TomChick - News - 02/14/07 - Link
Remember when Sony announced that developer Insomniac, the guys responsible for the superlative Ratchet & Clank games, would be making a launch title for the PS3? And remember when they said it was going to be a serious shooter, no funnin' around? And remember when they showed the graphics, which weren't stylized at all and looked like someone had a meeting and came out with a memo that said 'Let's make Half-Life meets Call of Duty'? And remember when your reaction was 'Ha ha ha, that's really funny, Sony, ha ha ha...but, seriously, they're doing a Ratchet & Clank game for the PS3 launch, right'? 'It's going to be called something like Ratchet & Clank: Take It From Behind, or Ratchet & Clank: Insert Dick Joke Here, and even though the title is really dumb and I'm going to embarrass myself at EB when I ask when it's coming out, it's going to be totally awesome, right Sony?'
There is a Ratchet & Clank 5 in the works, which will hopefully be out sometime before the PS3 implodes under the weight of Sony's successive missteps. But in the meantime, there's a PSP Ratchet & Clank that hits all the right notes, going back to the style and gameplay of the series before Deadlock played over into Resistance: Fall of Man. What happened to you, Insomniac? You used to be beautiful? But this PSP version, from a group that split off from Insomniac, is the Ratchet & Clank -- mainly the Clank, as Ratchet strikes me as one of those nondescript cat/fox mascots who just happened to get lucky enough to end up in an awesome series of games -- I knew and loved.
You can read my wildly enthusiastic review on Yahoo.