Generally favorable reviews - based on 85 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 85
  2. Negative: 0 out of 85
  1. For those of you who've never embarked on an adventure with the furry-faced hero and his brainy metal friend, you've got a lot of catching up to do, but it'll be worth it -- Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time is easily one of the best in the series.
  2. The usual Ratchet & Clank mixture of platform elements, problem solving and shooting, but the best game in the series so far. Insomniac gives us a large universe to explore freely with smarter problems, a well-needed higher difficulty setting and lots of things to collect.
  3. 90
    Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time has just enough new content to justify its existence as a standalone title, and the fact that it looks, sounds, and plays like a dream only helps its case.
  4. 90
    It's all about balance, you see. And pacing. And A Crack in Time does as good a job of maintaining both as any Ratchet game we've seen in years.
  5. Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time is a great addition to the series. It nicely caps the storyline, it fills the underserved (at least by good titles) platformer market, and the few unique new elements breathe a bit of fresh air into the game.
  6. If you are looking for a game that is entertaining to the point of making you laugh out loud, of invoking a childlike sense of fun playing a game, then this is such a title.
  7. Though far from a departure, A Crack in Time throws plenty of new stuff your way.
  8. It's a monumental space adventure you shouldn't miss, whether you're a longtime fan or a newcomer. Insomniac wraps up the duo's space saga in style. We just hope to see more of them in the future. We can't get enough of these guys.
  9. 90
    A Crack in Time isn’t a revolution, but it is an impressively solid and fun game with a number of new gameplay hooks to enjoy. Plus, it continues a story set in motion back in Tools of Destruction that you’ll want to see through to the end.
  10. Even though there’s not much different or new about this sequel when compared to the last game, Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time manages to be one of the most enjoyable titles released this year.
  11. A Crack in Time is essentially safe. It's a Ratchet & Clank game, which means it has high production values, a good sense of humor, a high number of explosions, accessible gameplay, and much of the same stuff you're used to from the games that have come before it. You can't really go wrong with it; it's a consistently excellent series, with only a few slight issues here and there.
  12. If A Crack in Time is indeed the final Ratchet & Clank game, then the series has been finished the right way - with a solid game that doesn't stray from what fans love while giving them plenty of service in the process. And in this way, it's also guilty of playing it a bit safe, but when expectations are that high, and are met, it's a sure sign of a quality game.
  13. Even though the formula of this series hasn't seen a dramatic overhaul, the gameplay does continue to offer a very solid experience, complete with enough new features to keep it feeling fresh.
  14. 88
    Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time adds new bits and pieces to the good old gameplay, but mainly excels with its fantastic and addictive adventure, amazing graphics and insane humour. On top of that, there's a lot more to do and to collect in this title than the previous installments. Sony was probably hoping for a successful tag team in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time this fall. There's only one reply to that: Mission accomplished.
  15. For fans of the series or for anyone who enjoys a good action platformer, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is an absolute must own.
  16. Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time is a fun, imaginative and family friendly PS3 game.
  17. Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time keeps all the aspects of the previous games of the series, improving in every department and giving the player entertainment and a lot of things to do. A graphic department with some low spikes and the lack of true challenge prevents the game to gain a very high score. Anyway the last videogame from Insomniac is highly recommended to every genre's enthusiast.
  18. It's really no surprise that a dev studio and a game series with a proven track record of quality has produced yet another fantastic title, but it's much appreciated in a market where so much material is recycled.
  19. A very pretty platform adventure with highly entertaining combat. Clank's simple time related problems are a nice diversion. [Dec 2009]
  20. The result is excellent as ever, sspecially by the combination of the two characters' gameplay, the great level design and the weapons.
  21. 85
    This is the last part in the trilogy and has a few new gameplay possibilities. You can use the great new Hooverboots, explore space with your spaceship and you need to find Clank. A great adventure and a truly worthy closing of the trilogy.
  22. 85
    A great game marred only by a pervading sense of dj vu, then. But when the quality bar is raised this high, deja vu be damned - we couldn't care less. We just sincerely hope that Insomniac see reason and postpone killing off their strongest franchise for a some time yet.
  23. Be that as it may, the strengths of A Crack in Time overcome its weaknesses and on the whole is a fun experience.
  24. Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time is a delicious platform game. The relationship of Ratchet and Clank delivers a great adventure and the split between the two friends gives a lot of variety in the levels. Off course the game looks amazing just like its predecessors and the humour never gets old. A Crack in Time is a moment of joy, that’s why its double that disappointing that the game is rather short.
  25. 85
    The Ratchet & Clank trilogy are wound up with dignity with A Crack in Time. This is the best platform shooter you can wish for at the moment, all because of the new features.
  26. It’s improved upon the previous Ratchet and Clank platforming formula, and has excellent pace and a lot of secondary games to play, from finding all the Zoni to competing in a galactic tournament. Adults may find it a bit slow, though I’m fond of the title because of its wholeness. Few titles these days share that quality.
  27. Altogether, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is easily the best of the three Ratchet and Clank entries on the PS3, and it does a great job of tying up any loose ends established by the Future trilogy.
  28. Ratchet and Clank is a game that makes the player feel empowered; it's not so difficult as to make things frustrating, yet it's not so trivial as to make the progress feel boring and achievements frivolous.
  29. Nice sequel for the Ratchet & Clank Series. Free roaming elements and puzzle solving sessions upgrade the main formula and results in a nice twist to the original structure.
  30. Clever time-manipulation puzzles and improved pacing make this the best Ratchet game in years.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 361 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 61
  2. Negative: 3 out of 61
  1. jerry
    Jan 18, 2010
    Playing this game is like watching a saturday morning cartoon. It's such a blast to play and can be quite challenging at times. If you Playing this game is like watching a saturday morning cartoon. It's such a blast to play and can be quite challenging at times. If you want a game with an excellent storyline, beautiful graphics & excellent gameplay A Crack in Time will have you covered on all fronts. Full Review »
  2. Dec 26, 2010
    One of the best games you can play. Everything about this series screams the word "fun" but this one in particular was hands down the bestOne of the best games you can play. Everything about this series screams the word "fun" but this one in particular was hands down the best experience of them all so far! I love the clank time puzzles, they are easy at first but take quite a bit of thinking towards the end. I adore all the characters in this franchise and it is awesome when you see people from previous games return or make cameo's. Nice blend of action, comedy, and fun! Full Review »
  3. Nov 18, 2012
    Pretty much the culmination of 10 great years of Ratchet & Clank mechanics, "A Crack in Time" has everything I'd expect from a main seriesPretty much the culmination of 10 great years of Ratchet & Clank mechanics, "A Crack in Time" has everything I'd expect from a main series entry and then some. The story is in parts amusing, but overall very touching and surprisingly moving. The gameplay is as fast-paced and enjoyable as any of the other entries and I had a great time blasting enemies to pieces with the variety of crazy weapons you're given. And there's a surprising amount of content here too, given all the planets you can explore with Aphelion for bolts, zoni and other treasures. Overall, one of the best videogames I've played in a long time. I cannot recommend it enough. Full Review »