E3 07: Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction - hands-on

However, it wasn't the end of our look at the game. We also got an eyeful of a later space-shooting level, which you'll need to fly through if Ratchet and Clank get attacked by pirates while traveling between worlds. The pirates might want to rob you, or they might want to give Ratchet's hide to the game's villain; either way, you'll have to kill as many of them as possible in beautiful, on-rails dogfights. Using the left stick to move and the right to aim, you'll need to navigate through space, past giant capital ships and - in this case - through crystal-filled tunnels in the pirates' moon-like base.

Once that particular needle was threaded, Ratchet gunned the engines to safety while the camera angle shifted to a rear view and Clank manned a turret to mop up any pursuers. It looked simple and cinematic, like Starfox with better graphics and more elaborate controls.

There's no disputing that Ratchet & Clank Future is a sweet-looking game, and if you're looking for a reason to own a PS3, this is one of the best we've seen so far. We're not entirely sure about the plot, which promises to reveal the origin of the Lombax species (has anyone even given that any though beyond "Ratchet's an alien"?), and will involve Clank discovering he has supernatural robot-with-a-soul powers, but if the action builds well on what was in this demo, we don't care how ridiculous it gets. Expect to hear more as we get closer to the game's release this fall.


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