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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ratchet and Clank: Into The Nexus Review It's $30 For A Reason

Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus

The sense of humor for the running and gunning platformer with evolving weapons with a talking anthropomorphic alien cat (Lombax) and robot backpack buddy is missing some of the game. Simply put, the game you have isn't finished. It was most likely stopped being worked on when the date of the PS4 was finalized and there wouldn't be enough time to finish it over at Insomniac. It's polished, there are no errors to find. As a fan of the series and seeing how big in scale the games have gone, this one is a let down in the series.

Instead of putting the game out at $15, you have a short, one of the shortest in memory games of Ratchet and Clank for $30. In story, voice-over work, weapons and leveling up there's huge chunks missing. It might be the smallest amount of dialogue from Captain Quark in the series.

As a fan it's a let down, well it and Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault.

Other than the game being very short, even with extra side-quests it is fun to play. From seeing new worlds, hunting new creatures to extinction, poor Gargathons and of course leveling up the impressive weapon cache remains timeless in the series.

Weapons and their Pokemon ability to be level-up for far deadlier forms never stops the blood lust. Be it the Winterizer that transforms enemies into Christmas snowmen. The jack-in-the box like Nightmare Box that frightens enemies and levels up to shoot acid on them. My trusted time shotgun, the Temporal Repulsor, shooting someone then watching them slowly be hit back, because it's a time shotgun. Mr. Zurkon returns, this time with his family? A body guard bot-family that talks trash.
If any game can be as fun or as inventive with these weapons I'd like to play it.

Jokes remain, the few that make it in, such as the one coming from a "haunted" planet that had to be evacuated with messages left by it's Mayor are priceless. Warning citizens not to try and befriend ghosts and that the ghosts should go after his in-laws are good examples of the mayor's voice.

What knocks off the fun and other games in the series have done this, is the Clank mini-game. The game gets my ire for this one. The games last big boss battle takes you out of the moment three times to play this mini-game. I'm shooting down a giant evil other dimensional monster and suddenly I have to play an annoying platformer?

Ratchet and Clank's newest titles is a 6 hour rental.

Still would have enjoyed a new commercial for it from Sony.