Videogame face-off: 'Ratchet and Clank' vs. 'Brutal Legend'

Somewhere between gory FPS and kid-geared sidescrollers there’s the wonderful genre of cartoonish action-adventure games. How to pick? Face-Off has you covered. Today, it’s waring guitars and and strange creatures.

In this corner… Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack In Time
Each successive Ratchet and Clank game — a platformer akin to Metroid — outdoes the previous ones with innovative weapons and engrossing plot development; the latest is no exception. Ratchet the Lombax (kangaroo-like) and Clank the robot have been separated! Ratchet uses a slew of customizable new weapons like the Sonic Eruptor, a frog beast attached to a metal rod that spews enemy-shaking sound waves; Clank solves puzzles by using clones of himself to carry out time-delayed actions. Throw in the ability to pilot Ratchet’s upgradeable, blast-happy space ship and an epic satisfying conclusion, and you’ve got yet another game in the win column for Insomniac Games. And first-timers won’t be left out in the cold: The game’s inviting enough to play sans previous R+C exposure.

In the other corner… Brütal Legend
It takes a hell of a game to unite the voices of Ozzy Osborne, Lemmy, and Jack Black. Eddie Riggs (Black) is the ultimate roadie who finds himself in a hellish dimension where he must use heavy metal music to save the world. He swings a giant literal axe to take down druids and slimy demons, and wields a metaphorical axe, his guitar, that casts lightning and fire spells. Oh yeah, and he drives a hot rod through piles of bones. The game’s part weapon-fueled action, part Guitar Hero-style button mashing to Black Sabbath tunes — which, get this, gives you new powers. If you can stand a little gore and some cursing (as a joke, the game asks you occasionally if you think it’s funnier if the swears get bleeped out), this game is the perfect vehicle for unabashed heavy metal geekery.

And the winner is…
Brütal Legend
Not only is it impossible not to get swept into the slashing and shredding, but this is Jack Black’s least abrasive role in years.


Comments (14 total) Add your comment
  • DanBoston

    Are you crazy? Ratchet and Clank is not only a superior game, but has continues to churn out each time a game the surpasses the previous one. The weapon choices alone in R&C are worth the price of admission.

    • Nick T

      Unlike the person above me, I’m not spam. Unlike the people below me, I’ll go ahead and pretend this article is relevant. Ratchet is superior in all ways to Brutal Legend. I have played both. Normally I’d say that being a long time fan of R&C gives me bias, but Crack in Time was one of best games I’ve played in long time.

    • Arnold

      hubo mucho errores en la deopscciin ratchet no es un marsupial es un lombax,se dice clank no clan,se dice qwark(cuark) cuar,no se dice gigatones se dice guitones de titanio y tampoco se dice metales se dice guitones y 2 cosas q no me gustaron en ste juego es el viaje de planeta en planeta tarda mucho y no sta bn dibujado(en los viajes espaciales) tarda como 7 veces incluso mas nunca es un numero exacto y la otra es el pirateo aqi en le guste el tetris esta de suerte es casi igual al tetris

    • Sharry

      Hey. I have played many games beorfe but I have alot of fun with this game called Pro Flight Simulator. I really think this game is worth playing. You wont be disappointed be this game.Best of luck

  • The Dude

    How can you compare the two? They are two completely different types of games. It’d be like trying to compare soccer to football. Sure they are both sports but appeal to completely different sets of people (with some overlap but not much).

    • Bob Frapples

      Agreed; two totally different genres. (Although, I’m one of those people in the overlap and look forward to playing both over the holidays.)

  • TikiHunter

    What was the point of these “face-offs”? EW: Please get some real video game writers. Or don’t review games at all.

  • Qness

    I find it hysterical that both of the games are under the tree tonight for the same person!

  • Eyeball

    Brutal Legend is the brain baby of the legendary Tim Schafer, who was involved in a slew of all-time ultimate classics from the LucasArts camp back in the early- to mid-nineties (Sam & Max, Day of the Tentacale, etc.)

    So why did Brutal Legend end up being one of the most frustratingly annoying games I’ve ever played? The real-time strategy aspect of this game is so poorly conceived I had to force myself to finish playing it just to find out what the punchline was. And? Not worth it.

    • Auth

      1.left 4 dead2.left 4 dead 23.splinter cell games.4. lego starwars.5.if you have 2 colesnos then saints row 2 by far.6. smackdown vs. raw games7.halo 38. when september 19 comes, halo: reach. BY FAR.9. call of duty games.

  • Franky

    Ratchet and Clank rules

  • Franky

    ratchet and clank is the best game ever made

  • Franky

    brutal 360 is the worst game made

  • Jon

    You’re a strange individual.

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