Ratchet & Clank Platinum Double Pack & DLC Voucher - PS3

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Ratchet & Clank Platinum Double Pack & DLC Voucher (PS3)
Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Media: Blu-Ray Arcade origin:No
Developer: Insomniac Soft. Co.: Sony
Publishers: SCEE (GB)
Released: 22 Jul 2011 (GB)
Ratings: BBFC U
Features: SIXAXIS Motion Sensitive


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Question: what do you get when you cross Star Wars, Sonic the Hedgehog, a Disney Pixar movie and a high-tech backpack that talks? Answer: Ratchet and Clank - that's what (or who). With this Platinum double pack, you get both Tools of Destruction and Crack in Time, not to mention a voucher to get yourself some DLC.

Tools of Destruction was the first Ratchet & Clank game on the PS3. The good news is that the classic elements are all still in Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction. The kids are going to love it. If you have an inner child lurking somewhere beneath the cynical undergrowth of your shoot-'em-up-fed subconscious, you'll probably love it too.

This time the action's personal: Ratchet, alas, is something of an orphan to this universe. Like a certain superhero rocketed from his dying planet, Ratchet has no biological family to call his own, nor does he know from whence he came. Not even the little robot that constantly hangs out on his back can ease that kind of loneliness, apparently. If that wasn't bad enough, a nasty sort going by the name of Emperor Percival Tachyon has a bit of a hard mad-on for the Lombax history too. In fact, he's out to destroy the universe's last remaining Lombax. That's you, Ratchet. Tachyon also reckons that an ancient weapon dubbed the 'Lombax Secret' might have a good chance of doing him some harm, and he ain't happy.

A Crack in Time puts the smell of change in the air. Where previous games made only small upgrades on the core platform and combat mechanics of the series, A Crack in Time took a significant leap forwards.

The name A Crack in Time is a reference to the story of this game, but also to the gameplay theme that makes it stand out from previous games most noticeably. These fall into two basic categories, one is time manipulation - which it transpires is an ability of Clank. In a twist that we will not go into for fear for spoiling the plot for potential purchasers of the game, Clank's role in this game is far more significant than in any previous game, except for Secret Agent Clank - a side game if ever there was one. The other aspect is time travel, which plays a small but important part in the gameplay and a much larger and equally important part in the storyline.

In his larger role, Clank can now slow down time, and doing so plays a major part in his ability to traverse The Great Clock which he occupies for much of the game. Inside the clock, he comes across time pads which enable him to record his actions and replay them. This activity forms the central activity in a good number of increasingly mind-bending puzzles during the game. At first, it's nice and easy. Record Clank standing on a switch to open a door, and then go through the door while it is open. As you might imagine, though, things soon get tougher...

Between two games and a fair old chunk of DLC, this double pack offers plenty to sink your teeth into!