Monday, May 14, 2007

The SGM Super 30: Video Game #18

Ratchet & Clank

Ratchet & Clank deserves to be ranked up there with the Sonics, the Marios, et al, as this game was instrumental in redefining the platform genre.

Ratchet is a smart-ass cat/squirrel hybrid with the biggest hands I've ever seen on a videogame character. Clank is his clever robotic hetero life mate. Along with an arsenal that includes a gun that turns your enemies into chickens, a huge metallic boxing glove, and a glove that fires inflatable decoys that lure your enemies away from you, this game brings the pain.

It's a very well-written game, and, like some of the most successful pieces of entertainment out there, appeals to young and older gamers alike. The dialogue is humorous (albeit not drop-dead funny), and the exchange between Ratchet and Clank feels pretty natural for a videogame of this type.

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