I know there are gamers out there who see this trend of HD rereleases of old games as just a money grab by the developers. I personally see it as a chance for younger gamers and older ones who just missed out to be able to play some of the great games of the time. Reasonably priced and gorgeous looking, how can you not grab 2 or 3 games for almost half the price of what some sell for now a days. For me, I love the Ratchet and Clank series but got into it way late. I only had the chance to play the first one before the PS3 ones came out. I tried finding the older ones but that became a little difficult. So when I heard the HD collection was coming out, I had to grab it and see what I missed. And I did miss out, because this is a great platforming series.
Ratchet and Clank revolve around a Lombax (bipedal cat like creature) and a robot pairing up Banjo Kazooie to usually save the galaxy or stop some evildoer from being a jerk. What is a simple concept is bombarded with clever humor, fun platforming, and awesomely creative guns. The HD collection includes the original Ratchet and Clank, Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando, and Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal, all great games when released. But does the gameplay hold up over time. Absolutely! Insomniac, the developers, found a simplistic yet fun filled formula to creating great platforming. There are tons of secret areas throughout the series that will keep you coming back and replaying levels again and again to collect every secret, every golden bolt, and tons and tons of bolts to buy the awesome R.Y.N.O. (Rip Ya a New One), this series BFG.
Speaking of guns, this series sports some of the most creative and ingenious guns I’ve ever seen in video games. The first game has some creative guns but it’s in Going Commando where they find their groove in creating guns that we then see throughout the series. Throwing out a disco ball to make all the enemies dance and then turning them into chickens never gets old.
The stories themselves are good as well. Voice acting is top notch and the humor is spot on. Captain Quark is always bringing the laughs. These games hold up very well and in HD the look gorgeous. Running a smooth 60 fps, the action is smooth and crisp. There are a few issues with the HD upgrade though. In game looks superb, but the pre-rendered cut scenes definitely show there age. This issue is most apparent in the first game but by the third one it’s looking close to the first PS3 Ratchet and Clank. I have come across some slow down in frame rate when absolutely everything is exploding but it wasn’t that prevalent. And lastly, having three games that spanned across a few years on one disc can make repetition a problem at time. However these complaints are small and non-deal breakers.
Ratchet and Clank is a great series with over 10 years of games in its catalog. The HD remake is great both gameplay wise and in presentation. If you missed the boat during the Playstation 2 era, now is your chance to play these great games. Ratchet and Clank HD Collection gets a 4.5 out of 5.
Many of you may know Naughty Dog from the wonderful Uncharted series. But before Drake graced our PS3s with his witty dialogue and great gameplay, there was a pointy eared hero and his fuzzy little wise-cracking side kick. The Jak and Daxter series is arguably one of the best platformers on the PS2. The first game was more on the cute and cuddly side while the second and third one took a much darker approach, and it worked! Not only did the already well told story improve with our cute silent protagonist à la Link from the first game getting a voice and a attitude to match, but we are introduced to wild and crazy guns that you can upgrade like in the Ratchet and Clank series. I’m happy to say that the trilogy is getting an HD update along with stereoscopic 3D and trophy support. The collection is set to release in early February for $39.99. That’s three great games for only $40. This trend of re-releasing PS2 titles on the PS3 is not only great for fans who want to see these games in smooth HD goodness, but also to give gamers who might have missed these titles a chance to play them. Look forward to the collection early next year.
Looks like all of those with issues with Team Ninja’s new DMC will get a chance to go devilish with the new Devil May Cry HD collection coming to Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Capcom has officially announced a release date for original Dante’s adventures on April 3, 2012 for North America and Europe. The new collection from Capcom will have all three original PS2 games of the Devil May Cry series available with HD graphics and trophy/achievement support for all three games. On sale for $39.99, players can experience the original DMC games in HD goodness. Looking forward to this one when it drops. About time Capcom, about time…