It’s hard to believe that we’ve had 20 years – twenty years – of Ratchet and Clank games. The series got its start so long ago on the PlayStation 2 before eventually moving on to other platforms in Sony’s line-up. And finally, it’s made its way home to PlayStation with last year’s epic Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, which continues to be a staple in the console’s line-up. There have been a number of great adventures over the years, including some on the portable front and games that broke away from traditional formula. But which ones are the best of the best? We’re glad that you asked.
Here now is a breakdown of the five best Ratchet and Clank games ever made. As usual, your opinion may vary – and hey, maybe you liked Full Frontal Assault more than any other game out there. But we think this is a pretty definitive list of games you must check out. So dig in, players!
5. Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One (PlayStation 3)
Insomniac changed up the formula for the Ratchet and Clank games from time to time, and among one of the bigger titles to do so was All 4 One. A multiplayer-oriented adventure, this one allows up to four players to partake in shooting adventures, collectively working together to bring down big adversaries and collect lots of space loot. This one was a blast to play, either on your own or with an online team; and it looks pretty great with its environments and animations. Not to mention that the grapple system is probably one of the best out there when it comes to getting around.
4. Ratchet and Clank: A Crack In Time (PlayStation 3)
The Ratchet and Clank franchise got a major boost with Future: Tools of Destruction, which helped push sales of the PlayStation 3 tremendously. However, it’s the next game that followed – A Crack In Time – that really flew into the stratosphere. With a great story, cool time stopping mechanics and outstanding level design, A Crack In Time had a tremendous amount of game to offer for such a low price. We still enjoy playing through it from, ahem, time to time.
3. Ratchet and Clank (PlayStation 4)
Technically, Ratchet and Clank serves as a remix of the original 2002 game, but with some items that tie in with the big-screen adaptation of the same name. But somehow, it truly works, mainly because of the awesome power of the PS4 – and Insomniac’s cunning ability to get the most from it. It looks absolutely remarkable and plays even better, with vast spaces to explore and lots of fun gameplay to partake in. You can enjoy it on PS5 as well, and with a sweet new 60 frames per second speed!
2. Ratchet and Clank Collection (PlayStation 3/PS Vita)
Some might see this as cheating considering this is really a three-game compilation from the PlayStation 2 days. But the thing is this – Insomniac Games did such a stellar job with this collection that it’s still a must-play. Featuring Up Your Arsenal, Going Commando and the original game that started it all, Collection is jam-packed with hours of fun. Not to mention it’s great to take on the go with the Vita. Oh, and did we mention the 3D support on the PS3?
Because that’s totally rad sauce.
1. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart (PlayStation 5)
Insomniac Games is on the run of its life right now, with so many great Marvel games released, with a couple more on the way (Spider-Man 2 and Wolverine). But in the mix of all this, it’s managed to release the greatest Ratchet and Clank game yet. Rift Apart is a sprawling thrill ride with new characters, tons of places to explore, a neat time rift system and, of course, the blast- a-thon gameplay cranked up to 11. If you own a PlayStation 5 and don’t yet have this in your game library, you might want to check your pulse.
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