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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
As a secret agent, clank is required to trespass through various areas in order to gather information, but it's all in the name of clearing his friend of a crime.
Violence & Scariness
Clank's missions involve more sneaking than fighting, but the Ratchet and Quark mini-games involve loads of punching and shooting. The violence is very cartoonish; no blood or gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Clank flirts a little with a feminine robot.
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Products & Purchases
This game is part of the Ratchet & Clank series of adventure games.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the game's villains chews on a cigar, and robot courtiers hold (but do not drink from) wine glasses.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game has content similar to other games in the Ratchet & Clank franchise. There's plenty of family-friendly humor, no coarse language, and the violence is tame and cartoonish relative to most games in which fighting occurs. Clank dances and flirts with a feminine robot, but nothing comes of it. One of the bad guys chews on a cigar.
Is It Any Good?
The Ratchet & Clank games, which got their start six years ago for the PlayStation 2, are among the most entertaining adventures available for Sony platforms. Their secret recipe: Old fashioned running and jumping shenanigans mixed with goofy and innovative gadgets and droll sci-fi storytelling. Unfortunately, Secret Agent Clank goes light on all three of these ingredients, supplanting much of the series' traditional action with new and awkwardly designed stealth mechanics that prove unintuitive and frustrating. Players can expect to replay some sections of early missions several times as they contend with an annoyingly unintelligent camera, work with gadgets that are difficult to deploy (such as an ink blotter that is supposed to block lasers but often fails to properly target them), and try to figure out the patterns of roving guards so they can stay out of sight. Later missions, which involve such objectives as dancing with a feminine robot and secretly trailing a mobster, are less exasperating, but still fail to capture the same freewheeling, action-packed vibe as previous games in the series.
The missions in which we take control of a character other than Clank aren't much more fun. Ratchet's arena battles are often an exercise in aggravation, thanks in part to the clumsy camera mentioned above as well as an ineffective auto-targeting system. Quark's mini-games suffer from similar issues. The best levels in the game turn out to be those in which we control the gadgetbots; little automatons that have appeared in previous Ratchet & Clank games as Clank's helpers. Players switch between gadgetbots to attack enemies, repair each other, and solve contextual puzzles, which involve objectives such as acquiring an electric charge and using it to power up bridges of energy. Unfortunately, the gadgetbot missions account for only a small portion of play.
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