Fresh from saving the world on PSP in Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters, everyone's favourite Lombax and robot duo make the leap to the next generation with Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction on PlayStation 3. Taking some time out to recover after their most recent adventure, Ratchet and Clank are relaxing in the bustling city of Metropolis. Of course, for these two, things are never that easy, and there is a sudden invasion from a mysterious army of aliens called the Cragmites who are hell-bent on eradicating all Lombaxes, including Ratchet. What follows is a vast adventure across the galaxy as the dynamic duo set out to find answers and save Ratchet's race from extinction.
Much like previous games in the series, Tools of Destruction's gameplay takes the form of a third-person action adventure. Ratchet has his trusty wrench on hand for melee attacks and a brand new selection of awesome weapons to hit enemies from afar. As expected from a Ratchet and Clank game, the weapons are brilliantly inventive and fun, and include the new Groovitron - a disco ball grenade that causes the enemies to ignore you and start a synchronised dance routine that leaves them easy to pick off. Another new addition is a tornado launcher that fires a localised twister that you can control with the SIXAXIS Wireless Controller to suck up enemies. Also back in the arsenal is the Transmorpher, a gun that has been in all the games of the series so far and changes enemies into a defenceless animal. This time around it's penguins, and even though they're so cute you might feel guilty about bashing them up, just remember they're really evil robots and you should be fine.
Just as before too, Clank is on hand to lend robotic assistance whenever you need it, acting as a helicopter to slow your fall and taking over as a playable character for sections of the game. Clank is always on hand to lend some long-suffering advice, and the writing is as sharp as ever, with interplay between Ratchet and Clank, and the game's numerous villains and anti-heroes being great fun and really helping to drive the story along.
What really stands out in Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction however, is just how amazing the game looks. Levels are huge, expansive and breathtaking in their attention to detail, and the characters are astonishingly lifelike and beautiful to look at. The first level, set in a city under attack from an alien invasion, perfectly showcases the new scope given to the game by the power of PlayStation 3. Launch pads fire Ratchet hundreds of feet into the air revealing a huge living city, walkways collapse beneath your feet, and attacks come from all directions as you ride rails in the sky, freefall between flying traffic and battle giant destructive robots. There's always something going on in the background, or some extra detail to notice and it's clear that Insomniac have really gone the extra mile to provide a truly next generation Ratchet and Clank experience.
In short, Tools of Destruction takes everything that made the Ratchet and Clank games so great and uses the power of PS3 to make this their most epic adventure yet. Stick with www.playstation.co.nz for more information on what is sure to be the most explosive Ratchet and Clank adventure ever, coming soon.