Does the Ratchet & Clank HD Collection Prove Gaming Has Lost its Magic?

Thirteen1 - Ratchet & Clank enamoured just about every gamer old enough to have enjoyed the Ps2 generation, and rightfully so.

Insomniac’s 2002 take on platforming, which combined cute likeable characters and vividly coloured backdrops with a plethora of cool gadgets, helped form the spinal cord of the genre as we know and love it today. The harmless yet challenging exploration, the fun use of gadgets, the fact enemies spilled nuts and bolts instead of blood and guts - the duo took what Jak & Daxter did in 2001 and arguably made it better. The early 2000’s was a great time to be a gamer, capturing a sense of magic that’s sadly missing from games today.

But where has that magic gone?

Read Full Story >>
The story is too old to be commented.
GribbleGrunger2156d ago (Edited 2156d ago )

no, magic never really existed, we just thought it did back then. but now the cold hand of scrutiny exposes that magic as nothing more than polygons, textures and AI.

that's what's happened to this industry and why games like Journey are more important than throwing ever more power at creativity. sometimes you don't need a million colour pallet, a piece of chalk and a clean pavement can create masterpieces in the right hands

PoSTedUP2155d ago

lost its magic? more like Budget...

GribbleGrunger2155d ago

7 people didn't understand a single word of what I just said

T1Publishing2156d ago

I think there's a difference between "originality" and that sense of "magic" talked about in this article.

Journey was an undisputed masterpiece, you're not wrong there. But that's not to say it captured any more magic than Ratchet & Clank did when it was released.

For me, magic is about making you feel like a kid again and being able to enjoy the innocence of youth no matter how old you happen to be.

Kran2155d ago

Um no.

I see it as giving me a chance to play the games I've wanted to play for so long, but couldn't because Sony removed backwards compatibility.

WeskerChildReborned2155d ago

Alot of games last gen i liked more than current gen games. I mean last gen seemed to have alot of quality, fun games while today, we don't get that much. Maybe it's cause we have high standards today, idk.

BlaqMagiq242155d ago

Well, it's been said the PS2 is considered the best console due to its library of games, which I do agree. From the beginning of its life cycle to its upcoming end (surprisingly it's still selling) there have been so many many great games, some even came out after the PS3 dropped, like God of War II. People talk about remastering some of these games because, they were so much fun back in the day, back when the gaming industry wasn't stale because of a bunch of FPSs. Today it's so hard to come by innovative games like Gravity Rush and Journey. So I don't think gaming lost its magic, it just needs time to be discovered.

Show all comments (8)