Review by GoldenMagikarp
"Blowing $#!+ up has never been this much fun."
Ratchet is back for his third adventure, and he's getting his furry rear-end back into action. This game packs just a few less weapons than R&C 2, but it has some of the best weapons. It also comes with a large number of planets, a hilarious storyline, and some of our favorite characters from past games making an appearance! With that said, let's jump into the review!
The story is, Ratchet and Clank have just saved the galaxy from the Mutant Protopet and are at Clank's apartment when a news report comes on about a strange race called Tyhrranoids attacking Ratchet's home planet, Veldin. Enraged, Ratchet and Clank fix up Ratchet's ship and fly off to Veldin. Ratchet eventually finds out that a robot named Dr. Nefarious is the one controlling the Tyhrranoids, and he wants to exterminate all "organic" creatures from the Galaxy. It is (yet again!) Ratchet's job to stop him.
Although I do think the story is the best (and funniest) so far, I do think that it is a bit short, along with the length of the game. Still a very entertaining story!
Unlike past Ratchet games, there are now THREE camera modes! A new first-Person, the traditional Third-Person mode, and a brand-new mode called Lock-Strafe which combines the camera view of third-person and the controls of FP, and it's a great new addition. The controls for First person and L-S are very easy to use and seem easier than third person, which doesn't work as well in this game as the first two. You can pick up on the controls and master them easily within the first few hours of playing.
The gameplay is really great in this game. There are 9 Gadgets, 10 Items, and 20 weapons. Some of the Weapons and Gadgets are remakes of old weapons/gadgets, such as the Bouncer, Hypershot (old; Swingshot), and the Gravity Boots. Other weapons are brand-new such as the Spitting Hydra and the Rift Inducer. There's also a few new modes of gameplay. Obviously Multiplayer is new (and it's extremely addictive), as well as the Quark Vid-Comics, the VR Battle Simulator, and new arena battles and gauntlets. There are also a few spherical planets and a Giant Clank battle. The game also has ninjas. Instant win!
I love the new graphics. They have great detail, plenty of color, and they don't hurt my eyes. x_x They're also very fun to look at and can make the gameplay more exciting, especially the explosions. Explosions are pretty. However, I did notice a few bugs such as the screen occasionally going black and (rare) graphical collisions. Other than that, not too bad. There's also almost no Draw-In, and even close up things seem to look very smooth and not pixely. The weapons and their effects have really interesting designs too.
Music/Sound Effects: 7/10
This has good music and effects as far as games go. Machine Guns sound like machine guns, explosions sound like explosions, and there are really good voiceovers. But the voiceovers get VERY repetitive, especially the Arena Battle announcer. All of the enemies in the game have nice sound effects that add to the realism of the game, and the little Tyhrranoids have some of the funniest sounds.
This game is the second easiest Ratchet and Clank game. It's not hard to fly through two or three planets and rack up bolts and weapon upgrades in a few hours. There is still a certain degree of difficulty left that makes it challenging enough to be enjoyable, but not want to toss the controller out the window. :P
Still, you can beat the game in a week or less.
Replayability on this game is great. It has a Challenge Mode where you can get up to x20 Bolt Multipliers (x40 if you hit a Jackpot Crate), weapons that continue to go up in level, more nanotech, the arena challenges have gone up in value, and of course you can play through the story again and all the battle missions with the rangers. You will want to play this game again after you play it the first time. I know you will, because I did several times!!!
Great save system. You have 4 save slots, and you can save manually at any time. The game also has Auto-Save and Continue Points, so you should have no problem at all with this.
R&C:UYA is definitely a great game, and anybody with a PS2 (even non-Ratchet fans should definitely buy this game. It's a great game with hardly and downsides, and really cheap and easy to find too.
Buy or Rent?
Definitely BUY! You could beat this game in the time you have to rent it, but it's a game you'll want to play over and over and 100% time after time. Plus, now that it's a greatest hit, you can get it cheap new. Absolutely no need to buy it used.
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 08/03/06
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