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Penny Arcade takes on Ratchet and Clank

Did you catch today's Penny Arcade strip? Well, hope you did -- it's a fun one, just for Ratchet & Clank fans. Check it out.

Of course, as is usual for the Penny Arcade duo, they have a blog entry detailing their experiences with the game. "The new Ratchet & Clank is a marvel, further proof that Insomniac is the surest thing that platform has going for it. You'll travel to lush, hitch-free worlds where the brutal load times found in other Playstation titles are nowhere to be found. It's something everyone with the system will be playing, and it's executed at a level that should generate jealousy in the non-owner."

We'd have to agree. Check out PS3 Fanboy's review of the game next Tuesday (right before it "officially" ships to stores!).

Ratchet and Clank comes bundled with annoying (but fixable) glitch

Some eager Ratchet and Clank fans were in for a surprise when they picked up their copies from their outlet of preference yesterday. It seems that a glitch is affecting the setup process of the game on some machines which makes the hard drive appear full. The game copies some files over to the hard drive before it starts but if it thinks the hard disc is full then it will refuse to boot. The glitch seems to happen randomly but is easily fixed.

If this happens to you then you will simply need to add or remove around 500megs worth of content. Once that's done the game should load fine. Still, it's a bit of an inconvenience and we expect there will be a good number of gamers who perhaps don't venture online for gaming news and will assume that their copy of the game is bust. Hopefully the number of people affected will be nice and low. If you come across this glitch then let us know.

Insomniac divulges some Ratchet development stories

Insomniac just delivered their second high-profile PS3 title, Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction -- it's been getting pretty rave reviews across the board, so MTV sought out an interview with the dev team to unearth how and why Insomniac kicks so much ass. So to speak. After gushing over the awesomeness that is the Groovitron, Insomniac mentioned their ambitious claim: "We've bandied the Pixar name around a lot, in terms of our visual goals," and many say they have achieved these goals.

To boast the increase in graphics on the PS3, Insomniac divulged that on the PS2, Ratchet had 112 joints in his entire polygonal body -- the PS3 has given Ratchet 90 joints in his face alone. But of course, graphics aren't everything: "My game-designer side wants to say graphics don't matter and it's all about what the player is doing. But the other side is that it really immerses you in a world. ... Our burden is to create a world that is very convincing. So the fact that we can improve the visuals and the graphics adds to that."

The online options were dropped for this title not because Insomniac couldn't have done it (just look at Resistance), but "we were kind of disappointed to find that less than 5 percent of players actually played it who actually played the game for both Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal and Deadlocked." If any reviewers detracted points for lack of online, well, there's always a reason. There's plenty of details in the full story, so check it out if you want to learn about how graphical detail was approached and the possibility of future titles.

Firmware 1.94 adds DualShock rumble support

Ratchet & Clank Future (available in retail stores soon) is the first retail PS3 game to support rumble out of the box. The game includes firmware update 1.94 on the disc and will allow players with DualShock 3 controllers to experience the incredible innovation of rumble.

The firmware is, as of writing, not yet available for download. DualShock 3 controllers will be available in Japan in November and in America next year.

[Via Joystiq]

Win a Ratchet & Clank Future fan pack!

If you're lucky enough, you'll be able to play Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction on your PS3 this week. To celebrate Ratchet's jump into the next generation, we're giving away tons of swag, including a giant movie-styled poster, t-shirts and various pieces of concept art. We're giving away prizes to three readers ... so how do you sign up?

To enter, simply go through our gallery and tell us which picture's your favorite. The comment must be left before October 25th, 5PM EST. You may enter only once. Three (3) winners will be selected in a random drawing. Three (3) winners will receive a Ratchet & Clank Future movie-styled poster, a limited edition piece of Ratchet & Clank Future concept art, and a Ratchet & Clank Future t-shirt (No ARV). Click here for complete Official Rules. You must be a US resident, age 18 or older to enter.

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Ratchet and Clank is coming out on the 23rd [Update]

Various blogs and news aggregators have been reporting that Ratchet and Clank: Future Tools of Destruction may be getting released earlier than expected, with the evidence being recently changed EBGames and sales date (to the 23rd instead of the 30th) as well as Insomniac's recent confirmation that R&C has gone gold. We contacted Sony to get the official word, and unfortunately it looks like there is going to be no early release for Ratchet and Clank.

Jennifer Clark, the Sony PR contact for Ratchet and Clank, confirmed to PS3 Fanboy that production is complete and some copies are starting to ship out to retailers now, but that the official release date is still October 30th and won't be changing. She did mention that some a lot of stores may release the game early. So go get your Ratchet on if you can find it.

American PSN updates for October 11th

So the European PSN update may not have been up to snuff, but today's American updates have finally been listed on the PlayStation.Blog. This week we're happy to see Everyday Shooter finally being released alongside the Ratchet and Clank demo. Best update ever? This is certainly a contender for the title. The full release list is as follows:
  • Everyday Shooter full game ($9.99)
  • Ratchet and Clank demo (free)
  • Conan demo (free)
  • NHL 2K8 demo (free)
  • Uncharted behind the scenes video (free)
  • Folklore trailer (free)
  • Fallout 3 trailer (free)
  • Ratchet and Clank wallpaper (free)
  • Everyday Shooter wallpaper (free)
  • The Assassination of Jesse James movie trailer (free)
  • Spiderwick Chronicles movie trailer (free)
  • Walk Hard movie trailer (free)

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Ratchet and Clank PSN demo (finally) dated

IGN is reporting that they have finally found out when the Ratchet and Clank demo will be availaboe on the PSN. The demo has supposedly been ready to go for months now but Sony has simply refused to put it up for download. All that will change, however. Come October 4th we'll all be playing the first level of our favourite PS3 mascot platformer. Presumably this is the US release. No doubt the EU PSN will get it around ... January 2008? If we're lucky.


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