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Introduction Ratchet and Clank, one of my favourite game series by Insomniac. After I had completed all of the four Ratchet and Clank games for Playstation 2 (inluding Ratchet : Gladiator) I heard that there was one coming out for the PSP. I couldnt wait. It was a VERY long wait, but when it got to 11th May 2007, I rushed to the shop and bought the 5th Ratchet game. All of my friends were jealous! Anyway, want to know more about the game? Read on...
Gameplay - 9/10
The gameplay for Ratchet and Clank : Size Matters is amazing. Not too easy, but not too hard. It is very similar to the previous games of the Ratchet series, so if your a big fan of the Lombax and his buddy clank then I suggest that you get this game.
There is ALOT to do in Size Matters, although the game itself may be a bit short (getting to the boss and whooping his butt) but when you defeat the final boss, you have the option to play the boss again, or start the whole game again with the opportunity to upgrade your weapons, get all of the equipment / gadgets, collect more armour and multiply your bolts.
One of the things I love about Size Matters, is the Clank Missions, there are two planets that contain Clank Missions, which are either the Gadgebot toss challenges (football), survival matches (deathmatch) or Gadgebot puzzles (like the Lemmings).
Also there is Hoverboard racing, which again occurs on two planets. Hoverboard racing (for people who have never played any Ratchet game) is a sport in which Ratchet jumps onto a floating board and competes with robots to try and get to first place, collecting boost powerups along the way.
You can also make Clank giant, meaning he soars through space defeating bad guys along the way, and every bad guy ship that you defeat gains you a percentage of a missile explosion, meaning you an defeat most of the enemies on the screen with a single push of a button!
Finally, one thing that a Ratchet game would not be without, collectables. Armour, throughout the game, you have to collect armour and make armour sets, therefore reducing the amount of hits that you take. Titanium bolts, when you collect these hidden bolts that have been scattereed throughout the galaxy, you can trade them in for skins, whether you want to look like an old sea pirate, or godzilla. Finally, skill points, in this one they have got you turning crabs into cows! INSANE!
The online play isnt very popular, as not many people are online often, but you can unlock even more extras!
Graphics - 7/10 The grphics arent as good as the playstation 2 games, but they are still quite respectable for a platformer. The cut-scene graphics are stunning, better than in-game. Although occasionally, the camera angle can go a bit doodally.
Sound - 8/10 The sound quality of Size Matters is REALLY GOOD! I love the clanging sound of when Ratchet collects some bolts of the bashing sound when an enemies is knocked down by a blast of your concussion gun. The sound tracks for the levels are very reasonable.
Play Time/Replay Value - 8/10 Like I said in the gameplay section, the raplay value is quite lengthy, because you have to get all of the upgrades for your weapons, purchase the Rhyno, and collect all skill points and titanium bolts...
Overall! Get this game, especially if you are a huge fan of the Ratchet and Clank series.