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Ratchet and Clank (Series) Review

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Posted: 22 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Ratchet & Clank looks more cartoony but still offers the B-movie-style action. As Ratchet, you explore planets and space stations, battling enemies with a variety of weapons and gadgets. Sidekick Clank sits on Ratchet’s back and offers more abilities, such as diving in water and gliding.

Games in the Ratchet & Clank series:
  • Ratchet & Clank (2002) on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Vita.
  • Going Commando (2003) on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Vita.
  • Up Your Arsenal (2004) on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Vita.
  • Ratchet: Deadlocked (2005) on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3.
  • Size Matters (2007) on PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2.
  • Tools of Destruction (2007) on PlayStation 3.
  • Secret Agent Clank (2008) on PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2.
  • Quest for Booty (2008) on PlayStation 3.
  • A Crack in Time (2009) on PlayStation 3.
  • All 4 One (2011) on PlayStation 3.
  • Full Frontal Assault (2012) on PlayStation 3 and Vita.
  • Into the Nexus (2013) on PlayStation 3.
  • Ratchet and Clank Trilogy (Ratchet & Clank Collection) HD version of Ratchet & Clank, Going Commando and Up Your Arsenal for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
  • Ratchet & Clank (2016) on PlayStation 4.
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (2021) on PlayStation 5

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-16 year-olds

Release Date: 04/11/2002, updated in 2016

Platforms: PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5 and PSP

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @InsomniacGames


Duration: This game will take between 15 hours and 20 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online. A couple of games have multiplayer modes.
  • All for One has four-player co-operative split-screen and online multiplayer, where you each choose different characters with varying to work together, as well as racing for the highest score.
  • Full Frontal Assault extends this with competitive and co-operative modes split-screen modes and online multiplayer.


Ratchet and Clank usually costs £6.49 to £15.99.

Ratchet And Clank 2

PlayStation Store PS Vita £7.99
PlayStation Store PS3 £7.99

Ratchet And Clank 3

PlayStation Store PS Vita £7.99
PlayStation Store PS3 £7.99

Ratchet And Clank: A Crack In Time

PlayStation Store PS3 £10.99

Ratchet And Clank: All 4 One

PlayStation Store PS3 £10.99

Ratchet And Clank: Nexus (Ps3)

PlayStation Store PS3 £10.99

Ratchet And Clank: Qforce

PlayStation Store PS Vita £11.99
PlayStation Store PS3 £11.99

Ratchet And Clank: Quest For Booty

PlayStation Store PS3 £8.99

Ratchet And Clank: Size Matters Psp

PlayStation Store PS Vita £6.49

Ratchet And Clank: Tools Of Destruction

PlayStation Store PS3 £10.99

Ratchet and Clank

Ratchet & Clank A Crack in Time

Ratchet & Clank All 4 One

Ratchet & Clank Nexus

Ratchet & Clank Q Force

Ratchet & Clank Quest for Booty

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 with violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures, mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to human-like characters and non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context.

The VSC expand on its rating: The protagonist, as well as most of the enemies, are fantasy characters. The violence portrayed is unrealistic and has a cartoony and comical context. You use an array of fantastical weapons to take care of enemies, which when they die, generally explode or disintegrate and leave behind the in-game currency (bolts). The game features weird, hostile aliens that can look disturbing. The game does feature some violence towards human-like characters, but this is limited to unrealistic violence. The game has a bright colourful graphics scheme. Difficult or disturbing scenes are mostly always lightened up by a joke.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

This game is enjoyed by 9-16 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. There is some shooting and navigating skill required here. At higher difficulty levels it offers a good challenge for older teenagers as well.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Ratchet and Clank Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@InsomniacGames) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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