Friday, November 2, 2007

The hair of my chinny-chin-chin

I've got a couple of minutes before midnite to go over a few first impressions of Ratchet & Clank: Future Tools of Destruction.

  • Wow -- console gaming is almost as awful as PC gaming now with all the updates and such. Remember when you could just insert the ROM (or CD) and just press the start button? It took 15 steps (including various reboots and deletion of corrupted files) to go from insert DVD to controlling Ratchet thanks to firmware updates and long load/save times. Urgh.
  • Wow -- the 6-axis controller is lame. Feels like crap (I noticed this last year when I tried to play Resistance), I miss the rumble (especially for additional feedback as to when something has been sweetly smashed, or when it is unbreakable and I should stop trying), and the minigames that use the motion sensor are pretty lame and feel tacked on. I just spent a bunch of resources to upgrade my tornado gun and I may never use it again.
  • Wow -- the core gameplay still rocks hard. I've missed R&C and thank goodness that the series is back again. I'm having a blast.
One last thing: I can't seem to get the controller to respect my inverted preferences for the flying portion of the game. This is very frustrating and makes the minigame pretty not fun to play (when it actually should be good cotton candy).

Well, more to come tomorrow :)

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