By Matt Peckham
June 10, 2015

Our first gameplay glimpse of Sony’s Ratchet & Clank for PlayStation 4 just hit, and developer Insomniac’s partner-platforming reboot looks pretty dang amazing.

Sure, you’re saying, “But ‘Pixar beat’? Come on!” I don’t just mean visually. Graphically speaking, “equalled” may be fairer (itself no mean feat). But how many CGI-animated film-caliber worlds can you zip around and live inside and basically direct yourself? Pixar, we still love you, but we can’t play you — except maybe that’s about to change when this thing hits next spring.

Bear in mind you’re looking at scenes from the upcoming 2016 Ratchet & Clank CGI-animated film intermingled with gameplay clips. Having trouble distinguishing the latter from the former? Me too.

Write to Matt Peckham at matt.peckham@time.com.

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