The title says it all. I first discovered Ratchet and Clank on the PS2 quite a few years ago and was instantly hooked. I have continued to buy all the games that have been released since, so I was pretty eager to get my hands on this. However, I was shocked to find out it was not produced and developed by Insomniac (the people who made the previous games). Needless to say I was a bit dubious.
The game itself look pretty much the same as all the other R&C's. The same menu, the platinum /titanium bolt extras, the tricky 'skill points' and the weapon select menu, which is what I would expect.
There are a few new ideas for the gadgets that I haven't come across before. As for the weapons... well they're nothing new if you're familiar with the series. The bog standard space age shotgun, laser pistol, glove bomb of some description and of course the R.Y.N.O. There is one weapon that deserves mention and that's a focused laser beam that fires constantly on its target that does massive damage. Unfortunately you have to be stationary to use it.
The story itself is nothing special and is over all too quickly. There are too many "I knew this would happen" moments. Too many clichés. I completed the game in around 5 hours, finding a few skill points and Titanium bolts without really looking.
There is a new armour system where you find or win different part of armour with different attributes such as fire or poison or ice, that when fully equipped with the said armour, can inflict damage upon your enemies, which is a nice touch. I just prefer to buy my armour, rather than find it.
However, it does have replay value. There's a chance to play through again on a harder difficulty and with all your current weapons (as with all R&C's, one of the best features of the game, I might add) and then buy more upgrades for your already upgraded weapons, which adds some depth and replay value. I've only played through twice now (as opposed to my 5th or 6th) because the story bores me but that's my opinion.
Its a game to try if you're new to the franchise but if you have played all or some of the others, then save your money. You're not missing anything special.