Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty Review
- Posted August 23rd, 2008 at 04:24 EDT by Eric Blattberg
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Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty is like Tools of Destruction divided by four. It's a fourth the length and a fourth the price, but it's almost as brilliant as its predecessor, and that's saying something.
- The captivating plot, which is sure to have you laughing
- The small yet noticeable wrench additions that keep the experience fresh
- The beautiful graphics at a budget price point
- The three hour length
- The lack of weapon variety
While our favorite Lombax’s tail is as long as ever, his latest tale has been cut down in length significantly. Insomniac’s downloadable Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty is shorter and cheaper than a full retail game, yet it still retains that high-end console quality that we saw in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. Does the decision to decrease the duration pay off, or does this Quest for Booty end in disappointment?
Quest for Booty begins right where Tools of Destruction left off; Ratchet, the heroic Lombax, is searching for Clank, his robotic pal that was kidnapped by a mysterious race known as the Zoni. During his adventure, he and his companion Talwyn cross paths with the swashbuckling Rusty Pete, prior first mate to the nefarious Captain Slag. Pete agrees to help them find the Fulcrum Star, an artifact that should help Ratchet locate Clank. The plot is pure gold as usual, with top-notch humor that keeps you smiling the whole way through. While it would be nice if Captain Quark had some involvement in Quest for Booty, the game’s spectacular ending is a fine compromise.
The rest of the game similarly feels like an extension of Tools of Destruction. The gameplay remains relatively unchanged; there’s an even split between combat and platforming, with a little puzzle solving thrown in to top things off. Platforming is on par with that seen in Tools of Destruction, with crazy gravity-defying challenges and entertaining grind-rail segments. Combat, however, is downgraded from the last installment. The basic mechanics work fine, but both the enemy and weapon variety are lacking. The range of opponents (or lack thereof) is understandable; since the game is shorter, it’s reasonable to expect that your adversaries won’t be as diverse. The dearth of weapons isn’t explicable, though; only a pittance of the overall Tools of Destruction arsenal made the cut. Admittedly, what’s present, from the wacky tornado launcher to the trusty fusion grenades, still works well, though.
There are a few minor changes to the overall formula that freshen things up slightly. Ratchet’s wrench has gotten a few upgrades, of which there are two notable effects. Ratchet can now pull, push, and otherwise manipulate objects with his new kinetic tether. This provides several unique gameplay opportunities such as shifting platforms into line or moving objects to cast a decipherable shadow on the wall. The other wrench element is a simple one: Ratchet can now pick things up (and subsequently throw them repeatedly like a disgruntled toddler). This mechanic gets interesting when you encounter Helio Grubs, little creatures that emanate light. If you pick them up, you can illuminate dark areas, scaring away pesky bats and revealing your path in the process.
And what does that path look like? In this case, exactly like Tools of Destruction – and that’s not a bad thing. The graphically intensive characters roam the lush and vibrant environments at a crisp 60 frames per second. Sony promised Pixar-like graphics for the original PlayStation, but it took them two additional generations to achieve it, first with Tools of Destruction, and now again with Quest for Booty. The game, especially for a downloadable title, is truly a sight to behold.
Unfortunately, the modest length -- a little over three hours -- makes the entire experience feel rather stunted. You just don’t have time to get into the game before it’s over. Nevertheless, what’s there is funny, enjoyable, and most importantly, worth the price of admission.
- 12:06am EDT - August 23rd, 2008
i want it. its a small download kind of for me it is it really depends on ur internet, hard drive space etc and it's on the hard drive so i u launch it form ur system without a disc coz i hate swaping disc it doesn't feel right
- 12:10am EDT - August 23rd, 2008
getting it in a gameshare on thursday i gonna buy warhawk expansion and elefunk then get eden and this all else we have is same like pain and superstardust :)
- 12:26am EDT - August 23rd, 2008
Its looks fair to me.
- 12:43am EDT - August 23rd, 2008
for 10€ is a realy nice deal
- 1:04am EDT - August 23rd, 2008
I got it. It is fun so far. One thing about the review though
"Sony promised Pixar-like graphics for the original PlayStation" - is there a quote or link to a source on that one because I never really heard that one. I always hear this attributed to sony but I have only found people from the original xbox crew stating something of that nature.
- 3:10am EDT - August 23rd, 2008
yeah if you get it youll be really dissapointed in the length, i dont even no if i would reccomend it,idk i guess i just expected more gameplay. they really made the storyline good even tho it is so short
- 3:18am EDT - August 23rd, 2008
Tools of Destruction is only £12.50 @play.com when buying two titles....
- 5:07am EDT - August 23rd, 2008
I thought it was going to be a bit longer than that but it still could be a decent game. Personally I would have bought the disc version when it comes out because 3.2 gig is alot unless you have bought a bigger hard drive
- 8:25am EDT - August 23rd, 2008
Its awesome & so what if its short its only a tenner. What u gotta realise is its not the next installment of R&C its just a little add on that Insomniac didnt have to do thats why there isnt a wider library of weapons, but it shore didnt need 2 b marked down because of these 2 things
- 9:01am EDT - August 23rd, 2008
Aye just a story filler not a full game. 3 hours what do ya expect from a Game for a Tenner. Damn I really need to get Tools of destruction
- 5:55pm EDT - August 23rd, 2008
pretty koo need to get this one since l played tools for destruction last yr
psn id J08hawks
- 12:38am EDT - August 25th, 2008
although its good its way too childish aimed for more the under 10's anyone else unless a lover of rac steer clear!
- 7:11am EDT - August 25th, 2008
@ bloodwarg childish yeah right its got humour in there children wouldn't understand just like the simpsons looks childish but adult humour. Anyway r&c rocks
- 11:50am EDT - August 30th, 2008
Small wrench improvements? Those are pretty big sincde you have never used the wrench like that.
Complaining about 3 hours when it only cost $15? wow..
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