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3. Ratchet & Clank (2016): The latest series entry is a semi-remake of the original game, and is based on the upcoming feature film. Ratchet & Clank on the Playstation 4 is a visually stunning, heartfelt, enjoyable and riotous return to form for the franchise, and is easily one of the PS4's best exclusives. Large portions of the game are just more technically impressive versions of the 2002 original, but Insomniac manages to include some new features and levels. Holocards are a prime example; the more you manage to collect, the more combat bonuses you gain. However, since it is technically a reimagining of the first title, it's a bit on the short side, and lacks some of the later entries' robust features.
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2. Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction: Tools of Destruction kickstarted the "Future" trilogy on the Playstation 3 in excellent fashion. After the markedly different Deadlocked, Insomniac created a game that's more in line with Going Commando. You explore a slew of varied planets as both Ratchet and Clank, collecting bolts and upgrading your weapons in the process. Raritanium crystals are featured for the first time, allowing you to further upgrade your guns in a tree-like structure. New villain Emperor Percival Tachyon is interesting mainly due to his unfiltered hatred for Ratchet and the Lombaxes. Tools of Destruction also starts to tap into mature themes and issues, like racism and how to cope with loneliness, and Ratchet's desire to find out what happened to his race.
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1. Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time: A Crack in Time is an amalgam of everything that makes Ratchet & Clank so great. The highly enjoyable action is fine-tuned; the colorful art style is breathtaking; the new space exploration segments are a relaxing change of pace from all the constant action; Clank's time-based puzzles are clever; and the story is at its most compelling here. Ratchet and Clank are separated from each other, and are both searching for answers about their past, and questioning whether they should permanently go their separate ways. Does Clank belong with the mysterious Zoni to help guard the Great Clock, and should Ratchet sacrifice it all to save his race from going extinct?
A Crack in Time is a touching and fitting conclusion to not only the PS3 trilogy, but the entire series as whole. It would take Insomniac seven years after A Crack in Time to breathe new into Ratchet & Clank once again, and it's no surprise that it took that long.