Ratchet & Clank

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Cartoonish action with mild violence for (almost) all ages.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Only by working together can Ratchet and Clank save galaxy; focuses on friendship, selflessly helping others.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Both Ratchet, Clank are trying to save galaxy. Both try to help others, do right thing, save people in distress, stop evil plots, though fighting is main way of handling conflict.

Ease of Play

Easily picked up controls, but some moves, segments have complicated button combos, require split-second timing.

Violence

Though cartoony, still has you shooting some enemies, smacking others with a wrench.

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ratchet & Clank is a cartoonish action game set across numerous planets as the title characters attempt to save the galaxy. Though you mostly play as a cute, fuzzy alien, and the rest of the time as an equally adorable robot, you're still hitting some enemies with a metal wrench while killing others with a variety of guns and explosives, even though some of the weapons are humorous. But while there's a little alien blood spilled here and there, the game is never gory or gross.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCooling C. January 10, 2018

Really fun game with beautiful graphics but has drug references...

I cannot really specify a precise age of the kid old enough to play this alone, it is ralgerly subjective, I think (the 13+ I gave it, is more of a placeholder)... Continue reading
Adult Written byGame Review Expert August 13, 2018

Just Read

This game can be played by a 4 year old with ease. The game barley has any bad substance as in things that would make it 10 plus age. If you say its for age a... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byGalactic Emperor June 18, 2016

Brilliant

This game is a lot of fun. There is strong cartoonish violence (shooting aliens and robots) throughout, but no blood, gore or anything disturbing. Can be funny,... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 16, 2016

BEST RATCHET AND CLANK GAME YET!

This game has got to be the best one in the series so far. The graphics in the game are mind blowing! The game-play is very fun and addictive. There is a lot of... Continue reading

What's it about?

In RATCHET & CLANK, we see how our heroes -- the fuzzy and somewhat reckless alien Ratchet and his more cautious robotic sidekick, Clank -- first teamed up to save the galaxy. An updated and upgraded remake of a game from 2002, this epic science-fiction adventure has our heroes traveling the galaxy, meeting new and interesting people, and getting into adventures as they try to stop the Blarg from taking over the galaxy.

Is it any good?

While most remakes of old games give the graphics some polish but leave the dated controls intact, this new and improved version of the PlayStation 2 classic features updated controls as well as visuals. As with the original, this version of Ratchet & Clank has you shooting, smacking, running, jumping, and solving physics problems as you try to save the galaxy. But while this is inspired in equal parts by the original 2002 game and the animated movie based on that game, this is less a straight remake and more of a revamp. Not only does it feature the more intuitive controls of latter installments, but it also has a deeper version of the story, new fun and entertaining guns, as well as weapons and gameplay elements -- such as weapon upgrading -- that were added in later games.

But where Ratchet & Clank really shines is how it mixes all of its elements together seamlessly with a story that's full of genuine humor. As a result, this is one cartoony game that really does appeal to all ages ... well, ages over 10, anyway (you're still shooting and smacking people, y'know). These improvements also don't make this title as good as later ones in the series, which had a greater variety of weapons, places to use them, and ways to get around. Still, this is one remake that mostly feels like a fresh new game for a new audience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Does the fact of Ratchet and Clank being cute, and the world being cartoony, make you feel different about the game's violence?

  • Talk about working together. What can we learn from watching Ratchet and Clank collaborating, and how does it helps them achieve their goals?

  • Discuss logic. What does this game teach us about using the right tools for the right job and how we sometimes have to look at a problem logically to figure out how to solve it?

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