Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time Update: Axiom City

We explore a new area and try to take out a city-size boss in Insomniac’s upcoming PS3 action platformer.

With Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time nearing release, Sony popped over to let us try a new area called Axiom City. The level takes place early on in the game, just after Ratchet has met up with Alistair Azimuth, a fellow lombax who knows quite a bit about our hero. We’ll go ahead and gloss over the rest of the story elements that unfold in the level and just say that Ratchet and Azimuth are on the hunt for the Obsidian Eye. Fans who played last year’s PSN title Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty will recognize the Eye as a powerful artifact capable of communicating with Clank. The Eye is held at a facility on Axiom, which is where the duo is headed at the start of the level.

Before diving into the level proper, we want to quickly touch on the space sequence to reach the city. The planet’s defenses can be bypassed only if Ratchet’s ship has been upgraded by collecting enough Zoni after scouring the nearby moons. The quick detour before hitting the planet definitely got us excited to see just how many locales and secrets Insomniac has peppered throughout the stretches of space in the game.

Once you're in the city itself, Axiom plays out the way any Ratchet fan would expect a city in the game to: like a big old playground. There’s ample opportunity for platforming and using gadgets, as well as some secrets to discover off the obvious path to rendezvous with Alistair. Ratchet’s hoverboots and the swingshot are your best friends for a fair chunk of the level. As in the previous games, the swinging and platforming have a good feel to them. To progress, you’ll be chatting with the pompous, yet brainy, locals who are a prickly bunch. But for all their attitude, the aliens need assorted help with some problems around town, which Ratchet is able to provide. Unfortunatley, lombaxes aren’t welcome by the local authorities, so it isn’t long before being helpful takes a backseat to meeting Alistair and surviving.

The early part of the level, which showcases the Coruscant from outdoor areas in Star Wars, gives way to the tighter confines of the facility, which holds the Obsidian Eye Ratchet and Alistair are after. The journey to track down the Eye makes use of a whole lot of ammo and offers plenty of opportunity to discover some mod parts for Ratchet’s Constructo weapons. We came across some very handy burst modifications for the bomb glove, one of which created a vertical blast that was perfect for airborne enemies. Modifications for Ratchet’s pistol let us swap between a standard and charged shot, which doles out more damage than a regular blast from the weapon. The level culminates in what has become a Ratchet staple since the series moved to the PlayStation 3: a boss fight against a ginormous thing. In this particular case, the boss is a massive, city-size tentacled thing that wants to stomp our favorite lombax. Fighting the boss requires good reflexes, an eye for patterns, an ear for tips shouted to you from Alistair over the course of the fight, and some stamina. The evil mech doesn’t go down easy and requires you to take it out in phases, each with its own unique quirks.

The game’s story will be peppered throughout your run through the level and will play out across conversations and some in-game cinematics that highlight the impressive tech being used for the game. You’ll get some more information on Alistair’s background and how it ties in to Ratchet’s family tree as well as a better understanding of the Great Clock where Clank is being held. As you experience all the exposition, you’ll notice that the sights and sounds of the level are in line with the impressive upgrades we’ve seen in the game already. There’s a convincing flurry of activity in the city and an insane amount of stuff popping off when you get nuts with Ratchet’s arsenal. More importantly, there’s plenty of personality on display everywhere. We’re big fans of the witty asides from Ratchet and the non-player characters he encounters, both during cinematics and during gameplay.

From the look of things, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is poised to give fans of the series, and platformer enthusiasts in general, some exhilarating action. The series has been hitting a nice groove on the PlayStation 3, and this latest game looks like the best yet. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is set to be released the last week of October for the PlayStation 3.

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58 comments
wii_sean_wii
wii_sean_wii

yeh cant get enough of ratchet and clank

GrumblingElite
GrumblingElite

@Mr_Noddy : Holy ****! You're right! The PS3 60Gb's have gone WAY down in price since last I checked. Thanks for the tip!

dfstephens
dfstephens

I Bought my PS3 when it first came out just so I could play the Ratchet & Clank game (have all the PS2 R&C games) . I also downloaded the second PS3 R&C game - loved it. Simply CANNOT WAIT to get the new one. As soon as it hits the store shelf, it is mine!

craigybhoy
craigybhoy

Seriously can't wait for this game, the story sounds pretty damn epic, the gameplay sounds awesome, and this new Lombaxian character seems awesome too!

Beast_Master01
Beast_Master01

Oh no this game looks like it might lose points off the score again for 'too much variety' from Gamespot. In case you are lost Gamespot actually deducted points from the original R&C game bc it had too much variety. It is one of the most notoriously stupid reviews in gaming history, along with infamous Kane and Lynch review.

Charization
Charization

This game looks so good that I preordered it even though I don't own a PS3... yet. How 'bout that.

rpawloski2458
rpawloski2458

Look like another great PS3 exclusive for the year. It's definitely been a great year for Sony's baby...

raptor400k
raptor400k

Well, are they gonna have conversations rpg style, because they totally need to fix that system(npc's were just info kiosks and Ratch didn't even speak), anyways, lookin forward to space combat and weopon upgrades, hope bosses turn out to be more fun and strategic(rather than strafe and shoot) can't wait to find out about who R&C truly are

KBABZ
KBABZ

"Man, I really want a PS3, but no backwards compatibility is still a dealbreaker for me." Sold your PS2 or can you not be bothered to change the video inputs on your TV? "I love ratchet and clank, but the idea is starting to die. They need to start from the ground up, because redoing the same idea makes the game a little bland." What the hell are you talking about? Ratchet & Clank has been one of the few games that stays fresh while retaining the core idea (screw Mario and his "do every gimmick in the book" thing). The core gameplay doesn't need to change because it's so addictive. FPS haven't changed at all since DOOM rolled out and they still sell millions (case in point: Halo. No changes whatsoever. Sells millions).

Mr_Noddy
Mr_Noddy

This will be awesome. I loved the last R&C game which was my first of the series so I'm really looking forward to it. @GrumblingElite - With the new slim coming out people are trading in their PS3 chunky. You can always buy the original 60gb version which is backwards compatible. You know it make sense! :)

EGM_BlizzardKil
EGM_BlizzardKil

Gota love Ratchet and Clank, as soon as the slim comes out, with another R&C everyone converts

xiras
xiras

yeah its funny as well all this year 4 of my friends have traded i their xbox 360's for ps3's cause they are now admitting that ps3 is way better for gaming cause of its large gaming range

sasha08
sasha08

Its funny when I hear comments when people are saying how bad they want a PS3. My brother is getting a PS3 in a week and all I hear is Man, I want a PS3. He's sold his xbox 360 and 11 games just to get 1. I got a funny feeling this is going to be the new trend.

GrumblingElite
GrumblingElite

Man, I really want a PS3, but no backwards compatibility is still a dealbreaker for me.

flippin_flames
flippin_flames

Looking forward to this, been enjoying R&C since the original was released

Ochitsuite
Ochitsuite

It's time like these I really wish i had a PS3..

tiggerboy
tiggerboy

I can't wait for this game! I love the Rachet and Clank series!

itsme73
itsme73

After people read the titles it obvious its not a kiddy game... I mean does Hello Kitty have a sexual innuendo in its title? NO

-Fromage-
-Fromage-

Should be a pretty good game from the looks of it.

vansking
vansking

La zorra! Muy buen video.

sub-raid
sub-raid

This series is amazing, but they must come up with some new ideas.

Pajamasammi
Pajamasammi

I love ratchet and clank, but the idea is starting to die. They need to start from the ground up, because redoing the same idea makes the game a little bland.

Kid_Mega
Kid_Mega

I love this series. "The series has been hitting a nice groove on the PlayStation 3 and this latest game looks like the best yet" And that's good to hear. Fu** everyone who says this is kiddish or whatever. Sounds to me like you're the one acting like a kid. Grow up.

Vasot
Vasot

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severe_009
severe_009

It would be awesome and fun if it has co-op

itsme73
itsme73

@manslaughter Agreed! Would GTA4 be good with cartoon graphics? No Would Saints Row look good with Realistic Graphics? No Same with Ratchet and clank. It belongs more in the middle

Masterslaughter
Masterslaughter

Yay thankgod i already pre-ordered my copy and to the people that say this is a fail cause the graphics are crap look at the rest of the series the graphics have just gotten better. Its one of those games that making it look to real will ruin it

itsme73
itsme73

Oh and...... Im definitely Preordering the Collectors edition!

itsme73
itsme73

Ignore Vascot. I think he may have lost his glassed in the bus or something. OMG this is shaping up to be the best Ratchet game EVER!!!!(and that means SUPER AWESOME!!!!!) Graphics are like the 3rd best on PS3 (Uncharted>(almost equal)KillZone2>R&CACiT) Insomniac FanBoy from now on!

Vasot
Vasot

The game seems like a FAIL. The graphics are way cartoony and the gameplay is arcadish

redroses
redroses

will you need to know how about the story of the older games do you reckon?

PSGamerforlife
PSGamerforlife

ANOTHER great Exclusive for the PS3. ON a roll like no other console.

hotrider12
hotrider12

until a crack in time comes on 27th oct. the demo will be release on the 15th or 22nd.... im hopeing it'll come by 15th give us more time to practice. psn free demo

Urworstnhtmare
Urworstnhtmare

Looking forward to this. Should be a good title in the franchise.

Charization
Charization

PS3's gettin' some good stuff lately... Ratchet, Uncharted, NG Sigma, Infamous... And let's not forget LBP, Motorstorm, Resistance and the upcoming GoW3. I seriously need to buy this system ASAP.

Asagea_888
Asagea_888

I've got it preordered. Come the final week of October, it's game time.

XturnalS
XturnalS

another must buy for the PS3 just around the corner

munu9
munu9

Dude, I cannot wait any longer for this game =|

kart_racer
kart_racer

There are so many good games coming out this holiday, and this is one I'm looking forward to.