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Ratchet: Deadlocked (c) Sony Computer Entertainment

Published: Monday, September 19th, 2005 at 04:58 PM
Written By: Jason McMaster

Recently I had the chance to play around with the new Ratchet and Clank title, Ratchet: Deadlocked, and I have to say it's pretty entertaining. Ratchet is back in action and ready to use that handy wrench of his to beat things into oblivion. The result is that it ends up being a fast-paced experience that's easy to lose some time in.

The few levels I had a chance to play were very reminiscent of Unreal Tournament with a twist. Overlooking the battle, there's a techno-fortress up on a hill that is clearly your objective. Of course, you'll have to hack and shoot everything in your way to get up there. It wouldn't be much of a game without that.

So, the first part of this challenge has you fighting through an arena and using your robots to hack into security controls. Other than just hacking things for you, the robots have guns of course and trust me, you'll need them. You end up fighting wave after wave of rogue robots that are after your blood to advance past this round.

Once through the arena, you have to jump into the driver's seat of a walking tank and blast your way through a few gun placements and quite a few violent androids. There are certain points outside of the fortress that you have to get out and use your wrench to bring the power down on a few electric gates that give you access to the next part of your mission. Once those gates are dropped it's open season on the inhabits of the fort.

Once in the fortress there are a few different types of gameplay you'll experience, culminating in a rail shooter, which is pretty strange but it works. Of course there's a lot more action and quite a few different things to shoot. There' s never a drought of stuff to waste ammo on.

Overall the look and feel of this game is pretty nice. As the PS2 gets long in the tooth, games like this show that the designers have mastered most of what the machine has to offer. Coupled with the graphic design, the sound is also well crafted and fits the game perfectly.

In the end, Ratched: Deadlocked gives us quite a bit to look forward to. It's a fast-paced game that will offer online and multiplayer as well as single player modes that will surely extend the play time. Luckily we won't have to wait too much longer.

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