"All that and a bag of bolts!"

Well, another year rolls around and Insomniac has blessed the PS2 with anoter great game, Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal! The story so far is after Ratchet learns that the evil Dr. Nefarious has attacked Veldin, he saves his home and is determined to hunt him down, with the help of Captain Qwark and the Q-Force of course.

Gameplay 10/10:
You cant get much better than this, with so many weapons, most having eight upgrades available, you are sure to (pardon the pun) have a blast. While some minor things have been removed, such as the grind rails, races, and space battles, the game still stands strong. The controls are relatively simple, while the vehicles may take a few minutes to get used too. Overall, this game is harder than the last too and feels more like a FPS than it does a platformer. The enemies are much stronger this time around, but then again, so are you. The vehicles are done nice, although I think the hovercraft would have been better if changing altitude had been done with the shoulder buttons.

Story 7/10: While the story is good, it feels very lacking of what the second one had. While the second one had a few twist and turns, RC3 remains relatively simple, with the good vs. evil factor. While some characters didnt make the transition, everyone's favorite superhero is back and funnier than ever, providing more humor to the game. There isn't much to say about the story, as its not very deep and doesn't leave any suspense. However, through its humor, and its action, its very nice. If you want plot, I suggest Final Fantasy X. If you want fast action, quick thrills, IRON HARD ABS(play the game, you'll understand), then I suggest Up Your Arsenal.

Graphics/Sounds 10/10: The graphics haven't improved too much from the past games, but still look really nice. There arent so many glitches in this game as the last two, and the environment has been improved. Weapon explosions look really nice and detail is also very nice. Music stays the same style, and some tracks haven't been changed at all. The music does run well with the setting, with somewhat of a techno beat, but it does not in any way detract from the game. While its no Halo or Final Fantasy, its fits great and couldnt be better.

Replayability 10/10: There is excellent replayability in this game. There are plenty of extras to collect, weapons to upgrade, and places to find that guarantee at least two times through the game. This game has excellent replay, and sometimes you may have skipped over a misson. Not to mention, you get the RYNO 3 (Rip Ya a New One), the biggest missile launcher this side of UT. Replayability is definite in this game and you will not regret buying it. Not to mention, the multiplayer and online modes which are superb.
This game/series is the top platformer for the PS2.


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 12/20/04


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