Friday, June 29th, 2012
A time when the likes of Jak & Daxter, Spyro the Dragon, and Crash Bandicoot ruled the land. When screens were awash with colour, characters were vibrant and funny and everybody couldn’t wait to play their next adventure – a glorious time when it was acceptable to feel like a big kid no matter your age.
Despite the classic platformer format suffering in recent times, Sony have recognised the power of the Ps2 era and are brining it back. The recent spurt of Classics HD collection releases has proved to be an excellent move, with fan favourites like God of War 1 & 2, Ico/Shadow of the Colossus, and some classic Tomb Raider games all receiving the up-scaling treatment. However, the latest HD Classics instalment, Ratchet & Clank Trilogy – containing the first three adventures of Insomniac’s lovable characters – is easily the best one yet.
First of all; no, unfortunately there are no real extras on the disk, except for the sprinkling of trophy support. This is a downer that has somewhat plagued the the HD Classics series in the eyes of many. Making Of documentaries, fancy behind the scenes artwork, unreleased levels – there’s none of it. These Classic collections are just no-thrills packs that contain multiple games on one disk, each given a booster shot of adrenaline in the graphical department. Luckily, with 10 years having passed since gamers first fell in love with Ratchet and the mechanical Clank, the updated textures and smoother controls are enough to make this collection a worthwhile purchase. Extras or not.