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Ratchet & Clank: Nexus Review


A stalwart for the PlayStation generation, Ratchet and Clank have offered classic 3D platform ideals with an extra helping of firepower for years now and even at the twilight PS3 years there is still time for one more outing in Ratchet and Clank: Nexus (Into the Nexus for outside Europe).

Sending us once again into the far reaches of space we catch up with Ratchet, Clank and the rest of the gang on escort duty, ferrying master criminal Vendra to prison to serve her time for past crimes. Of course nothing ever seems to go Ratchet's way and Vendras brother Neftin spring a surprise attack, freeing her and also destroying the ship in the process. Smuggling on board one of the pirate ships, Ratchet and Clank then find themselves on a strange deserted and supposedly haunted planet, vowing to stop these deadly siblings and their master plan whatever the cost.

Though it is a strange new world, the gameplay is all familiar - if you have played a platform game or a Ratchet and Clank game over the past ten years or so; Nexus is a 3D action platform game, mainly involving you guiding Ratchet across an assortment of worlds, introducing a puzzle element be it creating gravity wells to traverse otherwise impassable gaps or using Clanks jet wings to fly to out of reach switches. What separates ratchet from the usual bottom bouncing platform games is the huge arsenal he has at his disposal, from duel pistols, shotguns, rockets or even the more obscure like a Nightmare Box that launches a monstrous visage to scare any baddies, a grenade that creates a vortex or the Winteriser that turns all enemies into snowmen.



During this quest of revenge, more of Vendras plans become known, including her want to open a dimensional portal to bring a giant being to our side known only as Mr Eye. Early on Ratchet and Clank also gain access to this dimensional rift equipment, with Ratchet's torch being fitted to detect rifts to the Netherworld. Once located Clank is able to venture to the other side, with the game then turning into a gravity manipulating 2D platform game, the goal to lead Clank through a maze by changing the direction of gravity to find a dimensional beast who will then follow you back through the rift, which in turn breaks open a wall to a secret passage.

Even though there is a lot going on, the game will constantly feel fresh and never gets boring. Sadly it is all quite linear in its approach and ultimately very short-lived, though you are able to tackle certain areas at different times and even revisit worlds to loot them once you have unlocked the glider attachment or jet boots; but with only a few worlds to play through, it is over far too quickly. However, testament to the fun I had playing the campaign, even though it was a real quick play I was eager to take up the Challenge Mode that unlocks after completion; offering the sane story but allowing you to bring across your weapons to upgrade them further, adding a bolt multiplayer to purchase even more items, unlocking Skill Points that allow you to use cheats and a harder level setting to add an even greater challenge.

Ratchet and Clank: Nexus offers quality over quantity, for no matter how short, the game gave it all throughout and I for one can’t wait to see what is on the horizon with the next generation of consoles.

Words by Ash Buchanan.

(Version Tested: PS3)

Pros

+ Challenge mode unlocks once completed adding replay value
+ Loads of weapons to purchase and upgrade
+ Great graphics and sound effects

Cons

- Over quite quickly

Edited On 11 Nov, 2013

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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
I expect Ratchet HD Trilogy to be on PS+ this month and if it is I will buy the second trilogy and this
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Light Heavensword 3 years ago
Can't wait for this, apparently it's short but i'm not bothered as it's not a full game, it's an Epilogue and the price reflects that. I'm happy that Insomniac finally made a a good Ratchet and Clank game and returned the series to its roots after All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault. The reviews have started coming in and it's getting some good scores across the board. A Third Ratchet and Clank Trilogy for the PS4 incoming. Happy 10th Anniversary!
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Robichoico 3 years ago
Oh this is a new one? I thought there was one out not so long ago for the PS3/Vita so naturally assumed this was the same one.
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Doc-B 3 years ago
Picked up Ratchet:Deadlocked off the store a couple of days ago to get me in the mood for this... Definitely looking forward to a R&C on the PS4, would be madness if it didn't happen!
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Light Heavensword 3 years ago
IGN 8.2 Gamespot 8.0 Destructoid 8.0 The Escapist 8.0. GREAT REVIEWS.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
You sure the game getting 8's are good? People seem to think getting a 8 is a bad score nowadays
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Light Heavensword 3 years ago
8 is a good score but not amazing. It probably would have got 9's had it been a full game that lasted 8-10 hours and more planets/weapons. I know some people think that some scores are just bad like Edge's 5/10 review which is disgusting and that is a bad score. I don't know why some people think 8 is a bad score, it isn't although there are some hardcore fanboys out there...
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
8 is an amazing score and 5 is a average score
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Light Heavensword 3 years ago
Polygons review 8.5, i'm really surprised considering they gave Killzone: Shadow Fall a 5/10, Knack a 6/10 and The Last Of Us a 7.5/10. I was expecting a pretty average score from Polygon.

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