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9:00 PM on 11.19.2012

Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault for Vita delayed

While the next Ratchet & Clank game will be available digitally on both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, the latter version won't be released until January 2013 due to a delay for what sound like quality concerns. In S...

Jordan Devore



TGS: Rachet & Clank: FFA is not a return to form photo
TGS: Rachet & Clank: FFA is not a return to form
by Allistair Pinsof

When I read that Ratchet & Clank would gain a traditional third-person entry later this year, I pooped the bed. I literally pooped the bed and you should never poop in the bed. But, after playing the game, I deeply regret this filthy, depraved act of excitement. FFA is just not very good in its current state.

There is room for a series offshoot based around tower defense, but the wide open areas and slow drip of enemies make Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault a lethargic entry that doesn't capture the spirit of the original games. When compared to the very similar Orcs Must Die! 2, FFA just seems lame.

Unlocking chests for new guns and looking for bolts is a hassle. When the enemies do come, they offer no challenge with their dumb-as-rocks AI. While Ratchet still feels great with his jet boots, FFA is a graphical step back for the series -- understandable since it is a downloadable title but not excusable. As a long-time series fan, I'm finding it hard to get excited for this one. Maybe it's time I wash those sheets already.

We'll see if Insomniac turns this ship around when the game arrives later this year for PS Vita and PlayStation 3 (via PlayStation Network).

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Review: Ratchet and Clank Collection
by Allistair Pinsof

For a while there, the 3D platformer was lost on Sony’s platform but then Insomniac found it. And, somehow, the Spyro guys made it better than the genre ever was on the PlayStation.

Along with Naughty Dog and Sucker Punch, Insomniac took lessons learned from the previous generation, spliced the traditional platformer with other genres, and churned out one of the best trilogies that games have to offer.

Due to its cartoon visual style, rich environmental detail, and ahead-of-the-curve tech, this is one of the best looking HD collections released yet. While the first Ratchet & Clank may be a bit too rough of a blueprint for new players, the following two are classics that deserve a place in everyone's collection.

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12:00 PM on 08.06.2012

God of War, inFAMOUS, Ratchet all getting PS Collections

You already knew that Ratchet & Clank was getting an HD Collection of its very own, but Sony has waved a magic wand and conjured new teets on the milky udder of re-releases. On August 28, not only will you be able to pick...

Jim Sterling



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Preview: Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault
by Steven Hansen

You can never have too much Ratchet & Clank. The lively Lombax and rascally robot are lacing up their hover boots for yet another outing, this time in the form of a second downloadable PlayStation Network title, Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault.

Yes, we are witness to the triumphant return of the double entendre game title, following its piratical PSN predecessor, A Quest for Booty. With it, I can only hope for of the series’ equally lighthearted and uproarious humor to be on full display, though I haven’t seen any of the story elements first hand. We could always use more games we can laugh at; intentionally, anyways. Then we smash, shoot and explode all the things. Also, defend bases. Because someone got tower defense in our Ratchet -- and it’s looking fairly tasty.

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7:30 PM on 07.18.2012

New Ratchet & Clank will have a tower defense element

Insomniac Games Senior Community Manager, James Stevenson, dropped by the PlayStation Blog to give out some new details on Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault. Good news! According to James we can expect the "classic ca...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





5:00 PM on 05.30.2012

Rachet & Clank celebrate 10th anniversary with new game

Insomniac Games is bringing Rachet & Clank back to basics for the series' tenth anniversary this fall with the release of Ratchet And Clank: Full Frontal Assault, a new downloadable entry. This is great news since the las...

Allistair Pinsof

10:00 PM on 03.15.2012

Ratchet & Clank Collection arrives this fall

Ratchet & Clank turns ten years old this year, and Sony is celebrating in style by confirming the impending arrival of Ratchet & Clank Collection for PlayStation 3 in the autumnal quarter of this year. The collec...

Conrad Zimmerman

3:30 PM on 11.23.2011

Black Friday: Rayman Origins $30 at GameStop, much more

We're just two days away from Black Friday. Everything has culminated up to this point. While everyone else is sifting through the piles of ads looking for the best deals after eating two platefuls of turkey, you've already g...

Brett Zeidler

11:00 PM on 11.22.2011

Black Friday: Kmart selling MGS HD for $35, more

We are getting ever closer to the busiest shopping day of the year. Kmart has some pretty good deals going on. Here's a short list of what you can expect to find should you choose to do shopping there: $199.99 - Get a $25 gi...

Brett Zeidler

6:00 PM on 11.19.2011

Black Friday: Target has some great deals

We are now officially less than a week away from the post-Turkey Day madness. If you're set on stopping by either Walmart or Best Buy I can't blame you for that. Here's why you should still give Target a chance though: $139....

Brett Zeidler

9:30 PM on 11.10.2011

Black Friday: Newer releases on sale for $28 at Walmart

Well, here we are two weeks away from Black Friday itself. Pretty soon every retailer in existence will once again be vying for your post-Turkey Day attention with unheard of prices on pretty much everything. Walmart has gott...

Brett Zeidler



Insomniac responds to 4/10 All 4 One review with dignity photo
Insomniac responds to 4/10 All 4 One review with dignity
by Jim Sterling

Moments before yesterday's review of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One went live, I received a message from Insomniac Games via Twitter. It said, "We will still love you, though you realize as a dev it's terrifying knowing Jim S's wit/snark/hate is about to crash down on us."

So yeah, that made me feel bad. 

It's a common misconception that reviewers love to give negative reviews. Perhaps the sociopathic ones do. The rest of us are gamers, and it gives us no joy at Destructoid to have a bad time with a game and then write about it, especially with the rage that follows from both gamers and developers. 

Except in this case, the anger came from only one of those sources and it wasn't Insomniac, a studio that may well be the classiest developer in the whole bloody industry.

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Review: Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One photo
Review: Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
by Jim Sterling

Everybody's jumping on the co-op bandwagon these days. Be it to fill an imaginary checklist that demands that all games need some sort of multiplayer component or simply to justify the inclusion of an online pass, you can't move without seeing yet another single-player title that has re-tooled its entire structure to make way for multiple players. 

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One jumps into this new trend by teaming Ratchet, Clank, Captain Qwark, and their nemesis Dr. Nefarious together on an all new adventure. However, there's something to be said for sticking to what you know.

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8:00 PM on 10.18.2011

Check out Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One's opening trailer

Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One hits stores today, and to celebrate this new opening cinematic has been released.  If you haven't heard, this game takes Ratchet and Clank and sticks them in a 4-player co-op adventure, with...

Dale North

6:45 PM on 09.01.2011

Ratchet & Clank All 4 One has giant balls of power

Insomniac tossed us this latest trailer for Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, part of a running series on the weaponry found in the game. And why not? Next to the primary characters, there's nothing more important to the serie...

Conrad Zimmerman