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A Special Message From Captain Qwark

I've been replaying the original Ratchet & Clank as part of the Ratchet & Clank Collection for the Sony PlayStation 3 and have been consistently impressed with how well the classic PlayStation 2 game has aged.  Many PS2 games that have been given a high definition makeover still feel a bit rusty at heart due to aging gameplay mechanics, but Ratchet holds its own.  Part of why the game succeeds after all this time has to be the fun characters and how they interact with one another.  The game must introduce everyone in the Ratchet universe and make those folks memorable, and while other games sometimes fail to rise to that challenge, developer Insomniac Games pulled it off.  To get an idea of how animated and "real" characters like Ratchet, Clank, and Captain Qwark seem in the original game, check out the disgraced Qwark's role as pitchman Steve McQwark in this commercial for the new Personal Hygienator from Gadgetron.  Pay attention to the lively vocal performances from the actors behind the characters and take note of their reactions to Qwark's pitch.  It's impressive stuff and a hint that while Ratchet & Clank fires on all cylinders, the best is yet to come.