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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developed by: Insomniac Games
Genre: Action
Players: 1
Rated: T (Teen)
Release Date: October 23, 2007
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Written By: Matthew Prunty

There is no denying the fact that no one knows the Playstation 3 console quite like Insomniac. No console title in the current generation or the last generation has ever create a unique and intense experience quite like Resistance: Fall of Man. This title even made third-party launch titles look like budget console titles. Generally a company that creates such a buzz and a debut at a consoleís launching, has a tough time repeating such success. For Insomniac, this wasnít a challenge at all, as they know what it takes to create a triple A title and they bring this talent and flare to their next project, the Ratchet & Clank series.

Making its debut on the PlayStation 2 console, the Ratchet & Clank series provided gamers with a distinct and alternative to the normal platformers that most gamers were use to. With not much known about the game, heading into the next-generation realm, gamers and industry personal alike were wondering if the series could make the transition successfully, or would it be another so-so title like SOEís Untold Legends Dark Kingdom. The demo, made available by Sony via the PlayStation Network, gave gamers a decent taste of the game, but Iím here to expose the success story known to the industry as Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction.

Unlike the last Ratchet & Clank installment, Ratchet & Clank Deadlocked, which focused mostly on arena-style battles than platforming, Tools of Destruction is more of an actual sequel to Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal. The story within Tools of Destruction centers on Emperor Percival, who is trying to eliminate the entire Lombax species (Ratchetís people). Once Ratchet & Clank escape the destructive path of the flying armada, the due stumbles across the Lombax secret, which sets them out on their latest journey, which is to discover their past.

As you progress through the game, Ratchet & Clank find themselves traveling to several different solar systems, each having their own unique look and inhabitants, which makes for some interesting interactions in between your battles. Iíll have to say my favorite location within the game would be the prehistoric island, which loaded with all types of dinosaurs. It like getting a chance to relive the dinosaur era, which Iím sure none of us have lived through, except those cavemen from the Geico commercial. Thereís also the inclusion of arena fights, which are hosted by our favorite comic relief super hero, Captain Qwark. Though no needed to complete the total package of the game, they are indeed a nice addition to the overall title, which keeps the action fresh and intuitive from start to finish.

Thereís no denying it, when you fire up the gameÖwhere you let the game play a small demo, or you actually start the game, you will realize that Ratchet & Clank Future is visually in a league of its own. Looking closer at the game, you can notice a subtle difference between the CG cutscenes utilized to help tell the story and the actual in-game graphics, which bring the levels to life. Sure no game is perfect, and this title has a few hiccups in the visual department, the frame-rate is very solid, even with tons content on the screen at any given time. You can easily see that the developers revamped each and ever section several times before submitting it for approval.

I donít have much experience within the realm of Ratchet & Clank, but just looking at the game, it was perceive to not have much story at all, which is far from the truth. Those who are use to playing RPG titles may feel left hanging due to the lack of narrative content. The game can be summed up in three questions: Where did Ratchet come from? Where are all the other Lombaxes? Why is Clank seeing invisible soft-spoken robots every time something important happens? Seems simple enough, but there is a lot of content and exploration to answer those three questions.

The staple of Ratchet & Clank titles have always been the unique weaponry used by the dynamic duo. Next to Resistance on the PS3, there hasnít been another title that utilizes a broad array of weaponry, which makes you wonder what was going through the heads of the developers. As you progress through the game, you will stumble across a total of 14 weapons, and numerous other devices and gadgets. Out of all the weaponry available within the game, the ones that gamers will grow fond of are the Plasma Beasts and the Nanoswarmers. The Plasma Beasts are giant beasts that jump out of green plasma, while the Nanoswarmers are deadly bee-like swarms that you can inflict on your enemies for some quick damage or just to torment them for fun.

For those new to the series, weapon upgrading is a critical part of advancing in the game and blasting your enemies away with ease. This can be done just by utilizing the weapon on a consistent basis. For those who donít want to switch from weapon t weapon, can upgrade their other gadgets simply by visiting their local vendor on each planet and purchase these weapon upgrades. So to purchase these upgrades or new weapons; simply destroy everything in your path, and collect those raritanium (used to purchase upgrades) and bolts (used to purchase new weapons).

The controls within Tools of Destruction are very responsive and on point with the intense action going on. The only downside to the controls would be the use of the Sixaxis motion control, which is used to control Clank as he flies and during various mini-gamers located throughout the entire game. For those who donít like the whole Sixaxis option, the ability can be turned off, but after getting use to the motion controls, you wouldnít want to experience the game without them.

Vehicle-riding sequences, immersive space battles, insane boss battlesÖ all part of what keeps Tools of Destruction fresh and entertaining from beginning to end. When everything is said and done, and you have completed the game, you can always go back into the game to collect the weapons and explore certain areas you didnít get to the first time through. For those who were wondering if their was a multiplayer mode, the answer to that question is no. While Ratchet & Clank Deadlocked was a nice attempt by Insomniac, it was never a big part of the series, so it wasnít included within the game. Overall, thereís plenty to do no matter how long it takes you to complete the title.

Whether youíre a newcomer to the Ratchet & Clank series, or someone who has been following the series since the early days of the PS2, Tools of Destruction is a title worthy of ownership, even purchasing the PlayStation 3 console. Not taking anything from other great titles like Resistance: Fall of Man, Heavenly Sword or Ninja Gaiden Sigma, this is by far the best videogame experience that can be found on the PlayStation 3 console, no matter what your age is. So for those who havenít picked this game up, hurry up and grab this game because during the holiday season, it will be hard to fine.


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