previews\ May 17, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction - PS3 - Preview

Sony’s Ratchet & Clank games have been a huge hit for the company’s systems, with several great entries on the PS2 and a solid PSP version released a few months ago. Now the franchise is gearing up to debut on the PS3, and Insomniac is doing its best to make this entry the ultimate next-gen action game for everyone of any age (and if its well-received launch FPS Resistance: Fall of Man is any indication, that’s something it is fully capable of handling). Ratchet & Clank Future will be bigger in every way, with more crazy weapons, bigger and more detailed environments, breakdancing centipedes and wobbling Jell-O. All these elements should make this an action game for everyone to check out this fall.

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction PlayStation 3 screenshots

Each entry to the Ratchet & Clank franchise has presented more quirky weapons and Ratchet & Clank Future won’t be an exception. The coolest new weapon would have to be the Grooveatron, which is essentially a disco ball that you chuck into a group of enemies. Once deployed, the Grooveatron plays “Stayin’ Alive” by the BeeGees and your enemies immediately break out into a dance, making them easy pickings.

Another great weapon is the Tornado Launcher. This will shoot up a tornado that will tear through your foes, knocking them around and picking up debris. You’ll be able to control the path of the tornado using the SIXAXIS motion controls, all while still guiding Ratchet around with the left thumbstick. It’s a tough move to pull off, but pretty handy once you get the hang of it.

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction PlayStation 3 screenshots

The environments are poised to be bigger than those featured in any previous Ratchet & Clank title, and they’re teeming with activity. The level showcased had a spread out city with giant clockwork gears rotating in the background and rails that you could grind on to get from one point to another. Boss battles will also be quite huge, as evidenced by one during the preview event which had you fighting on the ground and upside down on the ceiling in order to defeat him.

Graphically, the game already looks great, with excellent fur-mapping and superbly animated characters. The character models express emotions realistically and have fully animated faces, adding some realism to the game’s cartoon aesthetic.

Ratchet & Clank Future is becoming a worthy entry in the series, and if the preview build was any indication, should be the best entry ever in the critically and commercially acclaimed series.

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