Ratchet & Clank Collection

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Ratchet & Clank Collection
The Ratchet & Clank™ Trilogy.jpg
European cover art
Developer(s) Insomniac Games
Idol Minds (PS3 port)
Mass Media Inc. (Vita port)
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Composer(s) David Bergeaud
Series Ratchet & Clank
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
Release date(s) PlayStation 3
AUS 20120628June 28, 2012
EU 20120629June 29, 2012
NA August 28, 2012[1]
JP 20120906September 6, 2012
PlayStation Vita
NA 20140729July 29, 2014
EU 20140702July 2, 2014
AUS July 9, 2014[2]
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer (online)
Distribution Blu-ray Disc, PS Vita Card, download

Ratchet & Clank Collection (known as The Ratchet & Clank Trilogy in Europe and Ratchet & Clank 1+2+3 in Japan) is a high-definition remastered collection. The collection includes the original three PlayStation 2 games, Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, and Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal in 1080p and includes 720p stereoscopic 3D support. It also includes the multiplayer of Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal over the PlayStation Network. It includes a Trophy set for each game. All games in the series have all been rated E10+ by the ESRB which were originally rated T since the E10+ rating didn't exist at the time these games were released on the PlayStation 2.

Originally leaked by Amazon France on March 2, 2012, it was announced by Insomniac Games and Sony Computer Entertainment on March 15, 2012. It was developed by Insomniac Games in conjunction with Idol Minds. In North America, the game, along with the God of War Saga and the inFamous Collection, are the first in Sony's new line of PlayStation Collections released on August 28, 2012.[3][4]

A PlayStation Vita port of the Collection was officially announced on May 29, 2014, and released on July 2 in Europe. The Vita version is ported by Insomniac Games in conjunction with Mass Media Inc.. It was released in North America on July 29, 2014.

Development[edit]

The core game and story for all games from the original trilogy remains unchanged with the remastered versions. For the remastering, all three games have had a graphics overhaul to allow them to support modern 1080p HD resolution and 720p stereoscopic 3D support. All three games feature a fixed frame rate of 60 frames per second in normal mode, while in 3D mode the games run at 120 frames per second. It also includes the multiplayer of Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (up to eight players) over the PlayStation Network, and included, full PlayStation Network trophy support.[5]

A HD collection for the Ratchet & Clank series was first spotted on March 2, 2012, after Amazon France listed "Ratchet & Clank HD Collection" on its website,[6][7] and it was officially confirmed by Sony on March 15.[8]

A demo for the Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is included in the North American version of the game.[1]

The game also has the franchise's 10th anniversary avatar on the start-up screen.

Reception[edit]

The Ratchet & Clank collection received generally positive reviews. IGN rated the game as an 8.5 out of 10, giving particular credit to the gameplay. The majority of praise for the game came from the fun, original gameplay that is as good as ever and the good quality upscaled graphics. It did draw some criticism for its apparent lack of innovation. Metacritic scored the game at 80 out of 100 from 26 critics, with mostly positive reviews.

The Official PlayStation Magazine gave the game an 8 out of 10 and praised the inclusion of multiplayer that many PlayStation 2 players may have missed out on the first time around. However it did criticise the quality of the cut-scenes for being in their original format and resolution. The Sixth Axis gave the game an eight out of ten, suggesting it's perfect for those who love to collect things and that it is also interesting to observe the duo's development over the trilogy. However they also criticised a lack of innovation between games.

The Guardian.co.uk praised the game, stating that they had aged well and offered great value to gamers. Gaming Bolt was one of the few sites to mention the 3D options of the game in a review. They claimed that it was a stable experience but did not add anything to the collection and questioned why it was added to the game.

Digital Spy gave the game four out five stars stating that the gameplay hadn't aged and that, thanks to Idol Minds, the graphics were equally good. It also stated that they would've liked to see more bonus content for Ratchet & Clank fans.

Eurogamer rated the collection as 9/10 and stated that criticisms were "hard to find and even harder to make stick." Game Informer awarded the collection a 9.25 out of ten, particularly praising Up Your Arsenal's control system.

The Vita version however, received mixed to positive reviews, garnering an average review score of 74 on Metacritic. While the port's smooth framerate was praised, the port's performance, controls, input lag, visual glitches, musical glitches, and anti-aliasing were criticised.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stevenson, James (July 16, 2012). "Ratchet & Clank Collection Hits August 28th With Sly Cooper Demo". PlayStation Blog. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ Stevenson, James (May 29, 2014). "Ratchet & Clank HD Trilogy hits PS Vita in July". PlayStation Blog. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ Cardona, Cristian (August 6, 2012). "Never Stop Playing With PlayStation Collections". PlayStation Blog. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ Cardona, Cristian (August 28, 2012). "PlayStation Collections Available at Retail Today: God of War, inFAMOUS, Ratchet & Clank". PlayStation Blog. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ Price, Ted (March 15, 2012). "The Ratchet And Clank Trilogy – Coming May 2012". PlayStation Blog. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ratchet & Clank HD Collection Spotted". thesixthaxis. Retrieved 3/2/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ Hurley, Leon (March 2, 2012). "Ratchet & Clank HD listed on Amazon". PlayStation Official Magazine. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ Price, Ted (March 15, 2012). "The Ratchet & Clank Collection Going 1080p on PS3, Multiplayer Included". PlayStation Blog. Retrieved December 10, 2012.