11 Best Games Like Ratchet and Clank

Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy

Ratchet and Clank is a buddy-cop 3D platformer that has gone through several evolutions over the years. Here, we’re going to look at some of the best games like Ratchet and Clank that you can play right now!

From a gritty and sarcastic comedy to a more narrative-driven game, and finally to the current light-hearted and more Hollywood incarnation we have today.

The gameplay of collecting guns, exploring new worlds, and interacting with characters has stayed the same throughout the series, however.

So, without further ado, let’s get started.

11. F-Zero GX

F-Zero GX is a fast-paced racing game that is notorious for its blinding speed and incredible difficulty.

The F-Zero franchise hasn’t seen a lot of love over the years but fans continue to cry out for a sequel featuring everyone’s favorite Falcon Punching captain.

Throughout Ratchet and Clank’s history, there have been several racing segments. Ratchet and Clank 2 features a high-octane ship race, while the newer titles include the infamous hoverboard races and hover boot races.

These races are incredibly fun and are always a joy when they crop up during a playthrough.

What is most striking are the similarities these racing sections have with F-Zero’s gameplay. Your ship moves incredibly fast in these sections and one wrong move could spell disaster.

If your favorite part of Ratchet and Clank were these racing sections, F-Zero GX offers more of what you love in spades.

10. Sonic Origins

The original Sonic games have seen their fair share of rereleases over the years on multiple different consoles. Sonic Origins seeks to consolidate all the efforts in porting the games over the years in order to create a definitive edition.

Sonic Origins contains the original three Sonic games all polished and given a fresh coat of paint. Not much of the gameplay has been altered here, allowing players to experience the original games as intended.

At first, a side-scrolling 2D platformer like Sonic origins doesn’t seem to have much, if anything, in common with a gun-based 3D action game like Ratchet and Clank.

However, precise movements are still a huge part of early Ratchet and Clank games and the same level of skill will be required to progress through Sonic Origins.

Furthermore, we couldn’t talk about Sonic games or Ratchet and Clank games without discussing the music. Both of these game franchises have killer soundtracks and make every playthrough that much more enjoyable.

Unfortunately, due to licensing issues, several original Sonic tracks have been cut and remade for Sonic Origins. However, the great tracks that do remain are here to stay!

Sonic Origins is, by far, one of the best 2D Switch games, best Steam games, and best next-gen console games.

9. Marvel’s Spider-Man

Marvel’s Spider-Man series has always incentivized open-world exploration. Since as far back as the original PlayStation games, web-swinging from building to building is incredibly enjoyable and often eats up most free time in a casual playthrough.

Ratchet and Clank’s exploration isn’t as free-flowing as Spider-Man’s, but the lack of hand-holding and ability to tackle missions in whatever way you want is retained in both games.

The Spider-Man title, Miles Morales, builds upon the strong foundation of each Spider-Man game that came before it.

The combat is more evolved, web-swinging is more intuitive, and the story has been significantly improved.

It is needless to say at this point, that these games look absolutely stunning on the PlayStation 4 and even more so on the PlayStation 5.

Definitely check out these games if you have not done so already.

8. Psychonauts 2

Psychonauts is a cult classic game. Fans had been vying for a sequel for years and when it was finally released, it received a more than satisfactory reception considering the amount of hype that was surrounding it.

Psychonauts 2 provides more 3D platforming joy that fans of the original game have come to expect.

However, one of the main draws to this title, in particular, over other 3D platformers is the great story.

Ratchet and Clank knows about the importance of great writing. While the narratives of these games have fluctuated over the years as seen in the Ratchet and Clank Future series and the more modern games, the original trilogy cannot be beaten.

Specifically, the first Ratchet and Clank game perfectly blends drama, comedy, and relationships in a similar way that Psychonauts does.

Definitely check these games out if you’re a fan of narrative design.

7. Yooka-Laylee

Yooka-Laylee is a sprawling open-world 3D platformer in which you collect various items, fight off bosses, and gain new powerups. Similar to Ratchet and Clank, the weapons are replaced in Yooka-Laylee with the various transformations and additional moves you can learn throughout the game.

The first Yooka-Laylee game, unfortunately, falls a little flat in its presentation. Funded on Kickstarter, several ex-RareWare developers banded together to create the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie.

However, this game lacks any of the same charm, innovation, or memorability that the original bear and bird duo had.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair was a much better game and is really where Playtonic Games found their footing. This title is more in line with the original Donkey Kong Country games (of which RareWare also developed).

Banjo-Kazooie has a much more Ratchet and Clank type of dynamic. Banjo and Clank act as the straight men to Kazooie and Ratchet’s more sarcastic personalities.

Now that Banjo-Kazooie has been added to Nintendo Switch Online, there is no real reason to play Yooka-Laylee. If you are interested in a 3D platforming collect-a-thon, Yooka-Laylee is still a satisfying experience. However, we much more so recommend Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair over the first game in the series.

6. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy

The Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy was a breath of fresh air to the Crash Bandicoot franchise which, arguably, has not seen a notable release since Crash Twinsanity.

Completely remaking the original three Crash Bandicoot games not only tickled the nostalgia bones of gaming veterans but introduced these older titles to a new generation.

These games have all been revamped and include a bunch of new features (for better or worse). For example, these games now all have a Time Attack function.

Unfortunately, some of the level designs of the first two games were not meant to be raced through on a casual playthrough, and it can be difficult to get through them and acquire the rewards.

However, the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy has quickly become the definitive way to play these games. Not only do they look great, but they play incredibly well.

The gameplay mechanics are a little different here and Crash’s new controls take some getting used to. Once you’ve mastered everything, however, you won’t be able to go back!

5. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time

Crash Bandicoot 4 is far better than it has any right to be. Crash has suffered a lot over the years as after his first three games, the developers started to exploit his brand.

While standouts like Crash Twinsanity and Crash Team Racing do something unique with the character, other titles are clearly just trying to capitalize on the bandicoot’s popularity among fans.

Crash of the Titans, Crash Boom Bang, and Crash Bandicoot Purple did very little to innovate the franchise.

This is why, after so long, it is surprising to see Crash Bandicoot 4 take things back to basics and provide players with expertly crafted levels, unique powerups, multiple playable characters, and tons of content!

Games like Ratchet and Clank incorporate platforming challenges alongside run-and-gun segments and open-world exploration. If you enjoyed the platforming of Ratchet and Clank, Crash Bandicoot 4 is a game entirely dedicated to similar challenges.

It was incredibly fun to play as Coco and Cortex this time around and their unique gameplay elements kept things fresh at all times.

The only downside to playing this game is if you are a completionist. It is very difficult to 100% this game. Collecting every box can be tiresome and several crates are hidden in extremely obscure locations you likely won’t be able to find without a guide.

Additionally, the game requires you to replay multiple levels in order to collect all the gems. Negatives aside, Crash Bandicoot 4 is one of the best 3D platformers and Crash Bandicoot games in years.

4. Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Where Crash Bandicoot focuses more on hallway-like levels, Spyro opts for a more open-world approach to its various levels (much like Ratchet and Clank).

After the success of the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, it was only a matter of time before the Bandicoot’s rival was given their time to shine as well.

The Spyro Reignited Trilogy is as faithful a remake as one could hope for when it comes to reimagining the world of Spyro the dragon.

Yes, several core speedrunning glitches have been lost in transition, but these have been replaced by new glitches for speedrunners to sink their teeth into.

And, for casual newcomers to the series yet to play the original games, this is the definitive way to play the first three Spyro games. The graphics, textures, quality of life improvements, and moment-to-moment gameplay are all drastically improved here.

Spyro’s snarky attitude is not too dissimilar to Ratchet’s in the first three Ratchet games. The sprawling worlds that incentivize exploration are also present in both games. Spyro Reignited Trilogy is by far one of the best platformers on Steam and other consoles to date.

3. Spongebob Squarepants Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated

Battle for Bikini Bottom is a cult classic video game. Highly regarded by casual fans and speedrunners alike, this title is one of the few licensed games that are actually worth your time.

No one was expecting to see this game get an HD remake, but praise from fans let the world know that there was an audience willing to pay for any kind of remaster.

Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated brings back the collection of unique locations, playable characters, and 3D action found in the original game.

Unfortunately, the remake relies a little too heavily on nostalgia and fails to provide any significant improvements to the overall quality of the gameplay.

Add to this, the removal of several speedrunning glitches, and both of your core audiences walk away from this game feeling let down.

That being said, for those who have never played the original game, this is still an enjoyable game from start to finish.

2. Sly Cooper Collection

The PlayStation 2 was a golden era of 3D platforming giants and none of these were more unique than Sly Cooper.

Whereas games like Ratchet and Clank leaned more into bombastic weapons and action set pieces, Sly Cooper did what few games even to this day fail to execute perfectly. Good stealth sections!

Sly Cooper is less of a 3D action platformer and more of a 3D stealth platformer, as most missions will involve some form of covert espionage.

Whether this is sneaking past several guards, or stealing a rare item, there are tons of opportunities throughout all three games to test your spy skills.

The Sly Cooper collection contains all three original games. Each title expanded drastically on the original formula, and later games even add to the playable cast.

Sly Cooper is a great series of games and a must-play for fans of the 3D platformer.

1. Jak and Daxter Collection

When it comes to PlayStation 2-era buddy-cop 3-D platformers, the only game that could come second to Ratchet and Clank would be Jak and Daxter.

Jak and Daxter replace the Lombax mechanic and his by-the-books robot companion. Here, we have a mute teenager and a wise-cracking ottsel (half-otter half-weasel) teaming up to take on a horde of enemies.

Jak’s personality develops more so after the second game where he drops his mutism and can interact more with Daxter. The two bounce off each other very well and this kind of dynamic is very reminiscent of Ratchet and Clank.

Jak and Daxter takes place in a similar world to Ratchet and Clank. Players will be exploring open fields at one point and suburban robot towns at the next.

This game nails the 3D platforming and its story only gets better with age. This game leaned a lot more into the vehicles (referred to as Zoomers) and allows players to drive around most hub worlds as they please.

Ratchet and Clank have clearly seen more success in terms of franchise longevity, but Jak and Daxter is still a fun ride from beginning to end. The Jak and Daxter Collection specifically includes all three games and we highly recommend playing through the entire series.

Conclusion

Ratchet and Clank is a series that is still going strong with its recent release, Rift Apart. This game received relatively positive praise.

However, the new age of Ratchet and Clank cannot be compared to the old sarcastic and grittier PlayStation 2 titles. Ratchet and Clank have been rebranded to be more consumer friendly and it’s likely that we won’t see a return of the original personalities of these two characters again.

The gameplay in the newer games is serviceable but also lends itself to spamming a lot more than the original titles did. The older titles really incentivized using different weapons for different situations a lot more than the newer games.

That being said, whatever age of Ratchet and Clank you enjoy, it’s clear that this franchise is here to stay!

If you enjoy fast-paced, action-heavy 3D platforming, we hope some of these recommendations scratch your itch! Also, if you are a fan of the newer games and have not played the originals, we highly recommend doing so. The comedy and writing in these games is some of the best you will ever see.

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