Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters

More Ratchet & Clank on the way

But there's over a year to wait.

A message appearing at the end of the latest Ratchet & Clank game indicates it won't be the last instalment in the series.

Ratchet PSP heading to PS2?

Retail and ESRB suggest so.

PSP title Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters appears to be on its way to PlayStation 2 next year, judging by reports from retail and the US ratings board.

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters

But it's what you do with it that counts, right?

Ratchet & Clank: a Western platformer so good that even the Japanese loved it - and for good reason. While the 16-bit old school have continually pined for Sonic or Mario to come up with the platforming goods, Sony has basically sewn up the genre over the past six years, with four superb Ratchet games right at the centre of this unexpected world domination, with Sly Raccoon and Jak & Daxter ramming the point home in some style.

And now a PSP-exclusive fifth Ratchet title enters the fray, proving not only that the series remains as essential as ever, but survives that tricky one-stick transition to the Sony handheld almost intact. But more of that later, camera fans.

The most important thing to stress is that Size Matters feels every bit as enjoyable as any of the previous versions, marrying, as it does, the platforming and combat formula with consummate ease. And despite development duties switching from Insomniac to High Impact, you can hardly see the join. It has a typically grin-inducing storyline, superb voice-overs (from the usual cast) and the kind of cut scenes you feel guilty skipping.

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Ratchet & Clank for PSP

Details and shots.

Ratchet & Clank appears to be on its way to PlayStation Portable - and in a fairly advanced state already.