Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction

 
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Frenetic shoot-'em-up space adventure; no blood.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

The player fights evil robots and aliens using a wide variety of weapons, including guns, explosives, whips, and blunt objects. Blood appears, but it is either green or orange and always cartoon-like in appearance.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Infrequent use of mildly coarse language.

Consumerism

No real-world product placement, but there are plenty of in-game advertisements for a fake company called Gadgetron, making the commercial concept of branding an underlying theme.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Intoxicating beverages are vaguely referenced (a neon sign depicts what appears to be a beer stein in one enemy stronghold, and a pirate mentions that he'd be willing to take his pay in the form of "grog"), but it is never seen or consumed

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game has heavy doses of cartoon-like violence. Players destroy bad robots and kill evil aliens using science-fiction weaponry that includes a thermonuclear rocket launcher, rapid-fire razor blades, and an electric whip. Defeated robots disappear in small explosions and bested aliens wink out of existence in a flash of light, sometimes leaving behind puddles of green or orange blood. The game's humor revolves around the violence: Many of the weapons are designed to be funny, and villains often joke about our heroes' impending deaths.

What's it about?

Meet Ratchet: A cute and furry little mammal who just happens to have the biggest arsenal of gadgets and guns this side of the Milky Way. He's also the last of his kind, and that's apparently reason enough for nasty galactic tyrant Emperor Tachyon to want to hunt him down in RATCHET & CLANK FUTURE: TOOLS OF DESTRUCTION, a game that sees our hero exploring the universe to learn about his past as he fights off an invading army of robots and aliens. The heart of the game is Ratchet's stockpile of odd and innovative gear, like the Groovitron, which makes nearby enemies stop attacking and bust a move, and the powerful Tornado Launcher, which creates twisters that suck up bad guys like a nuclear-powered Hoover.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

After a couple of wayward entries in Sony's popular Ratchet & Clank series, the latest entry in the series goes back to its roots, delivering simple but inventive running, jumping, and shooting shenanigans. Detours from this formula are brief and involve enjoyable arcade-style Mini games, such as spaceship combat missions, and controlling Ratchet in freefall using the PlayStation 3's motion-sensitive Sixaxis controller. Tools of Destruction is possessed of a genuine -- if somewhat crude -- wit that's more common in film than in games. Virtually every line of dialogue is a joke (or a set-up for one), and many of Ratchet's gadgets -- like Mr. Zurikon, a robot helper that hurls insults at bad guys -- are as funny as they are useful.

The transition between the Hollywood-quality animation of the narrative sequences and the actual game is seamless, making it seem like you are playing in a computer-animated movie.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about fantasy and science-fiction settings and how they differ from the real world. Which did you enjoy more: Ratchet's action-based missions or Clank's puzzle-oriented levels? Being a robot, Clank has a side quest in which he discovers he has a soul. This might lead to discussion about what a soul is and what sort of creatures have one.

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Price:$47.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:October 23, 2007
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Alcohol Reference, Animated Blood, Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence, Language (PlayStation 3)

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Teen, 16 years old Written byOtakuKing March 3, 2009
 

Not for young kids...

Okay, this is a great game and all, but that doesn't mean that this is aimed for kids. I actually think they aimed it at Teens-Adults. First, it contains a lot of disturbing humor, like: "What is the "Balls" everybody is talking about"? It also have some Language, like Hell and A**: And third, some of the monsters in this game are pretty scary. The black evil Dinosaur would scare kids to hell, if they ever saw them. So... At least 12+, would I say^^
Kid, 10 years old November 27, 2008
 

Fun and safe game 4 10-year-olds

this ratchet and clank game is fun. it has a little bit of language, but fun. one time i heard the word a*s and b***h in the game. i guess this is why the ESRB rated it E10+. this game is probably not safe for ages under 7 or 8. the graphics are awesome, by the way. the weapons are fun and cool!
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
 

BEST PS3 ONLY TITLE OUT THERE!!!

This game is awesome, no matter what age you are. Go around and fight to throwt the efforts of pirates, a galictic empire, and the atempt to wipe out the main character's (Ratchet) race. A fairly fast moving game with humor coming at every turn, this is a game that you'll want to play more then once.

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