Will Ratchet & Clank PS4 Appeal To A New Generation Of Gamers?
Generally, remakes typically only cater to fans of the original title(s).
They're the epitome of fan service, right? Nothing wrong with that, of course, but it's unlikely that such projects bring in lots of new fans for the franchise.
However, the upcoming Ratchet & Clank remake for PlayStation 4 might be an altogether different beast. We're not merely talking about a fresh glossy coat of paint; this is a game that was remade from scratch and built from the ground up for Sony's new console. How many other remakes have such an immense effort behind it? So, there's no doubt that R&C will look amazing; we've already seen some wicked impressive footage and everyone knows Insomniac is elite.
But more interestingly is the question of gameplay: We simply don't have a lot of games like this anymore and in fact, this combination of platforming and third-person action was a breath of fresh air back in the day, too. It's even rarer these days. The good news is that it shouldn't come across as especially dated; it's not a true open-world environment but the areas have always felt very large and airy. And the ceaseless fun factor should keep even those with ever-decreasing attention spans interested for a many hours.
Some might say it's too "cutesy" by today's standards, and new gamers may take one look at R&C and dub it a "kid's game." That's where the remake could face a hurdle. On top of which, as it's scheduled to drop on April 12, a lot of PS4 owners will be lying in wait for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End on April 26. Still, R&C is completely different, not only when compared to Drake's franchise, but even when compared to most any new game in existence. This, combined with the extremely slick visual presentation, might actually result in a lot more new fans for the franchise. This would also make future entries far more likely.
One can hope, at any rate.
Related Game(s): Ratchet & Clank
2/29/2016 9:47:09 PM Ben Dutka