|Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters|
|Developer: High Impact Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: Out Now
Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters originally came out on PSP last year, and was generally a very well received game. Now the game has been ported across to PlayStation 2, which is great news for all Ratchet fans without a PlayStation 3, who are craving for some more R&C action.
The game starts with Ratchet and Clank on a beach enjoying some rays and a nice break from saving the world. Out of the blue, a little girl appears asking for some photos of Ratchet, as he’s such a famous hero now. Next thing we know an alien spacecraft flies down to the surface and steals the girl, so it’s now the duo’s job to save her. Cutscenes of course feature throughout the game, and although the script isn’t as funny or clever as the fantastic R&C PS3 adventure, ‘Tools of Destruction’, it’s delivered well.
Unfortunately it is not all good news. The game has been ported up from PSP, so to expect the same sort of quality in the visuals as from a dedicated PS2 game is perhaps a little too much to ask, but some of the graphics are absolutely hideous. Ultra low polygon levels on objects, almost PSOne quality texturing at times (no, I am not joking), and a very sluggish framerate really hamper the experience. Added to this, the camera is constantly getting stuck or confused, and although it is adjustable, it’s not nearly enough and ends up being a rather frustrating experience to try and play against it.
For the most part of the game, you play as Ratchet, but sometimes you switch control to Clank and play his sequences. They are generally much simpler, and involve instructing little robot droids, giving them simple commands such as ‘Attack’, ‘Wait’, ‘Follow’, etc. They play well and offer a bit of a breather from the often-manic Ratchet gameplay.
- It’s R&C, which is great
- Some interesting environments and levels
- Amusing storyline as usual
- But it simply doesn’t play as well as past games
- Awful visual quality at times
- Lots of bugs & glitches