It's known around the world as one of the most memorable gaming series ever created. Released around the same time as the Jak and Daxter series in the early naughties — as well as Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus — Ratchet & Clank has grown in popularity over the years to surpassed its competitor franchises. But the issue here is not with the games, but with the titles that were chosen for the series.
First of all, let's get something straight. This series was primarily aimed at a younger generation of gamers. The colorful and wacky adventures, alongside the bombastic array of characters, made the game suitable for both kids and adults. But when we look at the individual titles of the games, we can see a certain adult theme to them. Let's take a closer look.
The Games That Kicked Off The Series
#RatchetAndClank was of course the original game that was launched by Insomniac in 2002. It was all nice and innocent, and only when we dive into the sequels do things start to spice up and the innuendos fly thick and fast.
The first sequel, Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, released in 2003 for the PlayStation 2. This title was renamed as Locked and Loaded for the European market. We like to think that the characters were wearing underwear during the making of this title, but as the name suggests, we might be mistaken.
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal was next. Released in 2004, this title was renamed as the staid Ratchet & Clank 3 in Europe. To many gamers from the United Kingdom, this innuendo title would have been obvious, but for those of us across the pond it might have been a little more ambiguous, with "arse" being the British equivalent to the word "ass" and Arsenal also the name of a popular London soccer team. Obviously #Insomniac meant arsenal as in a collection of weapons, but as we look further on in the series, we will begin to question the thought process behind choosing these names.
Next we saw the spinoff Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, released in 2007 for the #PSP. We have all heard that ol' retort about size not mattering in relation to — well, you know what. The cutesiness of this title stems from the fact the game was released on the smaller, portable version of the PlayStation. We'd like to think the developers were making a joke pertaining to this fact, or perhaps about our two protagonists' diminutive statute, rather than — you get the picture.
Preoccupied With The Backside
2008 saw the release of Quest for Booty. What more needs to be said about this title? While booty traditionally means stolen treasures, the alternative definition is obvious. What desirable treasure they were after was anyone's guess, but we certainly hope the vault was brimming over.
A year later and we had another innuendo title with A Crack in Time. With all the time spent up your arsenal, looking for booty and going sans undies, it was only a matter of time before a crack appeared.
Finally, in 2011 we were gifted with Full Frontal Assault. After all the insinuations and allusions, we reached the ultimate climax, and we can't assure you that clothing was worn during the making of this game. We would also like to take the time to put forward alternative title suggestions for several games in the series that weren't bequeathed with such saucy titles. All 4 One to be called 4 Play Yum and Into the Nexus to be renamed Into the Next Arse.
So Ratchet & Clank is not as innocent as we might have first thought. Do you have a favorite moment from the series or an innuendo we might have missed? Sound off in the comments below.