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January 13, 2006

Up Your Metatarsal

The summer before my 12th birthday, I went swimming almost every day. To get to the pool, though, I had to walk a couple miles.

Along the way, I had a choice of walking along the edge of the road, or dragging my feet through the hot sand by the side of said road.

More often than not, I found myself opting for the sand.

The pool always felt great on those hot summer days, but on those days when I jacked up the pre-swim mercury with a nice sand walk, that first splash into the cool blue water was all the more refreshing. The sensation was downright exquisite.

As those of you who've read my Ratchet & Clank review know, my kids and I have played and thoroughly enjoyed Ratchet & Clank and Going Commando (or for those of you not in North America, R&C 1 and R&C 2). However, even though I bought Up Your Arsenal (R&C 3) a few months ago, I've been delaying the gratification that is sure to come our way once I open the shrink wrap.

Now this may be a risky strategy with an unknown commodity; say, a highly-anticipated sequel that doesn't live up to the high standards of its predecessor (e.g. Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo). But in this case, reviewer after reviewer (as well as many commenters on my R&C review post) has sung the praises of UYA, and we've played the demo on one of our many Jampack demo discs many times. So when we finally take the pixilated plunge, a terrific gaming experience is a given.

Well, my several-month-long trek through the hot sand is nearing its end, and I am in pre-plunge preparation mode. I'm going to surprise the kids with UYA in the next week or so. I'll let you know how it goes, but in the meantime, the water looks amazing.


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