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Is Ratchet & Clank PS4 Really Comparable To Modern Games?

When I did my review, I made it clear that I believed the Ratchet & Clank remake could stand with any of the best games of this generation.

But I wonder if I'm in the minority.

While definitely a remake and not a remaster, R&C has reemerged in a very different time. Now, I don't think anyone will quibble about the graphics; there's no doubt that R&C is easily one of the best-looking games ever. Anybody who says otherwise needs to get his eyes checked. Insomniac really did rebuild this classic from the ground up and the result is absolutely astounding from a visual perspective.

I just wonder if people will agree that it can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with modern games. I suppose you could argue that R&C is more of a "kid's game," in that it simply isn't as deep as most modern offerings, even those that are flat-out action. You could also say that it's not quite long enough or big enough when compared to newer titles, and despite the open environments that seemed very open back in the day, R&C now feels restrictive. I don't agree with that, either, but I imagine some people see it this way.

Before the game released, I wondered if it was capable of appealing to a new generation of gamers. Even though it turned out fantastic and I firmly believe just about every human alive would enjoy it (it really does seem that universally appealing to me), it's quite simply different. It just is. And would those who weren't playing when R&C debuted see that difference as refreshing or just...old? I don't know.

What do you think?

Related Game(s): Ratchet & Clank

Tags: ratchet and clank, ratchet & clank ps4, ratchet and clank remake

4/26/2016 9:43:40 PM Ben Dutka

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frylock25
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 10:58:44 PM
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Hell yea it's still amazing fun to this day! Just got the platinum trophy tonight. I want more to do in the game and really hope they are rebooting going commando and up your arsenal.

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TheHighlander
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 11:12:00 PM
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In a word; Yes.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 3:06:49 AM
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I still don't understand ths game. It's an adaptation of a movie which is an adaptation of a game... It's just confusing, especially if they make a continuation.

But for the question, the only real comparison in this field is the Gamecube Resident Evil remake. Which I have still yet to play (My PS4 ver' of RE: Origins will see to this wrong!) but I hear it holsd up very well and is renown as much as the original.

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TheHighlander
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 4:33:41 AM

Nothing to understand; the game of the movie of the game is just a joke, the game is a reboot of the original.

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Gamer46
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 8:38:15 AM
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The game is awesome and has shot to #1 on my list of favorites this gen. Maybe Uncharted 4 will top it, we'll have to see about that. But when it's all said and done, yeah, this game can stand with any other out there right now.

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Banky A
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 9:04:30 AM
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Yeah. It's a sombre but kickass reminder.

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godsman
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 1:29:42 PM
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I just beat it first round about to replay but am I missing something? I dont see the colloseum and giant clank in the game.

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frylock25
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 2:21:09 PM

There is an interview on ps blog you should listen to about r&c. It's not 100% as before. Somethings were left out and some planets combined.

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TheHighlander
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 2:53:02 PM

I think the things that are 'missing' were optional elements that really didn't fit with the movie, and with this reboot being the game of the movie of the game, I think they felt that they could not depart too far from the movie story line.

What I want to see is Up Your Arsenal and Going Commando, but without the movie tie-in, perhaps they can, and will (I think they should) open up the scope a bit more, I always loved the Arena/Colosseum battles.

It seems though that they constrained themselves to staying within the movie story and also bringing as much from the original game as they could (same hover-board race maps for example). What I'd like to see them do in any future R&C remake is expand upon and play with the original. I don't mean make wholesale changes to mechanics or anything like that. I'm just thinking in terms of maps and secret locations, and even adding new locations. The idea being to take what is best from the original and make it even better - but without the constraint of a movie script hanging over them.

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TheHighlander
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 5:46:13 PM
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Oddly enough, I think the question here is wrong. When I consider how many 'modern' games I've played or seen/watched game play of; I think the real question is this;

Do modern games measure up to Ratchet and Clank?

Even the PS2 games are still a ball to play, the PS3 games and the remasterd PS2 originals are equally great fun to play. And now we have the reboot of R&C on PS4, still buckets of bolts and fun if you ask me. But the thing is I can't think of many (if any) 'modern' games that put that kind of smile on my face.

One game I have been looking forward to this generation, so far without it appearing is Hot Shot's Gold (Mina No Golf). I have played the crap out of that game and it's various iterations. A PS4 version would be much appreciated, and very fun. But again, I wonder how many 'modern' games measure up to Hot Shots Golf? ;)

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