Swimming in nostalgia.
It was my birthday yesterday (Hooray!) and one of my friends bought me the Ratchet & Clank trilogy HD collection. Before this, I wasn’t so sure of these collections; I viewed them as developers being lazy, plus they were shattering my fond memories of games. Seriously, I don’t remember Jak II being that difficult the first time around! Maybe I’m just getting old..
Therefore it was with some trepidation that I sat down and started up R&C 3. Please understand that at age 10, this game along with it’s spiritual sequel R&C Gladiator were the pinnacle of gaming for me. I breathed this game for a while, loving every second of it, down to the very last Blaargian Snagglebeast. As a child it was the most fun I had playing a game, and you know what? It still was.
I don’t know how long I played, but judging by the ache in my neck and contents of my bladder it was hours. The addictive mix of shoot, smash and level was as perfect as it had been years ago. Truly the series was ahead of it’s time, merging role – playing and platforming elements into a hilarious 3rd person shooter.
It’s weapons all put smiles on my face, blasting away Tyrannhoids with the trusty nitro launcher, and hosing robots with strands of lava from the lava gun. I laughed at every line cracked, appreciating a lot of the innuendo and deeper meanings that had sailed over me in the past. (Up your arsenal.. heh.)
I cheered as I lured Qwark into his cage with a banana, played his 2d side scrollers flawlessly, and was held captivated by Dr. Nefarious as he whipped the robotic population into a rebellious frenzy. I even practiced some more on my ‘Clank Laugh.’
Hee hee he-he he hee.
I guess what I’m trying to say here, is that while HD collections can occasionally fall flat, Ratchet and Clank’s adventures remain – for me at least – as magical and fun as they had been. The graphics were beautiful, the sci-fi/fantasy feel kept intact with upgraded textures. Character models were vibrant and expressive. And the writing.. dear god the writing remains flawless. It will have you in stitches, whether you’re seven or seventy. The best part?
I haven’t even checked out the other two games on the collection yet.
What were your childhood games? Which titles leave you fuzzy with nostalgia? Scribble away below!