A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is a whimsical game featuring plenty slapstick and broad humor (such as a gun that shoots sonic belches). Nothing in the game is meant to be taken seriously, and it has a nice theme of friendship between our two heroes, one of whom is searching the galaxy hoping to rescue the other.
Positive Role Models
The game’s two primary protagonists are a cute cat-like creature and a small robot. They beat up evil aliens and robots and solve puzzles. Given the game’s fantastical setting and story, it’s difficult to view either of them as role models, good or bad, but they’re well intentioned and have the universe’s best interests at heart.
Ease of Play
Very similar to previous games in the franchise. Platforming play is straightforward and accessible, but some of the time-based puzzles can be surprisingly difficult.
Violence & Scariness
Both Ratchet and Clank fight enemies using a wide variety of gadgets and weapons, including energy guns, rifles, rocket launchers, bombs, a staff, and a wrench, among others. Enemies consist of aliens and robots. They disappear in a flash of light when beaten; all that remains of most bad guys is a pile of glimmering bolts on the ground, though some aliens leave a puddle of green liquid. When Ratchet or Clank take too much damage they spin round once and fall to the ground.
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Products & Purchases
This game is part of the long-running Ratchet and Clank series of games. It features several humorous, 50s-style TV advertisements for fake weapons and gadgets.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time is a platform/action game filled with lots of gun-based play, but that it is both whimsical and fantastical in nature. Players only go up against evil aliens and robots, and the weapons they use are highly cartoonish, such as a rifle that fires sonic belches. When enemies are killed they typically just disappear in a flash of light and bolts, though some do leave small greenish puddles behind. Our heroes are tried-and-true good guys who are trying to help one another, as well as any peace-loving aliens they encounter and the galaxy in general.
Is It Any Good?
Aside from some new weapons and puzzles and the fresh story in which they find themselves, not much has changed with Ratchet and Clank since last we saw them. But that’s not really a complaint. As usual, this cat and robot duo are starring an accessible and compelling mixture of platform-style play, clever puzzles, and spectacular action that’s been wrapped up in several layers of broad, good-natured humor.
The best parts take place planet-side, as Ratchet explores new worlds and puts his massive arsenal to work in interesting ways against a seemingly never-ending stream of baddies. A close second are the puzzles Clank takes on. Trying to work out how to get multiple Clanks in different time streams working together can be challenging, but it’s highly satisfying when you finally manage it. The weakest parts of the game take place in space when Ratchet battles enemy ships. These missions are just too simple and arcade-y to fit with the rest of the game. Thankfully, many of them are optional, and those that aren’t are fairly short and well worth working through to experience the rest of this great game.
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