|Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando|
- "So, you need me to go on a dangerous mission in another galaxy?"
- ―Ratchet discussing the mission with Abercrombie Fizzwidget. — Listen (file info)[src]
After defeating Ultimate Supreme Executive Chairman Drek, the duo Ratchet and Clank, rested on Ratchet's home on Veldin. Nearly a year after their previous adventure, they appeared in an interview for a Holo-Vision show called Behind the Hero. While in a break between filming this interview, they were teleported to the Bogon Galaxy by the founder and CEO of Megacorp, a man by the name of Abercrombie Fizzwidget. It appeared that a masked "dupliferous criminal mastermind" had stolen Megacorp's most valuable experiment: a cute blue fuzzball.
Clank was reluctant to partake in another adventure, so while he retired to a complimentary apartment in the city of Megapolis on planet Endako, Ratchet attempted to save the experiment from the Thief. The Thief hired Thugs-4-Less for assistance protection. The thief also kidnapped Clank, forcing Ratchet to come to his rescue. Upon his rescue, Clank went along with Ratchet.
Ratchet confronted the thief on planet Siberius, defeating her and reclaiming the experiment. The duo returned it to Mr. Fizzwidget shortly afterwards. After Mr. Fizzwidget "accidentally" ejected the duo from his ship, Ratchet and Clank climbed through a desert cave and were confronted by the thief who demanded the return of the experiment. During this demand, the thief accidentally fell off of her ship, knocking off her mask and revealing that she was Angela Cross. Angela, a former Megacorp employee, warned Ratchet that the experiment would ultimately doom the galaxy.
On planet Dobbo, Ratchet and Clank discovered that Angela's claims were true, and tried to persuade Fizzwidget to destroy the experiment, but their efforts were in vain. The duo then stumbled across an ad for the experiment, now known as the "Protopet," which was being cloned and prepared for mass release. At that point, it was revealed that Thugs-4-Less terminated its contract with Angela and had been hired by Megacorp to "protect" Mr. Fizzwidget.
On planet Boldan, Ratchet and Clank were captured for "attempting to bump off" Mr. Fizzwidget. They were sent to a prison on planet Aranos. While in the prison, with help from his female Infobot admirer, Clank escaped and freed Ratchet. They immediately headed to Thugs-4-Less HQ to free Angela, who was also captured by the thugs. The duo vanquished the thug leader and freed Angela. Eventually, the three of them went to Megacorp HQ in order to put a definitive end to the Protopet menace.
After they went there, the female Infobot revealed that Captain Qwark, the disgraced superhero from Ratchet & Clank, was using the Protopets to restore his reputation. Fizzwidget appeared and destroyed her, and in a surprising plot twist, Fizzwidget was actually Qwark in disguise. Qwark then took Ratchet, Clank, and Angela prisoner and claimed in front of a live camera that they were the cause of this menace, and that he would be able to stop the Protopets using Angela's Helix-O-Morph. However the Helix-O-Morph malfunctioned and mutated the Protopet into a giant Monster, eating Qwark and the gadget before escaping. When Ratchet finally defeated the mutated Protopet, Clank discovered that the cause of the malfunction was a set of batteries inserted backwards. Angela vanquished the wily Protopets across the galaxy by sending the gadget's beam through the HV signals, pacifying all of the creatures. The real Fizzwidget (who uses English words properly, unlike Qwark who simply said big words to make himself sound smart) was then revealed to have been trapped in a closet by Qwark.
Ratchet, Clank, Angela, and Clank's infobot admirer are all shown talking in Clank's apartment, while Qwark is shown at his new job as a Megacorp test dummy for gadgets such as the Crotchitizer.
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando was released to very positive reviews like most Ratchet & Clank games. IGN awarded it a score of 9.4/10, while GameStats gave it a 9.1/10. Game Informer magazine awarded it Game of the Month when it was released. The game also received scores of 4/5 from Gamespy and 5/5 from X-Play. Overall, critics gave the game an average review score of 90%, according to Metacritic. The only problems cited within the game were the "cheaply handled" space battles and the level of difficulty (although some Ratchet & Clank fans have praised the difficulty level for the challenge it brings).
The North American cover features Ratchet and Clank, with Ratchet holding the Megarocket Cannon. The European cover shows Ratchet holding the Plasma Coil. The UK and Australia cover is nearly identical to the European cover, the only difference being the title (as they have slightly different names). The Japanese cover is the most different, featuring Ratchet holding two guns, (impossible to actually achieve in the game) the Lancer and the Megarocket Cannon. Similar to most Ratchet and Clank Japanese covers, the two characters are depicted in Manga Style with exaggerated character designs.
- Fizzwidget, Abercrombie
- Bunyon, Ace
- Cross, Angela
- Desert Riders
- Factory Robots
- Female Infobot
- New Age Mystic
- Old Smolgian
- Protopet scientists
- Qwark, Copernicus Leslie
- Qwark Fan-Boy
- Shady Salesman
- Slim Cognito
- Thermanator scientist
- Thugs-4-Less leader
- Tractor Beam scientist
- Swamp Monster I
- B2 Brawler
- Thugs-4-Less Leader (Attack-Copter)
- Angela Cross (Unknown Thief)
- Thugs-4-Less Leader (Ultra-Mech)
- Swamp Monster II
- Thugs-4-Less Leader (Giganto Mech)
- Mutant Protopet
- Blitz Gun
- Bomb Glove
- Clank Zapper
- Decoy Glove
- Gravity Bomb
- Hoverbomb Gun
- Lava Gun
- Minirocket Tube
- Miniturret Glove
- OmniWrench 8000
- Plasma Coil
- Pulse Rifle
- RYNO II
- Seeker Gun
- Shield Charger
- Spiderbot Glove
- Tesla Claw
- Visibomb Gun
The game's weapons, including the Gadgetron weapons imported from Ratchet & Clank (except for the Sheepinator, Zodiac, and Clank Zapper/Shocker from Megacorp and the R.Y.N.O. II from Gadgetron) have Mega upgrades purchased separately in Challenge Mode. These upgrades increase the effectiveness of the weapons, and when fully leveled up change to an Ultra form.
- Charge Boots
- Gravity Boots
- Grind Boots
- Tractor Beam
- Megacorp Helmet
- Biker Helmet
- Box Breaker
- Armor Magnetizer
- Qwark Statuette
- Platinum Bolt
- Desert Crystals
Planets and locationsEdit
- Oozla - Megacorp Outlet
- Wupash Nebula
- Maktar Nebula - Maktar Resort
- Maktar Nebula - Jamming Array
- Barlow - Vukovar Canyon
- Endako - Megapolis
- Feltzin System - Thug Rendezvous
- Notak - Canal City
- Slim Cognito's Ship Shack
- Siberius - Frozen Base
- Tabora - Mining Area
- Dobbo - Testing Facility
- Dobbo Orbit - Testing Facility Moon
- Hrugis Cloud - Deep Space Disposal
- Joba - Megacorp Games
- Todano - Megacorp Armory
- Boldan - Silver City
- Aranos - Flying Lab
- Gorn - Thugs-4-Less Fleet
- Snivelak - Thug HQ
- Smolg - Distribution Facility
- Damosel - Allgon City
- Damosel Orbit - Allgon Moon
- Grelbin - Tundor Wastes
- Yeedil - Protopet Factory
- Burbank/Dantopia - Insomniac Museum
- Before you go into the Start Menu, you can see Ratchet playing a random sequence of games comprising of Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando,Jak and Daxter: the Precursor Legacy, Jak II, and Sly Cooper and the Thievious Raccoonus.
- There is a moment that playfully imitates scenes from Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. When Ratchet picks up the hypnomatic part after the grind rail segment and places it in his backpack the same way Jak does, Clank does the same dance as Daxter does throughout that game, and the same tune plays. Ratchet shakes his head afterwards, causing Clank to giggle and simply say "Sorry. Ha, ha, ha,".
- The name of the game was a reference to one of the skill points in Ratchet & Clank named "Going Commando"
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Sources and referencesEdit
- ↑ http://ps2.ign.com/objects/550/550444.html
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
- ↑ http://podcast.insomniacgames.com/podcasts/fullmoonshow_39.mp3
- ↑ http://uk.ps2.ign.com/objects/550/550444.html
- ↑ http://www.gamestats.com/objects/550/550444/
- ↑ http://uk.ps2.gamespy.com/playstation-2/ratchet-and-clank-going-commando/
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando (ps2: 2003): Reviews
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