Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters PlayStation 2
Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Developed by: High Impact Games
Release Date: Out Now
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters was a great PSP game and it’s no surprise that the game has been bought to the PlayStation 2. Given that the PlayStation 2 has an incredibly large user base and that previous PlayStation 2 versions of Ratchet & Clank have all been very popular on the platform, I suppose the only surprise is that the game didn’t arrived sooner on the PlayStation 2. After all, with the game being such a success on the PSP surely it was inevitable that the game would at least be as good on the PlayStation 2?
The game opens with Ratchet & Clank sunning themselves on a beach. They are approached by a little girl who wants to take some photos of Ratchet in action for her report on heroes. Ratchet obliges and this opening segment acts as a nice gentle tutorial. It all goes wrong however, as the girl is kidnapped by some robots, and it's up to Ratchet and Clank to rescue her. Initially it appears that the kidnappers wanted the girl but in the aftermath of the kidnapping, Clank discovers what appears to be a Technomite Artefact. Ratchet doesn't believe it's a Technomite Artefact. In fact he doesn't even believe that the Technomites exist at all. Nevertheless they work on the assumption that it is a Technomite Artefact and head off to find the young girl.
If you've played any of the previous Ratchet & Clank titles you'll know pretty much what to expect here. It's the same blend of action and platform game elements that the series has always carried off so well and it's just as impressive as in the previous games in the series. The weapons (such as the Acid Bomb Glove and the Lacerator) are once again very impressive and they level-up with continued use, so essentially the more you use a weapon the more powerful it will become. Weapon upgrades can also be purchased. From time to time you'll find superior armour that can be equipped. Even your health is upgraded as you progress through the game, which is just as well as enemies become more difficulty and more numerous.
Whilst the single-player side of the game should be just as enjoyable, the appalling camera almost ruins the whole thing. You can manipulate it with the right analogue stick but you’ll find yourself doing it far too often and there are many occasions when the camera cannot be properly corrected by moving the right analogue stick which is annoying. As in the PSP version of the game, you do have multiplayer options but here they are for two-player split-screen play only, which is disappointing. The game is also pretty much a straightforward port of the PSP version with no apparent graphical enhancements meaning that Size Matters is one of least visually impressive Ratchet & Clank games on the PlayStation 2.
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters does offer subtitles, although they are disabled by default. The cutscene subtitles are displayed in a blue tinted dialogue box which makes them easy to read. You don't have any character names next to the dialogue to indicate who is saying what but this shouldn't cause any problems. The tutorial messages are all subtitled. All communications you receive during a mission are subtitled. The game auto-saves your progress and an icon in the bottom right hand corner shows you when the game has been saved. You're also notified in text when a temporary checkpoint has been reached. In short, deaf gamers shouldn't have any problems with Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters.
The release of Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters on the PlayStation 2 will no doubt please fans of the series who don’t own a PSP. Those who bought the PSP version need not pick up this PlayStation 2 version as there is nothing here that warrants a purchase. In fact the PSP version is the superior version, which is a rather disappointing thing to say given that the hardware in the PlayStation 2 is superior to that of the PSP. Problems aside, Size Matters is a good game but it’s not up to the quality of the previous PlayStation 2 Ratchet & Clank games.