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All Articles: Ratchet & Clank Collection
One of the PS3’s greatest games is now available on the PS4 as Sony has added The Last of Us Remastered to the PlayStation Store in their latest weekly update. The Remastered edition of The Last of Us includes everything that made the original game great as well as both Map Packs (Abandoned Territories and Reclaimed Territories) and the Left Behind single-player expansion.
This week also marks the beginning of the PlayStation Store Play promotion and Cellar Door’s Rogue Legacy is the first game on the docket. Rogue Legacy is a platformer with roguelike elements (which the developer refers to as “rogue-lite”). The game is Cross-Play compatible (PS3, PS4, and Vita) and features a procedurally generated quest with “wicked sweet fart jokes.”
Speaking of the Vita, several new titles are now available for Sony’s handheld, but this week’s big new release is Ratchet & Clank Collection, a portable compilation of the duo’s first three PS2 adventures. If you’d prefer something a little newer, WB Games released Lego Ninjago: Nindroids, based on the brand-new television show, for the Vita yesterday.
Summer is almost over, but that just means there’s still one more week for publishers to put out a few more Summer games.
An August tradition, this week’s biggest new release is Madden NFL 13. The EA Sports mainstay will make it to the Xbox 360, PS3, Vita, and Wii this week, with a Wii U version scheduled for release later this year.
Also available this week is a quartet of Sony-published PS3 collections including the Ratchet & Clank Collection (which is available on the PS3 for the first time), the God of War Saga, the InFamous Collection, and the Journey: Collector’s Edition.
Finally, peripheral maker Mad Catz has jumped into the game publishing business with Damage Inc: Pacific Squadron WWII for the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Wait, I almost forgot one… Sandman: Whispered Stories, a budget PC title, is also new in stores this week.
Sony has announced that The Ratchet & Clank Collection, which contains the first three games in the series remade in glorious high definition, will be released on August 28. All three games will also be available on August 28 through the PlayStation Store as individual downloads.
But you’re going to want to purchase the complete Collection, as Sony will include a demo of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time with the compilation. The demo will eventually be available to download from the PlayStation Store, but the only way to play it first is with The Ratchet & Clank Collection.
The Ratchet & Clank Collection will be available in stores and on the PSN for $29.99. The individual game downloads will likely be priced at $9.99 apiece.
Sly Cooper, Jak & Daxter, and Ratchet & Clank made the PS2 the place to be for platformers in the early 2000s. The first two have already been remastered and remade for the PS3, and with their tenth anniversary coming up, it’s Ratchet & Clank’s turn.
The Ratchet & Clank Collection will contain Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, and Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal. Fans of the fourth PS2 game in the series, Ratchet: Deadlocked, no doubt noticed that that game won’t be part of the collection.
The compilation is being developed by Idol Minds (who are also working on the Vita RPG Warrior’s Lair) with an assist from Insomniac. Like the previous platformer collections, The Ratchet & Clank Collection will include 1080p visuals and a stereoscopic 3D mode viewable in 720p. Trophies and the online multiplayer mode from Up Your Arsenal will be also included.
The Ratchet & Clank Collection will be available this Fall, but European PS3 players will get it in the Spring. To make up for the delay, Insomniac’s Ted Price promised “something very special” is in store for those of in North America.