PS2 Classics: Where’s the Ratchet and Clank 2 remaster?

We’ve already seen one Ratchet remaster, but how about another? We look back on another PS2 Classic on PauseResumeQ4, this time though, we ask the question: where’s the Ratchet and Clank 2 remaster?

Early last year, Ratchet and Clank made a comeback: a remade version of their very first game. Accompanied by a film that didn’t do particularly well, the game itself drew positive responses, despite some questionable narrative choices.

So, coming up on two years later…where’s the sequel?

Ratchet and Clank 2 was a game that took every good aspect of the original and polished it up, introducing a much broader range of level designs, minigames, weapons and gadgets for players to enjoy. The cutscenes were glorious, and I still find myself humming some of the tunes today, especially the Oozla Megacorp store theme. However, despite all this, it’s the weapons that drew so much love from me when I was a kid – the vast selection available, as well as the excellent levelling up system, ensured I was completely intent on becoming the most destructively powerful Lombax the galaxy had ever seen. Apart from when facing those Yeti’s on the snow planet. They were awful.

The introduction of hover bike races and space battles was an interesting touch, but they were certainly the weakest areas of development. You can tell they were a bit of a rushed gamble that didn’t really pay off, so with all the recent games to take inspiration from, it would be nice to see what they could do with these to make them far superior. More stages and more rewards would be a start, but enhanced graphics and controls would also need to be high priority.

“Ratchet and Clank has always been one of [Sony’s] oldest icons, and I don’t think many would argue with the idea that they deserve a return”

In a similar vein, Giant-Clank battles could be redone and polished, as well as some of the hacking minigames, including placing more opportunities to use them. The card collection system from the remade original could easily return, but I’d like to see more weapons – perhaps even some classics returning from previous games. As long as there’s the Bouncer, however, I’d be happy; let’s be honest, that’s still the greatest weapon in all of video game history. Fact.

Narrative-wise, a remade second game could spawn the return of arguably the series’ most popular title, Ratchet and Clank 3: Up Your Arsenal. They’ve sewn the seeds in the remade original, especially by introducing Dr Nefarious, so it seems odd that they wouldn’t capitalize and take it further, even if they just remake the first three. And whilst remade versions of Tools of Destruction, Quest for Booty and A Crack in Time aren’t being demanded, they could certainly be a possibility further into the future.

With the return of Crash Bandicoot, God of War, Shadow of the Colossus and The Last of Us, the success of Bloodborne and Demon’s Souls, the completion of Uncharted, and the recent wonders of Horizon Zero Dawn and Until Dawn, Sony are not short of top quality exclusives, especially when it comes to potential sequels. But Ratchet and Clank has always been one of their oldest icons, and I don’t think many would argue with the idea that they deserve a return: Going Commando would be the perfect opportunity for some more kick-ass, explosive fun, for kids and nostalgic adults alike.

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