previous titles – such as the Groovitron (make your enemies dance themselves to death!) and the trusty Mr. Zurkon – but there are some new additions too: the demo showed off the Pixelizer, which saw you destroy your enemies into an explosion of 8-bit pixels.

Ratchet and Clank 3-min

The game, coming to PlayStation 4 in early 2016, is based on the original PS2 title Ratchet & Clank, but contains many new levels and elements, as well as footage from the upcoming movie of the same name. Any fan of the franchise is bound to be impressed by the next-gen overhaul the well-known duo has received, and even those, like myself, who have never quite enjoyed a Ratchet & Clank game before, have something to look forward to in the incredible visuals and enjoyable gameplay.

Ratchet & Clank is coming to PlayStation 4 in Spring 2016. Pre-order your copy now!

Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.