Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus (PS3 exclusive, 2013) – 8/10 action game review

Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus (2013)

Ratchet, Clank, Kronk and Zephyr are transporting intergalactic baddie Zendra Prog to prison when her brother catches up to them and breaks her out. Ratchet and Clank wind up marooned on a nearby planet and have to catch Zendra and put her back where she belongs. However, they’re going to need help from an unexpected source.

8/10

Into the Nexus‘ constantly evolving gameplay features lots of toys, lots of fun and lots of quality shooting; there’s so much opportunity for majestic overkill. It helps that these adventures are always good-natured in tone with a friendly feeling between Ratchet and Clank, smack-talking henchmen who aren’t above receiving a good jump-scare and even a scene where someone keeps their word and goes to prison willingly. Nexus‘ antagonists Vendra and Neftin Prog are good value but no Dr. Nefarious. It’s such a shame that the frame rate doesn’t remain smooth; Ratchet and Clank really should be prioritising a 60 frames per second update yet Nexus doesn’t maintain 30. Though it feels impressively frenetic and remains playable, the 30 fps at best means that it is difficult to track anything on screen.

Content Summary

This game contains violence

Cast / crew

Ratchet: James Arnold Taylor
Clank: David Kaye

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Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (2009, PS3 exclusive) – 10/10 temporal puzzle action adventure platformer game review

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Cast / crew

Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (2009)

10/10

This is Insomniac’s masterpiece. It’s very funny, paced brilliantly and boasts intrigue and action aplenty. The real stars are Clank’s temporal puzzles which are all brilliant and whose real genius lies in how well the concept is communicated. Each one is superb, fun and challenging but boasting a perfect balance between logic and platforming. They never feel impossible and are tremendously satisfying to solve. Ratchet’s sections are also terrific. Naturally, he has a pile of wonderful, wonderful toys to play with but thanks to fun enemies with different abilities, all the action, even arena and space battles, are surprisingly thrilling, challenging and tremendous fun. It’s never just beating endless baddies the same way. The (optional) disappearing platforms puzzles are a bit irritating and there is a slightly baffling climax to the story but it doesn’t matter a jot to one of the most fun, satisfying and greatest games ever released.

This game contains mild fantasy bad language, extended mild fantasy violence

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.

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