Insomniac Games has a winning formula with its Ratchet & Clank
franchise. Problem is? They're almost too reliably
good. The franchise has been known for its mix of platforming and sci-fi gunplay, and the latest, A Crack in Time
, is no different. The requisite improvements necessary for a sequel are all in play: better (and more stylized) graphics, more explosions, and even more powerful weapons. However, A Crack in Time
has a genuine chance of being the best Ratchet & Clank
ever, thanks to its increased focus on challenging platform stages.
The weapons have always been the stars of the franchise, but A Crack in Time
's time-bending theme makes for some interesting and ingenious moments that are, put simply, fun. You've already read
about the unique Clank stages, in which players must record copies of themselves to solve puzzles. These interludes make for a far more thoughtful
game than previous iterations in the franchise and emphasize the kind of depth Insomniac is trying to add to the experience.