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Insomniac reveals Ratchet: Gladiator HD

Re-release expected to launch later this year on PS3

Ratchet: Gladiator will be the next game to get the HD treatment on PS3, Insomniac Games announced at PAX.

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Known as Ratchet: Deadlocked in North America and Ratchet & Clank 4 in Japan, the 2005 PS2 classic sees the Lombax and his robot sidekick trapped in Dreadzone, a game show in which contestants are forced to battle to the death.

In our Ratchet: Gladiator review we said the game offered "all-out action, and non-stop fun-having in the extreme".

"Gladiator is a great game even though there's little else to do than run around and blast things that get exponentially huge from planet to planet, but it's blasting in such a smooth, quality style your brain has no time to get bored of it. Quality shooting."

The high-definition re-release is expected to hit the PlayStation Network later this year.

In July Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault was announced. The new game introduces a "tower defence twist" to the action-platformer.

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