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Submitted by stefhutch20 974d ago | opinion piece

The rise and fall of Ratchet & Clank

PS3 Attitude: "In the days of the PS2, if you asked me what my favourite videogame series was, I almost certainly would have said Ratchet & Clank. It’s somewhat depressing then, that the last couple of R&C games seemed hell-bent on destroying everything that was good about the series. This is one disillusioned fan’s take on the revered rise and unfortunate fall of Ratchet & Clank." (PS Vita, PS2, PS3, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault, Ratchet and Clank, Ratchet And Clank Future: Quest For Booty, Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One, Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando, Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Ratchet: Deadlocked)

theherp80  +   974d ago
interesting article, especially to see the metacritic score in a graph like that lol
Abash  +   974d ago
The rise and fall of Insomniac is what the article writer should talk about. A Crack in Time showed that the series has a lot of life in it still and they are capable of making quality Ratchet games, but they no longer want to put the effort into making another one. They'd rather create as many games as they can as a studio instead of putting that power into a quality game, Insomniac has lost their way
Captain Qwark 9  +   974d ago
agreed. ACIT was the best since going commando then for some reason it was just a quick downward spiral from there

sad too because it was one of my fav franchises ever ( obviously )
abzdine  +   974d ago
I love R&C series but i'm sad about the direction IG took the series after Crack in Time. The last two episodes really suck i will be so happy if Ted Price steps on stage on monday and announce a brand new episode..

The best R&C games for me are Tools of Destruction and Crack in Time
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Goro  +   974d ago
I loved R&C back on started ok with TOD on PS3 then QFB was a bit of a joke...they got it back up with ACIT and since then it's gone to shit
GrandTheftZamboni  +   974d ago
I liked QFB and even All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault that strayed from their usual direction but were lots of fun nonetheless. The only one I didn't like was Size Matters on PSP. It felt it was meant for super casual gamers.
PockyKing  +   974d ago
If they would just continue making actual entries in the series instead of these lame spinoffs or downloadable titles they keep throwing out to milk the franchise then that graph would probably be a lot more consistent. Lets just hope they eat their words and don't make a FUSE 2.
pr0t0typeknuckles  +   974d ago
im scared for insomniac,the last good ratchet game was a crack in time and every game before it was good too,but all4one,and full frontal assault are jokes and fues doesnt look like a good game either,theyve really fell off and i would hate to see that since i started with them all the way back with spyro on ps1.
Goro  +   974d ago
They need to get back with Sony...Get their shit together and start working on a proper R&C game for the PS4
Lucreto  +   974d ago
All 4 One looked like a fuse prototype. They seemed to be experimenting with different things using Ratchet.

I look forward to a new gen proper Ratchet game.
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   974d ago
Im pissed because I havent played any of the R&C Future games I need to get on that.
jakmckratos  +   974d ago
It's been 4 years since a legit sequel. Given the fact the series sells moderately well still, has a big following AND it's gonna become a feature film I am a TRUE believer that a classic title will rise from the ashes of the SUCK that Insomniac has been producing since All 4 One(FFA and Fuse are included in that suckage)
pecorre  +   974d ago
To be honest, I played every R&C games at release and A Crack in Time (the last true R&C) is (IMO) the best.

I think it got lower score because of series fatigue.
Unicron  +   974d ago
"I think it got lower score because of series fatigue."

Yup, I've seen "best" written a lot. And yet it also failed to ignite the sales charts. Then people clamor for something new and different to spice up the ailing franchise! But when some experiments are tried that attempt to respond to community demands, people poopoo it for being different, and want more of the same! Then never buy it!

If ACiT was followed up by another "stock" R&C game, I guarantee it would have been treated poorly by consumers.

The franchise just needs to rest for a bit IMHO. There's nothing wrong with that.
vickers500  +   974d ago
I thought Tools of Destruction was a lot better. It was my first Ratchet game to play so I didn't have any series fatigue.

What I didn't like very much about A Crack in Time is the Clank Sections, the rocket boots and the separation of Ratchet and Clank. The gameplay didn't feel right without clank. I think I put ACiT down for almost a year before I finally ended up finishing it, mostly due to Clanks boring hologram sections.
CaptainYesterday  +   974d ago
I loved A Crack in Time I haven't played all the Ratchet & Clank games but that has to be one of my favourites :)
Corpser  +   974d ago
I have played every one so far.. But definitely have franchise fatigue, if there's a new one with just prettier graphics... Don't think I'm interested
Such a shame. Insomniac are such talented devs. But i know they haven't had the most financial success lately, and it's partially theirs and sony's fault.
BlaqMagiq24  +   973d ago
The fall happened with All 4 One. I still don't understand why they a R&C game like that.
Krew_92  +   973d ago
You can't blame the franchise, you blame the creators of the franchise.

Ratchet & Clank games were focused on a large story with a proper narrative and good mechanics. Now it seems they're making small nonsense mini games that should belong on portables only.

Heck I'd rather play the PlayStation Portable Ratchet & Clank games (Size Matters, Secret Agent Clank) than play All 4 One or Full Frontal Assault.

Ratchet & Clank 1 was among my first PlayStation 2 games, and Tools of Destruction was my first PlayStation 3 game. It really breaks my heart to see the series in a state like this.

I just hope they announce something this E3 or in the near future. I really mean it, this is easily my favorite franchise on PlayStation it really is saddening.
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lucidity  +   973d ago
They've got the right of it here. Insomniac had increasingly little idea what to do with R&C once they wrapped up the Future arc. Best to bury it now, before it gets any worse.

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