Pin It
Favorite

The Player 

by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Size Matters Rated Everyone 10+: PSP & r & & lt;span class= "dropcap " & S & lt;/span & ize matters. Bigger guns can annihilate things little guns can't touch, like the twice-my-size, red-eyed robots that sweep hissing laser beams around them. Or the robots that toss chainsaws at me. Puny weapons like the giant wrench I tote around don't work very well on enemies like that. I need big guns.





There's the flamethrower, which doesn't so much throw flames as it gently ignites nearby enemies when I push the "fire" button. There's the Acid Bomb Glove that tediously kills my enemies by hucking green gobs of acid at them. The Bee Mine Glove stings enemies to death with robotic bees that shoot out of a hive on my arm. Most pathetically not-big is the watering-can weapon, named the Sprout-O-Matic, that allows me to water a plant and then transplant it elsewhere!





Size Matters is a disappointing addition to the Ratchet & amp; Clank arsenal, even though it delivers a passable jump-and-shoot platform game -- or at least one that's better than any iteration of Rayman. The expectations set up by the original Ratchet & amp; Clank have dwarfed the rest of the series, but there's no reason for the developers of Size Matters to have veered so far off course.





Much of the charm of the Ratchet & amp; Clank series has come from the slew of weapons -- enormous, ridiculous guns, mainly -- that the catlike Ratchet is given. Ratchet & amp; Clank was also one of the first 3D platform games to pit me against swarming enemies, and it featured ample arena combat to compete with games such as Serious Sam and MDK that had opened up the scope of combat.





Size Matters makes the baffling choice of giving me more suits of armor than guns. Granted, when I collect a full, matching suit of armor (gloves, helmet, boots, etc.), I'm given a special attack power, but supplemental fashion is no substitute for straightforward firearms, and repeatedly in Size Matters' relatively brief single player campaign, I kept wanting to find something more substantial in my hands. As it is, Size Matters is disappointingly slight.





THE GOOD: Size matters, at least for the small robot Clank. When he's at the center of the action (in his small mode), familiar enemies appear larger, if not necessarily tougher. It speaks well of the developer's use of the PSP's graphical limitations to create monster models that look and move identically at different scales. Moreover, the enemy robots are animated to move with expressivity and personality. After watching so many games from other systems be pared back for their PSP conversions, it's a welcome relief to see digital animation on the system treated as complex, not dumbed-down.





THE BAD: Some aspects of combat have been simplified to compensate for the PSP's lack of precision. Shooting is semi-auto targeted -- a targeting reticle jumps over the nearest enemy and sticks there until I kill them or another enemy comes into closer range. But I can also damage a hovering robot simply by swiping my wrench through the air beneath it. Despite nothing being there, they still take a fatal hit.





THE BOTTOM LINE: Ratchet & amp; Clank: Size Matters isn't as big a game as its heroes deserve.





3/5 Stars

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Skunked
  • Skunked

    Why Spokane County Commissioners passed a temporary ban on new outdoor pot farms without telling anyone
    • Dec 8, 2016
  • Prisoner Problems
  • Prisoner Problems

    Computer errors continue to plague state Department of Corrections; plus, Washington ranked first in pro-charter-school policies
    • Dec 8, 2016
  • In Defense of Refugees
  • In Defense of Refugees

    In the aftermath of the presidential election, local residents seek ways to love and support their refugee friends
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
Gingerbread Build-Off

Gingerbread Build-Off @ Davenport Grand Hotel

Sun., Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Unfinished Business

    Isaiah Wall wants to get his life on track. But first, he's gotta buy drugs for the police
    • Nov 17, 2016
  • Fake-News Nightmare

    The social media dream of the 2000s is fading, but we can reset the system by sticking up for the truth
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

Briefs


green zone


marijuana


TRAIL MIX


Comment


Readers also liked…

  • Whitman Privilege
  • Whitman Privilege

    Why Walla Walla's Whitman College has come under fire for having so few low-income students
    • Apr 22, 2015
  • Running Dry
  • Running Dry

    How Wild Waters slid from the top water park in the Inland Northwest to an abandoned ruin
    • Jun 24, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation