Ratchet & Clank: From Worst to Best, According to Critics

Several great games were born during the PS2 era but have been lost over time. Some even survived more generations, but quickly found their doom. The one we’re going to talk about today has already appeared on 4 Sony consoles and will probably remain on the fans’ radar.

A pair formed by a mechanical Lombax and a genius robot? Not bad. You asked, voted and here’s the one from Worst to Best in the franchise Ratchet & Clank. Here are our criteria, pay close attention:

  • The grades presented are based on the Metacritic grade aggregator. If the title was released for more than one platform initially, we’ll take the grades for each version and do an arithmetic average.
  • We only consider the main games in the franchise, that is, those developed by Insomniac Games.

8) Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty (2008) – 76 (PS3)

Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty, released in 2008, is the second game in the Future saga, following Ratchet in search of Clank, who was kidnapped by Zoni after the end of Tools of Destruction, which hit the markets the year before.

Even though its gameplay is very similar to its predecessors, it focuses much more on the platform and puzzle parts, as well as introducing features like the ability to pick up items with the Omniwrench Millennium 12.

The game was praised for its gorgeous visuals, one of the cutest on the PS3 at the time of release, for its extreme focus on action, great soundtrack, excellent pacing and the exclusion of horrible minigames, but was criticized for the lack of Captain Quark and Clank, for lack of arena missions and for not encouraging replay. Your grade is 76.

8) Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus (2013) – 76 (PS3)

And also last, we have Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus, released in 2013, which is the fourth and final game in the Future saga. His story takes place shortly after the events of Full Frontal Assault, with Ratchet, Clank, Cronk and Zephyr escorting the criminal Vendra Prog to a remote prison where he will serve his sentence, but all to the air when his twin brother Neftin Prog, aka as Mr. Prog, he invades the place to save his relative, killing Cronk and Zephyr in the process.

One of the main points of the game is its gravity, being used to travel to hard to reach places. Several new weapons and gadgets were introduced, such as Winterizer, which creates a tornado that freezes enemies and turns them into snowmen, and Nightmare Box, a device that scares enemies, making them easier to eliminate.

Analysts praised the cool, fluid controls, wonderful sense of humor, action-focused, short but fun levels, and the  Challenge mode that puts more spice into the campaign, but it has plenty of uninspired weapons, textures, and character models. dated, has a short campaign and its last phase is very weak. Your grade is 76.

7) Ratchet: Deadlocked (2005) – 81 (PS2)

Ratchet: Deadlocked, released in 2005, follows Ratchet, Clank and AI, who were kidnapped and forced to compete in DreadZone, a game show that forces heroes to kill each other. To make matters worse, Ratchet is forced to wear the DeadLock, a necklace that will explode if the protagonist doesn’t cooperate or gets annoyed. Now the three need to deactivate the device and save everyone in the location.

Its gameplay is very similar to the other games in the series, but it focuses more on the shooting part, bringing ten very different weapons and several modifications to be used. Unlike its predecessors, Clank does not serve as a jetpack but can be used in action if its skin is unlocked. There is a coop mode, where players must work together and manage resources while defeating all enemies along the way. The title also features multiplayer, both local and online, with game modes such as Conquest, Deathmatch and Capture the Flag.

Reviewers liked its presentation, graphics and audio, improvements to the weapon system, co-op mode, online multiplayer and its humor allied to its style. At the same time, they criticized its surprisingly short campaign, little news from other games in the series and the diminishing role of Clank. Your grade is 81.

6) Ratchet & Clank (2016) – 85 (PS4)

Ratchet & Clank, released in 2016, is a reimagining of the franchise’s first game, which had hit the market 14 years earlier. In it, we accompany the young mechanic Ratchet, who dreams of joining the group of heroes Galactic Rangers, and his little friend Clank, a defective war robot, whose task is to inform the group of benefactors about the evil plan of Alonzo Drek, who plans to kill them all with an army of robots.

The gameplay is very similar to other games in the franchise, but brings new features such as life upgrades, automatic weapons, manual weapons upgrade with Raritanium and an arsenal that was not present in the original title.

A few days after its release, the animated film Ratchet & Clank, based on the game series and which even uses character models created by Insomniac, arrived in theaters.

For critics, it uses humor very well, has a lot of gameplay variations, the controls are great, the variety of weapons and gadgets is quite large and the visuals are amazing, but the story is not that well developed. Your grade is 85.

5) Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (2009) – 87 (PS3)

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, released in 2009, ranked fifth on the list. The story takes place after Quest for Booty and follows Ratchet and Captain Qwark who end up getting involved in an accident that takes them to the planet Comoros while both were searching for the little robot Clank.

The game brought some new features in gameplay, such as Chronoscepter, which fixes broken objects after being hit by the tool, and the creation of Clank holograms so that the player is theoretically in two places at the same time. It is also possible to travel with the small spaceship between planets, even passing on small moons to fulfill optional challenges.

THE Crack in Time it was highly praised for its puzzle parts, its smooth and rewarding combat, the amount of fun weapons and gadgets, the possibility to explore the universe and the various collectibles, but criticized for its camera on spherical worlds and its invisible walls that get in the way of certain moments. Your grade is 87.

4) Ratchet & Clank (2002) – 88 (PS2)

And we go back to the origins with Ratchet & Clank, released in 2002, which was the first title in the series to hit the market. As in its 2016 re-imagining, the story follows Ratchet and Clank as they seek to warn and enlist the help of the Galactic Rangers group to stop the plans of the evil Alonzo Drek, aka Chairman Drek.

The game mixes shooting with platform and puzzle, bringing several different weapons and gadgets that will be used to defeat enemies and pass through the most diverse obstacles. In addition to serving as a companion and jetpack, Clank is playable in some specific parts that Ratchet can’t quite reach.

The game was highly praised at the time for its graphics, gameplay, acting, audio, soundtrack and its comedic feel, while it was criticized for its camera, characterization of Ratchet and the very low difficulty in the first levels. Your grade is 88.

4) Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (2021) – 88 (PS5)

Released in 2021, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart it is not a sequel to the 2016 remake, but rather to Into the Nexus, with Dr Nefarious stealing the Dimensionator, a weapon capable of opening rifts to other dimensions that had been given to Ratchet by Clank so he could search for his Lombax race. As you know, a villain in possession of a powerful weapon could not work.

The title came exclusively to the PS5 as Insomniac took full advantage of the console’s powerful SSD, as there are no loading screens even with big changes in areas or dimensions. He brings a new protagonist to share screen with the well-known Ratchet & Clank: the female lombax Rivet, who has basically the same abilities as Ratchet. The game brings several improvements in gameplay, new weapons and several accessibility options.

Rift Apart was praised for the beautiful presentation, the new powers that made the platform parts fun and brought new in combat, the experience with DualSense and the new character Rivet, who won hearts. The flight missions are weird and imprecise, but that doesn’t change the fact that the game impressed both audiences and critics, taking an 88th rating.

3) Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (2007) – 89 (PS3)

And we got to the podium. We start with the third place occupied by Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, released in 2007. It is the first title in the Future saga, following our dear Ratchet and Clank on their way to the planet Kerwan, located in the Polaris galaxy, which was invaded by Emperor Tachyon, who aims to end the last lombax, which heights you already know who it is.

Among the news, this is the first game in the series in which the characters talk with their lips following, this outside of the cutscenes, Clank can slow down time in some parts and devices were introduced, which are like weapons but do not damage, only benefits for players.

The game was so well-regarded at the time that some reviewers said it was one of the best PS3 titles at that time, with raves related to its shooting and platform mechanics, packed with useful and fun weapons, with colorful and beautiful visuals beyond of great controls. Your grade is 89.

2) Ratchet & Clank 2: Going Commando (2003) – 90 (PS2)

Ratchet & Clank 2: Going Commando, released in 2003, came in second on our list. This is the second game in the series, with our dear heroes, accompanied by Angela Cross, in search of revealing a mysterious conspiracy called “pet project”, orchestrated by MegaCorp.

Much of its gameplay is the same as its predecessor, but with several improvements and updates in gameplay, coupled with new features such as upgrades in weapons. An interesting thing is that, if you have a save from the first game, the player will unlock “retro” weapons to use for free.

The title was hailed for its pace, colorful visuals, cutscenes, improved character design and sound effects, but criticized for its fickle difficulty. Your grade is 90.

1) Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (2004) – 91 (PS2)

Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, released in 2004, is the third game in the series and ranked first. This time, our heroes will fight to save the universe from the evil robotic villain mentioned other times in this list, Dr. Nefarious.

The game introduces new features such as new control systems and an expansion in the weapons upgrade system, in addition to being the first to have online features, with 3 game modes available and support for up to eight players.

The game was highly praised for its very well done multiplayer mode, its great graphics, its polished sound effects, its full arsenal and many new activities, but criticized for being too easy. Your grade is 91, enjoy the gold medal.

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