Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fast-paced intergalactic adventure for PSP fans.
  • PSP
  • $39.99
  • 2007

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages
Violence

While not out of context for a fantasy sci-fi game, Ratchet must combat various creatures using a wide range of weapons, including laser pistols, electromagnetic cannons, and bombs that spew acid when detonated.

Sex

While the title clearly contains a sexual pun, most kids will probably miss it.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this adventure features a gun-touting cartoon hero who saves a child from abduction. While there isn't explicit violence or gore, much of the gameplay involves shooting, throwing bombs, and whacking enemies with a wrench. Most of these enemies are robots, and the alien weapons are fantastical. The title contains a sexual pun, but most kids will probably miss it. This game can be played online over Sony's Wi-Fi network, which Common Sense Media doesn't recommend for anyone under age 12.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 13-year-old Written byTheRightGuy101 September 1, 2011

A great little side game of the Ratchet and Clank Series...

Up to PS2 graphics but easy to finish. No blood, no swearing. Fine for 4 and up!
Parent of a 8 and 10-year-old Written byminivanmaster February 11, 2010

Keeps the kids in the backseat quiet for hours!

This is an average game in the action category. I think that it is really fun and has lots of levels. Sometimes, addictive to a child and they will not stop pla... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 May 17, 2019

Fun PSP version of a R&C game

I was expecting this to become a failure on hand held, but it actually impressed me as a long time Ratchet and Clank fan. Violence is mild with animated blood.... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 6, 2014

Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters

Too violent, because there is a lot of guns and bombs. Also, I get the sex joke in the title. NOT FUNNY.

What's it about?

After saving the universe not once but three times, you (playing as Ratchet, a long-eared alien with a yen for weapons) decide to take a long-overdue vacation on a remote planet with your faithful robotic companion, Clank. After a young girl who has recognized you is kidnapped, you and Clank cut your holiday short to save her -- and uncover a plot that could put the galaxy in jeopardy ... again. That's how Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) game RATCHET & CLANK: SIZE MATTERS -- the latest in the multimillion unit-selling sci-fi franchise starring these two comical and courageous cartoon heroes -- begins.

The games can best be described as \"platformer\" action games: You have to run, jump, climb, swing, dodge, and fight through various worlds while acquiring a huge assortment of weapons, from laser pistols and shrink rays to electromagnetic cannons and bombs that spew acid when detonated. While enemies come in many shapes and sizes, they're all mechanical and leave bolts behind after they've been eliminated. Collect these bolts to buy better weapons, weapon modifications, and ammo. Mini games include racing challenges, spaceship dogfights, and a Lemmings-like robot game.

Is it any good?

Unlike the PS2 entries in the series, Size Matters offers four separate head-to-head modes over a Wi-Fi network. In the main multiplayer lobby, you can choose to join or host a game like Death Match (the person with the most kills wins) or Capture the Flag (find the enemy team's flag and bring it back to your base), as well as a new type of game, Iron Lombax, which is an objective-based mode in which each team must perform the requested tasks before their opponents do.

Size Matters shows off the PSP platform's power. It looks and plays as well as its PlayStation 2 predecessors -- with detailed and fluid animation, explosive weaponry, entertaining cut-scene sequences, and wireless online play for up to four gamers. Despite a couple of minor issues -- including tricky maneuvers and inconsistent button assignments -- Size Matters easily earns its high rating. Overall, it translates well to a handheld format and proves that the PSP is more than capable of delivering a console-like experience while on the go.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a hero in real life vs. in video games. Would a gun-toting hero be accepted in real life? How do people solve conflicts outside the video game world? Also: The storyline involves a child's abduction, so parents might want to remind their kids to never talk to strangers or get in a car with someone they don't know.

Game details

  • Platforms: PSP
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Release date: February 14, 2007
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for animated blood, fantasy violence.
  • Last updated: June 21, 2019

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