The digital delights of Sony’s scrumptious PlayStation Network service know no bounds. Aside from letting punters compete in online gaming, stream films, browse the Internet and more, its premier attraction rests in the copious supply of downloadable games ripe for the picking. From PSN exclusives to PSOne Classics, minis and plain old add-on content, Sony’s online space is chock full of goodies battling it out for your hard-earned digital dollars.
Welcome back to another installment of Inside PlayStation Network, where every Monday – Friday we’ll pluck a PSN release—be it new or old—and put it in the spotlight for a thorough dissection. Fancy getting a new PSN game but don’t know what one to plump for? Perhaps this feature will help. Didn’t realize that a game was available in your region until now? We’ve got you covered. Or, perhaps you were musing over what those lucky Japanese folk were tucking into over in the Land of the Rising Sun? You can be sure our coverage will extend to those rare regional exclusives as much as those firmly embedded on the public consciousness.
Today, we shine the spotlight on the downloadable PSP platformer, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters.
Developer: High Impact Games
Region(s) available: North America, Europe
Released back in 2007, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters marked the fifth outing in Insomniac Games’ highly lauded buddy platform series, and the first on Sony’s PlayStation Portable. The story kicks off as the duo are chillaxing while on vacation, until a young lass named Luna approaches our heroes wishing to take a few snapshots of Ratchet in action. As a result, Ratchet heads off to duff up some robot scum, and Luna ends up getting kidnapped in the process. Thus, the pair embarks on another adventure in an attempt to rescue the youngster and unravel a dastardly plot in the process.
Size Matters is your bread-and-butter R&C extravaganza. Ratchet has access to a myriad of attacks, most of which are plucked from previous iterations. As such, he wields a familiar wrench that can be swung or thrown at enemies, with more weapons available as you progress. These include anything from rudimentary laser-guns to meatier devices including rocket launchers, a concussion gun, acid bombs and even pint-sized robots that pursue and latch themselves on to foes.
Dispatching enemies will net you experience points for your weapons, filling your EP meter. When this is full, you’ll be able to upgrade your tools of destruction (like what we did there?) into more potent killing machines. For example, your bog-standard pistol will be upgraded to accommodate dual-wielding, and your rockets will pack more of a punch per shot. In addition, you can also invest in various mods to augment your equipment with handy additions such as lock-on functionality.
Elsewhere, our courageous duo will also be able to hoover up various armor pieces, including helmets, gloves, chest pieces and boots. Get a matching set, and you’ll bag a bonus for your wrench such as fire and ice abilities. Meanwhile, Life Points can be gained from bumping off baddies, with 50 in total up for grabs. Fans of the series will be pleased to know that the core gameplay fundamentals haven’t changed, though. Ratchet can double-jump, with Clank able to slow his descent by whipping out a propeller blade while riding his buddy’s back.
Appropriately enough, Size Matters is a pretty meaty package overall, lasting anywhere in the region of 7-8 hours. However, the game’s lasting appeal is further elongated thanks to the inclusion of hidden titanium bolts to hunt for, not to mention the numerous side quests such as hoverboard races and space shooting. If the single-player shenanigans weren’t enough, there’s also a four-player multiplayer component to sink your teeth into. Here, gamers can compete in a myriad of game types either locally or online, including deathmatches and objective-based mode , complete with buddy list and scoreboards.
Tune in again tomorrow as we take another dive Inside PlayStation Network.