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Like so many PSP games, Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters suffers from the dodgy control scheme that makes doing simple comands often very awkward. In this game, controlling the camera is a momentuous task, taking up two whole buttons, making performing the rest of the game's commands a sight uncomfortable and even irritating.
Gameplay is by far the most important thing in a game, and here it is excellent, melding platforming elements well with action elements. My only complaint to speak of is that there aren't as many nutty elements as the previous R&C games, and particularly conspicuous is an absurd array of crazy weapons. However, the game still has a lot of depth to it, and you are able to customise a lot of things like your various skill attributes.
Visually, though, the game excels greatly and does the PSP a great service. Though on a lesser platform than the other games in the series, you wouldn't know by looking, because the textures are smooth, the models are incredibly well rendered, and the animation quality is among the best you'll see on the PSP. Quite how they managed it I don't know, but even with plenty of carnage on the screen, there's not a touch of slow-down.
Although the single player is quite short, there's a multiplayer offering which adds quite a lot, allowing both local and WiFi play, with modes such as Deathmatch and Capture the Flag being extremely fun. Aside from the naff controls, this game doesn't seem to have been comprimised by the PSP's limited technical capabilities, and it's a vital game for the PSP if you love platformers or adventure games.
Back in 2002, a game was created that has never really been seen before. The game combined the longevity and puzzle elements of a platformer, with the firepower of a shooter. Ratchet and clank was born, and the series of games since have never really deviated from the original blueprint. At the end of the day, if a thing isn't broke, then why fix it?
So, our favourite (and only.) lombax, and robot duo are back, for one more outing. What exactly a lombax is, I dont know but the closest thing I could compare him to is a fox.
Size matters, is the first time that the duo have ventured onto the portable consoles. I can say that the conversion has been a happy one, and none of the fun or excitment of its big console twins has been lost. In this installment, our two heroes are on the beach, on holiday. A young girl fan finds them, and asks to see ratchet being heroic. As he responds to her request, she is kidnapped and they set off after her. There are several other plot twists, which I will not spoil, but be satisfied that the plot is up to scratch.
Gameplay is consistant with the other games of the series. So, for the newby, ratchet has a large wrench with which he can hit things, turn things, or throw at things. He can run in any direction, he can swing on things, and he collects bolts, which are the games equivalent of money. You can use these to buy new weapons. These range from simple lasers, right through to concussion guns, little robots that you can fire out, and many more. Along your way, and dependant on your experience, these weapons upgrade making them stronger. You also gain life points, up to a maximum of fifty.
Gameplay is good, and is not hindered by the PSP's controls. There are a lot of moves packed into, what is essentially a kid's game. But the PSP copes admirably. Not only do they controls live up to the PS2, and PS3 versions, but in many ways they improve on it. The only real let down, is the camera controls. But, given the PSP's limited control system it is hard to imagine how it could have been done better. The controls system is tight, and the graphics are superb for a handheld. The game rarely slows down due to a lot of characters on screen.
The game matches the PS2 version almost exactly. Therefore it is a superb game on the PSP. It cuts fluently between cut-scenes, and gameplay. The whole game plays like one big story. You can explore very large areas, and the only slight disappointment is that it loses a lot of detail when you go too far from something.
SFX are ok. The sound has been taken, almost directly from the PS2. Although it does a job, it is not as satisfying as it could be. It is fit for the purpose, but does not send shivers up and down my spine. The music, is also just ok. Very typical to the series, though. The voice-overs done on the cut-scenes are superb. There is a lot of humour in the game. The cut-scenes are voice acted very well, and they will make you chuckle.
The game, overall is a great PSP title. However, the genre is becoming more and more packed. There are a lot of games out there, that are as good, if not better. If push came to shove, I would choose Daxter, which is one of the best PSP titles of all time. On a scale of one to ten, I would give this an eight. Good, solid playability mixed with a bit of humour. But although its good, its not great. Can be bought quite cheaply now, as it has gone platinum. I would still say its one you should have in your collection.
The Ratchet And Clank series has been a firm fave of mine for a long time now, 1st staring over on the PSPs big bro the PS2 and now on the PS3
Ratchet and clank games are best described as the Mario for the Sony consoles, full of vibrant colours, cute story lines and alot of addictive gameplay.
This title has all that and some, i am so happy that the conversion over to the PSP did not disappoint at all and i am firmly addicted to this title.
The gameplay is very fluid and it feels like you are actually playing one of the PS2 titles, the graphics and concept are that good on the PSP version
With this title you can control both Ratchet and Clank at different points during the game,also there are many mini levels to find aswell. And plenty of end of World boss battles to test your gaming skills
You start of the game as Ratchet while you are on vacation on a sun filled beach. You soon find yourself on a mysterious quest to find a kidnapped girl, with many twists and turns along the way.
Clear sharp graphics, prob one of the best looking games i have seen for the PSP so far, alot goes on sometimes but luckily there is no slow down on the frame rate
No cuts have been made for this PSP title, the usual sound of clanking as u collect the bolts (currency to buy weapons)
Great voice acting and very atmospheric background music.
I would say that this title has about 26 hours of gameplay, but there is plenty of replay value to keep you coming back for more!
While on a much needed vacation, Ratchet and Clank's rest and relaxation time is suddenly cut short as they soon find themselves lured into a mysterious quest. Following the trail of a kidnapped girl, Ratchet and Clank rediscover a forgotten race of genius inventors known as the Technomites. They soon uncover a plot more dangerous than they could have imagined.