Gadling's resident pilot explains what life in the cockpit is like
Posts with tag ratchet

Secret Agent Clank: brand new screenshots

Click for full-resolution image.

If a picture can tell a thousand words, then we have 13,000 new words to say about Secret Agent Clank. This upcoming PSP-exclusive adventure has players returning to the world of Ratchet & Clank. Be amazed at Clank's surprising arsenal of ninja moves in these explosive screenshots. While it might not feature the same sheen as other PSP titles like God of War, we're confident that the team at High Impact can squeeze some more, er, impact, out of the PSP before its release.

Gallery: Secret Agent Clank

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters drops to Greatest Hits price

The Greatest Hits line-up continues to grow. Well, at least according to and Best Buy. Greatest Hits games are available at a budget price of $20. If you didn't pick up Size Matters yet, this is a great time to pick up a copy. Our review was quite favorable on Ratchet's first PSP outing -- at $20, it's a stellar deal.

This price drop seems appropriately timed to get PSP fans ready for the upcoming Secret Agent Clank, another PSP follow-up to the always-popular Ratchet franchise.

[Thanks, MikkoH.!]

Gallery: Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters

Rumor: Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters gets ported to PS2

What's a system without exclusives? Sony is supposedly porting the former PSP exclusive Ratchet & Clank title, Size Matters to the PS2. This isn't the first time a major PSP game has jumped ship. Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories are some big examples of previous titles. However, should PSP owners get angry about this predicament? Not really. This game will be nearly a year old by its supposed February 2008 release, and PSP owners should be fixed on a much more important platform exclusive: God of War: Chains of Olympus. It's a trend that shouldn't be encouraged too much. Already, games like Silent Hill Origins are rumored to be heading to PS2 as well. PSP owners should be comforted by months of exclusivity and the ability to play these games on the go.

Of course, maybe these companies wouldn't port these games to the PS2 if PSP owners actually bothered to, y'know, buy them.

[Via Joystiq]

PSP Fanboy mega-interview: Secret Agent Clank

Little is known about the upcoming PSP exclusive Secret Agent Clank, briefly seen at an invite-only pre-Tokyo Game Show cocktail party. With the incredible mystery surrounding this new title, we asked our readers to come up with questions for the High Impact Games team. We're proud to present this PSP Fanboy mega-interview, which reveals the game's story, connectivity with the previous Ratchet games, and plans for a demo. Read on.

How are you going to improve on Size Matters? Are there any improvements on your previous engine or are you building a new one?
Dave Goodrich, Lead Designer:
High Impact Games has taken advantage of the Size Matters engine to give us a strong base to work from for this exciting new adventure. Secret Agent Clank has a different style than Size Matters and has expanded into new game types such as timing and stealth. Along with new gameplay modes, there is an assortment of playable characters, each with their own unique levels.

What kind of multiplayer support will there be? Will it work through Infrastructure?
Dave Goodrich, Lead Designer: Secret Agent Clank is a very story intensive game with lots of unique gameplay elements. We have decided to focus our efforts on the single player game to make a really engrossing experience for the player. There is no multiplayer planned for this installment of the game.

Continue reading PSP Fanboy mega-interview: Secret Agent Clank

TGS07: Secret Agent Clank hands-on

Sony revealed a brand new game at its pre-TGS media event. Unfortunately, it was a game we all knew was coming: Secret Agent Clank, a new PSP continuation of the popular Ratchet & Clank series. First accidentally leaked on the musician's resume, and then accidentally confirmed to PSP Fanboy by a developer, the existence of Secret Agent Clank was ironically not very secret at all.

The brief hands-on time we had with the game highlighted gameplay that strays far from what series fans have become accustomed to. The first part had Clank jumping through laser grids while pressing buttons in a music-based rhythm game that very closely resembles PaRappa the Rapper. The next area showed platforming as Clank, sans Ratchet. Finally, we encountered a boss where we finally got to play as Captain Quark. Like another green-plad video game character, he uses a vacuum gun to suck trash and projectiles and throw it back to the enemy.

The visuals were on par with the previous Ratchet & Clank title from High Impact Games. The game still has a long way to go, and will not be present at Tokyo Game Show this year.

Continue reading TGS07: Secret Agent Clank hands-on

Rumor: "Secret Agent Clank" game in development

Could High Impact Games be working on a new Ratchet game for PSP? Quite possibly. David Bergeaud, composer of the Ratchet series' soundtrack, supposedly added a game called Secret Agent Clank for PSP to his online resume. However, the website appears to have changed, no longer listing the potential title. Could it be a hoax?

Reader zellhazard has pointed to a screen capture of the site, with the title in question on display. Sony's E3 conference is only a few hours away ... maybe we'll see more then?

Japanese Ratchet ad is like totally kawaii

There's something adorable about the Japanese Ratchet. He's so much more energetic ... and, well, squeaky. But don't let his cute demeanor deceive you: he's still the same killing machine he always was. In this new Japanese ad for Size Matters (also known as Ratchet & Clank Gekitotsu! Dodeka Ginga no MiriMiri Gundan), Ratchet appears to encourage school boys to destroy their schools with WMDs. Oh, how adorable.

Continue reading Japanese Ratchet ad is like totally kawaii

Dustballs' latest ad fails to have a point

Sony's dustballs gained some notoriety when they helped launch the PSP system in America. Since then, the critters have gone across the shore to Europe, where the poor advertising campaign has continued to antagonize unsuspecting Europeans. The latest ad featuring the hairy duo fails on multiple levels. Firstly, the characters don't even bother mentioning the product that's being advertised. Secondly, it's not even that funny. Shouldn't a great game such as Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters deserve better than this? For example ... America's shrink-ray inspired commercial?

[Update: You guys are clearly smarter than me! =D Great job figuring out that "size matters." Thanks, everyone.]

Deal of the Day: Ratchet and Clank only $20

While Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters won't even be out in Europe for another week, those of you in America can pick up the game for a very modest $20 over at In fact, we Europeans should take advantage of the PSP being region free and nab us a great bargain too.

To be honest, I'm surprised if any self respecting PSP owner hasn't bought it by now. You owe it to yourself to save yourself a bit of money on this great game.

[Via CAG]

Ratchet & Clank interactive strategy guide

Did you ever get stuck in Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters? Well, have no fear! Sony has just released an interactive guide for the entire game, and we have it right here. There's over 60 pages of inside info for your perusal: not only on how to beat the game, but find its elusive secrets as well.

Download for PC (18.1MB)
Download for Mac (25.1MB)

*Note: Please do NOT direct-link these files! Thanks.

Blurry R&C video walkthrough & glitches

IGN Boards user Biozell should become a game tester. This incredible Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters fan has burst open the secrets of the game. See his high-flying acrobatics find all the Titanium Bolts in the game (helpful!). Then, check out his videos of glitches he's discovered by jumping in all the right places. Seriously: how did he find all of this stuff?

There's one unfortunate drawback to the mayhem: the videos are really, really blurry. We know that the PSP screen is hard to capture, simply because cameras don't seem to want to focus on it correctly. If you think you can handle the (very blurry) secrets of Ratchet & Clank, check out Zellhazard's YouTube page now.

Rush and get a free Ratchet & Clank demo

It's not downloadable, but it's still free. Be one of the first 3,500 people to visit the game's official website, and you'll be able to get a free UMD demo mailed to your home. As you may know, we really love the game here at the Fanboy: once you try it, you might too.

Metareview: Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters just came out on PSP and a lot of gamers have high hopes for the title given the history of the series. We here at PSP Fanboy love Ratchet & Clank, but what about everyone else? It seems like most critics agreed with us, but let's see why:

  • IGN (90/100) "It's packed with fantastic single-player content, has a strong multiplayer element, boasts a great visual and thematic presentation, and excels with razor-sharp gameplay mechanics."
  • Yahoo! (100/100) "For the last two titles, the developers of Ratchet & Clank have done a wonderful job building full-featured multiplayer support into their games. Size Matters is arguably the best attemt to date. Although it only supports four players at a time, the maps and modes are meticulously build to wring the most out of multiplayer matches."
  • 1UP (70/100) "If you're looking for a game that matches the quality of the previous games in the Ratchet franchise...well, keep looking."

Not sure what game 1UP was playing, but they're the only one to even give the game anything close to that score, so if you're a fan I think you need to check out Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters.

Ad Critic: Ratchet & Clank's shrink ray

Surely, by now you've seen the brilliance of Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters' television spot. Like Size Matters, this commercial expands upon previous iterations. Does the "wacky weapon" idea from the PS2 commercials work for you? It certainly did for me.

See also:
PSP Fanboy review: Ratchet & Clank

[Via IGN]

Play Ratchet on custom firmware

Like many PSP owners, I like the added functionality of Dark_Alex's custom firmware. What I didn't like though was how Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters didn't work on my PSP because of it. Luckily, the fine folks at DCEmu have come up with a solution. Let me run you through it step by step, so you too can get Ratchet swinging his wrench on your custom firmware.

  • First, totally turn off your PSP (not sleep mode)
  • Now, hold down the right trigger and turn it back on
  • This will bring you to recovery menu where you can change several options
  • Configuration: Game folder homebrew (currently:3.XX Kernal), Use NO-UMD (currently:disabled), Fake region (currently: America), Free UMD region (currently:enabled)
  • Advanced configuration: Plain modules in UMD/ISO (currently:enabled)
  • CPU Speed: Speed in UMD/ISO (currently:266)
  • Plugins: All disabled

And that should do it. Now you can play the greatness that is Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters. Thanks again for the great fix DCEmu community!

Next Page >

Ask PSP Fanboy (44)
Demos (55)
Podcasts (18)
Theatre (49)
Wallpapers (35)
Downloads (130)
Fan Stuff (396)
How-tos (54)
Imports (219)
Interviews (171)
Metareview (50)
Mods (25)
News (2007)
Peripherals (187)
Previews (23)
Reviews (86)
Software (262)
Store (122)
Video (740)
Ape Escape (25)
Beaterator (1)
Bleach (19)
Buzz (9)
Coded Soul (7)
Devil May Cry (1)
Disgaea (32)
DJ Max (25)
echochrome (25)
EyeToy (1)
Final Fantasy (182)
God of War (87)
Gran Turismo (14)
Grand Theft Auto (61)
Gundam (22)
Hot Shots Golf (26)
Kingdom Hearts (17)
Loco Roco (70)
Madden (5)
Metal Gear: Graphic Novel (8)
Metal Gear: Portable Ops (53)
Midnight Club (1)
MLB (10)
Monster Hunter (87)
N (9)
Naruto (27)
NBA (10)
Patapon (37)
Phantasy Star (14)
R-Type (19)
Ratchet and Clank (51)
Resistance (6)
SOCOM (36)
Sonic (23)
Star Ocean (32)
Star Wars (42)
Super Stardust Portable (2)
Syphon Filter (27)
Tales of... (36)
Wild Arms (14)
Wipeout (40)
WWE (12)
Yggdra Union (11)
Yu-Gi-Oh! (5)
Yuusha (10)



Powered by Blogsmith

Featured Galleries

Bleach Soul Carnival
Yuusha no Kuze ni Namaikida or2
Tales of the World 2
Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce
Zettai Zetumei Toshi 3
DJ Max Fever
NBA 09: The Inside (PSP)
Prinny: Is It Okay If I Am The Main Character?
Let's make the PSP better


Most Commented On (14 days)

Recent Comments

Other Weblogs Inc. Network blogs you might be interested in: