Ratchet & Clank are household names having fought their way across galaxies for years. Insomniac’s lovable duo have had many outings, and we’ve decided to rank the main ones from worst to best and tier them all too.
Insomniac took a giant step in the early 2000s by ditching Spyro The Dragon and working on a new IP called Ratchet & Clank. Given how universally popular Spyro was, it was a risky move for the studio to undertake such a gamble.
13 games and 1 film later, and it’s safe to say that Insomniac’s gamble paid off, and Ratchet & Clank are now bonafide gaming icons. So to celebrate the series and the release of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart here’s a detailed list ranking the primary games, with a bonus tier list thrown in for good measure.
Ratchet & Clank games tier list
Before we delve into a proper list and ranking, we’re going to smash out some tiers for all of the games to quickly determine the quality of every Ratchet & Clank title.
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Here’s an explanation of our tier system:
- S-Tier games are the best of the best
- A-Tier ones are great
- B-Tier games are just missing something
- C-Tier ones are not worth your time
Here is our official tier list of all of the Ratchet & Clank games in order:
- S-Tier: Ratchet & Clank (2002), Ratchet & Clank (2016), Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction, Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
- A-Tier: Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
- B-Tier: Ratchet: Deadlocked, Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty, Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus
- C-Tier: Secret Agent Clank, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, Ratchet: Full Frontal Assault
Ratchet & Clank’s main games ranked
10. Secret Agent Clank
Cute and considered in its approach, Secret Agent Clank feels like the kind of game people think they want but realize it’s not as good without Clank’s better half. Still a decent game in its own right and a good outing for the PSP, but not a game considered highly.
9. Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
All 4 One retains many of the elements that Ratchet & Clank was built on but doesn’t do them that well or make them that interesting. The notion of Ratchet, Clank, Captain Qwark, and Dr. Nefarious doesn’t really make sense, and it feels like a much dumbed-down, kid-friendly version of the classic formula – with basically no story.
8. Ratchet: Deadlocked
In the same way, that comparative series Jak and Daxter took a darker turn with a great emphasis on combat and fighting, Ratchet & Clank: Deadlocked felt like that – a step in the wrong direction.
The fundamentals are still solid, and there’s lots of classic R&C gunplay here, but the loss of platforming and a massive, coherent worlds to explore game brings it down compared to other entries.
7. Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus
The first of the “core” games to feature on our list, Into The Nexus is a great game. It looks great, feels great, but it really felt like an adventure we’d had before.
Which to say this isn’t a bad thing, but a shorter length and a feeling of familiarity bogs down the quality here. Also, the story and new villain didn’t scream “memorable” at us. Whereas A Crack In Time innovated and tried to push the series forward, Into The Nexus felt like a clear step back.
6. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
Going with the PSP version here, Size Matters wasn’t even developed by Insomniac Games, it was High Impact Games, and they still delivered something incredible.
A fully-fledged R&C title that showed the capabilities of Sony’s first portable console. Size Matters did everything a great R&C needed to be amazing and even managed to retain the cool space battles welcomed in Going Commando – a great feat for a portable game.
5. Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time
Insomniac went back to the drawing board after Tools of Destruction and devised a way to reinvent the formula and differentiate this title from previous ones.
They did this with some mind-bending time logic puzzles and centered the theme of the game around this idea. It worked brilliantly and along with the usual array of zany weapons made R&C feel fresh once more. Plus, we got a great narrative inspection of Clank, learning a great deal about his backstory with some emotional twists here and there.
4. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
The second game in the franchise introduced tons of new weapons, weapons levels for each gun, and really upped the chaos from the first game.
Ratchet & Clank continued to bond and forge an even stronger friendship and they help to save the galaxy once again, although they do so with a very underwhelming end of game boss fight.
3. Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction
The duo’s debut on the PS3 was the next logical step as the world’s greatest galaxy savers got a pleasant technical upgrade in every department. The series had never felt so smooth and it boasted the biggest and best worlds to date.
It didn’t do anything substantial to really innovate and push the boundaries like other titles on this list may have done, but Tools of Destruction was an immense launch game and gave the fans what they loved, whilst attracting new ones.
2. Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
History tells us that the third entry in any film or game franchise is usually ‘meh,’ but not with Up Your Arsenal. Not only were the game’s names getting better, but so were the games in general.
It ramped up the intensity of its combat, multiplied the enemies, and somehow increased the fun. It introduced the series’ long-time villain Dr. Nefarious, featured awesome side quest locations, fun 2D scrolling mini-games, and Up Your Arsenal was just a monumental game.
1. Ratchet & Clank (2016)
The only thing that could have possibly pipped our second entry was the truly epic Ratchet & Clank 2016 reboot, remake, or whatever you want to call it. It’s one of the most graphically stunning games ever created, it handles as smooth as ice, and retells a captivating story.
The scale of Ratchet & Clank 2016 can’t be stressed enough and it takes all that made the original great, filters in elements of later games, and garnishes it with the modern day touch. Ratchet & Clank 2016 is a technical masterpiece, is endlessly replayable, and is the best Ratchet & Clank game in our eyes.
Image Credit: Insomniac Games / High Impact Games
How to get Thanos skin in Fortnite Season 7
The mad titan Thanos has returned to Fortnite as part of a new Duos event, and here’s how you can unlock the new Fortnite Thanos skin.
Three years after his LTM debut in Fortnite, Epic Games have brought Thanos back to the battle royale in Chapter 2, Season 7, and here’s how you can get your hands on the Fortnite Thanos skin.
Epic Games are looking to do another Marvel crossover by having Thanos return to the game for the first time since Season 4. The mad titan will be part of a new in-game event, and here’s how you can unlock him.
How to unlock Thanos in Fortnite Season 7
Thanos will become available in the Fortnite Item Shop for the first time from June 26, 2021. The mad titan will come with his own Infinity Gauntlet Back Bling, complete with all six Infinity Stones.
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You can unlock the Fortnite Thanos skin and his cosmetics earlier by competing in the Thanos Cup on June 21. This will require you to complete a total of 10 matches in 3 hours to earn a point as part of a Duo.
The Fortnite Thanos skin and Back Bling will be the rewards for the top-performing teams in each region, and players that earn 8 total points will receive “Thanos Watches” spray.
If you wish to participate in this event, you’ll need to have an Epic Account at level 30 with 2FA enabled. Thanos was initially available as part of an LTM in Season 4, but now he is here to stay when players start to get the Fortnite Thanos skin.
The Fortnite Thanos skin is a cool-looking outfit, and you can cause some serious havoc around Fortnite Island using the Infinity Gauntlet. The mad titan’s arrival from outer space fits perfectly with Season 7’s alien theme.
For more Fortnite Season 7 news, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL, and be sure to check out our guide on how to level up the Season 7 Battle Pass as fast as possible.
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Where to find graffiti-covered walls at Hydro 16 & Catty Corner for Fortnite Week 2 Quests
Here’s how you can complete the Fortnite Season 7 Week 2 Quest to find Graffiti-covered walls at Hydro 16 and Catty Corner.
There are brand-new challenges in Week 2 of Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 7, and here’s how you can complete the one that requires you to find graffiti-covered walls at Hydro 16 and Catty Corner.
One of the Week 2 Epic Quests requires you to search for a Graffiti-covered wall at either Hydro 16 or Catty Corner. Here’s exactly where you can find each of these locations and get this done.
Where to find the Graffiti-covered walls at Hydro 16 and Catty Corner in Fortnite
To complete this Fortnite challenge, you’ll first need to complete another Quest that has you collect spray cans from warehouses around Pleasant Park and Dirty Docks. You should be able to find those easily enough.
Once that’s done, you can find a Graffiti-covered wall at the hydro plant known as Hydro 16, as well as in Catty Corner. Once you’ve located one of these, you’ll need to walk up to it and interact with it.
To make this easier, we’ve marked both of the Graffiti locations on the map below:
Fortnite graffiti locations
The Hydro 16 landmark is located near Slurpy Swamp, and you can find it by heading along the road east out of that area. The Graffiti will be on a wall around the front, right above the murky water.
Alternatively, you can choose to visit Catty Corner near the southeast corner of the map. Rather than finding the wall directly inside the area, you’ll need to make your way east along the road out of there.
The Graffiti will be on a wall that’s along the road next to a bunker. Interact with it, and this will net you a total of 30,000 XP.
Just be sure to drop directly into either of these areas after you jump from the Battle Bus. However, other players may also have the same idea, so it’s best to be ready for a battle.
That’s all you need to do to complete this weekly challenge in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 7. You can also check out our guide on how to level up the Season 7 Battle Pass as fast as possible.
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Apex Legends devs finally fixing frustrating stuttering issues
Respawn Entertainment have confirmed that a fix is coming for the stuttering issues plaguing Apex Legends on PC.
Stuttering issues can often make playing Apex Legends at a high frame rate feel much less fun, but Respawn Entertainment have confirmed that a fix for this problem is on its way.
One advantage to playing games on PC is that you get to enjoy them at a decently high frame rate. While that sounds fun, it also comes with its own set of problems, as Apex Legends fans have to deal with stuttering issues.
This is when the high frame rate causes the game to be choppy, ruining your accuracy. As a result, players often end up lowering the FPS. Now, Respawn have assured fans that this will soon be resolved.
Apex Legends fans were discussing the “microstutter bug” on Reddit, and this gained a response from Respawn’s Lead Software Engineer Samy ‘ricklesauceur’ Duc.
One player asked if there was any way to get past the game’s 300 FPS cap, and another user advised against trying this. The game engine has a bug in it which causes a microstutter when you reach 180 FPS.
The developer then confirmed that this issue “should be gone after [the] next patch.” This fix will allow players on higher-end rigs to enjoy smoother gameplay than before.
Once this patch arrives, PC gamers should be able to get past the 180 FPS mark without encountering stuttering issues. There’s currently no date given for when we should expect to see this update patch.
This fix seems to be exclusive to PC, and players experiencing stutter issues on console will have to wait for a wider patch.
Image credits: Respawn Entertainment
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