Read Play Blog #4

November 15, 2014 Read Play Blog 12

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Read Play Blog is a meme about video games and books, posted every 16th of the month. Bloggers are encouraged to answer a discussion question, and recommend a video game that is similar to a book they liked. Hosted by Happy Indulgence Books & Read Me Away.

This month’s Read Play Blog is a day early as every Sunday I have the sunday posts and didn’t want to have both posts on the same day.
I was happy when I found out this month’s question as it ties in perfectly with sci-fi month!
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Question: What is your favourite sci-fi game?

This month’s question was an easy one. Because while I thought I didn’t like reading sci-fi books at first I did play some sci-fi games when I was young already. And my favourite sci-fi game is the Ratchet and Clank series.
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So were is Ratchet and Clank about? To quote wikipedia:

The games take place in a science fiction setting and follow the adventures of Ratchet (an animalistic human-like character known as a Lombax, who is a mechanic) and Clank (a diminutive, sentient robot) as they travel through the universe, saving it from evil forces on a regular basis. The series is noted for its inclusion of many exotic, unique and over-the-top weapons and gadgets, a concept that Insomniac Games has also expanded into their other games.

I think that explanation is pretty spot on. I always liked Ratchet a tiny bit more the Clank, but what I liked most about the game is the gameplay and the weapons and gadgets. The Ratchet and Clank games feature an amazing variety of fun weapons. I remember a weapon from one of the earlier games that turned the enemies into sheeps. Beside that there are also weapons that give big explosions or fun visual effects. Or a lightning whip with a large reach, bombs, guns etc, there’s a varity of weird weapons. In later games the weapons even upgrade and change colour or get even cooler effects when they are upgraded, which is fun to see and it makes it worthwhile to fight with all the available weaposn just to see how they upgrade.
Ratchet and Clank is the perfect game when you want to run around and blast hordes of enemies into oblivion. The story might be a bit weak, but the gameplay more then makes up for it. And the visual aspect is pretty good too. The different planets all look different and are fun to see and explore. Especially later games in the series have good visual effects.

I have played the first 3 Ratchet and Clank games for the playstation 2 and am now making my way through the playstation 3 games. I already have finished Tools of Destruction and Quest for Booty and am now playing A Crack In Time. Actually I haven’t played the game in a long while, but I plan on continuing eventually.

Recommendation

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I would like to recommend Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time. Beside the time travel element, this is my favourite Ratchet and Clank game so far. The graphics are improved, the world even more fun to explore and they have a new arsenal of weapons mixed in with some old favourites. I also really like the way you can travel through space in this game. You don’t just click on the planets name and poof there goes your spaceship, you can actually fly around space and do other missions in space or just go to the next planet. I am currently still playing this game.

Currently Playing

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I am currently playing Home Sheep Home 2 on the computer through steam. It’s a fun, but also frustrating puzzle game, that features the sheeps from the Shaun the Sheep tv series. The characters are Shirley who is fat and slow, but who sinks in water and can’t drown; Timmy, the baby sheep, who’s small and can fit through small spaces; and Shaun who’s the fastest and jumps the farthest of them all. You have to collect items and make sure that all sheep make it to the end of the level. And it has such cutesy artwork.

So that’s it for this month’s Read Play Blog post :). So my question to you is:

What is your favourite sci-fi game? And have you ever played any of the Ratchet and Clank games?

12 Responses to “Read Play Blog #4”

  1. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I’m not really a gamer at all… the kids have a PS3, but they play sports games like soccer and ice-hockey on it. And I don’t play at all. We also have a WII, and I love playing Just Dance – the songs are always a little on the cheesy side, and it gets us all moving around all over the place – making us laugh and just have a great time.
    I hope you’re enjoying your weekend, Lola 🙂
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    • Lola

      I am not a big fan of sports game,s probably because I am not really a sporter as well. I basically grew up with games and consoles, so I loved gaming since I was young.
      I can imagine how those Dance games would be fun to do with your whole family!

  2. Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun

    I rarely play anymore – not that I wouldn’t love to, but i have NO self-control once I get started. Its kind of like an alcoholic, if I don’t touch the games I’m okay, but one game and I’m a goner until someone takes away the controller. I can easily see myself getting lost in Ratchet and Clank – it looks like so much fun!
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    • Lola

      I also have very little self-control when it coems to games, so usually I won’t start playing until I am already done with all my work for the day. Games like Home Sheep Home are great as they have just the right amount of frustrating that you can’t play it too long in a row, lol.
      Ratchet and Clank is so much fun and I really have to set boundaries for myself like only one planet or I would just keep playing. I really want to pcik it up again soon!

  3. Kirsten @ Video Games as Literature

    Shockingly, I have not played any games in the series yet. I have one of the newest games on PS3, but have yet to play it. As for my favorite Sci Fi game? That’s extremely tough! I think I’ll take the obscure path and say Chip’s Challenge. That game will always have a special place in my heart.

    • Lola

      I would really recommend the Ratchet and Clank games, they are a lot of fun. I never heard of Chip’s Challenge before, will have to check it out!

    • Lola

      I hope you get around to playing Ratchet and Clank sometime, it really is a great game, although you do have to be in the right mood for it.

  4. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    I haven’t played the Ratchet and Clank series before, so thanks for introducing me to them Lola! The weapons definitely sound like a lot of fun and I’d love to see the weird effects of them, it sounds like so much fun.

    • Lola

      The weird weapons are one of the best things about the Ratchet and Clank games. I always am so excited when I can buy a new weapon and find out what it does. They also have a sort of razorblade boomerang weapon which is a lot of fun to throw around.

  5. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    I’m not a gamer because I know I would get totally obsessed and never have time to read or knit! I have to say that if I were a gamer, I’d have to check out the sheep game! I did enjoy Myst, back in the day. I loved the puzzle aspect of it, and how it didn’t demand fast reflexes but thought and curiosity. I wish there were more games like that around now.

    • Lola

      I can totally understand that, I have to be carefull with game,s because sometimes you can get really addicted to some games. Home Sheep Home is a lot of fun and because it’s frustrating as well as fun you can’t play it too long in a row. I have never played Myst, might have to check it out. I like games that demand thought, althoguh when I am tired I rather have a simple game.

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