The lights are on
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.