YMMV / Ratchet & Clank

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  • Archive Panic: So far, there are thirteen console games, which include a remake and two non-canon titles. Even if one chooses to exclude those, that still leaves ten games to play. And that's not even getting into the movie, and the comic series. Basically, someone who wants to get into the series will have their work cut out for them.
  • Awesome Music: Has its own page.
  • Broken Base:
    • The film's tie-in game that's on PS4. Fans are divided on whether to celebrate the remake or worry over a possible reboot of the beloved franchise.
    • The game's common recycling of weapons in the PS3 and PS4 era, as opposed to how the PS2 games would only bring back a few weapons. For example  It's either good because fan-favorites have a higher chance to return or bad because the franchise has been using some of these weapons for a while. Also part of the argument is whether or not said weapons are good; for example, is the Warmonger a good rocket launcher? Is the Combuster a bad pistol?
  • Complete Monster: Ultimate Supreme Executive Chairman Drek; Gleeman Vox; Dr. Nefarious. See the pages for more details.
  • Contested Sequel: There is a minority of fans who discount Deadlocked, Going Mobile, Size Matters, Secret Agent Clank, Quest for Booty and All 4 One as being "real" Ratchet & Clank games, which can become confusing when they insist on referring to the game by numbers (e.g. "the fourth game" could variously apply to Deadlocked, Size Matters or Tools of Destruction depending on whether you're talking to someone who accepts all the games, only the platformers, or only the main console games). And then we've got All-4-One and Full Frontal Assault, due to their gaming style.
  • Demonic Spiders:
    • The heavily armored, quick, and downright nasty Land Lobsters from the first game qualify, unless you throw the wrench.
    • The Y.E.T.I.s from Going Commando's Planet Grelbin; they spawn from out of nowhere (and in large numbers, to boot), have no concept of Mook Chivalry (often ambushing you in groups of ten or more), and are card-carrying members of the Lightning Bruiser club. You could try running from them, but they love spawning right in your path and often appear around Arctic Leviathans, which must be killed for Moonstones. That leaves killing them, but there are a few problems with that as well: first, very few of your weapons are effective against them, the ones that are either have low ammo clips or have ammo that must be bought at a vendor, and for the weapons that don't, you're thwarted again by the fact that there are very few ammo crates lying around the massive ice field you must traverse. As a result, you'll find yourself making frequent trips back to the vendor (because this game oh-so-conveniently forgot to include the P.D.A. gadget)... which means running headlong back into the Y.E.T.I. mobs you just fled from.
    • Qwark's Hideout in Up Your Arsenal features heavily armed catchphrase-spewing Qwark Bots. They deal ludicrous amounts of damage with a very high rate of fire, have more armor than any other enemy of their size, and can even survive after being reduced to nothing but a skeletal torso with one arm, often lurking in this state until you pass the cover they're hiding behind to swipe at you. They also spawn in dense packs.
    • The beam turrets in Deadlocked. Tiny little laser turrets that drop in at random points, and are usually overlooked right until you get a laser beam in your back.
    • The giant flying robot roaches, aka Laser Backs (also from Deadlocked), are a) infuriatingly hard to kill, b) have a psychotically high rate of fire, and c) are one of the few units that make life difficult for you even when you've turned them to your side with the right omega mod. (Usually, brainwashed enemies are kind enough to try and aim at the enemy; the Laser Backs simply spam ammo everywhere, and God help you if you get in the way.) Pretty much the only way to keep them from reducing you to powder was to wait until they briefly stopped shooting, then spam them with a high-knockback weapon. Oh, and your Combat Bots have no idea that these things are unspeakably annoying and will instantly get mowed down by them.
    • Their sorta-predecessors, the Guard bots from the third game, are this too. They have the same attack method—-that is, two guns that More Dakka you into the pavement—-and take buckets of damage.
  • Ear Worm: "This goes out to all you robots 'cross the galaxy..."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Surprisingly, Captain Qwark was brought back in the second game solely because of this; the staff was midway through production of Going Commando when they realized they missed the big lug, so they came up with the Behind the Hero cutscenes as a way of sneaking him back in, and then decided to just upgrade him to Big Bad status.
    • Courtney Gears as well (mostly because of her music video), even though she didn't make any more appearances since Deadlocked, but was often mentioned throughout the series. But just look at how much fanart she has on DeviantArt...
    • Ace Hardlight, as well. He's got a whole group dedicated to him in DeviantArt. It's quite a surprise, considering he's a Creator's Pet in-universe.
    • Mr. Zurkon. Being voiced by the actor of Mario from Hotel Mario certainly helps.
      Mr. Zurkon does NOT come in peace.
    • The Groovitron. It even appeared in Playstation Move Heroes!
  • Fanon Discontinuity: All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault are often dismissed by the fandom for their weaker storylines compared to the Future trilogy.
  • Fountain of Memes: Mr. Zurkon is one of the most quoted characters in the Ratchet & Clank franchise. The fact that many of his lines are reminiscent of Chuck Norris Facts has helped this immensely.
  • Game-Breaker:
    • The R.Y.N.O. and its ilk.
    • The Mega Supernova (The Harbinger's upgraded form) V99 from Deadlocked. All minor foes are vaporized in one shot, and the bosses take massive damage from it.
    • A non-Infinity +1 Sword example: The Rift Inducer of Up Your Arsenal, which one-shots all small to medium-sized mooks. Level it up enough, and you can just sit there while all of the enemies in the area get sucked in and die.
    • Groovitrons from Tools of Destruction onwards. A 100% effective paralysis effect on any enemy in the game bar two or three, and your New Game+ reward in ToD gives you an infinite amount of these. Toxic Swarmers from the same game also break bosses in seconds if placed strategically.
    • Clank's Time Bombs can be used as these if you knew how to use them the right way. However, if you're playing the hardest parts in hard mode, these become more game fixers than breakers.
    • The Heavy Bouncer in Going Commando does massive damage when it hits an enemy, splits into a bajillion smaller parts on contact, all of which do equally massive damage, and has an absurdly large ammo clip for a weapon that powerful (25) that's replenished by 4 per ammo crate (and buying the ammo is dirt cheap if you can't find any ammo crates). It's so bad that the final boss can be downed easily with just a few shots from this gun, and its Brutal Bonus Level, the Impossible Challenge, becomes a cakewalk with it. The ammo issue was nerfed in its return in Up Your Arsenal, but the weapon itself is just as powerful, if not even more so. Watch in awe as one shot clears a room of mooks in a matter of seconds!
  • Good Bad Bugs: In the first 3 games, it's possible to wallhack with the Decoy Glove/Miniturret Glove and thus push yourself through walls and get places you aren't supposed to go. This is also possible in Deadlocked, though it's pointless due to its "arena combat" nature. Insomniac Games appeared to have wised up by the Future trilogy, as the turret-type weapons will only let you throw two at a time - wallhacking requires three turrets.
  • Growing the Beard: Going Commando improved the gameplay by putting much more focus on the guns and put a step in the right direction by making Ratchet more likable, but Up Your Arsenal simplified a lot of the combat for the better, and while there are less worlds to work with, each are all unique and interesting, and the story firmly establishes Ratchet & Clank's dynamic, the plots become a bit more serious without losing the series' humor, and the writing for the protagonists and villains becomes more interesting.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the first game Ratchet was a huge Jerkass. After playing the Future Saga, and finding out that his father had to leave him on Veldin for the best, its kinda hard to blame him. Keep in mind that he had no friends, was still a child, and only had a wrench to protect himself.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Qwark's Personal Hygenator ad at the very end of the first game, which claims it can solve painful itching in the nether regions, becomes this in light of Going Commando revealing one of it's side effects is in fact severe irritations and itching in sensitive body areas.
    • The following exchange (which is already very funny) becomes even funnier if you have played the Secret Agent Clank game:
      Clank: I believe there has been a misunderstanding. Secret Agent Clank is merely a fictional character I play on the holo...
      Nefarious: LIES! SQUISHY LIIIIIIIEEEEE...*jams*
    • Also, the vid-comic's narrator's utter disbelief at the concept of "robotic pirate ghosts" takes on a whole new meaning once you encounter some in Quest For Booty.
    • Let's see... Ratchet's a guy from a backwater place who builds stuff, whose melee weapon of choice is a wrench, and who is a proud proponent of "more gun". After looking at it this way, all those Engineers come off as a bunch of posers.
    • In Up Your Arsenal, the president has a daughter named Sasha. Remind you of anyone?
    • Up Your Arsenal had Trophies before Playstation 3 had Trophies.
    • Lots of nods to Ratchet & Clank films throughout the series became funnier in light of an actual film for the duo being released. In the original game, one of the "Epilogue" posters is for "Ratchet & Clank: The Motion Picture", and there's another poster for a film in Going Commando. When Vox tries to start merchandising Ratchet as the new head Exterminator in Deadlocked, one of the things he mentions is that he'll get movie rights.
    • Nefarious self-identifying as "robot" and his pride of being one become funny if you know that the term originates from the Czech word "robota", which means "work" or "labor". Not so superior after all, are we, Nefarious?
    • A real life example is that the armor that Ratchet wears throughout A Crack in Time appears to foreshadow TRON: Legacy.
  • Ho Yay: Ratchet and Clank, and to a lesser extent Ratchet and Qwark.
    Ratchet: Okay, I have to ask, what's with the nurse's outfit?
    Qwark: All part of my ingenious plan to gain Dr. Nefarious' trust as the lovely nurse Shannon.
    Ratchet: Well... White's certainly your color.
    Qwark: Oh, you think so? I've always fancied myself a winter.
    • All 4 One brings us some spectacular Qwark/Nefarious moments as well.
  • It's the Same, so It Sucks: The sequels are often accused of not having enough new gameplay elements.
  • Memetic Badass: Mr. Zurkon all the way.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Surprisingly, Ratchet himself nearly crosses this in the first game, being perfectly willing to leave an abandoned commando for dead on a war-torn planet, as well as become apathetic to Drek destroying other worlds, just because he's become obsessed with getting revenge with Captain Qwark for stabbing him in the back. Fortunately, Clank strongarms him into helping the commando by only agreeing to start his ship if he goes to help him, and Ratchet is still pissed off about the matter. Ratchet eventually puts things in perspective later in the game.
  • Narm: Pretty much all of Size Matters falls into this, especially its Big Bad Otto Destruct being nothing more than a carbon copy of Chairman Drek and unsuccessfully trying to copy the Large Ham aspect of Dr. Nefarious and Gleeman Vox. Having Clank call his actions "pure evil" only makes him look more ridiculous. He's seen as The Scrappy for this reason.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: The PSP games done by High Impact Games instead of Insomniac Games aren't usually as well-liked, with technical issues, bringing some of Ratchet's unlikable characterization from the first game back, narmy villains, and unimpressive stories being cited.
  • Porting Disaster: The PS3 updates of the first four games, done by novice studio Idol Minds, have various glitches and save errors. The first three, however, only had minor issues, numerous as they were. Deadlocked got the worst of it, however, having serious issues that even someone who never played the original version would make note of.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Surprisingly, Ratchet was disliked by many critics in the first game due to his Wangst and Jerkassiness. However, from the second game onward, he Took a Level in Kindness and snarkiness. The switch from Mikey Kelley to James Arnold Taylor certainly helped.
  • The Scrappy
    • Qwark never really did put up a good fight when he was a villain. Having twice teamed up with Ratchet and Clank, he's even more inept than ever, Gameplay and Story Segregation notwithstanding for players assuming control of Qwark in All 4 One. His glory-hound attitude, if it didn't already piss people off, will do so now.
    • Helga may count. She is mostly saying she can do better than Ratchet on fitness courses, though we don't see her do anything but yap all the time.
    • Ratchet himself was this in the first game, due to his massive Jerkass personality, and his cruel treatment towards Clank, who was only being nice to him. By the game's end he learns the error of his ways, and is much less abrasive in future games.
    • The villains of Size Matters, Otto Destruct and Luna, are considered forgettable villains. The former is a narmy rehash of Chairman Drek, and the latter is infamous for being That One Boss and a Plot Twist gone wrong.
    • The Y.E.T.I.s from Going Commando, due to having enough health that even a lot of the strongest guns in the game take a while to kill them, being absurdly strong, and spawning constantly. Even the developer, Insomniac, admitted they were one of the worst elements of the game, and give a "Snowbeast Award" named after the creature to the person who made the worst feature of a game after release.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: All 4 One, Full Frontal Assault, Into the Nexus, and Ratchet & Clank '16 don't let you have multiple saves, which can get annoying if you have a completed file you want to keep and also want to start a new game.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: The first game, while still well loved, tends to suffer from this. While it was a groundbreaking platformer for it's day, its graphics are really showing their age now, and the substantial amount of Early Installment Weirdness compared to the numerous sequels almost make it feel like a game from a completely different series.
  • Sequelitis: Most games actually have positive reception among fans and critics, but Size Matters is often considered to be the worst game of the franchise for it's Narm Charm and being developed by a different studio. All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault are also viewed less favorly because of their multiplayer-orineted style and, in the latter's case, trying to be "hip and modern". Into the Nexus was an improvement, but still unliked for being too short.
  • That One Boss: The battle against the Thugs 4 Less Leader on Snivelak in Going Commando is this for many people - it's not so much that it's difficult, but it takes forever to go down. Your normal weapons aren't very effective, forcing you to run around the city looking for turrets with which to whittle down his health - all the while shooting down his bombs - before he comes and destroys your turret after a certain amount of time has elapsed. Which is why smart players hide around a corner and kill the Thug Leader with spider/tank bots.
    • Or unload their entire arsenal at him before even triggering the fight.
    • The Luna puppet from Size Matters. It takes a long time to go down and it's attacks are tough to avoid. And if you die, you have to go through the running-through-the-field sequence and cutscene again.
      • Before that, there is the Warpship expy, who can summon endless backup to aid it. Ratchet's weapons will target them instead of the boss, making it more frustrating.
  • That One Level: Gorda City ruins, on Planet Oltanis in the first game. In one path, you have to circumnavigate a path covered in ice (why is it covered in ice, again?) while being blown about by heavy wind. In the other, you have to make it past droves of some pretty annoying enemies, including one grenade-launching ship that's tough to dodge. Oh, and you can't use your jetpack. Yeah, Clank got randomly struck by lightning. Ratchet makes him sit this one out. Just make sure to remember that before you try making a long jump, like you've been used to for the past few hours...
    • The Hoverboard Races, particularly the second one on Kalebo III.
    • We also have Planet Grelbin from Going Commando. When you're hunting for crystals, polar bears will pop out from underground and they are TOUGH. They can survive at least one hit from any weapon you use (except the RYNO II), and will take a "bigger than average" percentage of your health if they swipe you. And how about those ice serpents that hide under frozen water, then burst out, take forever to kill, can knock you out quickly and can destroy your Shield Charger in one attack? And if you don't knock out those polar bears, they will chase you as hard as possible-and that is by NO means an exaggeration.
  • That One Sidequest:
    • In Going Commando there were two huge open areas where, for 100% Completion and bolts, you had to collect a vast number of crystals scattered across the map. They [initially] don't show up on your in-game map, you're constantly being attacked by infinitely-spawning enemies, and scouring every square inch of the map looking for that last crystal you require is not fun... especially the Grelbin icefield, where you're facing the ridiculously-tough Y.E.T.I.s (see That One Level above).
    • Up Your Arsenal has an even worse version in the form of a giant sewer-maze filled with seemingly endless Goddamn Bats. At least the previous game had variety in the terrain, but the paths here are all identical and the hordes of Amoeboids don't help. Blagh. Blagh! BLAGH!
    • "Scoring with the Blarg" in Deadlocked requires you to get a high score in a Landstalker-mounted target-shooting game while also dealing with the enemies. The problems are that there are a lot of enemies that can do some large damage to your tank, there's no healing, and the score required is tight enough that you might just end up getting enough within the last few seconds of the challenge. There's another challenge later on Maraxus called "Spider on a Wire", but that one is miles easier and has a much more lenient score goal and less mean enemies.
    • Getting 100% completion in Crack in Time requires you to Score High on a Nintendo Hard mini-game fraught with Stylistic Suck. Plus the downright evil time puzzles required to get the last of the Gold Bolts.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Almost all of the female characters who could've turned out to be Ratchet's love interest are Put on a Bus in the next game. Although it's probably because the creators don't want a Romantic Plot Tumor.
    • One of the biggest complaints in Deadlocked is that you can't use Clank.
  • Villain Decay: Captain Qwark - in the first game he was one of the two main villains, and he returned as the main villain in Going Commando. He showed up as an early boss in Up Your Arsenal, but from that point on Qwark ceased to be a villain so much as a hindrance because he was so inept at trying to help. By the time the Future series starts, no-one can take him seriously.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The first three games got so many things past the radar, the T rating for them might be more than justified despite the cartoon-like look of the game. The developers admitted that the game was made more for the teenage crowd and older rather the younger kids.
    • Made stranger by the fact that the European ratings for the series are 3+ (equivalent to an E), but this trend seemed to stop at the start of the Future series.
    • It should be noted that the T rated games all came out before the E10 rating was introduced. Furthermore, the first four games were re-rated E10 when the HD versions came out.
      • The initial teaser trailer for the movie officially inverts this as Ratchet mentions that "kids" would be watching.
  • The Woobie: Ratchet can be considered one when you learn the depth of his backstory. In the first game, he's an orphan living in a garage, trying to build a ship to go on an adventure, and admires Captain Qwark until his betrayal on Umbris. The third game reveals that the galaxy only sees him as a sidekick to Clank due to a TV show they both star in until Ratchet was replaced with Skrunch. And in Tools of Destruction, we learn that Ratchet is the last lombax left in the universe (not counting Angela Cross or Alister Azimuth). And as of A Crack in Time only Angela. Plus his best friend is missing for most of the game and very nearly abandons him to care for the Great Clock (Luckily he doesn't).
  • Uncanny Valley: Most of the character designs in the PS2/PSP games look rather creepy compared to the ones used in the newer games, Qwark in particular with his huge teeth and eyes.
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