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Release Date: November 12th, 2013 Movie Release Year: 2013

Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus

Overview -

Prior to moving towards a more multiplatform approach, Insomniac Games was responsible for two extraordinary franchises for the PlayStation 3: 'Resistance: Fall of Man' and the 'Ratchet & Clank' future series. While the former was a heavy focus on a more mature first-person shooter theme, the latter delivered action platforming at its best. Although the 'Resistance' story has come to its conclusion with the third entry in the series, the duo that is Ratchet & Clank continues to have a strong following that started with the PlayStation 2.

OVERALL:
Recommended
Rating Breakdown
VIDEO
AUDIO
Tech Specs & Release Details
Release Date:
November 12th, 2013

Video Review

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From the darkness of space to flourishing plant life, the visuals of 'Into the Nexus', like the previous games from the future series, do not disappoint. I have always adored the art style of the Ratchet and Clank universe and admired the solid level of variety the animators have consistently delivered.

Adding to this ocular treat, the frame rate stability, even during the most hectic of encounters, was never found to be stumbling or trying to catch up. This is quite an impressive achievement considering some of the more enclosed areas of the game are often packed full of activity which can mean a large number of varied enemies, a rapid and repeated switch between unique weapons, and even collectible bolts flying in from all corners of the screen.

Unfortunately, where the frame rate was solid, the same cannot always be said about the camera. These same enclosed environments often resulted in a confused camera and, as a result, a confused gamer. This is never welcome in any game, regardless of genre, and can often ruin the entire experience. Thankfully, these exercises in patience were few and far between and were a minor blemish to an otherwise enjoyable experience.

Audio Review

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Although 'Into the Nexus' may not be the game to show off your surround system with, it does exhibit consistent quality audio. The sound engineers did a great job with providing the individual weapons with their own unique style and effect.

Still, the real auditory highlight of a Ratchet and Clank game continues to be the voice acting, and 'Into the Nexus' is no different. Although the main protagonists are well acted, it's the supporting cast that generally has the best lines, providing those laugh-out-loud moments. Captain Quark has always been a favorite video game character of mine, and although his cameo appearance was short lived, it was more than enough to put a smile on my face.

'Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus' has proven yet again how much fun an action platformer can really be. The story has heart, the characters continue to be charming and adorable, and the game play mechanics are solid from start to finish. Although this may be an end to the future series, as well as the final entry for the PlayStation 3, it is one series that I hope will continue well into the next era of gaming. 'Into the Nexus' simply should not be missed.