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: By Kevin "Berserker" Hall Player(s): 1 Memory: 160KB Ratchet and Clank's first outing on the PSP played much like they're other games, only the overall game was shrunk down to fit the PSP (as the title suggested). Now in Secret Agent Clank, Ratchet takes a backseat to his buddy Clank, who takes on the role of a secret agent for this new adventure. Ratchet is imprisoned for having been charged with stealing a precious gem from a museum and hiding it in some unknown area.
Excerpt: Best known as Ratchet's robotic Swiss Army sidekick, Clank has finally given up his role as the last surviving Lombax's backpack to star in his own game. The diminutive hero isn't the only playable character in Secret Agent Clank, but his enjoyable missions, in which light stealth mechanics are incorporated into the series' traditionally gung-ho gameplay, are what distinguish this from previous games.
Pros: Great arsenal of weapons and gadgets, Light stealth mechanics are well implemented and mostly optional, Almost all of Captain Qwark's levels are laugh-out-loud funny, Plenty of replay value, Humorous storyline plays out like a James Bond spoof
Cons: Ratchet's levels are repetitive, Lock-picking minigame is overused
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.