Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters

 
Fast-paced intergalactic adventure for PSP fans.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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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
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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. (PSP)

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Kid, 12 years old October 10, 2012
age 8+
 

Great.

One thing needs to be straight, this game is not an inappropriate title. The series is known for its mild double entendres, but nothing serious. Very fun game, and plain out side splitting at times. Very good game. Not educational in every stretch of the word.
Kid, 10 years old July 6, 2014
age 13+
 

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 other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old March 2, 2012
age 5+
 

Great game

It's a good game. My little sister plays it and she's only 5. And I still do not recommend it for her
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Too much violence
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