Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
Will cracks open the latest game in the Ratchet & Clank series and discovers that it won't disappoint fans of Sony's flagship platforming franchise. In fact, it may gain some new ones.
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Few gaming franchises have maintained the consistent high quality found in Insomniac's Ratchet & Clank series of action platformers. From Ratchet & Clank's Playstation 2 debut to last year's short, but oh-so sweet downloadable continuation in Quest for Booty, the lombax/robot duo has set some well-earned high standards for other third person action hybrids to follow. A Crack in Time proudly continues this tradition with a slew of innovative new additions to the game's tried and true core formula, all the while keeping the trademark wit and charm that's served the series so well.
Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time picks up right after the PSN exclusive A Quest for Booty left off. A kidnapped Clank is being held hostage on a mysterious device known as The Great Clock, while Ratchet, reluctantly teamed up with franchise favorite Captain Qwark and desperately scrambles to rescue his mechanical comrade. A Crack in Time is neatly split into Ratchet's action and platform heavy segments and Clank's brain-bogging puzzle sections, adding a nice level of variety to the core gameplay that neatly breaks up the monotony of blasting away Nefarious's henchmen.
Ratchet's segments retain the same look and feel as previous installments, including the customization first introduced by Going Commando. The classic run-and-gun segments have been neatly complimented by some zany new weapons such as the deadly Plasma Striker rifle, perfect for sniping Argonians, or the belch-powered Sonic Eruptor.
One of the most enjoyable additions is undoubtedly Ratchet's Hoverboots - rocket-powered footwear that's absolutely invaluable when it comes to high speed terrain traversal. Aphelion, Ratchet's trust starship also makes a return, but instead of the rail-shooter inspired segments seen in past Future titles, A Crack in Time allows players to zip from planet to planet with sandbox-inspired ease.