Ratchet: Deadlocked

Fight for your life in the greatest Holovision Program the galaxy has ever seen, Dread Zone.
Reviewed By: Cory Nelson (keyblade) - Guest Reviewer
Content at a glance:

Language: Bleeped out swearing, nonsensical name calling.

Violence: Player fights against non-human creatures & robots, some leave green goo behind when defeated.

Adult Content: One robot acts like Brittany Spears and dresses inappropriately.

Spiritual Content: Robot zombies and robot ghosts.

Ratchet: Deadlocked is the fourth game in the Ratchet series and, in my personal opinion, the best. When Deadlocked came out, I could not wait to purchase it as I had just completed Up Your Arsenal (the previous Ratchet game). I was not disappointed as it was far better than any Ratchet game I have played. If you enjoy the series, keep on reading to find how it measures up to the others!


Plot: Heroes from all over the galaxy have been kidnapped, some of them turning up dead. Ratchet is being told about this when, in a twist of fate, he too is abducted. The captured heroes are being forced to participate in a sports program called Dread Zone. In this program they must fight for their lives and a chance to earn their freedom.

Gameplay: The gameplay is very fun, easy to learn, and addicting. At the very beginning of the game, you learn everything you need to know about being a contestant on Dread Zone. One level you could be beating all the enemies in a “colosseum” type battle, and the next you could be riding on a hover bike trying to pass through all the rings. As you progress through the game you can collect “bolts” by defeating enemies and doing Dread Challenges, which are like mini-games. These bolts can be used to buy new weapons and ammo. The Dread Challenges also give you Dread Points which are needed to progress through the game.

Graphics and Sound: Although not the greatest graphics ever seen on the PS2, Deadlocked still has some pretty decent graphics. Everything is detailed and the character designs are good. The sound effects are really nice as well. There is not a whole lot of music, but there are a few good songs, which pretty much stick with the techno theme.


Violence: As you would expect, this game has some violence although not too much. There is no blood or gore. Most of the enemies you fight are robots, with a couple other non-human creatures. These enemies leave behind green goo, but the goo fades quickly.

Language: There are a couple of times in the game where you can hear a “beep” that is supposed to be covering a curse word. There is also a lot of nonsensical name calling that such as “blargian nut cheese”.

Adult Content: A robot singer is supposed to resemble Britney Spears. Even though she is a robot, she is not well dressed.

Spiritual Content: A couple of levels have robot zombies in them that come up out of the ground. There is also a level full of ghost robot enemies.

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Conclusion: In my opinion, this is the best game in the Ratchet series. This game is definitely a must have for anyone who has a PS2. The great gameplay, graphics, and sound make this game great fun for both veterans of the series and newcomers alike!

Special Thanks to Luinnar for helping me with this review!

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