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This third entry in the series sees the odd couple returning to the Planet Veldin from the first game and getting involved in another nonsensical adventure that this time features Captain Qwark as a playable character. There's also fifteen new weapons with up to four levels of upgrade, new vehicles like the Turbo Slider and the Hovership and a revamped artificial intelligence for the enemy to provide that extra challenge.
Despite all this though the major new feature in Ratchet & Clank 3 is the new multiplayer mode. Offline up to four can compete in various split screen modes or you can go online and play an eight-player challenge in modes such as standard deathmatch, capture the base and siege. These follow the same principles as PC games such as Unreal Tournament 2004 (even down to the inclusion of vehicles) but are much easier to get into and play.
The single player mode is still as engaging as ever but with the extra longevity offered by multiplayer this is one sequel that seems to be going out of its way to offer something new. --David Jenkins
The story line is not too taxing, and *all* the characters from the first two games are back. The cut scenes and in-game dialogue (such as the tannoy announcements when back at 'base') are laugh-out-loud funny.
Each level (planet) is just the right pitch. Not 'walk right through' easy and not 'stuck for hours' hard. Of course, when you get the powerful guns, the early levels appear easy - but this is great for building up experience points on your different weapons which may be needed later on at a hard planet.
The game has a *huge* life-span as you return to the many planets trying to collect trophies, hard to find titanium bolts and skill points. Earn enough and unlock 'cheats' enabling you to play in different costumes or with different weapons.
Don't throw away the old games either, as saved game entries on your memory card can be used to obtain discounts from the vendor or unlock weapons from the previous games.
The game is also multi-tap and network adapter enabled. Our disk also contained a demo of Sly Racoon 2 (press all four shoulder buttons at start-up).
My son & I spent most of the weekend fighting over whose turn it was to play. I've stayed up late trying to beat him to the end - it's been a long time since I've got that involved in a game.
So far the game is faster, funnier and wackier than ever...yet has all the essentials which make this such a cool game: Jokes, Captain Quark, Skins, Ship Mods, devilishly devious Skill points, AI enemies which are actually pretty Intelligent, Titanium Bolts, New Weapons and Upgrades, Arena-style challenges and way more stuff I need to find out yet...
Best bit so far? The Virtual Reality weapons tester - now try before you buy!!!
Short review? Sorry got another world to visit...
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