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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: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Nov 23, 2013
    10
    This game is epic, Ratchet and Clank is back to how it used to be, and if it stays away from games such as Quest for Booty, All for One and Full Frontal Assault the series will make its triumphant return. Collapse
  2. 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
  3. Dec 19, 2013
    9
    Amazing game, classic Ratchet & Clank Action Adventure Platformer with RPG elements. A complete weapon arsenal with upgrades and level ups as previous games.
    A beautifully crafted story with great characters.
    The musical score for the game is really good as well.
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  4. 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
  5. Jan 1, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. [Condensed]

    Into the Nexus doesn’t change the formula up too much, but manages to stay fresh and fun, even without the changes in pace and with a slightly shorter, less challenging experience as a whole. There’s one thing for certain, and that’s that you are definitely going to enjoy your experience, and be impatient until the inevitable next-generation sequel drops sometime in the future as well…

    Concept: Use the series’ strong points to craft another adventure, this time returning to the classic formula that made it all possible to begin with. Not the strongest in the series, but far from the worst it has to offer in terms of gameplay and story features. There are plenty of side missions and extras to find as well, increasing replay value across the board.

    Graphics: The same graphical designs show up, and they look as great as ever. Some textures may seem a little muddy as the explosions increase, but the level of physical damage shown on screen balances this out and is quite impressive as ever.

    Sound: From the humming of your arsenal of weapons and gadgets to the musical soundtrack, the game sounds fun and exciting throughout.

    Playability: The controls are unchanged for the most part, largely because they have always been one of the strongest points of the game, and that remains the case in this instance as well. The exploration is fun and interesting, especially in Clank’s segments, and the combat is fast-paced and exciting as usual.

    Entertainment: They could’ve maybe done a little bit more with the game in terms of story, but you can’t get much better than the action-heavy and puzzle-solving content that they’ve got to offer you this time around. It’s a well-rounded sequel all in all.

    Replay Value: High.

    Overall Score: 8.5
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  6. 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 Expand
  7. Feb 21, 2014
    5
    I completed this game in 3 hours, regardless it is is a great game with a great storyline, but isn't near as good arsenal or full frontal assault. But if your aren't as good as playing games I would get this game but you do need to have played the previous game to get this game but it is still a bit disappointing that it isn't up to there usual standards.If you are only thinking of playing Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal, I would would give it 10/10 for its high quality standards. Expand

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