Review by Darker Zen

"Short, but oh so sweet"

The duo of destruction are always on the shirt tails of some nasty villain and saving a galaxy or three, but do you ever wonder what they do in their downtime? Well, that's where Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty comes in.

This game, bridging the gap between Tools of Destruction and, the tentatively titled, "ToD2" takes place on Planet Merdagraw. While you only explore a single planet, it consists of 5 different, and vast, areas with multiple battles and platforming segments to complete.

Even though the game is nothing more than a 4-5 hour linear adventure, it still brings several new gameplay elements to the R&C series. Firstly the new wrench allows Ratchet to throw out a tether to attach to various objects and manipulate the environment. For example, he can shift platforms around to allow access across vast gaps, or yank back on a catapult to hop on and take flight. Also, all of the gameplay takes place sans Clank, so everything gets back to basics. The other element included is light/dark gameplay. Insomniac included dank, dark caverns to explore and, along with it, a natural light source that Ratchet must carry along with him in the form of Heliogrubs - little bugs that cast a translucent glow - and the lighting effects are very well done.

Speaking of such, Insomniac used the same engine for ToD, but built upon it in very profound ways. Even though the engine is just over a year old, they pushed the envelope even for a measly $15 dollar title. Lighting and the shadows cast are even better looking and transition well through the environments, water looks even wetter and flows beautifully and the lush jungle environments, albeit cartooney, are Uncharted's photo realistic counterpart. Furthermore, the characters look a bit more defined and still animate beautifully.

When all this is combined with well written, and witty, dialogue, top notch voice acting and good pacing, it makes for one impressive game... especially when it's only $15 bucks. Not to mention, Insomniac finally added difficulty levels, so there is a BIT of incentive to replay this small quest.

Those looking for a full Ratchet title, usually priced at $60 MSRP, with all the extras, Skill Points and multiple planets will be severely disappointed. But if you're a fan of the new Future series, enjoy good solid platforming and want a little bit more R&C before Fall 2009, you can't go wrong with Quest For Booty.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 08/25/08

Game Release: Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty (US, 08/21/08)

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