Review by I N F E R N O

"Yet another great Ratchet & Clank adventure"

Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, commonly referred to as R&C:UYA is yet another great game in the series brought to you be Insomniac. Ratchet and Clank are back to fight for the freedom of another galaxy against the evil Dr. Nefarious. This time you can continue the adventure online with players from all around the world.

More of the same isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially if the series has been doing it right since the beginning. Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal offers similar gameplay, so veterans of the series will feel at home with this new game, and players new to the series will fall in love instantly. R&C:UYA offers 17 weapons for players to use both online and off. Some old favorites make a return appearance, and some new weapons are great installments to an already great franchise. The RPG features make a return, and have an even bigger impact on your venture through the story mode. Weapons now have different levels, each with unique aspects of each weapon. For example, level 2 may carry more ammo, but getting all the way to level 5 could include lock-on, acid mod, more ammo, and greater power. Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal rewards you for using a certain weapon, which creates a great amount of replay value. Overall if you're looking for a big change, you won't find it in R&C:UYA, but if you liked the previous gameplay you'll love this.

The sound of guns blazing, bolts ringing, and enemies falling to the ground is simply music to my ears. Combine it with cutting-edge graphics and you've got nothing to complain about. The voice acting is funny and spot on, it goes great with the entire atmosphere of the game itself. The graphics of each effect of whatever you do is superb, from the shots of the N90 Storm ricocheting around a room, to the explosions of your Nitro Blaster.

STORY 7/10
The story in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal is simple, which may be a problem for gamers used to an RPG type storyline. Dr. Nefarious is bent on taking over the galaxy, and Ratchet has to stop him. You can tell that the story was obviously not something that was focused on in the development of this game. It's merely there to tie in all the levels, environments, and enemies that Ratchet and Clank face during the game.

The camera is now in your hands, as you have three choices in camera styles. You can do the classic third-person camera view, the first-person camera view, and the all new lock strafe camera view. The lock strafe camera allows you to constantly strafe, and still turn by using the right analog stick. The three camera types are great for gamers who like to completely customize their gaming experience. The downfall of the controls is that there are only preset button configurations to choose from. Other than that, it's classic Ratchet & Clank controls, which won't be a problem for a majority of gamers.

The single player section of Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal has great replay value in itself, but combined with the online multiplayer option, you'll be content until the next Ratchet & Clank game comes out. Trophies have been added, and much like Titanium Bolts can be collected by finding them in secret areas. More weapons mean more options to upgrade, skill points are back as are Titanium (Platinum) Bolts. If the single player doesn't keep you busy, the online mode will. Connect with players all over the world and play online to choose from three different types of online combat. Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, and Siege are all available for players to choose from. Rankings, buddy lists, and even clans all exist in the online gaming community. R&C:UYA will have you playing for a long, long, long time.

Gameplay 9/10
Graphics/Sound 8/10
Story 7/10
Control 8/10
Replay Value 9/10

+ Great new weapons
+ Advanced RPG elements
+ Camera options
+ Online

- Weak story
- Shorter story mode

Ratchet & Clank fans will love the new update, as will newcomers to the series.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 12/13/04

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