“ Manufacturer: Sony / Genre: Action & Shooter / Release Date: 2008 „
It seems like only a short while ago I bought my much loved PS3, looking at my few PS3 related reviews I can see it's actually well over a year now but I still fondly remember those first few days. Having hooked the console up, played the one game I grabbed with it and fiddled with all the various settings and connections for a bit, I headed online to cram the modest 40gb hard drive with demos. Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty was one of the first things I bumped into and at only £10 to download from the store, it seemed a bargain.
Prior to this, I was only familiar with the series in passing. A quick google let me know that Quest for Booty was a shorter chapter in the series at a fitting price, it seemed the ideal way to try the series out. For the £10 I spent, I was not let down.
Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty is a 3D platformer that also involves a range of interesting weapons to play with Essentially the game involves solving puzzles, upgrading weapons and armour and defeating hordes of robots. It's reasonably challenging without ever being too difficult and remains fun for its duration.
As is usual for the series, the story is told with a delightful sense of humour and the usual intelligent writing. Characters both minor and major are fully fleshed out and a degree of backstory carries over from both previous games and new scenes. This is as enjoyable to play as a Pixar movie is to see.
Graphically it is an attractive, modern game and has the benefit of running at a solid 60 frames per second. This means the game is quite literally easy on the eyes as motion is smooth and gives the game a professional feel unusual for a downloadable title. Quest for Booty is the complete package in game design, fun, suitable for the family and well coded and tested.
However, Quest for Booty does have a disadvantage. The entire game is really one large epilogue to the last title. The story, interface and gameplay are all just an extension of Tools of Destruction. If you've played Tools of Destruction this is wonderful, if not the plot can leave you on the outside a little. Furthermore, this game is available on disk and certain, less honest retailers have been known to sell it at prices in excess of £30. PS3 owners should be careful, this is a £10 game not a full lengthed, £40 RRP adventure and can be downloaded from the Playstation Store at any time for a fair price.
The professional quality and instant play ability of having it saved to the hard drive make this game a great addition to anyone's console and I can highly recommend it.
I bought this game recently after completing Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction, which to me was one of the best games I've played for ages!
Quest For Booty is a game that is most easily grasped if you have also played Tools of Destruction, but can also be played as a stand along game.
I had read reviews about the game, and was already aware that the game was more of a filler, and would be shorter than the first game. So with that in mind I wasn't really expecting too much from it. It turned out to be ok for the money I spent and left me anticipating the next game in the series.
With a price of only £8, from an online store, I was more than happy with the price I paid to purchase the game. I liked the storyline, but felt that the game should have been maybe a tiny bit longer. Even as the filler game its was made as, I would have liked a little bit more game play.
I managed to complete the game just one day after I had started it, and found even the hardest mode a bit too easy. It was rather a a shame that the game was so very easy to complete. I would have liked it to have been more of a challenge.
The gameplay is pretty much the same as Tools of Destruction, which I liked a lot. In Quest for Booty however, I did not like the new addition of the omniwrenches kinetic tether, (or whatever it is called) because I found it hard to control at times.
One good point is that you start off with your weapons at level 3, so it doesn't take too much work to get them to level 5. The graphics are just the same as Tools of Destruction and look sharp and well rendered.
A point that rather disapointed me was, no Captain Qwark :o :( .
Overall it's a decent game and worth the cheap price. I'd say it's not too necessary to buy this if you want to get A Crack In Time, as there is not much important information in this game.
I would recommend you try it due to it's cheap price and I rate it as a 4 star mini game.
For fans of the "Ratchet and Clank" series on Playstation, eagerly awaiting the release of the next game "A Crack in Time", which is due in late 2009, this short prequel is sure to please.
"Quest for Booty" is available as a download for the £10 mark (occassionally has been offered at less, for example over the Bank Holiday weekend in some canny marketing by Insomniac games,so keep an eye out for offers), and also in hard copy for about £15. I downloaded it which took a few hours with my rather substandard internet connection. This is a single player game.
If you haven't played the series before this game does work as a stand alone game, but you should be aware that it only provides about 6-10 hours gameplay for the relatively low price. If you are new to Ratchet and Clank I would probably recommend buying one of the earlier games to get started, although you can pick up and play this game without having played the other ones.
For those familiar with the series much of the gameplay that can be found in the other games is there, along with a few new elements. The story continues where the previous game (Tools of Destruction) left off, with Ratchet, a furry sort of creature with big ears, searching for his trusty robot sidekick Clank, with the aid of Talwyn, who previously helped the pair in their adventures. Clank's whereabouts will be revealed in the game which sees Ratchet encountering some of the villains he has met in previous episodes, like Slag and Rusty Pete, as well as other familiar characters like the Smuggler.
The story is pretty incidental to be honest - like the other games in the series this is a shoot-em up platform game with plenty of silly weapons, pirates and humour aplenty. The graphics are good, though a bit repetitive towards the end of the game I found - one particular pirate ship seemed to appear in different incarnations ad nauseum. I found the lighting to be a bit strange in some places, but generally this is a polished looking and well drawn game.
In this game Ratchet doesn't have a huge arsenal of weapons, and indeed is without them for part of the game - we are in familiar territory as he progresses between planets, however unlike in previous games you don't get to go back between planets, and there is no quest for a golden bolt. The absence of Clank made for no flying and swooping, which I missed, but there were still quite a few puzzles and the like but no race sequences or mini-games like in the other episodes.
Smashing crates for bolts and firing at things is familiar enough - the controls are pretty intuitive, even for an occassional gameplayer like me, I played this at medium level but there is an easy and harder level too.
There are two new elements in the game - it will be interesting to see if they make it into the next episode - little creatures you pick up to use as torches, and also a magnetised spanner to pull at things, for Ratchet still has his trusty spanner to bash and turn things when all else fails. I found the magnetised thing a little annoying to be honest, it had to be operated with R2 and the left stick and just seemed to be erratic. This is a pity as otherwise everything works slickly - I didn't find any bugs at all, and overall it was pleasing to play. More practised gameplayers might find the Bosses too easy to kill - I found them to be at just the right level of difficulty and only in one part did I find myself endlessly messing up the same bit.
There are no actual save points, and like in the other games experience/life points have to be acquired and the weapons upgrade through use - though as previously explained you don't have a huge range to play with. You can save the game at various points as you go along, when you see the cog symbol.
Ratchet does still have some of the fun accessories he had previously; magnetised boots and boots to travel down rails -all familiar to the Ratchet fan, and quite satisying to play with.
This game doesn't have the range and depth of the other games in the series, but this isn't its intention to be fair. For what it aims to do - be a stop gap/taster for the next game it is a good buy, and it certainly left me anticipating the next release. I completed it in about 7 hours.
If you have enjoyed the other games in the series and haven't yet played this I would definitely recommend it.