I'm a big fan of the Ratchet and Clank series, so when I realized that they were coming out with their newest version, I was intrigued.

First mark-down, though:  Again, I'm not going to BUY a Ratchet and Clank game.  If I'm going to pay $59.99 for a game, game companies, I want at least $59.99 worth of content out of it -- and the R&C series does not do that for me, and this one is no different.

Second (and biggest) mark-down:  It sounds like they are really pushing this co-op stuff on us.  Oh brother...  One, I don't hook up my console to the Internet for a bunch of little gamer *** to hack in to.  Two, I wouldn't trust most gamers to co-op their way through world 1-1 of Super Mario Brothers without griefing, hacking, cheating, etc.

So you basically build this game as an almost online-required co-op piece for what purpose?  Thanks for the offer, but I'll have to pass.

Third mark-down:  There are some areas where, if not done correctly, the needed opening to the next area doesn't happen.  Had several bad experiences with the initial jet-pack areas.

Fourth mark-down:  You can't skip the cutscenes.

So why does this game get 7?

One, those cut-scenes are hilarious.

Two, the game is still, like most R&C, addictive as Hell.

Three, the game does provide enough challenge (though mixes in a good bit of "blow *** up" for fun).

Four, the game looks spectacular for the R&C franchise.

One other little quibble:  I'd have wanted another "arena" or "mission"-type situation like we had in previous R&C games.

The menus are fairly straight-forward, but the weapon selection can get a bit dicey from time to time...

So, it's a good rental, but $59.99, even if you were to spend a decent amount of time in the co-op online?  No.