Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Developer: Insomniac Games
Platform: PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system
Genre: Action Platform
Players: Single-player (single console), Multiplayer (split-screen, up to
four players, single console), Online Play (via Broadband play, up to eight
Peripherals: DUALSHOCK®2 analog controller, memory card (8MB)
(for PlayStation 2), Network Adaptor (Ethernet/Modem) (for PlayStation 2),
USB Headset (for PlayStation 2, sold separately) or SOCOM headset
Date: November 2004
Target Age: 13 +
Rating: “RP” for
Created and developed by Insomniac Games, Ratchet & Clank®:
Up Your Arsenal is the team’s third installment in the critically acclaimed
PlayStation 2 franchise, Ratchet & Clank. Since their explosive entry
into the marketplace less than a year and a half ago, Ratchet & Clank® and
Ratchet & Clank®: Going Commando have sold more than 4 million units
worldwide. During that time, the Insomniac team has continued to grow, as
talented designers, programmers, artists and animators have joined together
to create the first PlayStation 2 action platform game to feature online
gameplay, as well as boasting the much-anticipated return of the dynamic
duo, Ratchet and Clank.
In Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Ratchet
and Clank once again team up for an all-new adventure combining diverse gameplay
with elements of action, exploration, adventure, puzzle-solving, strategy,
role-playing and fierce gunfire into one riveting experience. Featuring single-player
and introducing new multiplayer offline and online gameplay, Ratchet & Clank:
Up Your Arsenal aims to push the action platform genre even further to deliver
one of the most exciting and fulfilling single-player and multiplayer experiences
After word spreads of Ratchet and Clank’s recent conquest
in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, Clank finds himself recognized
as an interstellar robot of mystery and intrigue after starring in his
own television series, Secret Agent Clank. While Ratchet is dismayed
by his new sidekick status, the feelings are put aside when the twosome
is called together by the Galactic President to bring peace to the universe.
They find themselves traveling back to Planet Veldin to battle Dr. Nefarious,
a robotic supervillain who has devised a diabolical scheme to wipe out
all organic life in the galaxy. To reach his goal, he has instructed
the Tyhrranoids, a race of multi-eye aliens to annihilate the organics,
not knowing that if the Tyhrranoids are successful, they will end up
causing their own extinction.
To fight back, Ratchet and Clank are able
to recruit Captain Qwark, a favorite from previous games, out of retirement
to lead the Q-Force, an unlikely band of heroic space cadets comprised
of some of the most memorable characters from the Ratchet & Clank
franchise. This includes Helga, the robotic seductress; Big Al, a techno-geek
with the ability to encrypt technology systems; and Skidd McMarxx, a
former hoverboarding champ and pro slacker turned spy. Together with
the Q-Force, Ratchet and Clank set off on another hilarious interstellar
romp to uncover the schemes of the sinister Dr. Nefarious and keep the
galaxy safe for organic life.
KEY FEATURES, SINGLE-PLAYER
and Clank return to Planet Veldin (the setting of the original Ratchet & Clank)
to explore a multitude of diverse planets filled with perilous combat
and challenging gameplay.
• Players will have the ability to earn
up to 15 new weapons with up to four levels of upgrades for most weapons.
Weapon upgrades can be unlocked by killing enemies and can increase the
amount of damage to enemies as well as change the weapon’s functionality.
only can players control Ratchet, they can also play as Clank and Captain
Qwark, with brand new abilities in level-specific areas.
and Clank will be able to earn new high-tech gadgets along the way to
help them navigate through the universe.
• Players will gain access
to new vehicles, like the Turbo Slider or Hovership, to compete in races
and combat enemies in intense battlefield missions.
• The Starship
Phoenix, headquarters for the Q-Force, is the flagship in the fight against
Dr. Nefarious and serves as a key information hub. The Starship is also
where players receive new missions and training, and can purchase armor
• Using a memory card from Ratchet & Clank: Going
Commando, players will have the ability to obtain a few favorite returning
weapons for free!
• Intuitive enemy artificial
intelligence (AI) means non-playable characters (NPCs) behave more intelligently
by gathering information about their environments and forthcoming attacks
and ultimately providing more of a challenge for players.
KEY FEATURES –MULTIPLAYER/ONLINE
split screen multiplayer offline mode supports two or four players offline.
multiplayer online mode accommodates up to eight players over a broadband
• Six additional levels for online play provide plenty
of diverse surroundings featuring destructible environment obstacles – perfect
for creating more havoc!
• By working with their team, players can
capture and destroy their competitors’ base by using their arsenal
of weapons to overpower their enemies. Other modes for online play will
also be available.
• New commandeer vehicles in the multiplayer
mode are equipped for co-op gameplay, allowing players to work together
as one person controls the direction of the vehicle while the other unleashes
the powerful arsenal of weapons included with the vehicle.
represent certain strategic locations on an online battlefield where
players gain ground to capture their opponent’s base if they secure
these. So, if a player captures a Node, but his character is terminated
later during a match, the player’s next turn can begin at the Node – instead
of being sent back to the player’s home base.
• Voice communication
will be supported online via the USB headset (for PlayStation2)
allowing communication with fellow team members during online games,
either in-game or in the main lobby.
• The lobby area will feature
an online friends list, allowing players to be matched up based on their
gameplay statistics and providing the ability to select from a variety
of player skins.