Ratchet and Clank showcase PS3s potential

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Ratchet and Clank, that loveable gun-packing Lombax and his sidekick robot, couldnt ask for a better debut on the PlayStation 3 than Tools of Destruction, where they look, sound and play better than in all the preceding PS2 incarnations.

Ratchet and Clank, that loveable gun-packing Lombax and his sidekick robot, couldnt ask for a better debut on the PlayStation 3 than Tools of Destruction, where they look, sound and play better than in all the preceding PS2 incarnations. This is a title with abundant eye candy. The characters and environments are fleshed out with the same attention to detail youd expect from a Pixar movie, but without any of the hiccuping load times or stuttering frame-rates youd expect from a video game. As you begin, Ratchet (a furry yellow biped not unlike a meerkat) and Clank (his 50s-style robot) receive a distress call from Captain Qwark regarding an attacking armada. Before they know it, theyre thrust into action against an army of Cragmites. Gameplay is simple and straightforward: try to destroy most of the attacking enemies or else flee to safety. You begin, as always, with your trusty ratchet in hand, swinging away at enemies. As you start collecting bolts dropped by them, you can exchange these for better firepower, accumulating weaponry with better strength, range and ammo capacity. The weapons are incredibly inventive: a Groovitron shoots a giant disco ball into the air, causing enemies on screen to begin dancing, while a Tornado Launcher does exactly that. In between the action, theres a strong narrative driving the story, as we learn about Ratchets Lombax origins and Clanks special abilities. The humour throughout is clever and fantastic, as always, and kudos go to the strong writing team behind the title. As a PS3 owner with an Xbox 360 currently away being fixed (for the second time), Ive been really enjoying some of the exclusive titles the console has seen in the past few months Warhawk, Heavenly Sword and now Ratchet and Clank Future. And so, as a longtime Xbox fanboy, Id have to say theres no better time to consider a PS3, which is finally starting to prove it is the most advanced machine of the three new consoles and the one game developers should be dying to work on. Rating: Five stars out of five

Organizations: Pixar

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