Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
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  1. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Plenty of other platformers can boast similar features - but few have pulled them all together the way that Ratchet & Clank has. [Dec 2002, p.166]
  2. 100
    There is a decidedly cool sense of style to Ratchet & Clank. The game feels much like the classic sci-fi movies, very rounded and artistic, almost retro at times.
  3. Visually, Ratchet & Clank is awesome. The immense levels are teeming with life. Outside of the basic minions you have to deal with, many levels are packed to the gills with life.
  4. I would dare say this is the best Playstation 2 game I have played this year. It is somewhat easy, but it is also a very long game.
  5. A gaming masterpiece... Combines action, platforming, and RPG elements convincingly, creating one of the best platformers in recent memory.
  6. It definitely beats "Sly Cooper," its semi-brother "Jak and Daxter," and even other-platform platformers (pun intended) in most categories.
  7. The perfect example of what a game should be. With its rich cast of characters, deep gameplay, gorgeous graphics and wonderful soundtrack, R&C packs the ingredients to a perfect platformer and combines them perfectly.
  8. Don't get me wrong, Ratchet and Clank is an awesome platformer in length and gameplay and just about everything, just I preferred "Sly Cooper’s" gameplay more.
  9. Revamping the action platformer genre with plenty of action, wacky, impressive gadgets and an interesting storyline, this is what the future of action games should be.
  10. The worlds are visually wonderful and detailed. While the game is somewhat linear and task oriented, the worlds have an openness about them so that you don’t feel trapped like you do in many games.
  11. Control in the game is excellent, and you'll never walk off a ledge because the controller is slow to respond.
  12. The visuals and audio, mixed with the solid gameplay make for a very enjoyable experience that shouldn’t be passed up by anyone.
  13. 92
    An immensely good time. And because the game is so beautifully crafted, deep with scenarios, long and filled with various challenges, weapons and gadgets, it's a winner.
  14. Ratchet and Clank might have some of the most impressive environments yet in a game of this type.
  15. Entertainment Weekly
    More than compensating for the cliched plot and characters are the polished gameplay and arsenal of unique weapons. [22 Nov 2002, p.85]
  16. 90
    R & C's innovation comes in the form of all those crazy, non-gimmicky weapons and tools. This is a complex, polished platform gaming machine.
  17. One of the best platformers to hit the PS2, ever.
  18. The graphics, the busy environments, the interactivity... every element taken by itself it pretty praiseworthy, stick 'em all on the same disk and they add up to good things.
  19. Insomniac has raised the classic platform standards, set up by legendary gaming heroes such as Sonic and Mario, onto a new, higher level in this wonderful adventure for all ages.
  20. Although nothing new, the gameplay is polished and refined and even begin to warm to the charismatic characters.
  21. With beautifully realised fantasy words to explore and depth that belies its surface-sweetened nastiness, this is one that will satisfy all who feel the need for unbridled platform action. And attitude.
  22. Rarely does a 3D action game become more fun to beat after its been completed a first or second time. That’s exactly what R&C and its truckload of gizmos delivers.
  23. PSM Magazine
    Ambitiously designed, expertly constructed. Most importantly, its gameplay has been tuned to perfection. Give it a try - it's one of the PS2's best games. [Dec 2002, p.34]
  24. The control of the characters in the game could not be tighter.
  25. 90
    Nothing riotously new, but as any gear-head can tell you: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  26. A fantastic platformer in every way and qualifies as one of the best games the genre has seen since consoles went polygonal.
  27. Game Informer
    The detail that went into the worlds and fluidity of the character movements are towering achievements that have no rival. [Dec 2002, p.114]
  28. The game's executions of different standards in platforming are almost mathematical in a sense that it's measured with surgical precision... The best the platforming genre has to offer right now.
  29. GameNow
    If Ratchet had more personality, this game might've been more fun. [Dec 2002, p.68]
  30. netjak
    No replay value or anything, seeing as how the game is getting kinda repetitive by the time you finish, but I didn't have any urge to go and search for all the Gold Bolts.
  31. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Delivers a long, satisfying experience with a good mix of platforming and exploration-style gameplay. [Dec 2002, p.214]
  32. The game is successful in combining elements from four or five different genres.
  33. A veritable masterpiece almost worthy of the stout Italian himself.
  34. The voice acting is almost infallible, and would be quite at home in any Saturday morning cartoon. That said, the writing is inconsistent.
  35. 80
    A wonderful year-end treat that offers ingenious level design and a ton of gameplay.
  36. It’s addictive, tells a good, amusing yarn, looks spectacular and is challenging without ever being annoying.
  37. GMR Magazine
    Insomniac's terrific action-platformer has you jumping from world to world in search of new weapons and gadgets. [Feb 2003, p.93]
  38. Sony's latest is all about unadulterated cartoon action, with dozens of crazy weapons and gadgets at the player's disposal.
  39. Cheat Code Central
    Mostly this game is just another platform game but it is a platform game done well. Nothing other then the graphics really make it more then just a rental in my eyes.
  40. 78
    With the exception of the graphics you've seen it all many times before, and probably with more flair and better characters.
  41. A more deeply developed plot and some tweaks to the control would have given more heart to this tin man.

Awards & Rankings

#3 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
#7 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 305 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 305
  1. Sep 28, 2010
    This is without a doubt one of the best platforming games I have played in all my years of gaming. From the creators of Spyro the DragonThis is without a doubt one of the best platforming games I have played in all my years of gaming. From the creators of Spyro the Dragon (which is another great platform/adventure game) brings you two new characters, Ratchet who is a lombax and Clank who is a robot. The chemistry between these two are great and their voices are brilliant including clank my personal faviroute. There are other great characters too like Quark, Helga and Drek and their voices are good as well. Gameplay is similar to Spyro, you play as Ratchet mostly and sometimes Clank and your mission is too roam around and defeating all of Drek's minions who have taken over different planets as well as helping out friends who set out tasks for you. Once that is done you will be given coordinates to the next planet where you will fight your way through more enemies and bosses. There are also skill points which can only be earned by completing a secret challenge as well as gold bolts that are located in secret areas. Your first weapon is the wrench but you can buy new weapons from the gadgetron shops. You can get these by collecting lots of bolts which are found by destroying creates and enemies There are some really cool weapons like morph ray, devastator and RYNO which is a faviroute of mine. Ratchet has lots of cool moves and can collect items to perform new ones. Clank has some cool tricks up his sleeve too like a thruster pack, communicating with other robots and when he becomes a giant, then you just smash your way through everyone while blasting them with rockets. Graphically this game is perfect, each level has some amazing layouts and backgrounds from a great distance. Frame rate is fine and there is plenty of gameplay in this too, so you won't be disappointed. I can honestly say this is without a doubt one of the best platform/adventure games I have ever seen on the PS2. Full Review »
  2. KenjiK.
    Dec 18, 2003
    Ratchet and clank is one of the best ps2 games i have ever played! i recomend this game for a holiday gift . this game rocks!!!!!
  3. Sep 25, 2012
    I loved this game. the only thing that was bad is that you couldn't strafe. not too much of a deal for me.