Secret Agent Clank PSP

Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 56 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. 90
    With tongue planted firmly in-cheek, this wacky platformer serves up some insanely original action that's definitely worth checking out.
  2. While its many tweaks send the series in new directions, they're still drenched in the franchise's unmistakable style, and rarely pull you from the fun.
  3. If you're able to deal with the PSP's control limitations, then I can give Secret Agent Clank a completely unqualified recommendation.
  4. It offers a nice variety of gameplay, and the story ties in perfectly with the existing lore. [July 2008, p.95]
  5. Secret Agent Clank brings a variety of fun gameplay to the PSP and it still has the same Ratchet and Clank feel that will keep series fans happy.
  6. Clank might not be as wacky as Dax, but he certainly looks better in a tux and his mastery of the English language as well as an insane arsenal of weapons and gadgets definitely puts him up their with the best of the secret agents.
  7. The controls work better here than in previous games, though the camera angles can still be tricky.
  8. Secret Agent Clank gives the series’ tried and true gameplay a suave undercover twist and keeps the action moving with a wide variety of characters, vehicles, and objectives.
  9. Secret Agent Clank is going to get a bad rap because the changes in gameplay, especially with the lack of it really being stealthy, simply will not be enough to satisfy hardcore Ratchet fans, even if it is supposed to be just a Clank standalone.
  10. While not my favorite Ratchet and Clank game, Secret Agent Clank has some very cool gameplay modes, characters, and gameplay experiences.
  11. Though not as brilliant as previous entries, Secret Agent Clank is varied and offers a good longevity.
  12. An endearing and compelling adventure that throws in a more than enough variety in its campaign and side-missions, Secret Agent Clank is a must have title for PSP owners as much as Chains of Olympus was.
  13. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    80
    Bad news if you're after something brand new, but great if you're happy with their winning mix of firepower and smart laughs. [Aug 2008, p.102]
  14. If you enjoy varied gameplay, then it doesn't come better executed than Secret Agent Clank, but if you need the focus on a single gaming genre with more variety within a narrower frame, then this may not be the right match for you.
  15. This action game doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but brings an entertaining adventure to the PSP.
  16. 80
    Some may find that Secret Agent doesn't quite have the same biting sense of humor as the original games. It definitely holds up in the gameplay department, though, which is more than enough to make this a successful solo outing.
  17. Even though everything sounds like a hodge-podge Ratchet & Clank adventure, I enjoyed the variety and appreciated the less combat-oriented gameplay.
  18. Clank's first outing as a secret agent is a funny and action-packed adventure that you'll want to play more than once.
  19. Play UK
    79
    Us liking a platform game?! The world has gone mad. [Issue#169, p.87]
  20. Games Master UK
    78
    Not as good as "Size Matters." [Sept 2008, p.82]
  21. Clank's first solo run proves to be a lot of fun with enough action to live up the standard set in Ratchet & Clank's last PSP outing.
  22. Clank is a bit of a 007 wannabe – suave robo-tux and all!
  23. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    75
    The game stays true to the series and it manages to introduce some new mini-games between levels. There’s probably too much contextual actions going on, that slows down the action. But it’s a decent proposal for the PSP nonetheless. [Aug 2008]
  24. Not your usual Ratchet & Clank game, and although an interesting departure from the 'insane action' formula, it can quickly become an exercise in frustration. It's a good game, but one that will require patience to master.
  25. PSM3 Magazine UK
    73
    Clank's first starring role stops short of brilliance because of niggly problems. [Sept 2008, p.72]
  26. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    70
    Welcome to the big leagues. Clank. [Aug 2008, p.80]
  27. Overall Secret Agent Clank is a fairly decent game, it is fun to play but is not without its flaws. Any fan of the previous game should like this title, I certainly had fun playing it, I just don’t know if I could justify the asking price that’s all.
  28. 70
    It's hardly a step forward for the franchise and clearly lacks the polish of earlier titles, but if you're into this kind of game and are looking for more pocket action from your favorite characters, it could have been worse.
  29. Far and away the most humour is found with Captain Quark's levels, which almost makes me wish SCEA would green-light a game focusing purely on Captain Quark.
  30. Edge Magazine
    70
    The result is restless and, in the context of Clank’s overalls story, incoherent. But it’s also vibrantly diverse. [Sept 2008, p.95]
  31. games(TM)
    70
    It’s impossible to ignore the problems that detract from what could have been a fantastic seven hours of gameplay. [Sept 2008, p.118]
  32. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    70
    Gameplay is as exciting as riding on a big and long rollercoaster. Each level comes with its own genre, but final impression is corrupted by technical inadequacies. [Aug 2008]
  33. 70
    Yep, it's a fun game. Nothing earth-shattering, but more of the same fun and frolics you would associate with a Ratchet and Clank game.
  34. Quite playable, even with these weaknesses - A sub-par Ratchet & Clank game is still better than almost any other platform actioner out there - it's just that we expect more out of this series.
  35. 70
    The best part of Clank is how enjoyable the game is to play. The story is lighthearted, characters are memorable and the action is constant.
  36. Secret Agent Clank is a fun diversion for fans of the franchise looking for something else to sink their teeth into.
  37. Secret Agent Clank would be a solid title if it were a new IP. Unfortunately, by using the Ratchet & Clank framing, instead we're left with a game which only disappoints, and makes us wonder where it went wrong.
  38. Sadly, the weak camera and fighting mechanics just don’t work as well as Size Matters.
  39. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    67
    Early on, you fight a boss named Jack of All Trades - add the usual "master of none," and you've got a pretty apt description of this game. [July 2008, p.]
  40. While not quite as consistent as either "Daxter" or "Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters," Clank's first adventure provides enough portable enjoyment to satisfy.
  41. 65
    Secret Agent Clank is playable and even enjoyable at many points, but is brought down by some very questionable stealth sections, a dodgy camera and a lack of overall innovation. Certainly not bad, but not great either.
  42. 65
    By the end, it feels like you're playing just another platformer rather than the epic, fun spy story it seemed like you were setting out on...That's not what Ratchet and Clank is all about.
  43. Considering a game featuring Clank as its main character I had my hopes high for lots of action with even more cool gadgets. We got the gadgets but the action kind of lacks: The sneaking may be fun at the beginning but with time you wished for more direct fights instead of avoiding enemies or killing them from behind (with the the same move) for the hundredth time.
  44. It's like eating a bowl of tasty different flavoured ice creams, but finding a fag-end in every fourth mouthful. Secret Agent Clank is excellent in parts, but it's not consistent enough. And it's got stealth in it.
  45. Sadly a rather forgettable game, which is something that's a little hard to believe considering the near constant high quality the series is known for.
  46. 60
    Just don't let the complete lack of meaningful gameplay depth come as a shock.
  47. Secret Angent Clank is a game with two personalities. It has the sneak missions with Ratchet, with an irritating camera, and the action missions with Captain Qwark, which are very entertaining. If you can handle some frustration, this game might be a nice snack for in between.
  48. A sluggish camera, some bad gadgetry, inadequate fighting mechanics, poorly utilized stealth system and really sh.tty rhythm segments really injure what could have been a complete package.
  49. When Secret Agent Clank shows it's best sides, it really shines. There is a good portion of humour to be found here and a lot of what makes the Ratchet & Clank-games great is also present here. Unfortunately, Clank isn't capable of maintaining the same level of quality all the way through. It's a competent adventure, but Clank misses his trusty partner in crime.
  50. AceGamez
    60
    It's simple - the good parts are really very good, and worthy of a decent score. In fact, they are probably worth more. Unfortunately, though, the broken bits really are broken - both in terms of this game and the series as a whole.
  51. Clank should have been the star. Instead, he's one part of a larger, more disjointed and ultimately very, very disappointing game that just happens to have his name on the box.
  52. Like a martini with too much vermouth, Secret Agent Clank throws in more than its fair share of bizarre levels and mediocre stretches of gameplay for it to be a refreshing experience.
  53. It has its moments, but this clumsy conglomeration suffers from an identity crisis and is best left as a rental.
  54. Maybe Secret Agent Clank scratches that Ratchet and Clank humorous blasting itch for you. For me it didn't. Too much repetition, too much stealth and too little story flow left me cold.
  55. 58
    Ultimately, Secret Agent Clank just feels disjointed. Whereas developer High Impact Games' previous PSP effort, "Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters," played it safe with overly familiar levels and mechanics, this Clank spin-off squeezes a hodgepodge of half-baked concepts into the basic framework of a proper Ratchet & Clank game.
  56. A subpar entry in a normally solid franchise. Lousy story, terrible audio, and inconsistent design combine to make what is, in my opinion, the weakest game under the Ratchet and Clank banner.

Awards & Rankings

#6 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2008
#18 Most Shared PSP Game of 2008
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Nov 3, 2010
    10
    I hate how this game got so many bad reveiws by the 'Critics' worthy of any ratchet and clank fan's collection so they should go out and buyI hate how this game got so many bad reveiws by the 'Critics' worthy of any ratchet and clank fan's collection so they should go out and buy it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Full Review »
  2. Mar 12, 2012
    3
    The psp version is terrible. Get it on PS2 instead to avoid the several bugs, uncomforable controls, rigged unfair boss battles, etc. Its aThe psp version is terrible. Get it on PS2 instead to avoid the several bugs, uncomforable controls, rigged unfair boss battles, etc. Its a funny game yea, but this is very bad. This is why ONLY insomniac games should develop this series. Remember what happened to Spyro? It died. This and ratchet and clank size matters proves my point. Full Review »
  3. JamesD
    Jan 22, 2010
    9
    Secret Agent Clank is not as bad as people make it out to be. Sure it relies on quicktime button mashes which can be annoying and Clank is a Secret Agent Clank is not as bad as people make it out to be. Sure it relies on quicktime button mashes which can be annoying and Clank is a bit annoying as a protagonist but it's just a fun game for all who are interested. The Bond theme makes for some relatively fun experiences and the challenge is robust. There is no reason to avoid this game if you love Ratchet & Clank Full Review »