Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction First Look

Insomniac shows off the new adventure, featuring its popular duo for the PlayStation 3.

With a slick PlayStation 3 shooter under its belt, Southern California-based Insomniac Games has set its sights on bringing its signature platforming duo, Ratchet and Clank, to the PlayStation 3. The totally original game kicks off an epic adventure that will set the stage for the next major story arc starring the bickering pair. Insomniac reps offered those who attended Sony's recent press event a tantalizing tease of the new game, which, while very much a work in progress, was overflowing with good humor and promise.

The game was shown off in two ways at the press event: a stage presentation and a one-on-one guided demo. The stage presentation offered an overview that covered the basics of its story and gameplay. The story picks up shortly after the last game and finds Ratchet and Clank being confronted by the mysterious Tachyon, a new villain with a not-so-cool fixation on wiping out lombaxes, Ratchet's species. Why? The answer is just one of the discoveries Ratchet will make as he journeys to a new star system to chase down the enigmatic villain. Unfortunately, as the young hero and his robotic pal uncover the answers to the origin of lombaxes and Ratchet's own history, Ratchet will have to deal with discoveries that raise some bigger picture questions. Creative director Brian Algeier noted that Tools of Destruction is intended to kick off a new multigame story arc for the pair.

As far as gameplay goes, the tiny slice of the game being demoed revolved around a sequence on the planet Kerchu. The lush and massive jungle planet is under attack from space pirates when the level starts. The sequence followed the duo as they made their way into a city under siege, facing enemies that ranged from local wildlife and standard grunts to all new foes that put new wrinkles on the standard baddie. Some enemies carried a shield that blocked many of Ratchet's attacks; other enemies were electrified, which made melee attacks a bad idea; while others were massive, treaded vehicular problems. While all the foes obviously posed a considerable obstacle to the dynamic duo, it's not as if this is their first time dealing with trouble. The demo level offered a small sampling of the arsenal at their disposal, which included the old standbys, such as Ratchet's wrench and gravity boots. As with all R&C games, new weapons and gadgets will be introduced. For Tools of Destruction, Insomniac is adding a new class and combat devices, which you'll use in battle. On top of that, Insomniac is even adding a Sixaxis twist to some weapons in the arsenal. For example, the visicopter is essentially a futuristic remote-control helicopter you'll pilot with the Sixaxis, which can target and attack enemies with missiles. Another weapon, the tornado gun, fires off small tornados that you'll direct with the Sixaxis. From what we've seen, the new gear is being worked into the action nicely.

Speaking of the action in the game, the demo level showed off the hallmarks of a good R&C game: combat, platforming, and a loony boss fight. The combat looked slick, thanks to the new weapons and the goofy enemy animation. The platforming seemed to be on point with your standard jumping, floating, and--as you headed to the boss fight--rail sliding. Once Ratchet made it through the rail-sliding sequence, which was complicated by the boss proactively trying to finish Ratchet off as he rode the rails, Ratchet wound up upside down in an arena facing a boss. The battle took place on two planes because Ratchet started out upside down on a platform; then, as the boss destroyed the platform, right side up and on the ground.

Though Insomniac reps were quick to point out the game's work-in-progress condition, noting performance and graphics are still being tweaked, the game is looking sharp. Insomniac has wisely chosen to build on the stylized look the R&C games have had since their inception. Rather than bust out with a photorealistic, bump-mapped Ratchet and an ubershiny normal-mapped Clank, Insomniac is putting in a host of subtle improvements to the duo, upping polygon count, improving animation, and the like.

The worlds that Ratchet and Clank explore will also be big. As we mentioned, Kerchu is an expansive locale with a healthy draw distance, as well as a high level of detail and animation. The other big star of the show is the duo's arsenal of weapons and gadgets, which benefits from new effects and the game's winning sense of humor. Our current favorite is the Groove-o-tron grenade, which explodes into a spinning disco ball that temporarily compels the enemies within range to dance. Besides the chuckle-worthy animation in the enemies, the pseudo '70s light show helps sell the gag perfectly.

The audio in the game is still nascent, and in some cases, a total placeholder. However, the game is on track to follow the template of its predecessors. We can expect voice work from the heroic duo, as well as their allies and enemies. Levels will feature unique scores, while the various weapons and gadgets will all have their own unique audio effects. We're holding out hope that the temporary music for the Groove-o-tron, the opening groove of "Staying Alive" by the Bee Gees, becomes final because it suits the game's funky tone perfectly.

Based on what we've seen, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction is poised to easily become one of the PlayStation 3's big guns this fall. The game appears to have the rock solid gameplay that's made a name for the series and its beefy visuals, building upon the ambitious work done in the PlayStation 2 games. Most importantly, given the franchise's numerous fans, the game's goofy humor seems poised to ensure that the story and gadgets keep their considerable charm. We're incredibly anxious to see more of the game and pick it up to get a feel for what's coming. Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction is slated to ship this fall for the PlayStation 3, so look for more on the game in the coming months.

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eminem_trick_01
eminem_trick_01

i never played R&C games before , and would to try this in the future..

mrsnowy
mrsnowy

i hope this isnt the last game in the series

GCBsoul98
GCBsoul98

The Ratchet and Clank series is great this game looks great can not wait to get it.

supersonic_e
supersonic_e

i love ratchet and clank. the series is awesome but i have a PS2 and the game up till now managed to stay on the ps2. now they're never gonna make another R & C game again for ps2. then they're gonna do it with Crash, and Jak (unless that ended) until every animated video game will be for the new consoles, and thats a terrible outcome for anyone with a ps2 who cant get a new console.

Coderan
Coderan

Makes me so happy i bought a PS3 im already gonna give this game a 10 because there is no way im gonna hate any part of it

bukets
bukets

This game is going to be really sick and i hope they make next one

bamaman92
bamaman92

I love all of the Ratchet and Clank games. I don't care that the gameplay isn't any different than the others because then you don't have to try to memorize different controls. These games are all about the humor, story, and weapons, and gadgets. This game looks to have all of that supporting very good graphics from the PS3 and being on the PS3 I am willing to bet that the levels will be three or four times bigger than those on the PS2. This game rocks.

guitahero
guitahero

Coooooooool. That's a nice story with huge graphics. The sixaxis will absolutely make a lot of difference here. Ps3's up.

Merodach
Merodach

Graphics look cool and I guess that may bring in a few buyers for this game, but I see nothing in the gameplay that I haven't seen in R&C on PS2. I was hoping for a lot more than just waggle controlled weapons. Hopefully the public wont ignore this because of been there done that syndrome espeacially when Mario Gaxlaxy drops and brings fresh new ways to play a platformer

NandoSupes
NandoSupes

wow oh wow this game looks like a computer animated movie,amazing.I'm buying this.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I'm looking forward to adding this game to my collection. Ratchet & Clank never fail to provide a good gameplay experience, perhaps the best 3D platforming this side of Mario.

darthvulger
darthvulger

this game is going to be awsome like the first four...only better

darthvulger
darthvulger

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PS3Compass
PS3Compass

I was going to buy the PSP Ratchet and Clank. But now I think I'll wait for this.

LEATHERFACE1550
LEATHERFACE1550

O YEA ANOTHER RATCHET AND CLANK THIS ONE GONNA B GOOD HOPE ITS LIKE THE SECOND ONE(GOING COMMAND

kajtrooper
kajtrooper

i was absolutely impressed when i saw ratchet move for the first time this is a stepping stone for the series and i cant wait for it R&C 4EVER!!!

haesuse
haesuse

nothing wrong with some more R&C. cant wait!

adnaan1992
adnaan1992

omg...cant wait for this to come out...my most anticipated game of the year..its gonna be awesome...

SOLBLACK
SOLBLACK

GREAT BEEN WAITING LOVE RATCHET TO FUN!

g8summit
g8summit

yeah im waiting for games to come out before i buy the ps3

705H1R0
705H1R0

hm, PS3 is looking better and better....

rocky2k32000
rocky2k32000

ratchet! RATCHET! the heroes of the day Ratchet & Clank! show off their superior weapons and technology! show BLINX(the time sweeping cat) how it's done, and kicks that wannabe's a** back to xbox's scrap yard of unsuccessful games. that are not shooters obviously.

Josepiphus
Josepiphus

I will have no choice but to buy a PS3 now as my girlfriend is addicted to this series. (only game she likes) On top of Lair, MSG4, Warhawk, heavenly sword etc... the PS3 is looking to be a damn fine system. I could do without the hefty price tag but oh well. and six axis remote chopper... niiiice

grafkhun
grafkhun

if only i had a ps3... but this is looking great so far, the groove nade is hilarious :D i hope insomnia adds some more things in the gameplay, so its not going to have that slight "mission pack" feel.

The_Gabmaster
The_Gabmaster

And its gonna be awesome like the other games!!!

rocky2k32000
rocky2k32000

this game is gonna own platformers! wait............er...............360 is gonna come up with a better one.......like.........er............CONKER or BLINX! hahahaha lol LOL! i'll make sure i get this game!

Makhdoom82
Makhdoom82

Arright very much looking forward to getting this one .... My li'l sis would like that !!! :D

dukerav
dukerav

One word: Awesome, oh and disco ball weapon ftw :D

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

This will probably be the game that makes me buy a PS3.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

This game should be awesome.

Bavoke
Bavoke

i'm so excited ^^ Bavoke 8)

knicknut17
knicknut17

I am very excited to try out Ratchet and Clank for the first time on my PS3. I have been waiting for good PS3 games to come out and now here's some proof that they are on their way. I have been finishing up my PS2 collection for a few months now. I am very excited about this game, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, and Heavenly Sword. Good job Sony.

packr4
packr4

looks good I haven't played that type of game in a long time.

Ad-2cool4u
Ad-2cool4u

To be truthful...Ratchet and Clank was my first game on the PS2. Yes, my very first one. And I had so much fun. I really hope that this one is just as good or better. It'll bring back some memorys:)...

Ironman3087
Ironman3087

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dekomania
dekomania

to EmperorSupreme ... Very good point!!! I think the same will happen when MGS4 comes out. Which is looking at becoming the best thing to hit this new gen.

limitt45
limitt45

YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! O AND YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

SonicTheMonkey
SonicTheMonkey

I'm extatic about this game, it easily looks to be the best in the series!

blueflamedino
blueflamedino

the PS2 is out in the cold, he PS3 seems to have a brighter future

Agreb91
Agreb91

Can't wait for this one.

N00bl3t15
N00bl3t15

Hopefully it's better than the PSP one. A lot better.

kirbyfanatic
kirbyfanatic

i love r and c. this one bettter be good

Somini
Somini

I would like to see downloadable songs for the Groove-o-tron. A customizable Groove-o-tron would be awesome indeed.

Ronin_87
Ronin_87

Can't wait for this, RnC Rocks. Looks fantastic too.