Gamer 2.0 Review: Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty

Gamer 2.0 reports:

''Insomniac's well-known for having a big game out for the holiday season every year, but this year they have changed that up with a second smaller game, Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty, coming out just before Resistance 2 hits the big stage this fall. Instead of the traditional retail games they've released before, Quest for Booty was made by a secondary team at Insomniac for the PlayStation Network. Since the next full Ratchet & Clank game will not be coming out until next fall, Quest for Booty sticks to giving gamers a snack to chew on for now until the full course is ready for next year.

Without spoiling too much about what happens at the end of Tools of Destruction, Quest for Booty is all about Ratchet following a lead on the whereabouts of Clank after being kidnapped at the end of the last game. This lead takes him to the former crew of the robot pirate Captain Slagg, who may have key info on where they should start looking. Things go awry and by the end of the game, Ratchet's not much closer to his goal than he was at the start of the game. That's understandable since this small game's not going to contain the same amount of important story, so this definitely feels more like filler, as far as the story goes.

With Quest for Booty, the smaller development team at Insomniac took the chance to inject more platforming and some smaller new stuff as an experiment of sorts. In a classic cliché move, you get start the game on the pirate ship with many of your weapons and by the time you leave, you're stripped of your weapons. You spend at least the next hour or so with just your wrench, but you're given the chance to focus on the fun platforming bits of the Ratchet gameplay, complete with rails, magnetic tracks, and plenty of platforms. The weapons are pretty much the same, though the wrench has gotten some new moves, such as the ability to grab certain items or latch onto certain platforms, catapults, and spring to help you navigate through the world. To go along with that first new move for the wrench, Quest for Booty also experiments with light/dark gameplay by letting you grab these glow-in-the-dark creatures that repel certain pesky enemies while lighting your way through pitch black caves, which is well-done and a nice change of pace from the usual Ratchet gameplay.''

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hay3703d ago

* Warning minor spoilers in this review *