Ratchet and Clank: Q Force PlayStation 3
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Released on 30-Nov-2012
- Strike back against a massive alien invasion with Ratchet and Clank, as a mysterious super villain plunges three planets into cosmic chaos.
- Take the galaxy-saving duo on another exciting story-based adventure filled with the series' trademark humour and crazy weaponry.
- Experience the adventure with a mate in two player co-operative mode, and compete with friends in explosive battles for up to four players via PlayStation Network.
- Start your adventure on PlayStation 3 and continue it on PlayStation Vita thanks to the Cross-Save feature.
- Purchase the PS3 version of Ratchet & Clank: QForce on Blu-ray Disc or from PlayStation Store, and download the game to your PS Vita at no additional cost.
Most movies based on video games have taken their inspiration from high-kicking fighting games or grisly horror franchises like Resident Evil and Silent Hill, but now it looks like someone has finally worked out that there are some games that would be perfect as CG animated family flicks.
Case in point: Ratchet & Clank, which will be coming to cinemas in 2015 according to an announcement from creator Insomniac Games. The movie is in production now at Rainmaker Studios, which released the similarly sci-fi themed family animation Escape from Planet Earth earlier this year.
Unlike other video game movies, this one actually sounds like it stands a good chance of staying true to the games we love. Insomniac's lead writer, TJ Fixman, is penning the script while voice actors James A. Taylor, David Kaye and Jim Ward will all return to play Ratchet, Clank and Qwark.
The Ratchet & Clank games have been among the most popular PlayStation exclusives ever since they launched in 2002. You can pick up the first three titles in the Ratchet & Clank Trilogy collection, while more recent entries in the series include four-player co-op game Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One and the platformer tower defence hybrid Ratchet & Clank: QForce.
Although it may have wobbled in the early running, the PlayStation 3 approaches the end of the current hardware generation as one of the strongest and most eclectic gaming systems in history. Whether reviving and refreshing its big franchises for new fans, or supporting the more artistically inclined indie end of the development spectrum, a large debt of thanks for 2012's sterling games line-up is owed to SONY. Uniquely among the big platform holders, you could easily fill a list of the PS3's top titles with SONY's own first party exclusives.
Also uniquely among its peers, SONY has done a superb job of dipping into its past without exploiting fans. High definition compilations of classic PlayStation 2 series such as Ratchet & Clank worked both as loving tributes to classic gameplay of yesteryear, and as highly polished introductions for generations of new fans. At the same time, new games featuring the same characters ensured they'll endure into the next generation, with Ratchet & Clank: QForce combining the crisp and humorous platform jumping of old with a frantic tower defence strategy twist.
Also making a comeback was the mighty Twisted Metal. SONY's ferocious vehicle combat game is a representative of a genre that has faded from popularity, but the combination of fantastic multiplayer mayhem, addictive arcade driving physics and the sheer visual punch that the PS3 delivers makes this bratty, splattery action game one of 2012's unsung gems.
Twisted Metal succeeded because it brought back classic gameplay that had been forgotten, but other SONY hits this year worked because they took popular characters and concepts off into new directions. LittleBigPlanet Karting, for example, found Sackboy reinvented as a cuddly textile version of Jenson Button. The introduction of kart racing into the LittleBigPlanet world was exciting enough, but when you factor in the boundless creativity that the game offers - allowing players to use the developer's own design tools to create their own tracks and mini-games - then you've got a game that is a more than worthy addition to the LBP lineage. Even if you never create anything of your own, the fact that the community is constantly producing new, free content is enough to keep you playing for months.
SONY's roster of characters got an even more unlikely make over in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. This multiplayer fighting game pitted such unlikely stablemates as Parappa the Rapper, Sackboy and Sly Cooper against the likes of Nathan Drake, God of War's Kratos and Bioshock's Big Daddy. It's an insane mash-up of the whimsical and the fearsome, yet it works beautifully. The larger arena-based battles are frantic and hilarious - perfect party game fodder - yet the systems underneath are much closer to the classic fighting game standards you'd expect to find in hardcore genre titles. With former Street Fighter spokesman Seth Killian as the lead designer, it's perhaps no surprise that All-Stars is actually a seriously good fighting game that just happens to have some silly modes for everyone to enjoy. If you haven't picked it up yet because you thought it was just for kids, correct that mistake as soon as possible!
SONY continued to innovate in other areas as well. The PlayStation Move controller found its perfect realisation in Book of Spells, the first in a planned series of Wonderbook augmented reality experiences. Produced in conjunction with JK Rowling, it sees players using an actual book which is transformed on-screen into a dusty old tome from the Hogwarts library. Casting spells and interacting with this magical world is genuinely spellbinding.
Just as magical, in a more abstract way, was the critically acclaimed Journey. Created by esoteric designer Jenova Chen, this thought-provoking experience sets you down in a strange desert with only a distant mountain peak to guide you. As you wander, solving puzzles and navigating the ruins of a lost civilisation, you'll gain the power to float and fly, as well as meeting other players who can collaborate with you to find more secrets. Absolutely gorgeous to look at, and inviting all kinds of gentle emotional responses, it's a true work of art.
Even far away from the arty indie scene, the PS3 had a cracking year. Fans of Assassin's Creed III, for example, were treated to exclusive bonus missions on SONY's console that wove legendary traitor Benedict Arnold into the game's Revolutionary War narrative.
And, remarkably, 2013 looks like it will be even better. Intelligent blockbusters such as The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls will be available exclusively on the PS3, along with a new God of War and a new Sly Cooper adventure, and that's all before the summer arrives. The news may be full of rumours and guesswork about the next hardware generation, but there's plenty to be excited about on the consoles we do have!
Gaming heroes Ratchet and Clank return to PlayStation 3 on November 30th in QForce, but PlayStation Vita owners will have to wait until the New Year to join in the fun, SONY has announced. By way of compensation, PS Vita owners will be given the game's first bit of DLC, a Miniboss multiplayer skin pack, for free.
The game returns Ratchet and Clank to their classic third-person action platforming roots, after the recent All 4 One switched genres to a top-down four player co-operative style of play. You'll still be able to play co-operatively in QForce but developer Insomniac Games, also responsible for the Resistance series, has also introduced some tower defence strategy elements. "It's about the move back to original Ratchet mechanics but then providing something different in the context of this tower defence", Insomniac boss Ted Price told Eurogamer in September.
Ratchet & Clank: QForce is out for PlayStation 3 on November 30th, with the PS Vita version following in January.
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