Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Frenetic shoot-'em-up space adventure; no blood.
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Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 23 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages
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
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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPvt. Sokolva January 5, 2011

Plays like a disney movie. Gets boring for older kids quickly.

My little sister got this game for Christmas, and I had great expectations for it, because I've heard so much good about this series. She played it a few... Continue reading
Adult Written bywiiizkewl April 9, 2008

Fun since PS2, reason for ps3

wow. just, wow. i was amazed from start to finish with everything insomniac has done to make this the gaming reason for ps3. there was so much imagination, that... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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