Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
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|Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters|
North American PlayStation Portable box art
|Developer(s)||High Impact Games|
|Publisher(s)||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Series||Ratchet & Clank|
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (known as Ratchet & Clank 5 in Japan) is a 2007 platformer video game developed by High Impact Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2. The game is the first Ratchet & Clank title on the PSP handheld. Development company High Impact Games was spawned from the original Ratchet & Clank developer, Insomniac Games. The story is about Ratchet and Clank as they are interrupted from their vacation to search for a kidnapped girl and encounter a forgotten race known as the Technomites.
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As with Ratchet & Clank and Going Commando, space combat is present. However, this time, the player controls Giant Clank, rather than a ship. Also, there are arena battles, but this time, the player plays as Clank in a variety of vehicles. Clank returns as a playable character, and is again able to control a set of Gadgebots, smaller robots which can perform certain tasks for him, although this only occurs in one section of the game. But the player may still play with Gadgebots in Clank Challenges.
Similar to previous games in the series, this game contains a variety of weapons which can be upgraded. For example, the Lacerator is upgraded to the Dual Lacerators. Mods can be purchased for most weapons from Slim Cognito vendors. Some weapons and gadgets from previous games appear, such as the Hypershot, Bolt Grabber and R.Y.N.O. Nanotech (health) can also be upgraded. The main way to beat enemies is firepower, so bolts (which are used as currency) are an important criteria of the game. Although there is no way to access weapons, etc. from previous games, additional skins can be unlocked on Secret Agent Clank if the player has a Size Matters save.
There is also a new system for acquiring armor. Instead of buying armor from special vendors, as with games such as Going Commando, parts of armor are found in levels, and can be combined to make different suits, each with their own unique advantage, as well as additional protection.
When the player completes the game they can choose to enter "Challenge Mode", but you don't have to. It is easier to get all 25 skill points before challenging Otto (again). Some skill points are harder to achieve because some of them upgrade. For example, the giant clank missions are skill points if you get a high enough score. In normal mode, you only need 600 points. In challenge mode, you need 950 points. While still possible, you can choose to give yourself a challenge with this portion of the game. Challenge mode is a harder version of the game, with tougher enemies. To counter this, all weapons, armor and bolts acquired so far are carried through. New sets of armor are available in Challenge Mode and there is a bolt multiplier feature included. Weapons can also be upgraded further by purchasing "Titan" versions.
There are a total of twenty-five Skill Points in the game, which are gained by performing certain tasks, the only clue to which is the name of the particular Skill Point. These will unlock cheats in the game. There are twenty Titanium Bolts to be found which can be used to buy skins for Ratchet.
After the events of the last game and saving four galaxies, Ratchet and Clank decide to take a well relaxed vacation on Pokitaru. Not long before, the heroic duo are interrupted by Luna, a school girl who is compiling a report on heroes. She persuades Ratchet to "fight some robots" lying about the beach, Ratchet, reluctantly agrees as his massage is scheduled in 15 minutes. Clank says he will regret this. After fighting the robots, Luna thanks them. While this is happening, Clank encounters Qwark (the disgraced hero). Qwark is searching for his parents he never knew about. Moments later, Luna is abducted by an ancient race of robots. Their ship destroys a small house revealing a secret walkway. With no choice left, Ratchet and Clank venture in an attempt to save Luna, however they are one second late.
Luna is seen dropping a Technomite artifact which Ratchet is sceptical about its existence. Coordinates etched on the side which Clank believes it could lead to its initial place of creation. The duo with Qwark, fly to Ryllus in search of answers. Ratchet hitches a deal with Qwark, if he tells him where to take the artefact, he will allow him to use the ships computer to research his family history. Qwark says its in one of the main buildings. While exploring Ryllus, Ratchet and Clank obtain a Sprout-O-Matic.
Once they reach the main building, which turns out to be a Technomite Temple, Ratchet finds out the main door is locked. Clank is able to squeeze through a crevice so that he can open the main door from the inside. Inside the Temple is a planetary room, which has all the planets the Technomited inhabited. It was built to keep track of them. Clank identifies one planet as Kallidon, which is a Technomite City, the location where Luna is captured.
Once the duo lands on Kaliidon, Qwark finds his family as it turns out he received a link from FauxFamily.com. Clank finds this a bit unusual. Ratchet and Clank also partake in a skyboard race for a Shrink Ray to obtain access inside the main buildings. They defeat Mungo, a mutant amphibian type of creature. Eventually, the duo rescues Luna. The plot thickens when luna reveals she had lead them into a trap. Luna is not a feeble young girl instead she changes style and way of talking.(Luna always pronounces the "s" in any word as "th", but when Luna says "she hasn't had a chance to tell her "friends", Ratchet replies "you mean your friendth, right) Luna uses an electric shock on Clank which temporarily takes him out. Ratchet is also taken out.
Moments later, Clank find himself in the middle of Robot War III. He pilots a robot chopper to take out the nearby fighter robots. After that, Skrunch (Qwarks monkey from Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal) arrives with coordinates to Ratchet's location. Luckily, Clank finds an old Giant Clank pad which he uses to reach the Medical Outpost Omega where Ratchet is held captive. Meanwhile Ratchet has a dream where he is being operated by doctors who resembles Qwark. One of them uses a saw on him however he runs away. After some crazy exploration like 3D characters and Veldin (ratchet's home planet) Ratchet encounters Giant Clank who wants to destroy him. Ratchet, however, finds the real Clank and his dream fades.
Once Ratchet wakes, Clank suggest they find a way out of here and locate Luna. As they are exploring, Ratchet recollects all the events that happened. An enraged Ratchet accidentally sets the building on self-destruct after he throws a glass funnel towards a column. Just before they leave, they obtain Luna's Coordinates. Ratchet and Clank land where they meet the Skyboard Racer again, He challenges them again and agrees to rewards the duo the Polariser fastened under his Skyboard. Eventually Ratchet and Clank win the Skyboard challenge.
The coordinates lead to Challax, a Technomite City. Using an automated car to gain access to the main building, they venture in and find an unusual and huge Luna machine with a door behind her door. It appears that she is a robot. Clank receives coordinates to Dayni Moon where Luna is present now. Ratchet asks Luna why she double-crossed them and Luna she reveals that Technomites have been taken advantage of. Everyone uses their machinery but no one gives them credit. Luna also reveals that they wanted Ratchet's DNA to create an army of clones. Luna engages in a boss battle with the duo, however Ratchet overpowers her.
Ratchet asks Clank to access coordinates but an electric shockwave electrocuted Clank which hinders it. Ratchet uses the Shrink-Ray to shrink himself down to size and enters Clank. Inside Clank, the security back up tells Ratchet to defeat all enemies before Clank can be activated. Ratchet managers to defeat all enemies however the anti-virus is activated. He must exit Clank before the virus removes him itself. Ratchet manages to escape with second to spare. Clank is re-activated and has coordinates to Quodrona where Otto Destruct is creating his army of clones. Quodrona is a factory that is shrunk so Ratchet and clank use the Shrink-ray. After defeating hordes of clones, the duo encounters Otto himself. Otto reveals that Luna's story was not true, referring it to a "cheesy story". He reveals that he created an area to transfer intelligence from one chamber to another being. After using his Ratchet army to look for any intelligent being and then Otto will transfer that brain power into his brain to become the most intelligent entity ever known. The duo encounter Qwark yet again who believes Otto is his father. Ratchet manages to defeat Otto and stop his threat. Skrunch arrives and says he found out about Qwark's real parents who were killed by defective equipment created by the Technomites. Qwark places Otto in his own created chamber until Skrunch switches positions with Qwark. Otto absorbs Skrunch intelligence.
At the end, Ratchet and Clank watch the BattleRatchet advert while Qwark springs up an fictional anecdote to his Ratchet action figures, who later walk away. Ratchet then says "he may be small but he's ego is still big".
Development and release
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The original PlayStation Portable version of the game received overall positive reviews. Game Informer rated 9/10 and awarded it the "Handheld of the Month" for April 2007. IGN gave it 9.0/10. On the other hand, the PlayStation 2 port of the game received lukewarm scores, with IGN giving it a score of 6/10, citing its poor graphics, dull gameplay, and tons of glitches.
- Game Informer, Issue 168, April 2007. Page 108.
- IGN review
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