Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus Reviews (PlayStation 3)
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Gaming Age (Nov 19, 2013)
Now, it's entirely possible that I'm wrong, and that Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus is merely a mediocre game that only looks exceptional because of the horribleness that came before it. I mean, I don't think that's the case, since I had a lot of fun with it, but I should probably throw that out there as a possibility. 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. The results, at the very least, won't disappoint you.
Darkstation (Nov 20, 2013)
You can easily reach the somewhat abrupt ending in 6-8 hours, depending upon how much you look for the collectibles. There is still enough to do, however, to easily justify the game’s $30 price tag. Make no mistake – I would love to play a full-fledged, epic Ratchet and Clank adventure as much as any other fan of the series. In the absence of that game though, I’ll gladly take this game, which is less ambitious in scope, but still a blast and priced right for its length. Ratchet and Clank fans who have been annoyed by the series’s spin offs in recent years should be very pleased by what they find in this package, provided they actually know that it exists. By publishing the game three days before the launch of the PS4 without any hoopla, Sony has all but guaranteed that sales of this game will be abysmal. It really is a shame, because it is a game worthy of the top billing that an excellent first party game should get.
The Digital Fix (Dec 16, 2013)
Ratchet and Clank: Nexus is not a full-length gaming experience that will last you months. What it is, however, is a loving goodbye to a pair of gaming heroes. It’s the greatest hits album before a band splits, the last few paragraphs that tell us the characters you’ve come to love are going to be ok. It’s also damn fun. Insomniac Games have been quiet on what the future holds for this franchise on PlayStation 4, though it would be fair to speculate that it would be in the form of a reboot or new pair of characters, but for now it’s nice to have a little closure.
Armchair Empire, The (Jan 03, 2014)
The controls are tight in this game and intuitively as well. I never found myself lost and I wanted to explore the spots I hadn't been to. There are new elements here too but overall this game is definitely made for fans of the series. If this is your first Ratchet & Clank game, you might feel a little bit lost in the characters or story but it's still an enjoyable experience overall. Finishing the game is bitter sweet as I am not sure if this is the end of line for the Lombax and is robotic pal as there are currently no announced plans for a PlayStation 4 version of the franchise. That doesn't mean there won't be, so here's to hoping. Over twelve years later and this series still makes me smile.
NZGamer (Nov 18, 2013)
The only disappointing factor is that Nexus isn’t especially long. The planets featured all have their own distinct look and beautifully crafted environments, but sady there just aren’t that many of them. The Planet Thrag is a particularly fun place that you can spend an extended amount of time exploring. There are numerous small islands and giant animals to hunt, items to collect, and quests to complete for another old friend. And, once you get all the gadgets, the world expands even more; it’s a real pleasure to explore the whole map and gather up every available bolt to buy more weapons and armour. Nexus will delight new players and veterans alike with its humour, enjoyable gameplay, and captivating story. And if you’re disappointed with it being finished too soon, you can always play through again on a harder difficulty level, and see if your Lombax has the necessary skills to be known as Legend. Recommended.
Polygon (Nov 12, 2013)
Sony's most reconizable cartoon herous take the PS3 out on a strong note. The PlayStation 3 has been a rocky road for Ratchet and Clank, but Into the Nexus is a fitting end. It returns to its strong roots without depending on nostalgia alone to drive it, embracing the adventurous spirit that birthed the series over a decade ago. Into the Nexus is a wonderfully strong note for Ratchet and Clank to go out on for this generation, and hopefully a good indication of the more exciting adventures awaiting them in the next.
PSX Extreme (Jan 07, 2014)
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus gives veteran followers of the award-winning franchise exactly what they desire: A true sequel and conclusion to A Crack in Time and above all else, a return to what made Ratchet so gosh-darn charming and addictive in the first place. It’s easy to condemn it for “doing nothing new,” but we can’t turn around a second later and bemoan the loss of trusted, beloved gameplay types we’ve seen in franchises like Final Fantasy and Resident Evil. Can’t have it both ways, ya know. For R&C fanatics, Into the Nexus is a return to its traditional, glorious form.
Lazygamer (Dec 19, 2013)
Ratchet and Clank: Nexus has enough content to keep fans happy, and despite the abrupt ending, caps the Future series off nicely. Solid and charming, it’s most likely the final game in the franchise that’ll appear on the PS3, but it bows out with a bang.
InsideGamer (Nov 18, 2013)
Ratchet & Clank: Nexus is een volwaardig avontuur binnen de langlopende serie en biedt alles waar het duo om bekend staat: humor, leuke gadgets, innovatieve wapens, puzzels en genoeg klim- en klauterwerk. Iedereen die de serie een warm hart toedraagt mag Nexus niet laten liggen en voor mensen die geen idee hebben waar de serie voor staat is dit het perfecte moment om eens te kijken wat deze Lombax en robot allemaal te bieden hebben.
IGN (Nov 11, 2013)
Nexus may not be long, but it’s steeped in Ratchet & Clank special sauce. The characters are offbeat and funny, the story is well-paced, the art direction is distinctive and above all else it’s a blast to play, with always evolving gameplay and an ever-escalating arsenal. A great swansong for the series on PS3.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Nov 27, 2013)
Het korte maar krachtige Nexus toont een Ratchet & Clank in bloedvorm. Uitstekende platformgameplay, tonnen humor en leuke puzzels doen een iets zwakkere tweede helft vergeten.
Destructoid (Nov 11, 2013)
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus doesn't make great strides to change up the series, but fans won't be disappointed. Nexus is short, sweet, and to the point, with hardly a dull moment in sight, making it a fitting conclusion to the Future series. When you add in the fact that the game is budget priced and you get Quest for Booty for free, it only sweetens the deal.
GameSpot (Nov 11, 2013)
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus doesn't entirely break from the series' classic roots, but its focus on action over platforming makes it a fast-paced thrill ride, and the short length makes running through it again with Omega weapons in Challenge Mode irresistible. In what may be the last Ratchet & Clank for this console generation, the series takes its leave with a proper bang, reuniting you with your favorite characters and keeping you hooting and hollering all the way to the finish line.
NowGamer (Nov 11, 2013)
While 3D platforming collect-a-thons aren-t trendy anymore and this doesn't have any particularly stunning new ideas, Ratchet & Clank: Nexus reminds us how fun the genre can be when treated with love, care and a healthy dose of imagination.
The Escapist (Nov 11, 2013)
Ratchet & Clank is not only a charismatic ending to the series' PlayStation 3 installments, it marks a most agreeable return to form for Insomniac Games as a developer. While the action can wear the player out, and the campaign itself isn't particularly lengthy or deep, fans will get their money's worth from this concentrated blast of Ratchet & Clank action.
TheSixthAxis (Nov 11, 2013)
If you’re a fan of Ratchet & Clank, you don’t want to miss out on Nexus. If you’ve been craving a more traditional entry to the series since A Crack In Time, then this will suit you perfectly. It’s not the longest or best game in the series, but it’s a budget title and full of fan service, though that may turn non-fans away and it’s hardly the best entry point into this universe. It’s simply a wonderful adventure for the duo, featuring almost everything you could want from Ratchet & Clank and bringing some brilliant new mechanics which advance the series in the correct way. Don’t expect an adventure the size of A Crack in Time here, but for the budget price (around £20), it’s just about perfectly scaled.
Game Informer Magazine (Nov 11, 2013)
Into the Nexus’ gameplay holds true to what we’ve known and enjoyed for over a decade. Should we be demanding bigger and better things? Maybe, but there’s something about this formula that just works. I walked away from it hungry for more.
God is a Geek (Nov 12, 2013)
For a budget price you get to spend some quality pre-PS4 time saying goodbye to the last generation – and indeed Insomniac themselves where Sony are concerned – with a perfect encapsulation of what made Ratchet & Clank one of the company’s notable first party success stories. Intuitive controls, excellent pacing, a smart script and sublime visuals mean there is much fun to be had here. If this is the last time we get to control Ratchet and his robot buddy, then it’s a rock-solid way to go out.
Engadget (Nov 12, 2013)
Into the Nexus almost feels like a farewell. The final sections are steeped in series history, with museum displays of previous events, and certain characters die in shocking fashion. I'm sure there will be more Ratchet & Clank to come, but if not, I don't feel bad about getting in on the top floor. There's a long way down, with a lot of games to play (or replay).
DarkZero (Nov 18, 2013)
Although Ratchet & Clank: Nexus isn’t a full length game like A Crack in Time was, Insomniac have not cut back on any of the details; the environment art is beautiful and completely varied from planet to planet, the cutscenes are interestingly animated and regularly hilarious, the enemies are full of personality as are the main characters both good and evil, and the weapons will keep you entertained through more than a single play-through with all of the upgrades available. Insomniac have listened to their fans and have focused on a single player experience that I have enjoyed thoroughly. Even though it was a little shorter than I had hoped for, Ratchet & Clank: Nexus is still much longer than Quest for Booty and ties up the story of our heroes (and Quark) nicely. For now at least.
Gamer.nl (Nov 20, 2013)
Ratchet & Clank: Nexus biedt (als epiloog van de Future-trilogie) precies wat je verwacht. Dezelfde gameplay als in de hoofddelen, met niet meer dan een handjevol nieuwe wapens en gadgets en op een veel kleinere schaal. Een gebrek aan verrassingen wordt hier ruimschoots opgevangen door de tijdloze kwaliteit die we kennen uit de rest van de serie, wat vooral een verademing is na de twee afwijkende delen All 4 One en Q-Force.
Gameplanet (Nov 26, 2013)
Fans of the Ratchet and Clank series will know exactly what to expect with Into the Nexus, and this is by no means a bad thing. With a batch of fresh weapons, one or two fun new gadgets, the introduction of a bit of 2D puzzle platforming, and a slew of references for old hands to recognise, the game works as the perfect closer to the series as we know it. With the next R&C title no doubt earmarked for the PS4, it may be time for the property to undergo a more radical evolution before it resurfaces, but Into the Nexus is a fitting final chapter for the PS3 era.
4Players.de (Nov 14, 2013)
Unterhaltsamer Action-Plattformer, der für Serienverhältnisse etwas kurz ausfällt und sich größtenteils auf Bekanntes verlässt.
PlayStation Lifestyle (Nov 11, 2013)
Into the Nexus is the last PS3 game in the Ratchet & Clank Future titles and does appear to be made with fans of the series in mind. But do not let this detract a playthrough of the game. While Into the Nexus is short, there is a lot of replay value, some decent challenge on the harder difficulties, and a lot of stuff to unlock. The game is also packaged with Quest for Booty for players who might have missed out on that title. Overall, Into the Nexus is a solid and enjoyable romp for both fans and newcomers alike.
PlayStation Universe (Nov 17, 2013)
Into the Nexus is a great example of how to make a short game and not leave the player feeling shortchanged. However, where it steps forward it does so only in the slightest of ways – mainly it is just picking up from where the series was before it spun off into different territory. It's a solid return to Ratchet and Clank's world, but hopefully PlayStation 4 will take the series to more creative, exciting heights.
XGN (Nov 22, 2013)
De terugkeer van de twee karakters is zeker geslaagd. Onder het mom van ‘never change a winning team’ past Insomniac niet al teveel aan. De gameplay staat nog steeds als een huis, terwijl de werelden schitteren en de wapens ook weer hartstikke origineel zijn. Maar, daar ligt tegelijkertijd ook de zwakte van Nexus. Door weinig vernieuwingen en een té korte speelduur - behalve voor de trophy hunters - is deze Ratchet & Clank niet erg verfrissend. Het maakt van een potentieel briljante adventure/platformer, een goede ik-ken-mijn-mankementen-platformer.
PSX-Sense (Nov 11, 2013)
Jammer genoeg is de niet eerder genoemde Captain Qwark amper aanwezig; zijn inbreng is echt minimaal. Hij laat ongeveer een keer of drie zijn gezicht zien en dan ook nog eens heel kort. Dat is jammer, want captain Qwark had met een grotere inbreng wellicht voor meer hilarische momenten kunnen zorgen. De verhaallijn is verder makkelijk te volgen en dient als geleider van de vele actiemomenten. Hierbij zorgt Clank met zijn korte avonturen in de Nederriften voor enige afwisseling, al leveren deze momenten naar mijn idee meer frustratie op dan dat ze een welkome afwisseling zijn. Nuttig zijn de gadgets en grafisch staat de game zeker zijn mannetje, waarbij het kleurrijke leveldesign direct opvalt. Een punt van aandacht is de replaywaarde, die niet heel hoog is. Je kan de game nogmaals uitspelen op het speltype uitdaging en zo nieuwe wapenupgrades verdienen, maar of dat een replay rechtvaardigt is natuurlijk aan jou. R&Czijn in ieder geval terug van weggeweest en dat is het belangrijkste!
Push Square (Nov 11, 2013)
Not to be left in the Netherverse, Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus represents a return to form for Insomniac Games’ most enduring double-act. While it’ll do little to catch the attention of series cynics, franchise fans should find themselves drawn to this like a particularly potent gravity beam. The budget price may still be a teensy steep for the rather slender running time, but the focused campaign and enjoyable action mean that this is certainly worth a punt if you’ve got the bolts to spare.
Hardcore Gamer Magazine (Nov 11, 2013)
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus is a short epilogue that may leave dedicated fans of the franchise a bit disappointed. Those that look past its length, however, will find an adventure worth having. The writing, humor and beloved characters are all there along with addicting classic Ratchet & Clank gameplay. Even with its flaws, you can’t really go wrong with this finale considering its low price tag.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) (Nov 11, 2013)
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus represents a decent—though overpriced—sendoff for the second generation of R&C action-adventure titles. Into the Nexus mostly plays it safe by remaining largely familiar, introducing only a few new mechanics that, while not overtly bad, seem underdeveloped and are definitely underused.
GamesRadar (Nov 11, 2013)
Nexus only lasts about five hours. Yeah, it’s pretty short, but those are some good five hours that’ll remind you of why you fell in love with Ratchet and Clank in the first place. Its $30 / £20 price tag makes it a great incentive to pick it up, and it delivers what you’d expect from the series. Nexus may not be the most conclusive of the Ratchet and Clank titles, but it is a (mostly) charming sendoff to years of PS3 gaming.
Eurogamer.de (Nov 14, 2013)
Womit wir wieder bei dem wären, was ich zu Anfang geschrieben habe. Ratchet & Clank: Nexus ist keine Revolution, will es auch gar nicht sein. Stattdessen möchte euch Insomniac schlicht und ergreifend mehr von diesem tollen Duo bieten und das gelingt den Entwicklern auch richtig gut. Nexus ist ein sehr kurzweiliges Abenteuer, das euch mit seiner gelungenen und humorvollen Geschichte und einer nahezu perfekten Balance aus Kämpfen und Rätseln stets bei Laune hält. Leerlauf ist praktisch nicht vorhanden. Wenn ihr also einfach nur mehr Ratchet & Clank haben wollt, werdet ihr hier absolut glücklich.
COGConnected / Canadian Online Gamers Network (Nov 26, 2013)
Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus is decent game overall. Unfortunately, that’s as good as it gets. The game only lasts about 6 to 8 hours, and the frame rate issues really hamper some of the gameplay experience. The regular difficulty setting is not very challenging, but there as an option to play it through on a more difficult New Game+ mode. This gives you the chance to pick up where you left off with your arsenal of weapons, while giving you a chance to unlock the incredibly strong Omega weapons. Collectibles come in several forms, but they only serve as a way to stretch the games length. All in all, Into the Nexus is an entertaining and well put together Ratchet and Clank instalment with some flaws here and there that drop the experience from good to just okay.
Metro.co.uk (Nov 14, 2013)
Despite its flaws Nexus is the best Ratchet & Clank game for several years, but it does feel very much like too little, too late. Literally in the sense that it’s only around five hours long, although the price does reflect this. The graphics are still as impressive as they ever were, the characters (mostly) as endearing, and the imaginative weapons still as much fun. But none of it is markedly more entertaining than the best of the PlayStation 2 games, and by purposefully trying to recall those early games it only underlines how little things have moved forward despite so many years and so many sequels.
Thunderbolt Games (Jan 23, 2014)
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus is an underwhelming conclusion for Sony’s duo on the PlayStation 3. It’s a fine game; it’s pretty, it’s got the series’ trademark weaponry, and yet, it’s just another Ratchet game. If that was Insomniac’s goal, well, mission accomplished. For anyone hoping for something more out of these space faring buddies, best wait for the inevitable PlayStation 4 iteration; maybe then they’ll put the ‘Future’ back in.
Diehard GameFan (Nov 19, 2013)
Into the Nexus is a great game that streamlines the Ratchet & Clank experience into a short but fun ride. The gameplay has been refined to the point of being perhaps the best in the series, the story ties up loose ends left by previous games, and the budget price makes the whole package incredibly hard to pass up. I was worried that Insomniac wasn’t going to put their best foot forward with this game, but they blew me away. If you’re a fan of the series, this is a game you definitely don’t want to miss out on.
TechRaptor (Nov 22, 2013)
Overall Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus is everything fans of the series have been asking for years: killer gameplay, kick-ass weapons and an entertaining story filled with plenty of jokes and new gameplay mechanics this is just what Ratchet and Clank needed after their recent shaky history. The main plot is very short but there is plenty here to keep gamers coming back for more. This is a very strong comeback for Ratchet and Clank and a very strong last hurrah for the PS3.