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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developed By: Insomniac Games
Genre: Platformer
Players: 4 Co-op
Rated: Everyone 10+ (Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence, Language)
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Screenshots: Link
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Written By: Marcus Prunty

September 24, 2011 - As soon as I heard about this game being announced, I hopped on and pre-ordered it simply because I am a big Ratchet & Clank fan. With that pre-order from, I was given a beta code for the multiplayer so I knew I definitely had to check it out as I had missed the previous multiplayer based game Ratchet Deadlocked because I owned a GameCube and not the PlayStation 2. I must admit that I am impressed with this beta, although there are a couple of things I didnít particularly care for. I think Insomniac Games did a good job with it. The ability to play as Ratchet, Clank, Qwark, and Dr. Nefarious is a sweet deal as it lets you be the good or the bad guy; whichever your preference is.

In this beta, they give you access to two levels - Luminopolis and N.E.S.T Ė which are both fully playable. The Luminopolis level serves as a tutorial and will teach you how to run, jump, shoot, and use the co-op moves that are essential to the game. Moves like sucking up your partner with the vacuum and shooting him across a big gap, and then using the swingshot to attach to them and pull yourself across the gap. In this level, you donít have access to all of Ratchetís weaponry. Insomniac Games preferred the method of gradually easing you into the basic combat scheme, which is certainly going to appeal to newcomers to the series. Halfway through the level as youíre chasing the ZíGrute, you get to purchase the combuster which is Ratchets weapon of choice; at least when I play the game. As you collect bolts, you will come across a store where you can purchase the various weapons or upgrades available. At the end of each level, a bonus is given for whoever collected the most bolts as well as whoever killed the most enemies.

The second level they give you is called N.E.S.T. and takes what they taught you in the first level and expands upon it by giving you access to more of the weapons in which you need to use the Weapon wheel, which is access by pressing the right analog stick. This level definitely takes the amount of teamwork you need to the next level, it has a lot more vacuuming your partners up and shooting them across gaps, and or hitting objects.

All in all, the levels are fun and I was a bit disappointed that there were only two but itís a beta and there will be plenty more where that came from. A couple things thatís I didnít like was the lack of voice chat which could come in handy big time if you want your teammates to switch weapons or explain to them how to solve the various co-op puzzles. I was playing in this one game and I could tell that the people I was playing with didnít know you had to vacuum up one of the people shoot them across the gap and slingshot to them I tried it several times to show them but they kept jumping off before I could show them. A mic would have greatly solved this problem hopefully they will include this when the game comes out cause itís hard to play multiplayer without being able to talk to each other especially in a co-op game. Another thing that was different was the camera. In most games; especially shooters, you control the camera with the right analog stick, instead you have a fixed overhead camera and the right analog stick is used for your weapon wheel. This will take a little getting used to.

This game can be cutthroat as your competing against others for bolts and enemy kills. So make sure you attack those boxes because if you do not earn any bolts you cannot buy any weapons or upgrades which might make the game a bit harder. I do not know how the leveling up will work or if you do level up or not. I played for hours and every time there was no leveling up so not sure if that aspect of the game will be there or not. Guess that is something to look forward to when the game is released. After playing this beta, my desire to play this new Ratchet game has sharply increased and I cannot wait until it releases next month.

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