Ratchet & Clank Future Weapons Contest: Our Fave Fives #2

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Hey Folks,

Bryan Bernal here and I’m the Project Manager for Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. Today I’ll be kicking off our second week of our five favorite weapons that didn’t make the cut for Captain Qwark’s My Blaster Runs Hot Weapons Contest Sponsored by Gadgetron. Without further ado, let’s get right to it.

The Sammich Gun

R&C Weapons Contest - Sammich Gun

The Sammich gun is apparently what you get when you combine a Rocket Launcher, a Foreman Grill, and napalm-infused Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. While it not only kicks ass for its aforementioned components, the fact that it upgrades to the “Sub” Machine Gun only sweetened the deal for everyone. Unfortunately we had a hard time visualizing how real time digestive deformation via flesh melting napalm sandwiches would work.

I.B.S. (Irritable Bowel Shotgun)

R&C Weapons Contest - I.B.S.

Keeping with the tools of gastro-intestinal destruction theme was the I.B.S. (Irritable Bowel Shotgun). Could you imagine how insanely awesome this one would be? Sneak up behind a pack of Warriors, open with two shots of the I.B.S. and watch him go all Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber. If you were fast enough to tag the entire group with double shots, you might end up with a fecal fiesta that would leave our Audio engineering team scarred for life.

Arnold Schwarzeneggranade

R&C Weapons Contest - Grenade

Being from sunny Southern California, many of us at Insomniac have a strong affinity for the Governator (especially when parody is involved). Needless to say this weapon submission resonated with us and harkened us back to the Arnold soundboards of yore. I mean, who wouldn’t want to listen to “It’s Not A Too-mah!”…”GET TO THE CHOPPA!”…and “I’ll be back” for 8-12 hours straight?


The TransVestor

R&C Weapons Contest - TransVestor

We’ve never been opposed to putting our most beloved Ratchet and Clank characters in drag, and what better way to spread the androgynous love than a gun that morphs your foes into dominant X chromosome bearing versions of themselves? While this idea was awesome, it would be a pain to implement. For now, I’ll leave you with its exquisitely executed artwork (and if you look closely, it says there’s a button to apply eye liner and a birth mark mole – details for the win!)

And Finally…

The Freakin’ Shotgunchuck! (or as I call them, the “Boomchucks”)

R&C Weapons Contest Shotgunchuck

So I know James posted this one last week – but come on, this is basically one of, if not THE coolest weapons in existence. James described it best when he said “take the best Zombie killing weapon in the world, and the best Ninja killing weapon in the world — COMBINE them and you have the Shotgunchuck.”

That said, some folks had trouble envisioning how this quadruple-barrelled body bag filler would actually be used in combat and how it would work with Ratchet’s core moveset… mere speedbumps on the road to greatness, I say. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be and the Shotgunchuck will now live on in the archives of the PSBlog…RIP.

That’s my five. Feel free to comment with your praise or disdain for my selections, but we’ll be back next week with another five from one of our co-conspirators at Insomniac.


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  • Just a question, but how did the Sammich Gun beat the Invectopie Launcher, no offense to the creator, but the invectopie lanuncer was way more advanced. I even created a backstory.

  • The Sammich Gun Was my creation. im not lying either pm me and ill prove to you it was. i just cant beleive insomiac really liked it, thanks i guess

  • Ratchet’s animations had to be created anew for the Razor/Shredder Claws, didn’t they? There had never been a dual-wielded melee weapon before (well I guess there were double wrenches in UYA, though that just used the standard wrench animation). Just saying…

  • @52 Okay, still props for the “sub’ machine gun

  • Thunderstorm025

    I hope all these get a chance in the next ratchet and clank games

  • Please put the IBS in the game. EPIC GAS Attack!

  • Is it possible for insomniac to post the top 100 in a list but not describe them because i would really like to know how highly my design was regarded as.

  • I’d have to say IBS or Transvestor (which is an awesome name).

    The grenade is lame and the nunchucks are just kind of dumb.

  • When I first saw the Shotgunchuck, I almost died laughing. This is (was) the most ridiculous weapon I’d ever heard of- and easily the greatest. It would’ve nearly surpassed the gravity gun from HL2 in epicness. It could’ve become the icon of the Ratchet and Clank series. So I have a solution to propose: what if R1 is the melee AND shoot button? The shotgunchuck would flail wildly while shooting. Anyone to get in front of it is dead, and anyone within a close range will quickly be knocked unconscious. Sure, you’d have to come up with a new animation of Ratchet spinning the shotgunchuck, but this wouldn’t be the first time a weapon had its own animation (i.e. all of the various whip weapons). Please reconsider putting one of the greatest weapons of all time back into this contest. LONG LIVE THE SHOTGUNCHUCK!

  • The arnold grenade made me laugh

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