In modern times Ratchet and Clank have been swept under the rug – the original trilogy deemed too perfect to talk about ever since poorly made cash-in titles failed to recapture the magic of the series. However, with a looming animated film based on the duo, Sony have pulled their finger out and actually managed to rustle up what looks like a faithful Playstation 4 reboot of the original title.
Everything we’ve seen in the trailer seems to be intact , such as enemies and levels, plus most of what you can see remains faithful to the original art style from the old PlayStation 2 games. For a total reboot this seems welcome, but Sony have decided to go a little further – HD visuals and particle effects bring the game up to modern spec, and new and improved weapons make it an all the more an enticing experience for returning players.
Everyone’s favorite characters, such as the flamboyant superhero/con artist Captain Quark, will feature heavily, and thankfully the epic lava-fuelled boss fight in which the Captain dumps our two heroes in thepit with the terrifying Blargian Snagglebeast is still present (see above). Whilst it’s unclear yet if the original story will remain as it was, developer Insomniac have promised entire new levels and planets to flesh out the experience.
The game also sports the original voice cast, and ties in nicely with the upcoming movie which is pretty much based on the original game – on the whole it’s a big nostalgia bundle if you were born in the early 90’s. The movie is set to head to cinemas in early 2016, so the game is also expected to appear on the Playstation 4 at roughly the same time.
As reboots go, this is the one to watch – it’s not just another repack of some dusty old software. Sony are committed to a properly done re-imagining of what was one of the most highly acclaimed Insomniac titles of the early 00’s, alongside the feature film featuring John Goodman. If that hasn’t got you hooked, I don’t know what will.
Source: Sony Blog