Here’s How to Play Through The Ratchet & Clank Series in 2020
For those new to the Ratchet & Clank series, here are all the options you have to play the popular PlayStation franchise.
Yesterday Insomniac Games gave us a lengthy in-depth look at Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. This marks the ninth mainline title in the series if you include the remake of the original that released back in 2016. I’m sure there are plenty of people like me who have never played a game in the series and are thinking this is the perfect time to jump in. Even though Rift Apart isn’t a direct sequel, Insomniac has stated that its story is followed after Into the Nexus that released on the PS3 back in 2013.
Despite there being no direct connection with a previous entry in the series, I want to play as many Ratchet & Clank games with a new entry on the horizon. In case you’re in the same boat, here are the easiest ways to play each title in the series. NOTE: I am not including Ratchet: Deadlocked or any of the spin-off titles like All 4 One or Full Frontal Assault
The first three games in the franchise which include Ratchet & Clank, Going Commando, and Up Your Arsenal received the remaster treatment in 2012 for the PS3, PS Vita, and PS TV. So hopefully you still have one of those systems, if not it may be a lot harder for you to get access. Following the first trilogy is the beginning of the future arc with Tools of Destruction that originally released on PlayStation 3. Unfortunately, the title never got any kind of port and it isn’t even on PS Now, PlayStation’s streaming service. On the bright side the next three entries of the series, Quest for Booty, A Crack in Time, and Into the Nexus all are available on PS Now on top of the PlayStation 3. The Ratchet & Clank remake released on PS4 so everyone should be good on that end assuming that you have a PS4.
Long story short, if you still have a PS3 tucked away somewhere along with a PS4, you’re good to go. However, if you don’t have a PlayStation 3, then you’re in trouble until Insomniac puts Tools of Destruction on PS Now which has absolutely no guarantee in happening. If you have a Vita and PS Now like me, you’re in a similar situation. While our relationship with PlayStation as a site is not ideal, I tried reaching out to Insomniac via Twitter about getting Tools of Destruction on PS Now with no luck. As of now, we have to work with what we have.
Ratchet & Clank – PS2
Going Commando – PS2
Up Your Arsenal – PS2
Ratchet & Clank Trilogy Collection – PS3, PS Vita, PS TV
Tools of Destruction – PS3
Quest for Booty – PS3, PS Now
A Crack in Time – PS3, PS Now
Into the Nexus – PS3, PS Now
Ratchet & Clank – PS4