TGS '07: Secret Agent Clank First Look

High Impact takes Clank out for a solo adventure on the PSP. Evil beware!

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TOKYO--Southern California-based High Impact Games rocked the PSP house earlier this year with Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters. This original adventure game took Insomniac's power pair to the PSP in style with a fun adventure that looked great. The apparently insanely prolific development studio is back to kick more tail with a brand new adventure dubbed Secret Agent Clank, which stars the robotic half of the heroic duo. We had the chance to try out a very early work-in-progress version of the 2008 game at Sony's pre-TGS press event, which offered an intriguing sampling of Clank's first solo adventure.

Clank busts out the duds, as well as the high-tech gear, and makes like James Bond.

The game's premise finds Clank in a solo adventure set after Size Matters but before the shiny action of the PlayStation 3's Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. Why a solo adventure? It seems Ratchet's been framed for a crime and is destined to be found guilty due to some shady goings-on. Rather than let his homie go down, Clank busts out with his snappy spy duds and sets out to clear his friend's name before things go really wrong for him in prison.

The demo featured three snippets of the game, which showed off gameplay variety High Impact is going for to ensure Secret Agent Clank is more than just a Ratchet clone. The playable sections were called Neon Metropolis, Artificial History Museum, and Jack of All Trades. Neon Metropolis played out like your standard Ratchet and Clank level with Clank running through to dispatch enemies with his spy-themed weapons, explosive cufflink bombs, and a boomerang-like bow-tie projectile. The level featured a good mix of platforming and puzzle solving, which was in line with what you'd expect. Unique touches, such as Clank's minigame-like stealth takedowns on unsuspecting enemies, were also cool.

The Artificial History Museum offered a much longer minigame and found Clank sneaking past a series of security lasers. The game interface plays out like a rhythm game and has you matching button presses. If you're successful, you're rewarded with a cinematic showing Clank busting out with his sneaking skills, and you'll make it past the obstacles in front of you without taking damage. If you mess up, you'll still get the cinematic, but Clank will be sloppier and lose health.

Finally, Jack of All Trades showed off another one of the playable characters in the game, universal gas bag extreme Captain Qwark, as he fought against a boss. The galactic ham is offering a rather grand recollection of his exploits against a foe, the level's boss, to a companion. The fight is your standard boss takedown and requires you to avoid his attacks. You must also use Qwark's blaster and a vacuum gadget to snag grenades he throws at you, which you can then shoot at him. As we mentioned, Qwark is a second playable character you'll use in the adventure, with Ratchet being the third. We haven't seen what you'll do with Ratchet, but because he's in prison, we're thinking it might revolve around him not getting shivved by inmates or other such fun prison shenanigans.

Good luck with that.

The visuals in the game, though early, are already looking snazzy and headed toward the quality of graphics seen in Size Matters. High Impact clearly has a handle on the PSP, so we're anxious to see what the team can pull from the hardware. The three levels we saw were nicely put together and featured some cool flourishes, such as a laser grid sequence in the museum. The art in the game is looking sharp, sticking close to the style of the series, as well as adding in some fun flourishes with gadgets and Clank's look. The audio in the game is still coming together but has all the elements you'd expect from an R&C game. We heard the familiar sound effects and voices which, while placeholder, offered a good idea of where High Impact is going with the game.

Based on what we played, Secret Agent Clank is poised to be another PSP gem from High Impact. The game seems to be on point from the tech side of things and should come packing a good dose of humor, which are all the ingredients for a winning adventure in the R&C universe. The only downside to the game is the wait for it: Secret Agent Clank is slated to hit in 2008. Look for more on the game in the coming weeks.

Discussion

55 comments
smoresvscoco
smoresvscoco

this game looks awesome!!! i cant wait till it comes out.

a_ratchet_fan
a_ratchet_fan

No, they haven't. It's still in-studio; High Impact Games is a branch-off of Insomniac.

crazygame2
crazygame2

Its going to do a Spyro and Crash Bandicoot, insomica sold spyro and became crap, now thye have sold ratchet and clank so it will be bad.

lew_0911
lew_0911

I hope they find a way to make it considerably longer than Size Matters or Daxter. Nevertheless, I'm waiting for this.

Rayyan92
Rayyan92

This is gunna be WICKED. way better than daxter, even though it was good

CapnQwark
CapnQwark

Right on! Love the Superman picture by the way!

CapnQwark
CapnQwark

This is a great way to mix it up. Ratchet already went solo and now its Clank's turn to shine! I am definately going to be keeping a close eye on this game.

atomD21
atomD21

It's good to see some promising looking games coming down the pipe for the PSP. For a while, the PSP was the red-headed stepchild (just an expression, no offense to red-headed step children everywhere) to the DS. I've got both and like them a lot, but the PSP is sorely in need of some great games, not a slight redesign.

SonyGameHolder7
SonyGameHolder7

Finally, after Daxter had been released I heard Clank was going solo but I never heard anything from the game ever since... Glad to know it's still in development, go Clank! P.S. "It seems Ratchet's been framed for a crime and is destined to be found guilty due to some shady goings-on." Hmm... Daxter+Jak 2?

Mikey_PJ
Mikey_PJ

Sweet, Ratchet and clank games are awesome, I'm always happy to see another one come out.

pinkyfull
pinkyfull

well it looks alright but to bad about the wait still should be a nice game and i hope itll be better than when jak and daxter parted for a psp incarnation (cause daxter really sucked). anyway hope it does better in making a name for itself than other games... am very optimistic and hope it breaks the mould

f789790
f789790

I didn't like how they replaced ratchet arena battles with clank battles on Size Matters. A clank only game sounds boring. I like clank but I prefer him to be on Ratchets back to help me glide.

BadSushi
BadSushi

Why does the Ratchet and Clank series always gotta be behind Jak and Daxter I mean it took em a few years for dropping Clank off the title and now a just Clank game come on! What next Ratchet X: Lombax Racing?!?!

KMJRoche
KMJRoche

i dont know about these sidekick games like clank and daxter. i don't think they can be as good as they were with Jak and Ratchet

Tokinblckgie
Tokinblckgie

"I wonder ,is he going run faster than he did in the previous games." He better.

Rob_101
Rob_101

I'm guessing this will be like Daxter? I loved that game.

marterikster
marterikster

I wonder ,is he going run faster than he did in the previous games

Coderan
Coderan

u try to put down ur psp and concentrate on something else and something like this comes out

lrsp
lrsp

Clank on his own, that's gonna be sweet!

Lukemaneiro
Lukemaneiro

Whoa, it's finally getting out, isn't it? I hope it is what it appears to be! Don't want to get dissapointed :P

Pastehunter
Pastehunter

God of war , CC , Dissidia , Kingdom Hearts , this ... wowo , we have something good coming my comrades :D

raziellich
raziellich

Yet another psp game to get exicted about. With just this and God of War, 2008 is looking to kick some serious a$$

mnmguy94
mnmguy94

makes me wanna buy a PSP even more

Reetesh
Reetesh

The TV show in the Game gets a Game! Only thing remaining is a Movie Based on the Game based on the TV show from a Game :D

R-Force
R-Force

Yes! I had a feeling a Clank PSP game would materialise some day.

darth_hid3ous
darth_hid3ous

this is quite like daxter...in the sence of the sidekick being the main character. I always wanted to see clank in his own game, now its real!

joshsta7
joshsta7

reminds me of daxter. looks cool :)

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Nice to see the PSP line-up is still going solid.

Syluvan
Syluvan

Finally, Secret Agent Clank himself gets a game! I've really been hoping for this, but I never expected it to happen. You rock, High Impact!

STEALTHGAMER22
STEALTHGAMER22

Cool It going to be good ( add music) secret agent clank secret agent clank he telling jokes and bring great gameplay

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Chiyo18
Chiyo18

WOO! this is going to be awesome:D clank is my favorite R&C character. can't wait to play this!

B-bad
B-bad

NICE :D cant wait Size matters is cool.