Insomniac’s 2002 take on platforming, which combined cute likeable characters and vividly coloured backdrops with a plethora of cool gadgets, helped form the spinal cord of the genre as we know and love it today. The harmless yet challenging exploration, the fun use of gadgets, the fact enemies spilled nuts and bolts instead of blood and guts – the duo took what Jak & Daxter did in 2001 and arguably made it better. The early 2000’s was a great time to be a gamer, capturing a sense of magic that’s sadly missing from games today.
But where has that magic gone?
In today’s world of constant “Modern Warfare or Battlefield!?” debates, it’s easy to forget that only a decade ago the likes of Ratchet & Clank and Jak & Daxter were just as heavily debated. But it was done in playgrounds amongst friends, rather than in online forums amongst foes. And it was done with respect.