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Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction review

Sony's most explosive series blasts onto the PS3 with stunning visuals and relentless fun

Gameplay aside, it's the presentation of Ratchet & Clank Future that really floored us. The game looks amazing, with huge, busy environments and fluidly animated characters, and everything - from the lowliest enemy to Ratchet himself - comes with wildly expressive faces and behavioral tics. It's not just the visuals, either, as the game's plotis pulled rapidly along bytight writing, excellent voice acting and a genuinely funny script. That said, when viewed on a decent HDTV,this is easilyone of the PS3's most stunning games, as well as one ofits most colorful; looks like there's more to next-gen visuals than bloom lighting and a million shades of brown, after all.

For all its next-gen brilliance, however, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction doesn't really tamper much with the formula that made its PS2 predecessors great, and that's at once a relief and a disappointment. Ratchet & Clank Future isn't a revolution, but it is a marvelously kickass game that'll keep you entertained for hours as you plumb the depths of its huge levels, find creative ways to blow upits monstersand try to ferret out allits dozens of cleverlyhidden items.Thisis the best the series has to offer, and that makes it a must-buy.

Gameplay aside, it's the presentation of Ratchet & Clank Future that really floored us. The game looks amazing, with huge, busy environments and fluidly animated characters, and everything - from the lowliest enemy to Ratchet himself - comes with wildly expressive faces and behavioral tics. It's not just the visuals, either, as the game's plotis pulled rapidly along bytight writing, excellent voice acting and a genuinely funny script. That said, when viewed on a decent HDTV,this is easilyone of the PS3's most stunning games, as well as one ofits most colorful; looks like there's more to next-gen visuals than bloom lighting and a million shades of brown, after all.

For all its next-gen brilliance, however, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction doesn't really tamper much with the formula that made its PS2 predecessors great, and that's at once a relief and a disappointment. Ratchet & Clank Future isn't a revolution, but it is a marvelously kickass game that'll keep you entertained for hours as you plumb the depths of its huge levels, find creative ways to blow upits monstersand try to ferret out allits dozens of cleverlyhidden items.Thisis the best the series has to offer, and that makes it a must-buy.

More Info

GenreAction
DescriptionGet ready for more wild weapons and sci-fi tomfoolery - Ratchet and Clank have arrived on the PlayStation 3.
Franchise nameRatchet and Clank
UK franchise nameRatchet & Clank
PlatformPS3
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
UK censor ratingRating Pending
Alternative namesR&C Future: Tools of Destruction, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
Release date23 October 2007 (US), (UK)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.
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