Conclusion: June 17 is the day PSP owners should mark on their calendars. If you happen to be a Sony platform-only fan, then you'll definitely have your gaming schedule all filled up by this title along with the impending Metal Gear Solid 4 . Either way, Ratchet & Clank followers are about to be treated to something a little different, which Project COE believes to be a good thing. The question remains though, will you embrace it like us? Look for our full review then.
Conclusion: The bottom line with the PS2 version of Secret Agent Clank is: buy the PSP version if you own the hardware. It offers more bang for your buck simply because of the portability and lack of loading issues. If you have a PS3, chances are SAC won't interest you, seeing as R&C Future: A Crack in Time is coming soon. The core gameplay remains fun, but the PS2’s brightest days are long over with.
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: 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.
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.