PwayStashon Fwee!

Yes I caved in and bought a PS3. It is a nice piece of kit, but really what I have been bowled over by the most is Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction.

This is one of the most charming games I have played in a long time. It’s obviously American, but the kind of intelligent American that doesn’t nearly get the praise it should. Pixar does come to mind, as does the original Shrek movie. It’s all a bit tongue in cheek and all the better for it. Like a good meal its staples are platforming and shooting these are incredibly well done, neither punishing nor overtly easy. There are a few ways to tackle difficulty, one is to make things punishing and robotic, another is to make things a great big puzzle, R&C uses the latter. However any staple if over relied on will result in boredom. R&C solves this by spicing up the mix with mini-games, not the quick time awfulness of the competitors, but small juicy morsels involving the Six-Axis or Clank exclusively.

If this game carries on like this I would have put it in my Top 5 ever.