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Booty Looks Nice, But Feels a Bit Thin: Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty Reviewed


As the latest example of both episodic gaming and digital delivery, Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty, is a harbinger of the future of the gaming industry. Unlike recent efforts, such as Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Quest for Booty plays like a fully realized next-gen title, albeit significantly shorter. All the luxuries of an Insomniac-developed title are in place- a fluid game engine, witty dialogue, and a steady flow of devices to maintain the player’s interest.

After a two gigabyte download (which despite our typical zippy DSL speeds, took about two hours), gameplay starts aboard a rain-washed pirate ship. With the typically tight control scheme the series is famous for, Ratchet begins destroying all enemies and crates, leaving puddles of bolts for the player to collect as currency. Reminiscent of Tools of Destruction, the player’s weapons become exponentially powerful as the Ratchet blasts through the enemy onslaught.


                                 Character designs resemble a Pirates of the Caribbean/Transformers mash-up.
Although Quest for Booty doesn’t include any new ballistic weapons, Ratchet’s existing arsenal is tweaked to add a more cerebral dimension to the series. The wrench, a mainstay of the series, now has a kinetic tether mod which allows players to activate catapults and platforms. Additionally, the wrench can now pick up objects, which is useful for hurling the occasional lava rock. Early on, the player is stripped of most of most of their weapons, as the game returns to its platforming roots.

Graphically, the game improves upon the greatness of its predecessor. A beautiful texture palette makes rocks looks sufficiently craggy and mossy, foliage is both leafy and full, while metallic items have a glowing luster around them. Water ranges from dark and foreboding to bright and splashy. The developers have made an excellent use of perspective, inducing a faint sense of vertigo as the player traverses vertical walls with a set of magnetic gravity boots.

                                                Ratchet is either moving a platform, or stealing DirectTV
Sadly, Quest for Booty ends just as the game hits its stride. With a relaxed play through time of slightly less than three hours, the title takes marginally longer to complete than to download. After finishing the title we endured a slight pang of disappointment. Although his name was prominently featured in the title, Clank’s omission was heartfelt. Although the ending credits promise a full Ratchet and Clank game in the Fall of 2009, this DLC morsel didn’t have enough substance to achieve the since of closure that a full disk-based game typically gives. Still, as one of the best examples of digital distribution currently available, we recommend the title to all PS3 owners.

Final Grade: B


                                  Paying homage to GTA, Ratchet locks on to the least threatening enemy

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.

43 comments

  1. Solid, honest review, guys.

  2. Thanks, Is this currently out?

  3. Most entertaining title.

  4. Thats some booty I want!

  5. I love the R&C series. I wish I had a PS3 to continue playing them.

  6. Great review, Deagle. Gotta pick it up.

  7. I never really cared for the series. It doesn’t do any one thing well, but your review sounds good.

  8. Great review. Man, you gives really create a great mental image with your words.

  9. wat? No Clank? WTF, are you kidding? And they still call it Ratchet and Clank.

  10. Lovely graphics. Wish it was on 360…

  11. Typically, funny ass captions.

  12. So it’s worth $15?! for three hours?

  13. Perfect summer game. Although I do wish it was $10.

  14. I have super fast cable internet, and I started d/l at 2:00 PM; it’s 6:12 and not finished yet. What the hell?

  15. Sounds great. I’ll probably grab this next week.

  16. Great review!

  17. Love the captions. Keep up the good reviews.

  18. Never been a fan of this series but those screenshots (I can’t believe this is digital distrubation, looks like a retail game) and this review is seriously starting to make me change my mind. I think I’m gonna have to go ahead and grab this one

  19. Dang, this looks fun. I really don’t like the idea of paying for downloading games (I haven’t bought any PSN games yet), but we’ll see…

  20. hm…i was nver a big fan of this series, i ono y…

  21. idk man, im going to get it. plus that title is a classic!!!!

  22. Looks fun, but I can never get myself to buy a Ratchet and Clank game…

  23. Well written, interesting read. [360 if I win xD]

  24. I’d love to try this out.

  25. One of the games that makes me wish I had a PS3.

  26. What about the PSP? Oh yeah, Sony doesn’t care about the old version of that anymore.

  27. Best DLC yet?

  28. Hot booty, this game looks great!

  29. I have waited for this for too long. I am downloading now!

  30. LOL at the last comment! funny shit.

  31. Excellent review. I’ve read four now, and like yours the best. 1up’s a close second- both you guys have the same pics.

  32. this game is going to rock

  33. Well written and insightful!

  34. Love the series. Your review was the just the push I needed.

  35. Best title ever.

  36. I have heard such great thing about this game, unfortunately only have a Xbox360 and a Wii.

  37. As a new comer to the gaming world I enjoy your reviews. I look forward to playing this one.

  38. The Ratchet and Clank games are the best; I’m sad to hear no Clank in the game; he is very funny.

  39. Downloaded and loved it. Thanks foer the review.

  40. this is great

  41. I wish this had a demo. I haven’t played any of the Ratchet games.

  42. I cant belive those picture are from a downloaded game. Wow I am amazed!

  43. Mario Galaxy>>>and R&C game.