Excerpt: The Ratchet and Clank series of games have been a solid franchise for Sony and all of its consoles. Most of the games have been released on the PS2. As Sony has evolved into the next-gen arena the series has seen a release on the PS3. Of course the PSP has also seen some Ratchet and Clank love too. The most recent release is a game that I have had the opportunity to review. Secret Agent Clank is developed by High Impact Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment.
Excerpt: Clank has always been considered the most likable character in the Ratchet and Clank series, outdoing Ratchet whenever he had the chance. He's funnier, cuter and generally a better character, but has until now been relegated to bit parts in the series. Now he's got his own game in Secret Agent Clank, a PSP exclusive from High Impact, the developer of Size Matters. Sadly this isn't the incredible platforming adventure his fans have been hoping for.
Excerpt: Ratchet has been framed for a crime he didn't commit, and it's up to Clank, make that Secret Agent Clank, to solve the mystery behind the frame-up. The spunky little robot has more than his high intellect to help him in this mystery; he also has an arsenal of high-tech spy gadgetry at his disposal that would make James Bond jealous.
Summary: Secret Agent Clank is unfortunately a bit of a miss for the Ratchet and Clank series – trying to do too many things at once rather than sticking with something enjoyable and perfecting it. One for the fans perhaps, but there’s not a huge amount of urge to finish the game, let alone replay it for the unlockable extras.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game has content similar to other games in the Ratchet & Clank franchise. There's plenty of family-friendly humor, no coarse language, and the violence is tame and cartoonish relative to most games in which fighting occurs. Clank dances and flirts with a feminine robot, but nothing comes of it. One of the bad guys chews on a cigar.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Yep, it's a fun game. Nothing earth-shattering, but more of the same fun and frolics you would associate with a Ratchet and Clank game. It's the most seven out of tenny thing that's ever existed thanks to the simple fun, the fact that stealth is optional and the fact that it's pretty funny at times. Well done there then.
Excerpt: Not your usual Ratchet & Clank game, and although an interesting departure from the 'insane action' formula, it can quickly become an exercise in frustration. It's a good game, but one that will require patience to master.
Pros: Some good looking graphics and interesting environments to challenge and puzzle your way through.
Cons: Camera angles and controls make this game harder than it should be. The accelerated difficulty level and infrequent save points can make it frustrating.