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  • Summary: Ratchet and Clank are back. PlayStation's beloved duo returns with an original single-player adventure, an epilogue to the acclaimed Ratchet and Clank Future Series (Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time, Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty) that will remind fans why they fell in love with the Ratchet universe. Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus is a story-driven adventure with humor and heart, featuring outrageously upgraded weapons, planet hopping and brand new worlds begging to be explored. Ratchet's personal story arc is once again front and center, as Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus marks a true return to form for the celebrated series by developer Insomniac Games.

    After one of the most infamous manhunts in galactic history results in the capture of Vendra and Neftin Prog, Ratchet and Clank offer to escort the dangerous criminals to the Vartax Detention Center. After a daring orbital jailbreak at the forgotten edge of the galaxy, Ratchet and Clank find themselves lost in an abandoned sector. There, in deepest space, they uncover an inter-dimensional event that threatens the universe - and forces Ratchet to decide what's really important.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  1. Nov 19, 2013
    91
    Regardless of which is true — whether it's a legitimately awesome game, or simply one that looks like it because it's miles better than the execrable Full Frontal Assault — I can say this with certainty: if you're a fan of the Ratchet & Clank series (or even if you just want a good 3D platformer) you owe it to yourself to check it out.
  2. Dec 25, 2013
    85
    Bright, funny and with a ridiculous array of weaponry - a fitting finale on PS3. [Jan 2014, p.84]
  3. Nov 11, 2013
    80
    Ratchet & Clank is an enjoyable action adventure for PS3.
  4. Jan 14, 2014
    80
    The final episode of the PS3 Ratchet & Clank chapter is more of a small game than a fully-fledged one. Considering its purchase cost is adequate along with the overall game's intensity, it is a perfect ending of another period of Lombax' colorful life. Moreover, there's a bonus on the disc, Quest for Booty, an old but totally awesome mini installment certainly worthy of your attention. So get cracking!
  5. 75
    Into the Nexus is a solid return to Ratchet & Clank's world, but hopefully PS4 will take the series to more creative exciting heights.
  6. 70
    All in all, Into the Nexus is an entertaining and well put together Ratchet and Clank installment with some flaws here and there that drop the experience from good to just okay.
  7. Nov 11, 2013
    50
    It’s a perfectly serviceable adventure that you’ll play through with few frustrations, but will likely have forgotten by the following morning. Ratchet and Clank’s story ends, then, not with a bang, but with a half-hearted shrug.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Nov 16, 2013
    10
    $30 for an 8 hour game with a great story, fun gameplay, and a good sense of humor. Into the Nexus is the best thing to happen to R&C in a long time, since A Crack in Time. The 8 hour story is perfectly paced and well written. The turn in atmosphere is a breathe of fresh air and the gorgeous graphics complement it well. The Jetpack is also very fun to use and adds new style to the classic Ratchet gameplay formula that's returned. This games a good break after all the shooters out there, and it's probably the best $30 you can spend on a game because you will get your money's worth. Expand
  2. Aug 3, 2014
    10
    $30 dollars is not a lot for a game, but this game is incredible, and well worth your money.
    The sheer imagination that has been put into the
    environments, the love and care put into the character models, and the crazy weapons make this game worth playing alone.
    The story is nice and well paced, with a fair amount of little puzzles to figure out. The villains are ambiguous in their aims and motives, and although you don't get to spend as much time with them as you could, I feel they were worthy adversaries.
    My favorite franchise is Ratchet and Clank, and this game is third in my list of my favorite Ratchet and Clank games.
    So, to sum it up
    Ratchet and Clank= #1!
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  3. Nov 12, 2013
    9
    This game is spectacular, all of the feelings of the old ratchet and clank games come back into my mind again! This game continues insomniacs legacy, not including all for 1 and those other titles. Goooopd jobbb insomniac! Expand
  4. Feb 14, 2014
    8
    This game is far better than the previous 2 games in the Ratchet and Clank series that branched off to new concepts such as co-op and whatever. This is a welcome return to the classic Ratchet and Clank formula in a cheaper, shorter but still great package.

    It has a great sense of humour, awesome weapons, good characters and some interesting settings.
    It isn't particularly difficult even on the hardest difficulty.
    Clanks Netherverse segments are fun
    Even with its short story, there is still alot of features present from other R&C games such as arenas and the less fun 'collect the valuable from large monster and/or skeleton.

    This is a great game that makes up for its shortness with a €30 price tag, other downloable short, Quest for Booty and plain fun.
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  5. Nov 21, 2013
    8
    It's short. Not 'Quest for Booty' short, but still struggles over half the length of a full sized Ratchet & Clank title. Despite this, it avoids a number of Quest for Booty's major issues by having a good selection of weapons, some of which you've used before in All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault (Q-Force), some new, like the Nightmare Box or the Winterizer. Into the Nexus is the prettiest game in the series yet, taking Full Frontal Assaults presentation and applying it to a proper Ratchet adventure. It pushes the PS3 to it's very limits, in both the good, and the bad. On one hand, it's a damned pretty game and a pleasure to look at. On another, it's framerate is worrying to say the least, running below acceptable levels 80% of the time and even dropping to single digits during heavy action sequences. The game compensates for it well with it's responsive controls, but it's still nowhere near as smooth to play as say Tools of Destruction. The gameplay hasn't changed dramatically, swinging from Swingshots, shooting guns, strafing and doing flips. The controls are a mixture of A Crack in Time's and Full Frontal Assault's, which works very well. The story is decent, nothing special but entertaining enough. Ratchet's model looks adorable, I think his face has been pushed out a little since the last game, making his eyes deeper and his nose more pronounced, a little more like his Crack in Time appearance, however the wide face and massive green eyes are still present from his All 4 One redesign. There isn't much wrong with Into the Nexus except for the fact that it lasts about 6 to 8 hours, and the below standard framerate. Oh, and to get a platinum trophy, you'll need about 3 playthroughs to amass enough money for the Ryno VII Omega Weapon (1,000,000 Bolts) and the final armour set (1,500,000 Bolts). Besides that, it meets my expectations. I dunno about having paid $60 NZD for it, it's not a $60 NZD game, but it is a good game, the strongest effort in the series since A Crack in Time, and a promising sign that Ratchet & Clank will continue their adventure into the 8th Generation with a whole new storyline to succeed the future series. Final Score: 7.8/10 Collapse
  6. Nov 12, 2013
    7
    Ratchet & Clank Nexus propose un scénario d’une banalité affligeante. Malgré cela, les six heures de jeu offert par ce titre sont parfaitement remplies, sans temps mort et aurait mérité deux /trois environnements supplémentaires. Ces mondes, 4+1 semi-facultative, sont tous de bonne qualité graphique et observe un level design inutilement alambiqué pour cacher le fait que ce ne sont que des couloirs. Ratchet s’y déplace assez lentement malgré l’obtention des Hoverbottes et Clank n’est qu’un prétexte pour varier les plaisirs dans une 2D/réflexion. Enfin, le système monétaire ne change pas et la moitié des armes ne servent rien. Expand
  7. Jul 16, 2014
    2
    Say what you will about other Sony mascots like Jak and Daxter or Sly Cooper, but at least they knew how to actually end. Ratchet and Clank:Nexus is just a reminder for why you shouldn't drag your series out to this level; a game insultingly short and uncreative compared to the other entries. The weapons have as much impact as looking at your enemies and aren't fun to use at all, the story's attempts to be frightening are laughable (I know it's a kids game but you can at least try), and of course, there's audio logs voice acted by whoever was around that are either Insomniac's lack of self awareness to how contrived the plot is or yodeling "What the hell is exposition, some kind of vegetable?!"
    Supposedly this is the last game in the RaC series. If it is, I'm going to be even more depressed than I was playing this miserable kick to the ribs this game is to the series as a whole. It was so ready to end by A Crack In Time, but no, they had to drag it out to make three more games that were all painfully mediocre compared to the original trilogy, or even the Future trilogy. I felt like Conan the Barbarian watching his village burn down while playing this game; except instead of a village, it was the childhood memories I have for the original trilogy. If you must spend £25 on something, spend it on the Trilogy Collection for the PS3; even if there are some graphical oddities in it, it's much more worth your time than this boring, un-scary pile of cat waste.
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