Earlier this summer, PlayStation fans learned that a new Ratchet and Clank game dubbed Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is being made exclusively for PlayStation 5 by longtime series developer Insomniac Games. Last week, veterans were treated to an extended look at the title’s gameplay, which reintroduces the franchise’s signature weapon-swapping mayhem alongside jaw-dropping presentation values. In celebration of Rift Apart‘s upcoming release, we’ve compiled a list of the best Ratchet and Clank games ever made since the franchise’s debut in 2002.
1. Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time
Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time was a breath of fresh air for the series when it launched in 2009. While it doesn’t evolve the franchise’s gameplay, it sheds more light on the series’ characters, separating each protagonist for most of its duration and focusing on each hero’s personal story before uniting them to defeat the evil Dr. Nefarious. That’s not to say that the title’s gameplay is lackluster, as Ratchet’s new hover boots and Clank’s Chronosceptor are a blast to use when traversing the universe.
2. Ratchet and Clank (2016)
It’s no wonder why the 2016 Ratchet and Clank remake is the best-selling entry in the series to date, as the game melds the captivating story of the original entry with the franchise’s best weapons, enemies, and characters to date. The remake boasts some of the most impressive visuals on PlayStation 4‘s exclusive catalog, as the game’s animations are reminiscent of a Pixar film. Indeed, one can’t help but feel as if they’re playing a modern animated movie when enjoying 2016’s Ratchet and Clank.
3. Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction
Though Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction doesn’t hit the same narrative highs as its sequel, A Crack of Time, the game succeeds in expanding the series’ lore while introducing fans to a more mature side of the titular duo. The title’s gameplay is arguably more fun than any entry on PlayStation 2, as it takes full advantage of the PlayStation 3’s impressive particle effect capabilities and dips new and familiar worlds in an explosive coat of HD paint.
4. Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal
Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal does a lot right, as it offers players a wide array of weapons to use in expansive battlefields filled with dozens of enemies to detonate. New mini-games and a surprisingly fleshed out multiplayer mode further heighten the excitement, as does the introduction of fan favorite nemesis Dr. Nefarious.
5. Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando laid the foundation for every subsequent entry in the series, as it introduced fans to weapon, health, and armor upgrades and doubled down on the franchise’s platforming elements. Taking criticism of the first game to heart, developer Insomniac Games made sure to significantly increase this sequel’s difficulty by adding more enemies onscreen and giving each type of foe a unique weapon to weld. The game focuses more on the series’ trademark humor than the original title, allowing it to have a whimsical, tongue-in-cheek personality that few games have managed to match since its release.
The next entry in the Ratchet and Clank series, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, will arrive exclusively on PlayStation 5 sometime during the console’s launch window. Here’s hoping it lives up to the series’ pedigree.