How connected is the PS2 era to the PS3?

#1 Edited by NekuSakuraba (7241 posts) -

I love Ratchet and Clank and played a lot of the PS2 games but didn't really get that much into the story for the earlier games. I'm going to make my way through the PS3 games (I've already played ToD) but would like to know if I should go back and play the PS2 games to understand the story more, wait for the HD collection (if it comes out), play the PS3 games now and go back to the originals later or just not worry about it and continue playing on the PS3.

Thanks.

#2 Posted by yoshisaur (2723 posts) -

I didn't find myself missing out on anything when I played the PS3 games - but i've never played the PS2's.

#3 Posted by Pazy (2581 posts) -

Those games have a story? Ive played all of them, bar Crack in Time, but they all seem pretty self contained really. The PS3 games have a little bit of an arc so maybe you play them in order but it just seems to be "Evil man do evil thing, Ratchet and Clank go after him while levelling disco balls".

#4 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7241 posts) -

@Pazy said:

Those games have a story? Ive played all of them, bar Crack in Time, but they all seem pretty self contained really. The PS3 games have a little bit of an arc so maybe you play them in order but it just seems to be "Evil man do evil thing, Ratchet and Clank go after him while levelling disco balls".

Haha, yeah, maybe I didn't get into the story because there wasn't one to get into. xD

How long ago did you play the original trilogy? Do they hold up?

#5 Edited by WarlockEngineerMoreDakka (432 posts) -

No you won't need to- the PS3 Ratchet and Clanks had their own story arc while the PS2 story lines were almost completely stand-alone. There are definitely occasional references to the PS2 games, but they are mostly humorous references that have little to no direct influence on the PS3 story arc.

The only major link between any of the PS2 stories to the PS3 arc would be with Up Your Arsenal- as it introduced Dr. Nefarious, the only recurring villain the series has seen (Unless you count Qwark being a villain in the first and arguably second PS2 games, but he barely counts. :P ). But you'd only need to play Up Your Arsenal if you wanted more of an introduction to Nefarious.

#6 Posted by devilzrule27 (1239 posts) -

There are callbacks to the Ps2 games but for the most part those games were self contained stories taking place in one universe. The PS3 "Future" story arcs over the first 3 on the platform, except for the latest All 4 One. You should definitely keep going with the PS3 versions and wait for an HD remake of the PS2 ones.

#7 Edited by Pazy (2581 posts) -

@NekuSakuraba said:

@Pazy said:

Those games have a story? Ive played all of them, bar Crack in Time, but they all seem pretty self contained really. The PS3 games have a little bit of an arc so maybe you play them in order but it just seems to be "Evil man do evil thing, Ratchet and Clank go after him while levelling disco balls".

Haha, yeah, maybe I didn't get into the story because there wasn't one to get into. xD

How long ago did you play the original trilogy? Do they hold up?

I played them all near release but I replayed the first game last year, it holds up really well. It lacks the levelling mechanic which I love but it still plays really well, even the graphics are still passable.

EDIT: It holds up well enough that I plan to play Ratchet and Clank 2 in the next few weeks.

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