There is no doubt that PS2 is Sony’s most successful console, featuring countless blockbuster titles from virtually every gaming genre. But one genre that has been synonymous with the console is platformer, with massive franchises like Jak and Daxter, Sly Cooper, and Ratchet and Clank dominated the charts and thrilled gamers everywhere. Many following this success just accepted the fact that Sony would continue this on their portable device, the Playstation Portable. Well earlier last year Sony started their success with Daxter, which was just fantastic. Now Sony has brought another one of their platformers to the Playstation Portable, this time in Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters. Can this game continue the great success of the rest of the franchise? Read our full review to find out!
Platformers have been the mainstay for handhelds, in fact Nintendo and Sony both had found success last year with the genre. There is something about just jumping from level to level, taking out simple bad guys, and just collecting items along the way that makes for an enjoyable experience. The Ratchet and Clank series has been able to capture these ideas and improved them even further by adding just an amazing arsenal of weapons at your disposal. So can Sony manage to bring that same style of gameplay to the PSP?
The story starts off with you seeing both Ratchet and Clank relaxing on the beach trying to just get away from all the "hero" type work. While relaxing on the beach you know something is going to happen to stop this paradise, and of course it does quite quickly. A young girl comes up and asks you to do some "hero" style stuff and this in essence gets Ratchet and Clank into a whole new set of problems that they have to endure. The story however does improve throughout the game and makes for another great R&C ride that many of us have gone through before. The story once again proves very crucial for the game, and makes the adventure even that more enjoyable.
The most impressive feat that Size Matters has to offer is the gameplay, which is just as good as its console counterparts. The controls obviously are a bit different as they are missing an analog stick so the developers had to use the shoulder buttons to help control the camera. This camera system does take a good deal of time to get used to, but its implementation is actually superb. I found that after about twenty minutes or so of play that using the shoulder buttons to control the cameras comes as second nature to me.
The gameplay in Size Matters is just as impressive and plays so smoothly that at times I thought it was just as good as the console versions. The gameplay is the same typical style that we all have come to love about the Ratchet and Clank franchise. The amount of weaponry that is enlisted in this PSP game is just absolutely fantastic, and even with the lack of the second analog stick still is able to maneuver around and take out enemies with relative ease.
The overall performance of this game is just impeccable. This may come as a surprise, since the game was not developed by Insomniac Games but was passed to High Impact Games, who did a very commendable job here. For all those who have enjoyed the action oriented platforming from the Ratchet and Clank franchise will find a lot to love about this portable version.
Visually Size Matters may not be able to compete in terms of the console versions, however being that this is a portable game it is hard to not be impressed. Size Matters still carries the same style that we have seen in the other games like the environments, which still have a nice range of colors and the character models, which are nicely detailed and look great. The cut scenes really stood out in my mind as being one of the strongest parts of the game in terms of the visuals.
I really was not sure of what to expect from Size Matters, being how explosive the console versions of the Ratchet and Clank franchise have been. However the developers really did manage to bring that same style and sophistication to the PSP bringing one of the best platforms the PSP has seen thus far. The story manages to continue on the game extremely well and the gameplay is as addictive as it has ever been.
In the end, it is really difficult not to just sit back and be impressed with the several accomplishments that Ratchet and Clank have made over the past and what it continues to do here on the PSP. Size Matters is one of those games that really just are bound to impress anyone who picks it up. It has all the right pieces to make the perfect portable gaming experience and any fan of the franchise shouldn’t miss this game.
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