Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time Review

  • Posted October 30th, 2009 at 18:49 EDT by Adam Dolge

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Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time

PSU Review Score
8.5
Avg. user review score:
8.7

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Summary

A Crack in Time is a well crafted platformer boasting hilarious dialogue and addictive gameplay. While it doesn't make any radical changes to the formula, both fans and newcomers will have a blast out of it.

We like

  • The hilarious dialogue and cutscenes
  • The user friendly, pick-up-and-play style mechanics
  • The awesome weapons, gadgets, and environments

We dislike

  • The fact the gameplay can at times become repetitive
  • The occasional frustration in the puzzle and platforming elements

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(continued from previous page) ...his spaceship. There are plenty of advantages to flying, including stopping off at random mini-planets that offer, you guessed it, mini-missions. You’ll also have to gun down alien spacecraft and avoid asteroids, though the flight mechanics themselves aren’t particularly engaging since you can only travel on a 2D plane (no up and down, just left to right). Despite this, the flying segments are still enjoyable enough, and don’t hog up significant portion of the gameplay.

Insomniac has repeatedly touted the new time aspects of the game. During some levels, Clank has the ability to make duplicates of himself to perform various functions (like lowering a platform, standing on a switch, or throwing a bomb to slow time). These segments are completely original and offer a fresh take on puzzle solving, but it does occasionally feel cumbersome and boring. Controlling time should make you feel invincible, but after a while it feels more work than it’s worth. Still, we enjoyed the concept, but frequently found ourselves frustrated with time travel mechanics. Luckily (we suppose), you can skip these time travel puzzles if you wish, but we advise trying to solve them on your own.

Ultimately, A Crack In Time proves such a compelling affair due to the simple fact it’s a blast to play. The game is packed to the rafters with so much to see and do that you rarely have a chance to get bored. In terms of combat, the gunplay elements are also fun and not overly complex. There’s actually quite a variety in your approaches to fighting, which helps you feel in charge of the action, though we must admit the puzzles – while enjoyable enough – did descend in to dullsville on occasion. At it’s best though, A Crack In Time is hilarious, engaging, quirky and utterly adorable. Adults will have fun playing through A Crack in Time as much, if not more than children, as the humor has something of a mature edge to it, while the action and puzzle elements are deep enough to keep parents entertained while playing with their kids.

In closure, if you are a fan of the Ratchet & Clank series this will probably be one of your favorite entries in the series to date. If you like platforming, puzzle solving, quirky characters, hilarious dialogue, and fast-paced gun battles, A Crack In Time offers the complete package. However, if you were hoping for some more than mere incremental upgrades to the formula to see the saga out, you may end up disappointed, as there’s really not that much new here. Indeed, while we were hoping to have seen a bigger leap forward for the series with this latest installment, A Crack In Time is still a beautifully crafted, visually stunning and ultimately hilarious platform romp that’s an absolute blast to play.

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