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Published by: Sony / Genre: Action & Adventure / Release date: 2007-11-09 / Subcategory: /Arcade & Platform

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      12.02.2014 18:47
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      A great, fun platformer

      Ratchet and Clank Tools of Destruction

      The Ratchet and Clank series were all I played on when I was younger, there is something charming and captivating about the unlikely duo and I recently bought a PS3 mainly so that I could buy the new ones!! So far I've only completed the first in the series, Tools of Destruction and at first I was a bit dubious, I didn't see how it could live up to the original games but it certainly didn't disappoint. Right from the start it was jam packed with the classic adventure, humour and action packed gameplay you expect from a good game.

      Story - The story starts by showing Ratchet working on his hover bike, he receives a call from Captain Kwark, a loveable cowardly hero. He informs Ratchet that Prince of the Cragmites, Emperor Percival Tachyon has invaded the capital city with his army of robots. Ratchet is the target in Tachyon's scheme to rid the universe of Lombaxes. The game follows Ratchet hopping from planet to planet in a battle to escape Tachyon and ultimately defeat him.

      Gameplay - Most of the game you play as Ratchet using a variety of weapons which you buy throughout the game with the nuts and bolts that you collect by smashing crates with your trusty wrench. As your progress through the game your health capacity increases which of course means that the enemies get harder too!! You also have the opportunity to upgrade your weapons with the raritarium that you find. At other times in the game you get to play as Clank who can't actually do that much apart from hit enemies and hover but he has the mysterious Zoni who follow him around and destroy enemies as well as create bridges and other bits and bobs to help him on his way.

      There are some really cool features of the gameplay such as using the tilt feature in the controller to control Ratchet when he freefalls and to guide missiles from certain weapons. The game doesn't take too long to complete but it is jam-packed full of adventure and little side missions and there is some replay value due to needing certain gadgets in some parts of the game which you don't get until later on.

      Graphics - Although the game is cartoony as it is supposed to be the graphics are very good and the planets are very bright and lively which really adds to the overall fun feel to the game.

      Overall this is a worthy game to join the Ratchet and Clank family and a great starting point for the PS3 series, both adults and children of all ages would enjoy this game with smaller children possibly needing help at some points in the game.

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        Fun! Cool weapons! A giant toilet...WHAT?! Play this and you will get it all!

        Insomniac Games, creators of the brilliant Spyro series, brings Ratchet & Clank to the HD generation of gamers. Exclusively for the PS3, this adventure will keep you amused and entertained in a world of stunning environments and fun guns to boot. Just remember to 'Shake your booty'!

        Story: Planet Kerwen, Metropolis. A Lombax called Ratchet, is working on his hoverbike when he receives a call for help from Captain Qwark, a cowardly person who takes all the praise. Emperor Percival Tachyon, crown Prince of the Cragmites, has invaded the capital city with his army of robotic commandos. Tachyon is after Ratchet, the last Lombax in the galaxy and wishes to kill him due too the hatred he holds against the Lombaxes. Ratchet and his pal Clank, a robot, make a hasty escape from the advancing robotic commandos.

        This is a start of a brilliant journey, as you set out as Ratchet searching for answers as to why Tachyon hates Lombaxes and what actually happened to your fellow Lombax. With Clank and few other characters helping along the way, exploring the galaxy, planet to planet could never be funnier!

        Secrets will be answered! Battles will be waged! Booties will be shaken! Okay, too much...

        Visuals: The futuristic Metropolis is visually stunning. In fact every planet you go to has such vibrancy and life to it. The way the enemies on every planet are drawn is a cartoonish fun style that goes well with the environments you explore. The graphics of the spaceships and platforms of each level, as you wind your way around the missions, have fantastic detail. This game in HD really does brightening up any dull day. Insomniac Games really did make such a beautiful game.

        Audio: The special effects are really realistic and make the environment an exciting place to explore. The cool effects added to make each weapon unique for both you and the enemy, really make for a fun battle.

        Gameplay: You play mostly as Ratchet, but there are a few occasions your Clank. Ratchet carries a wrench which can be used to open stuff and when battling the enemy. There are various weapons you can receive but only a limited amount of ammo, so you need to use it wisely. However, there are crates that can be broken and vendors on levels to buy more ammo from. The currency of the game is bolts and you literally smash most things to receive them. Weapons can be upgraded at stores and be turned into amazing pieces of equipment. There are also really cool gadgets you can get, which you need to help you advance in the game. There are mini games in the levels, which you need to work out to progress to the next mission. On each planet the missions are split into different areas. You need to complete the main story ones, but there are also side missions which you can complete optionally. These side missions do bring added reward, so its well worth completing them.

        This game is a platforming action game, which alongside your really cool weapons, adds to a great adventure to explore. There are times as Ratchet, where you are freefalling through the air and have to use the PlayStation sixaxis controller tilt sensing abilities, to guide him to safety. Also, with some weapons, you tilt the controller to guide the missiles. I really love how they included this aspect to make it a much more fun and hands on feel to the game and not just constant button pushing or analog stick moving. It was a real master-stroke. The controls are fluid and easy to learn. Setting up the weapons you want to use at a press of a button. Saves scrolling through menu screens looking for what you want. In the couple of missions as Clank, it really is great to explore the little areas he finds with the help of the Zoni. The humour of this game is quite cool. With subtle comments here and there. It really adds to create a fun but exciting game. The cut scenes are really great as well, again with great humour and links in to explain the story in a superb way. When you travel to different planets, there are little missions between whilst in your spaceship. They can be a little repetitive but it beats just a load screen. The action really never stops.

        Conclusion: When I was little, I loved and still love the Spyro series. So when my brother got Ratchet&Clank tools of destruction and told me it was done by the same studio, I knew I had to play it. This really is such a fun game to play. It's not childish at all and the humour adds to a well written story, beautiful graphics and such brilliant gameplay, as you explore the galaxy around you. The weapons are cool but fun all in one. People of any ages will love this and really does let you escape from reality as you go on this fantastic adventure. Try it and find out why Tachyon hates you so much and just who are the Zoni?!

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          11.07.2010 11:49
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          A good, strong title

          Ratchet and Clank was one of the biggest titles for the ps2 and so I was very excited when I saw a new installment was coming out for the next gen console. This is the sixth game in the series and part of the "future" brand that the games series has taken on.

          Ratchet and Clank are a duo who travel the universe helping people out in need, theres no real big story that runs throughout the franchise but every game is a little different whils keeping the core ideas the same.
          Ratchet is a mechanic on a space station and Clank is a robot. You generally spend your time controlling Ratchet but every now and again their is a handful of missions in the game where you are Clank.

          The game is a 3rd person shooter, set in a 3D world with a lot of platforming to move around the levels. Their is also a slight role-play element as you upgrade weapons and gadgets, all of which have their own unique feel adding to the personality of the game.

          The basic plot of Tools of destruction is that, whilst Ratchet is working on his bike he gets a message from the rather hilarious captain Qwark, he sounds distressed and so Ratchet and Clank set out ot help him. When they reach the city they see that the evil Emperor Tachyon has launches a massive attack using robots and so our heroes have no option but ot retreat. Whilst getting a plan together, small robots called Zoni visit Clank telling him he must help Ratchet, these were a little strange and remind me of Kazoo in the Flintsones. So with a plan set and help from a few freinds Ratchet and Clank set out to save the world.....

          You start the game with a basic weapon in Ratchet's Omniwrench, this is used for melee and is relatively useful, new weapons can be picked up in the level or by completeing missions and upgrading. This provides good progression as you always feel as though you are working towards something and not aimlessly following the story.
          Shooting weapons should be used sparingly though as you don't have unlimited ammo, this is good because it makes it more realistic as well as keeping the level of excitement high when their are big amounts of enemies on screen.
          Ratchet also likes his gadgets and these come in the form of Grind boots , which let you grind along rails to get to the next area, or a Swingshot which is really useful for grappling. All the gadgets in the game handle smoothly and mean theirs a bit of variety to the platforming and shooting which is a bit generic.
          But my favorite thing are the Devices, one in particular is the Groovitron. This releases a disco ball into the air causing the enemies to break into an individual dance , letting you beat them easier. These cant be used all the time , but it is a great joke in the game and helps keep the mood lite.

          Sixasis is implemented in the game for a few sections in which you control Clank to fly, this is a little difficult to begin with but is fun afterwards. It's clear that it has been put in just too show it off and the game wouldn't have struggled without it. Similarly with the inclusion of vibration in the controller, whilst it adds to the atmosphere this is almost a tech demo for the ps3 and all it can do.

          Another unfortunate change is that I found myself fighting with the camera somewhat , which never happend in the previous games. It's not as bad as some games but can still be a little annoying.

          As well as the main story levels use also have a string of mini-games , these include bike races, combat and puzzles. These add a bit of longevity and whilst their not great they are a nice addition, they run smooth and are quite fun.

          Graphically the game is very good, being one of the first titles out for the ps3 back in 2007 it showed off what the console was capable of, their are a few sections which really make your mouth drop at the amount of wonderful detail and craftmaship of the busy world. Some area's are best described by saying they resemble the city scape in Robot's, the city is full of bustling traffic flying through the air and their is always more than one thing going on , on screen.
          Colours are vivid and pop out of the screen, the character designs are smooth and have a nice cartoony style whilst looking realistic.
          Weapons all have an individual look and the collectibles on the ground can be seen from far off making it easy to collect them.

          The sound isn't only used to build atmosphere but also for comedy, during some pirate sections it takes playful jibes at pirates of the carribean.
          The soundtrack is good keeping everything up beat as well as tense in some places.
          The Groovetron throws out a funky disco tune, which doesn's surprise me to see the enemy forgot about the fighting and just want to boogy.

          As a whole the game is comfortable to control and easy to pick up and play, whilst it may be aimed at younger players this game is not childish and so wouldn't feel out of place in a hardcore gamers collection. The lock on system is well done and means there is a good mix of skill and ease to shooting the enemies, the jumping is well weighted meaning it is easy to judge a distance and not plummet to your death because the character feels floaty.

          One addition I would have liked to have seen would be multiplayer, considering Ratchet and Clank are running around together all the time it would have been nice to have the other player controlled by a mate, either offline or online with a drop in - drop out style. But maybe thats something for a later title.

          Theres around 30 hours of gameplay here to get everything out of the game, their isn't much replay value but it is a nice title. A demo is available on PSN.

          The game can be bought on Amazon for £12 and this is a good price, although check out the preowned section of your local store as this is often available for £5.

          Overall a nice title for the ps3 , all be it with room for some improvement

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          28.04.2010 10:34
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          Early highlight from the PS3

          The first PS3 outing for Insomniac games Ratchet and Clank is a game that adults and kids can enjoy equally. A fun mix of cartoon graphics and innovative guns give this game a unique feel that you are playing in a toybox world with the lovable Lombax Ratchet. Ratchet is accompanied by his robot friend Clank who also has some interesting portions during the game.

          The games graphics feature a cartoon style that would not look out of place in a Disney Pixar movie. The character design is brilliant and really draws you into Ratchets toybox universe. There is also a large variety of enemies that you will encounter with many larger than life bosses. While all this will keep the kids interested it is the large variety of physics challenging guns that make this game fun for adults too. From a simple grenade launcher to a gun that shoots a disco ball which disables your enemies whilst they dance.

          The game is played from a 3rd person perspective and you control Ratchet for the majority of the game. His sections are simply made up of blasting your way through obstacles and enemies collecting bolts, used for power ups and new weapons. The more puzzle based sections of this game occur whilst in control of Clank. He is far less agile than Ratchet and relies on the mysterious Zoni to get around. The game is fun to play from start to finish with Clanks section nicely breaking up the all action Ratchet sequences.

          An early gem for the PS3, this can now easily be picked up on the cheap. A single player experience that will give you 10-15 hours, this is one to pick up if you've yet to experience Ratchet and Clank's adventures on the PS3.

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          06.04.2010 15:53
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          A really good game, shame that they removed the multiplayer option.

          Well this is probably the best Ratchet & Clank game there is for the PS3, it was also the first one. The 2 most recent games appear to have lost their splendor.

          Unfortunately Tools of Destruction like all the other PS3 Ratchet titles does not feature any multiplayer, unlike its PS2 predecessors, most notably Ratchet & Clank Gladiator, which featured online deathmatches, offline deathmatches and a 2 player co-operative mission mode.

          Despite lacking multiplayer, Tools of Destruction is still a solid game, the removal of multiplayer probably aided the singleplayer mode slightly, as i enjoyed the missions more than the previous titles of the series, more in-depth and the levels are more interesting.

          The weapons featured in the game don't seem to include any of the old favourites, no dual vipers or anything. Instead you get a whole arsenal of new weapons. Although there are more weapons, not entirely sure but i think there are 24 weapons in total, they're only upgradable to V5 (V10 in challenge mode), instead of V99 as in Ratchet Gladiator. The weapons still change as they level up, once a weapon hits V5 it will change into an enhanced version of that weapon, im not sure if hitting V10 enhances it again, as i have yet to do the challenge mode.

          The game has slightly more emphasis on Clank now, although Ratchet still remains the main character. Certain areas can only be accessed by Clank (usually small openings), and in these areas Clank is usually, if not always, helped by creatures called 'Zoni' (Weird flying robots) that only Clank can see, until the end of the game.

          Really i quite like this game, removing multiplayer was slightly annoying, but in truth, i didn't miss it as i played this game, i really enjoy the singleplayer experience. But i would still love it if they made a multiplayer one for the PS3 system.

          This game was also the first game to use the SIXAXIS controls, making use of the PS3's motion sensor. The sensor is used in cases such as moving Ratchet's body in mid air while avoiding rockets (You do something like this in the demo/1st mission), and using the laser to cut through rock.

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          20.01.2010 23:15

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          Brilliant

          This was the first game I played on the ps3 console and I was very impressed with it.

          The graphics are great, the storyline is great, and the gameplay is also great.
          I managed to get a copy for £14, and so I was really pleased with it, as it provided around a weeks worth of on and off gameplay.

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          You once again play as Ratchet in this game, and you are aided by his friend Clank throughout. The game is linear, and so there are no side mission type options, but you still have the option to revisit previous levels.

          As usual in the series, it is full of comical scenes from the likes of Captain Qwark. The length of the game is just right, not so long that you give up on it, not so short that you feel dis-satisfied.

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          I liked the whole weapon upgrade system and I was quite happy that I had upgraded most of my weapons to the highest possible by the middle of the game, (it made it a lot easier :P ).

          The graphics are very clear and there are hardly any graphical glitches throughout. You travel through a variety of levels during the game, which I feel were well laid out and offered a variety of game play using various skill levels.

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          The ending of the game does not disappoint and makes you want to get your hands on the next game, Quest for Booty, to find out what has happened to Clank!

          Overall, it is well worth the money and has been an enjoyable game to own and play. My rating for the game is a full on 5 stars as there wasn't much not to like!

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          29.08.2009 12:22
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          R&C are back in their biggest and boldest adventure yet

          Those of you who have played the PS2 versions of this game will know what you're letting yourself in for and will love this. Those of you who haven't played the PS2 versions of this game won't know what you're letting yourself in for and will love this !

          The PS3 debut for our furry friend and his tin-pot sidekick is the best yet and makes full use of the console's processing power and graphics (made in 720p). It is a true blast all the way through with bold and bright colours, mad weapons, great moves and more enemies than you could shake a Pyroblaster at ! It is the usual chaotic fare with crate smashing, humour, jumping across swamps, space cities, ruined cities, rocky outcrops, space ships and is lots and lots of fun. It's one of those games that your parents (oops, that's me) will tut at but fail to notice how well it is put together, how big and beautiful and playable it really is. I started playing this on my trusty Trinitron CRT but when that went pop and I upgraded to an HD LCD, it really shone.

          A platformer come shoot-em-up the attention to detail and design is excellent. The controls are faultless, use the L2 button to strafe, back flip and arab spring sideways whilst keeping your guns trained on the swamp monsters. Turn on a sixpence and let loose guided rockets from your Raptor Launcher. Use the 6-axis to fly high with your robo-wings. The weapons are superb and you need to get used to most of them to defeat the enemies who may come at you by the dozen. Launch the deadly Mr Zircon and he will float above you taking out the bad guys, cackling away in the process. Throw up a Groovitron and your confused enemies will dance to your tune, literally. Confuzzler Gas will make them turn on each other, that's if they're not being turned already by the your Tornado Launcher! Bump into the weapons vendor, fill up with ammo at the touch of a button and buy or upgrade as many weapons as your bolt and raritanium supply will allow! The mini games as Clank and his droid team make a welcome break from the Ratchet rowdiness, a kind of lemmings affair as he instructs his minions to help him on his way.

          It's difficult to find fault with this game; if I was being picky I would say it is a bit déjà vu and the space-ship battles are pretty weak. Replay value isn't great unless you're a gold bolt hunter. It is also less of a challenge than the earlier versions but it is a big game and the humour and game play will keep you going back for more. Find the gold bolts and buy extras such as different skins - I'm currently playing as Dan Johnson (whoever he is!).

          Overall, it's an unashamedly fun game that does the R&C franchise great justice. Priced at around £15 at various online retailers.

          Publisher : Insomniac
          Rating 7+

          ( Note - the new game A Crack In Time is due out on October 30 )

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            06.08.2009 15:57
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            Brilliant platforming action.

            Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction is their first outing on the new generation hardware developed by Insomniac.

            Ratchet and Clanks story is what you would expect from a kids film, the evil and comically small Emperor Tacheon has spent his time hunting down
            Ratchets race the Lombax. Ratchet must survive and find out what happened to his race, his robot sidekick Clank has been seeing small aliens called Zoni in visions but Ratchet thinks he's going mad he must prove to Ratchet he isn't! Its full of amusing/silly scenes in it that get you chuckling and will keep you engaged throughout.

            The gameplay here is very good, you will normally be playing as Ratchet, he has a large variety of weapons to pick up and buy. Everything from razor blade firing guns, electric whips to even guns which make enemies have the uncontrollable urge to dance!

            Combat controls really well and is alot of fun. Along the way you will have to navigate environments, grind on rails and solve basic puzzles including a cool gravity based one, sadly they do nothing more than tickle your brain as they are really easy!

            When you travel between worlds you will switch to spaceship combat which is a nice distraction as you fly in your ship blasting everything in sight and facing off against some giant bosses. Clank also gets his own little segments of gameplay where he teams up with the Zoni to solve puzzles which are really good too.

            The graphics are this games biggest wow factor for me, they look amazing. The whole game is like playing your way through a Pixar movie, and I'm not exaggerating it really looks that good!

            An excellent instalment in the Ratchet and Clank series well worth your time and money.

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            28.06.2009 14:54
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            A great game for any age group but does lack a long story and has no online play.

            When i first heard about Ratchet and Clank i wasnt sure if i was going to get it or not. The main reasons why were because it can seem to the older gamer a bit like a kids game. Having thought that too myself i got the game anyway. Im so glad i did, from the beginning you can tell that it has a great storyline to follow and that there will be twists and turns throughout. The graphics are also very good and make everything look real. The main character is Ratchet and you mainly play as him. Later on in the game if you have bolts you get to unlock more weapons and the weapons are really like nothing you have seen before. There really fun to use and unique to the game. One of my favourites was the gun where it fires tornadoes and you control it with the six axis. Ratchet and Clank: TOD really is a great game and any age group will enjoy and spend many hours on this game. The only problem is i completed it within about two weeks and i wish it could of lasted longer.

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            Good value for money and very entertaining!

            This is one of the best games I have played on the PS3 and it is well worth it going platinum, making the price highly desirable for the amount of gameplay available.

            Summary:
            Ratchet and Clank is a popular series on the Playstation, originally launched to beat the likes of Mario on the Nintendo. It is a platform game (i.e. the player takes the controller and runs round the screen and in this case, shooting at the enemies).

            Ratchet is the one that looks like a cat and Clank is his robot side-kick. The story opens in a city, run down by Cragmite enemies, led by Tachyon. You soon find out that they are searching for Ratchet and Clank. Both Ratchet and Clank spend the rest of the game running and fighting the enemies whilst trying to find out why Tachyon has in it in for them. Along the way you meet the Zoni's (mini alien robots) which provides an interesting alternative for the gamer to control Clank as oppose to Ratchet.

            Gameplay and looks:
            One of the earlier games that were available on the PS3 but that doesn't diminish the amazing look it gives to the gamer. As a girl between age 25 - 30 years, I am not the typical gamer nor am I a frequent gamer so for all those people that enjoy a dabble at a game which is fun, exciting and with an excellent (most of the time, quite hiliarious) storyline, this is the game for you.

            The controls are easy enough with the bog standard run and shoot. No exact aiming at the individual enemies required which is good for me as I'm absolutely rubbish at using the PS controller to aim.

            As in most other games, you rack up "cash" to buy new armour and weapons. The amount of weapons available is good enough to ensure that everyone's gaming experience on this game is relatively different (i.e. depending on the weapons you choose to use and level up). But what makes this game extra special is not only do you have your bog standard guns and bombs, you have weapons like the groovitron, a disco ball which when launched causes all your enemies to stop fighting and dance. Absolutely hilarious! There are also a number of side games which can keep you entertained should you choose to venture away from the main story.

            Overall:
            In conclusion this is a brilliant game which is both funny and easy to play.

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              29.05.2009 21:53
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              A great family all rounder!

              Being the huge R&C fan that I am, I had to purchase Tools of destruction once I took ownership of my PS3.

              The game is very similar to the earlier releases, but as you'd expect the graphics are much sharper and the colours much brighter than PS2 versions.

              If you've played Ratchet and Clank before, you'll know how good the gameplay is and how addictive it becomes after just a few minutes of playing. T.O.D doesn't disappoint on this front, and you'll be hooked within seconds of starting this game. The game environments are big and bright and feature plenty of space to explore.

              Different levels take place on different planets, so the environments change on a regualr basis, with different characters and enemies residing on each of them. There's also a huge array of gadgets and weapons to use to help you survive the various planets and their residents.

              The weapons are all very satisfying to use, as when you defeat an enemy they explode into piles of nuts and bolts, which you can then collect and use for currency to buy or upgrade your arsenal.

              This is a great platform game, which has plenty of tough enemies and challenging puzzles to keep people of all ages entertained - don't think this is just for kids due to it's cartoon style, I'm 27 and I still enjoy the R&C games, infact they are some of the best games I've played.

              If you fancy a game that's a little bit different to the first person shooters and more light hearted than your zombie horror games, then give this gem a whirl. You won't be disappointed.

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              fantastic buy

              This is such a cool game even for adults. Basically, Ratchet and clank are out on another mission to save the world from devistation where they have to try and collect "the tools" and nuts and bolts by killing enemys which can be changed for new weapons and armour. Its just another brillant rachet and clank game with better weapons, characters, graphics and all round gameplay.

              I love this game i just think its fantastic. What i love the most is the amount of weapons you get and the hundreds of different types of enemys there are. From whips to rocket guns, pistols and even pirate disguises there is basically a weapon for each enemy and plus, you never run out of ammo.

              Another thing is that it is so addictive and the story line virtually never ends, you want to play it more and more because you want to get the next weapon or set of armour.

              Overall this is a fantastic single player game - there are no multiplayer functions, and i would highly reccommend it to anyone considering buying it.

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              27.03.2009 16:06
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              A decent platformer that needs some innovation

              It is fair to say that the execs at Sony are not too happy with the way the Playstation 3 is doing. For the past two years the console has been outsold by the 360 and Wii. There are several reasons for this, but the biggest is price point, at £300 people are not willing to buy it when they can get a 360 for £130 or keep up with the Joneses with a Wii. It seems that 2009 may be the year that Sony's fortunes turn around and that they once again start to get a grip on the console market. A rumoured price decrease is coming, sales are improving across Japan and Europe and the exclusive line up of games is stronger than the 360s. For me it is these exclusive titles that make all the difference. In 07-08 Sony have tried and failed to grip the wider public, this is not to say that the games were poor - just look at 'Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction'.


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              'Ratchet' has been one of the most popular 3D platform franchises of all time and the gameplay has not changed greatly from the PS2 era. You play as an alien called Ratchet who has a posh robot buddy called Clank which settles in the form of a rucksack on your back. You are given countless weapons to use as you go through alien worlds looking for objectives. The game is probably better described as an action platformer, than just plain platformer, as the shooting elements are very prominent.

              In terms of how the different elements work Insomniac have refined the concept over time. I enjoy the platforming sections the best and the ability to use Clank extend your jump comes in very handy. The shooting sections are less fun as I feel there are too many weapons; normal guns, monster that appear, mini robots, disco globes etc etc. Sometimes it is hard to know what to use when. I played this game off and on for about 6 months; every time I came back to it I had to remember how to use all the weapons again. For a gamer new to platforming this may prove a real chore. Also for a cute looking game the difficulty level is extremely high; this will put most casual gamers off from seeing the later levels. (3 out of 5)


              Characters/Story

              One of the strongest elements of the 'Ratchet and Clank' series has been the characters. Although Ratchet himself may be a little americanised the rest of the cast is invariably brilliant. I like Clank as he is sarcastic and also Captain Quark as he is incompetent, but mostly well meaning. The storyline about finding the last of Ratchet's race is merely there as a way to connect the different levels, but the cut scenes look gorgeous and are genuinely funny at times. The characters and humour will appeal to a wide audience. (5 out of 5)


              Longevity

              I have often criticised games for being too short; with 'Ratchet' I actually think it may a little too long! You certainly get enough game for your money with over 15 hours gameplay, but when this gameplay is the same thing over and over again it can become a little much. Towards the end I started to hope that each level would be the last. You cannot fault a game too much for providing too much entertainment, but the it does run out of steam before the end. (4 out of 5)


              Graphics

              Graphically Sony claim that the Playstation 3 is capable of better things than the 360. Microsoft would refute this and point out exclusive titles such as 'Gears of War 2'. However, as an impartial owner of all the consoles I have to say that PS3 exclusives are the best looking games at the moment. 'Ratchet' looks brilliant with colourful and clear graphics. The added extras like spaceships flying in the background add so much character to the game. Graphically 'Ratchet' is one of the best games on any console. (5 out of 5)


              Level Design

              Alongside the gameplay itself, it is the level design that shows 'Ratchet's last generation origins. The same exploring technique is used here as in the first game. There are about 15 worlds which have several objectives in them. You sometimes come across an area you cannot access until you unlock a better weapon later in the game. The issue I have is that although graphically the levels look different, physically they are very similar. The ones that do stand are the ones that do something a little different like Zero G. However, the vast majority of the levels could just be high res versions of a game from 2003. (3 out of 5)


              Summary

              There are elements of 'Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction' that are extraordinary including the graphics and characters. However, none of this should be anything but icing on the cake. Unfortunately for Insomniac this cake is a little flat as the level design and gameplay have not moved on enough since the early 2000s. I hope that any future games in the series will try out new techniques and mix up the level creation a little as for now the series remains beautiful, but average. (3 out of 5)


              Maker: Insomniac RRP £20
              Amazon uk £10
              Play.com £15

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                12.02.2009 15:19
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                The best in the series so far.

                As a big fan of the Ratchet and Clank series from the PS2, I am pleased to report that the first incarnation on the PS3, aptly named 'Tools of Destruction' makes the transition to next generation brilliantly.

                The action throughout the game is pretty much none stop, pausing only, for the frequent yet highly entertaining, cut scenes where storyline and comedy prevail in this hilarious game world. The characters, be it good or evil, are all unique in their own little way and all add something to the story.

                As is the norm with Ratchet and Clank, the animation is amazing and really fluid at all times. Some of the action scenes on the many rollercoaster tracks feel like you are watching some kind of high quality cartoon.

                The control system is perfectly set out for such a game and it really needs to be as the amount of tools and weapons at your disposal is breathtaking. The quick select features works perfectly and helps to keep the action flowing greatly. If you want to assign different weapons and tools to the quick select wheel then you can do so in the pause menu.

                The storyline is pretty basic and has the same sort of mission based action as the previous versions. However, getting from planet to planet has now become a lot more fun with some neat new mini games that require a lot of skill and practice. These aren't just there for effect though as you do need to complete them to progress.

                Some of the tools and weapons present in the game are pure genius and represent all that is good about modern platform game ideas. The weapons all have unique qualities and can be upgraded to suit your needs adding a lot of depth to the game. My favourite weapon in the game has to be the disco ball. What happens is you fire the disco ball into the air and it lights up and music plays. During this period all the enemies within range will stop and dance, allowing you to take them all out in one go with an accurate bit of shooting.

                The learning curve is pretty good too as you always feel like you are progressing and the game is getting more challenging, but never too quickly. You can get a good 20 hours or so out of this game and then replay it again with all your upgraded weapons from the start if you so wish.

                All of this is not done alone though and, throughout the course of the game, you will be assisted not only by Clank but by other mysterious beings who are on your side. Some of these characters should have a game of their own.

                I would love to have seen some kind of online arena, much like in Call of Duty and games like that, as that would have been a lot of fun, but maybe that is something they have planned for the next game.

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                  31.10.2008 09:46
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                  Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction is a great game that will keep everyone entertained!

                  The Ratchet and Clank series is a great asset to Playstation3 3, that is fun for everyone. I picked this up at Argos for a fantastic price of 14.99. It was a great choice as it kept me entertained and was worth all of the money and more.

                  The graphics are beautiful, it is a great game to show off HD and the possibilities of the Playstation 3 system to your friends! The soundtrack is great and keeps you entertained. The game has great framerate and runs very smooth.

                  The game has many positives, people say it is childish but it provides great fun for everyone, adults alike. The gameplay is amazing and will keep you entertained and you will never get bored.

                  In the game, you play as Rachet and Clank trying to stop Emperor Tachyon destorying the galaxy. It has a bunch of exciting and out of this world weapons that are imaginative and fun.

                  The controls are very easy to learn and can be used by anyone. The game is also easy so it can be played by children.

                  However, the game is pretty short but has a good replay value as you can play again to get weapon upgrades and collectables.

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                Set in the franchise's signature style sci-fi universe, players will take on the roles of both Ratchet and Clank in a journey across the galaxy full of new destinations to explore and conquer

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