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Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus preview


Ratchet & Clank are back in a new a adventure for PS3. It’s been a while since their last single player adventure, but the latest, Into The Nexus, promises to make up for the wait. Fans have been hankering for Insomniac to get back to the classic single player adventures that they know and love and Into The Nexus does just that, bringing the classic gameplay, sense of humour and outrageous weapons that the series is best known for.

The game begins with Ratchet & Clank escorting the twin criminals Vendra and Neftin Prog to the Vartax Detention Center, however it isn’t long before both escape, causing gravity on the ship to go awol. Despite their best efforts to recapture the criminals through the use of a new anti-gravity tool, our heroes are foiled when their ship is blown to pieces, and after a few close calls soon find themselves stranded on the planet Yerek.

It’s when Ratchet and Clank land on Yerek that you see what Into The Nexus is all about. Insomniac really seem to have focused on bringing back the gameplay of old thanks to the appearance of brilliant weapons such as Ratchet’s trusty side arm, The Omniblaster and the Fusion Grenade which returns from previous games. More unusual weapons play on the anti-gravity theme that seems to run through the veins of the game with the Repulsor suspending enemies in the air and the Vortex Grenade creating a black hole which sucks enemies towards it.

Of course there are more unusual weapons, such as the Nightmare Box which distracts enemies with all manner of things from Robots to Clowns and also the excellent Winteriser which turns enemies into snowmen while playing Jingle Bells in the background. There are plenty of other weapons too, such as the Gravitizer which is used constantly throughout the game and allows you to travel along a purple beam which helps you to travel across to otherwise unreachable areas.



In addition to the weapons, some of the old favorite features return, such as the ability to collect bolts to acquire new goods, while you can also upgrade every weapon just by using them. You’ll also be happy to know that skill points return too.

When it comes to Ratchet, it’s not all about weapons as our hero has also had a few tweaks of his own, allowing him to long jump, high jump, and glide. Clank also gets his own 2D sections in which he has to solve numerous puzzles, giving the game yet another string to it’s bow.

It’s good to see the original voice actors return to the game too, giving the adventure a real authentic feel, especially since the humour returns with them. Adding to this is the fact that the game is very cinematic, making it just as fun to watch as it is to play. Which is great news for everyone, especially those of us with children.

Given that this is only a preview we don’t want to give too much away, but you can be sure that characters such as Captain Qwark, Talwyn, Cronk and Zephyr also return as the story provides plenty of twists and turns along the way. And if it’s surprises you are after then Into The Nexus has them by the weapon-load.

To me Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus feels like a real fan service, a way of thanking loyal fans for sticking with the series through good and bad. But the best thing of all from what I’ve played so far is that it focuses very much on the good. Ratchet & Clank are returning to what they do best, bringing back the humour, adventure and fun in a game the series has been waiting on for a long time.

Edited On 07 Oct, 2013

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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Now all we need is that discount on the Trilogy
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Light Heavensword 3 years ago
Nox, why would you want a discount on the Trilogy? You can get it for £25 on Amazon which includes all the 3 Ratchet PlayStation 2 classics at 1080p Full HD and 60FPS. It's better value than the Wind Waker HD imo, that is £40 and it only includes 1 game. They should release a new trailer already.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
It's a running joke that has been going on here for the last few month
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Also the Ratchet Trilogy is a upscale, the Wind Waker HD is a remake
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Light Heavensword 3 years ago
It's not a full remake, there are some changes but most of the game is the same. The Ratchet Trilogy is a remaster to Full HD with 3D and trophy support aswell.
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Light Heavensword 3 years ago
What?
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
So is The Prince of Persia Trilogy. I mean a Remake as in the Graphics and re-done from top to bottom. (Think Resident Evil Re-Make but with the Lisa Trevor content)
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Light Heavensword 3 years ago
I know that but The Prince Of Persia Trilogy is in 720p HD unlike the Ratchet Trilogy and Wind Waker HD which are both 1080p. Also it came out in 2010, the price would have dropped since. Hell you never know Sony might give this for free like they did the Jak Trilogy last month. Still it's good value for 3 games.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
When Into the Nexus is about to be released they will PS+ it
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Light Heavensword 3 years ago
How do you know that? I don't think Sony will give it out on PS+ just before it comes out yet. It's too soon, they still haven't given out Full Frontal Assault yet on PS+ And that has been out for nearly a year now.
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JoeToots 3 years ago
Eco he's talking about the trilogy the same way they gave saints row 3 out before 4 came out battlefield 3 before 4 comes out.
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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
They release the earlier versions on + just before the new one to build up hype.
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Light Heavensword 3 years ago
Ah ok, they way he wrote was as Nexus is going to come out on PS+ just before it come out on retail. They might give the Trilogy on PS+ Or Full Frontal Assault.

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