Ratchet & Clank Games Ranked

by Pjtaylor-96-138044 | created - 23 Feb 2016 | updated - 05 Aug 2016 | Public

This is how I rank the main console entries in the Ratchet & Clank series - including those released on the PSP, from best (#1) to worst.

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1. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (2009 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Clank is kidnapped by the mysterious Zoni, led by the evil mastermind Dr. Nefarious. Along with Captain Quark and Talwyn, Ratchet sets out on a quest to save Clank from Nefarious' clutches.

Director: Brian Allgeier | Stars: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Joey D'Auria

Votes: 795

My personal favourite of the franchise has it all: the witty writing, great characters, a galaxy-spanning adventure,a compelling story and excellent combat. This game is a blast from start to finish, as well as being the most refined in the series.

2. Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (2004 Video Game)

T | Animation, Action, Adventure

There is a new villain in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet and Clank have to stop Dr. Nefarious before he turns everyone into robots.

Stars: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Armin Shimerman

Votes: 998

With perhaps the best combat in the series - on par with that from 'A Crack in Time' - this third installment manages to up the ante and also provides a great series nemesis in the form of 'Dr. Nefarious.'

3. Ratchet & Clank (2016 Video Game)

Animation, Action, Adventure

Ratchet and Clank join together with Captain Qwark and more as you battle your way from planet to planet in order to save the Solana Galaxy from the villainous Chairman Drek.

Director: Brian Allgeier | Stars: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Bella Thorne

Votes: 1,019

This is more of a re-telling than a re-make, allowing for the improved gameplay and graphics to enhance the story told in the first game. Some of it is different, but the broad strokes are mainly the same which makes it a very nostalgic experience; it's also very well written - witty and self-referential.

4. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando (2003 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After saving the galaxy two years ago, Ratchet and Clank are recruited by the director of antother great enterprise, called Megacorp, in order to recuperate a robbed experiment in a far away galaxy.

Stars: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Rodger Bumpass

Votes: 928

Although it's story is pretty weak, 'Locked and Loaded' improves on the gameplay and graphics from the first and is generally a more rounded experience.

5. Ratchet & Clank (2002 Video Game)

T | Animation, Action, Adventure

A mechanic and a robot team up to save the Solana galaxy from a nefarious chairman.

Director: Perelandra Beedles | Stars: Mikey Kelley, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Kevin Michael Richardson

Votes: 1,289

'Ratchet & Clank' has perhaps the best story in the entire series, and perfectly sets up both the characters and franchise; The gameplay does feel a little sluggish when compared to later titles though.

6. Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus (2013 Video Game)

Action, Adventure

Ratchet and Clank go after new villains Nef and Vendra after being stranded on the edge of the Galaxy, in the epilogue to the Ratchet and Clank series with new weapons, gadgets and armours.... See full summary »

Director: Brian Allgeier | Stars: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Ali Hillis

Votes: 266

While 'Nexus' is fairly short and adopts Insomniac's 'newer' gameplay style, one that I feel isn't as good as the older one, the game is still highly enjoyable and features some interesting new weapons.

7. Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (2007 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Ratchet and clank find their home world attacked by the infamous emperor Tachyon and must go on the run while trying to find the other lombaxes.

Director: Brian Allgeier | Stars: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Andy Morris

Votes: 945

'Tools of Destruction' brought the series to the next generation of consoles, and the switch benefited the series greatly in terms of both gameplay and graphical fidelity, although the story, while interesting, never truly immersed me.

8. Secret Agent Clank (2008 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Follows Clank in his Secret Agent persona to save Ratchet, who has been framed by a ruthless enemy and jailed for a crime he did not commit.

Stars: David Kaye, Christopher Corey Smith, James Arnold Taylor, Jim Ward

Votes: 154

This game, released only for the PSP, was different enough from the main series (gameplay wise) so that the limited controls of the device didn't get in the way of the experience; I didn't connect with the story quite so much, but still enjoyed the new take on the series.

9. Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty (2008 Video Game)

Adventure, Sci-Fi

After been taken by the Zoni. Ratchet and Talywn needs help to find Clank. Rusty Pete knows someone that could help Ratchet to get his friend back but he is already dead by Captain Slagle.

Director: Brian Allgeier | Stars: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Tara Strong, Wally Wingert

Votes: 409

Boasting the same gameplay found in 'Tools of Destruction' and a continued story, 'Quest for Booty' could've been something great: unfortunately, it was over far too quickly and generally felt like an afterthought. The combat was just as good as ever though, despite the story never really holding my attention.

10. Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault (2012 Video Game)

Adventure

After losing the election 3 months ago Captain Qwark is feeling depressed. When there's a mystery villain that invade 3 outpost. Now Captain Qwark will have to Assemble the Q-force.

Stars: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Richard Steven Horvitz

Votes: 159

Insomniac continued their experimental phase by changing things up again to make a tower-defense game. I liked the gameplay, the combat still felt solid and the characters were all well-done but I wasn't a fan of the defense mechanics and the new art-style originally bugged me.

11. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (2007 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Sci-Fi

Ratchet and Clank's vacation is interrupted when a little girl is abducted by a forgotten race of highly advanced microscopic robots known as the Technomites.

Stars: Sylvia Aimerito, David Kaye, Nolan North, Nicole Sullivan

Votes: 376

The main flaw of this game was the fact that it was on the PSP and therefore had very finicky controls. The story was entertaining and there were some neat mechanics, but I just couldn't get past the awkward controls since they made the game very frustrating.

12. Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One (2011 Video Game)

E10+ | Adventure

Ratchet and Clank team up with Captin Qwark and Dr. Nefarious to save the galaxy.

Stars: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Michael Bell

Votes: 282

The first game released after 'A Crack in Time' brought it's story arc to a close, Insomniac decided to switch things up by changing the perspective to top-down and the focus to co-op. Sadly, I didn't think that their gamble paid off and even though 'All 4 One' was well made I didn't enjoy it anywhere near as much as the other games in the series.

13. Ratchet: Deadlocked (2005 Video Game)

T | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Ratchet, Clank, and Al got taken by Gleeman Vox. Now Ratchet is Force to compete in a underground game call Dread zone. With the help of Clank and Al they are forced to watch their Lombax ... See full summary »

Stars: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Armin Shimerman

Votes: 499

After inexplicably removing 'Clank' from the title, Insomniac tried to create a full game based around the arena-based combat from 'Up Your Arsenal'. I didn't enjoy this game as much though because, while the combat was solid, I felt that I needed more open/ exploration-based gameplay and a better story.



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