Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters Review
Itís taken a little while, but the PlayStation 2ís popular duo of Ratchet and Clank has finally made its way on to the PSP. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters not only fills the gaping combat-platformer hole in the PSPís library while maintaining the seriesí tradition of double entendre subtitles, it also manages to be one of best PSP games to date.
Size Matters opens with our heroes enjoying a vacation after their latest galaxy-saving adventure. What starts out as an innocent request by a young girl for some photos of Ratchet for a school report soon turns into another galaxy-saving adventure when the girl is kidnapped and all that is left behind is a mysterious, ancient alien artifact. Iíve always been a big fan of the humor in the Ratchet & Clank series and Iím happy to report that the writing in the game is definitely up to par with that in its predecessors.
If youíve ever played a Ratchet & Clank game before than Size Matters will be instantly familiar to you. Insomniac games have done a great job of shrinking the game down to the PSP without losing any of the graphical charm of its PS2 cousins. The biggest difference is the loss of the right analog stick and its use to control the camera. Size Matters makes up for this by using the shoulder buttons to rotate the camera. This works well enough most of the time, but there will be occasions where you will need to struggle a bit to get the camera to a spot from where you can see the action on screen.
What really sets Ratchet & Clank apart from other platform games is Ratchetís arsenal of imaginative and humorous weapons and Size Matters definitely carries on this tradition. As you use each weapon youíll gain experience with it until it is eventually upgraded into a more powerful version. There are also some additional weapon upgrades to be found, so when you take the gameís large arsenal and add in improved and upgraded versions of the weapons youíve got quite a few ways to beat back the robot and alien hordes.
As you make your way through the game youíll also have the chance to find various pieces of armor along the way: helmets, chest protectors, gloves, and boots. If you equip yourself with four pieces of armor from the same ďsetĒ, youíll receive a bonus like a fire attack added to your wrench Ė which is a feature that you WoW players out there will be intimately familiar with.