Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction

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Sony announces Uncharted Collection

Sony announces Uncharted Collection

Plus Resistance, Ratchet & Clank sets.

The first two Uncharted games are being taped together and put on store shelves from 22nd July, Sony has announced.

As well as the first two games in Naughty Dog's revered PlayStation 3 franchise, you'll also get a theme and avatar for Uncharted 3.

According to CVG, the same treatment is also being afforded to the first two Resistance games and Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction and A Crack in Time.

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Insomniac hints at new PS3 exclusive

Insomniac hints at new PS3 exclusive

And taking all its people on a cruise.

Insomniac Games is currently working on an unannounced PlayStation 3-exclusive game, the developer quietly noted yesterday.

The announcement came at the tail end of a press release celebrating the fact that the Employer's Group has ranked the studio as the fifth best place to work in California.

"Insomniac Games is currently developing an unannounced title, exclusively for PS3," according to a footnote.

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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.

FeatureEurogamer TV Show: Episode 19

PS3 joy, FPS hell and WWE asphyxiation.

Couple of fantastic PS3 exclusives doing the rounds. As far as opening statements go, that isn't one we've often felt compelled to write thus far. But on the games side, that's precisely the case right now. And for the aforementioned "couple" we have Sony stalwarts Insomniac and Naughty Dog to thank.

Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction

There aren't many game series that can trot out almost the exact same formula six times in a row and get away with it, but Insomniac has managed just that with the Ratchet & Clank games. The secret? By keeping things fresh and interesting through always changing the weapons and gadgets to the point where you don't mind that - to all intents and purposes - it's a minor variation on a theme.

Anyone expecting some sort of radical next generation reinvention can think again. Sure, the game engine has been polished up beyond belief, but when it comes down to talking about the actual gameplay it's business as usual for the big eared Lombax and his faithful robot backpack. Just like every Ratchet game since 2002, Tools of Destruction is set across a series of (extremely pretty) intergalactic locations. You land your ship, you wander around, ears flapping, you whack a cluster of dinky looking critters with your wrench, and blast away at the bigger, harder-looking monstrosities that hove into view.

Each and every time you kill these Pixar escapees, they erupt into a sea of twisted metal and bolts (whether they're squishy critters or gigantic mechanised monsters of maximum doom, curiously). You scoop up said scrap metal automagically, and all this chaos and destruction works on benefiting Ratchet on several levels. The more you kill and the more boxes you smash up, the quicker you level the furry fiend up (gaining more hit points every time you do so), the more currency you end up with and the quicker you can augment your weapon's death-dealing abilities.

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FeaturePS3: 12 Games of Christmas

Tumbling down the chimney.

Another good thing about Christmas is that you can kiss people by holding a twig with leaves above their heads, made all the more likely by the enormous vat of incredibly pungent mulled wine stewing in the kitchen. Similarly smile-worthy is that yes there are games on PS3 to buy this year, despite what James with his rival console says in the comments section while picking his nose and flicking it at his equally spotty friend.

EGTV: Exclusive Ratchet vids

EGTV: Exclusive Ratchet vids

All the way to the Clank.

Eurogamer TV today is proud to announce the birth of video triplets in the shape of three exclusive gameplay vignettes from the PS3-exclusive platform-shooter with the unnecessarily long name, Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction.

After the underwhelming launch title, Resistance: Fall of Man, Insomniac Games has gone back to what it does best for its next outing on Sony's must-have-starved system: running and jumping with guns, but with a sense of humour and without all that unpleasant business with the Church.

Of the three video teasers on offer today across the Eurogamer Empire, on our very own EGTV, there's a montage of SIXAXIS shenanigans, underwater gameplay and a look at the brilliant Groovitron.

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Ratchet MP again in future?

Just not for this Future.

Insomniac has said once again that it will consider putting multiplayer back in Ratchet & Clank one day, even though you won't be seeing it in the new PS3 version.

Five new games on PS3 Store

Plus two demos and DLC.

Sony has updated the PlayStation 3 Store with five new downloadable games, a pair of overdue demos and downloadable content for Folklore and MotorStorm.

PS3 rumble firmware sighted

1.94 bundled with Ratchet.

You may not actually be able to play it unless you delete some porn, but Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction does have hidden depths to explore once you do.

Ratchet glitch prevents install

So use this workaround.

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction may have landed in some US stores this week, putting it a little bit ahead of schedule, but it also arrives with a bug that can potentially stop you playing it. Whoops.

Ratchet on sale early in USA

Sony "happy to allow" it.

Here's something you don't see very often: a game's producer telling retailers it's okay to sell something ahead of its official release date since they already have it in stock.

Ratchet demo on PS3 Store

In USA anyway.

This week's US update to the PlayStation Store sees the previously announced Everyday Shooter (USD 9.99) joined by a trio of demos - including one for Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction.

Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction

Triggers happy memories.

What's the most surprising thing about the first PS3 instalment in the Ratchet & Clank series? It's not the return to the classic platforming-shooting-collecting gameplay of the first three games. It's not, whatever the hype might say, because it's exactly like playing a Pixar film. Because it isn't, as even Insomniac will admit. It's this: Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction makes use of the Sixaxis controller's motion-sensing capabilities in a way that isn't completely rubbish.

Ratchet & Clank PS3 dated

Game/demo dated for US/EU.

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction will be released in the US on 23rd October and in Europe this November, Insomniac's Ryan Schneider told Eurogamer today.

Of all PlayStation 3's forthcoming releases, the most interesting and significant is neither a game nor for sale. Home, Sony's more structured, sanitised and solid attempt at a Second Life world might seem innocuous enough but with the screenshots of its cinema space and the implied possibility of fully downloadable movies, there's the chance it might eventually outgrow even its host platform in significance.

Sony clarifies PS3 game dates

Semi-official blog not quite right.

Sony has cleared up some issues surrounding PlayStation 3 release dates on semi-official blog ThreeSpeech this afternoon, by pointing out that they're not all entirely correct.

Ratchet PS3 in full production

Insomniac gets back to work.

With Resistance: Fall of Man now finished and ready for the PlayStation 3's launch in Japan and the US this month, Insomniac is turning its attention to other things.