Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters

Last updated date: June 14, 2019

DWYM Score
8.3

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We looked at the top 1 Sony PSP Games and dug through the reviews from 8 of the most popular review sites including GameSpot, Games Radar, Video Gamer, Pocket-lint, Impulse Gamer, Game Zone, Pocket Gamer and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Sony PSP Game you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 93 expert reviews, the Sony Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.0
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
147 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It's packed with fantastic single-player content, has a strong multiplayer element, boasts a great visual and thematic presentation, and excels with razor-sharp gameplay mechanics.
- IGN
February 9, 2007 | Full review
Graphically, Size Matters just about matches the PS2 games in quality, which is to stay that it looks outstanding for a PSP game.
- GameSpot
February 21, 2007 | Full review
Still, what's here is still a lot of fun, with players able to tackle two different game types across four distinct multiplayer levels.
- Games Radar
March 21, 2008 | Full review
The third PS2 game ranks as one of the best action games on the console and the debut PS3 effort, Tools of Destruction, is thrilling to play and stunning to look at.
- Video Gamer
March 28, 2008 | Full review
R&C on the handheld is so easy to control.
- Pocket-lint
May 30, 2007 | Full review
the characters are well animated and add in a variety of special effects and this game would have been better if it was released more than a year ago.
- Impulse Gamer
April 1, 2008 | Full review
Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters is a great looking game, looking almost as good as the PS2 games (a noble feat, considering that those games weren’t too shabby on that system).
- Game Zone
May 4, 2012 | Full review
It certainly grabs your attention straightaway thanks to its trademarked Ratchet & Clank visuals, which shine on the PSP as a result of lovely animation, great cut-scenes and a near glitch-free frame rate.
- Pocket Gamer
March 22, 2007 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Sure its camera may cause problems here and there and its originality suffers when compared to earlier R&C titles
- IGN
February 9, 2007 | Full review
The shooting-based gameplay found in the multiplayer works just fine, but R&C has always been at its best when it mixes the shooting with the platforming, and as a pure shooter, it's a bit lackluster.
- GameSpot
February 21, 2007 | Full review
It also brings a few new flaws of its own; the graphics, while obviously redrawn for greater levels of detail, still manage to look murky and washed out (even in 480p) next to the PSP version's bright, colorful visuals.
- Games Radar
March 21, 2008 | Full review
A combination of awkward controls and higher expectations make this the weakest game in the series to date.
- Video Gamer
March 28, 2008 | Full review
The platforming’s nice and simple, but not quite as enjoyable as the Nintendo classic.
- Pocket-lint
May 30, 2007 | Full review
Certain parts of the title feel a little buggy or unfinished.
- Impulse Gamer
April 1, 2008 | Full review
The music can get a little on the annoying side, however, only because the tracks do tend to loop a little too often.
- Game Zone
May 4, 2012 | Full review
It's not all good news: the lack of a second analogue stick and the occasionally slow auto lock-ons can cause the weapons to feel slightly clunky, possibly resulting in an over-reliance on Ratchet's melee attack
- Pocket Gamer
March 22, 2007 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

While on a much needed vacation, Ratchet and Clank's rest and relaxation time is cut short as they're lured into a mysterious quest. Following the trail of a kidnapped girl, Ratchet and Clank rediscover a forgotten race of genius inventors known as the Technomites. They soon uncover a plot more dangerous than they could have imagined. Ratchet and Clank make their PSP debut, in Size Matters! With wireless multiplayer gaming, up to four players can connect for intense combat and head-to-head action.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 11
2. Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
3. God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Final Fantasy IV The Complete Collection
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 9
5. God of War Chains of Olympus
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 9
6. Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 10
7. Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Daxter
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8
10. Toy Story 3
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Sony PSP Games

The last edition of the PlayStation Portable (or PSP) was discontinued back in 2014, so to say that this system is past its heyday would be something of an understatement. But the early generation of PlayStation’s games are still some of its best, and many of them are playable on this handheld game console in some form. In a lot of ways, there’s been no better time to be a PSP gamer! For one thing, both the system and games can be found for just a fraction of what they cost when Sony’s flagship portable was released in the mid-2000s.

Back then, that sticker price was one of the main gripes against the PSP, but it was clearly worth it to the millions of gamers who bought one. The PSP was an early adopter of some the bells and whistles that are now commonplace to handheld systems like the Nintendo Switch, like the ability to play it on a television or monitor. And while they’ve stopped making games for it, the graphics hold up well on its 4.3 inch LCD screen.

Those games included nearly every genre there is: Action / adventure (“God of War: Ghost of Sparta,” “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories”), role-playing (“Final Fantasy 7,” “Kingdom Hearts”), racing (“Ridge Racer,” “Need for Speed: Underground Rivals”), sports (“NFL Street 2: Unleashed”) and much more. While solo is the primary way most gamers play on the PSP, you can play with a friend on some designated multiplayer titles if they also have a PSP in the same room. Failing that, you can hook up to Wi-Fi through the system’s internet capability and find other players online. Just bear in mind that Sony’s online support for the PSP has been largely phased out, so the community of players you find online may be less than robust.

While we’re on the subject of online support, it’s helpful to know that Sony has also phased out the PlayStation Store on the PSP, where you would originally go to download games. Barring some inventive tech solutions, the only way you can play the PSP’s games now is on the primary media that it launched with: The UMD, or Universal Media Disc. But that’s not to say your options are limited! Over its lifetime, Sony and other big developers put out hundreds of titles for the PSP. They’re still out there for sale, used and new. And as has been said before, they’re still some of the best.

DYWM Fun Fact

Gamers praise the Nintendo Switch these days for its modular setup and versatility. The PSP wasn’t quite as well known for its non-game potential — at least, not officially. Hackers have found several inventive uses for old PSP consoles, modifying them into robot remotes or rudimentary smartphones.

The Sony PSP Game Buying Guide

  • When you’re buying a PSP game, consider the player. If that player is a young child, you might have to do a tiny bit of homework first. With its slick presentation and sharper graphics, the PSP was initially marketed toward an older crowd of gamers than the Nintendo DS, its primary competition at the time. That’s not to say that the PSP didn’t have games for younger kids. Titles like “Daxter” and “Little Big Planet” are not only some of the system’s top-selling games, they’re great fun, no matter what age you are. But there are more mature games whose violence level might be a concern for parents, such as “God of War: Ghost of Sparta” or “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.” When in doubt, check the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) box on the cover of any game. It’ll not only tell you what age range the game is suitable for, but also the reasons the game is rated that way (violence, language, etc.).
  • Do you plan on playing the game with others? Group play is a highlight of the gaming experience for many, but the PSP — being a handheld, portable device — caters slightly more toward the solo player. That’s not to say you can’t play select games with friends, but since online support for the system has been largely discontinued, your options are a bit more limited. For the most part, you’ll need another player physically present in the room with another PSP to connect to. This can be a particular concern if you’re buying sports games or one-on-one fighting games like “Darkstalkers Chronicle,” where multiplayer competition is a primary appeal.
  • A lot of parents buy games to occupy their kids on long car trips or to buy a little quiet time at restaurants. If that’s the case, consider whether the game needs the sound on to be playable. While it’s nice to hear the soundtrack on “Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core,” that game and RPGs like it usually have subtitles for the dialogue. If a game really needs the sound up, maybe consider another option — or just invest in headphones, so your young player won’t bring the whole room into the game.
  • Another factor to consider is repeat playability. It’s great to binge-play an engrossing new game when you first get it out of the box. It’s not so great to be done the next day when you’ve played through the storyline and there’s nowhere else to go.
  • A word on the software: While you used to be able to download games and even movies through the PlayStation Store, that’s no longer the case now that Sony has phased out the PSP in favor of its newer handheld (the PS Vita). You can still play games on their primary physical format, the Universal Media Disc. That “universal” part is not to be taken at face value, though. Keep in mind that UMDs will work only in your PSP, and not in your larger PlayStation consoles or any other device.