It seems Insomniac Games has heard fans crying out from the nether regions of the Solana Galaxy. This time, Ratchet and Clank: Into The Nexus takes the series back to its third-person shooter/platformer roots. From the five minute gameplay clip below, it’s clear that this entry aims to please.
Insomniac Games developed the original Ratchet and Clank trilogy on the PlayStation 2 and became one of the most popular franchises for Sony. At the dawn of the PlayStation 3, Insomniac released the Ratchet and Clank Future series, which was a little darker and featured more in-depth gameplay that stuck to the tradition set by its predecessors.
Then to the dismay of some fans, the series took an unexpected curve. First came Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One, a cooperative platformer that challenged the original R&C format. In exchange for customization and a solely single-player experience, All 4 One instead embraced both offline and online single-screen multiplayer. It wasn’t necessarily bad, just not the game many fans expected.
And then there were two. Ratchet and Clank: Full Frontal Assault hit shelves in 2012 to mixed reception. While bringing back the single player third-person action All 4 One lacked, we were presented instead with a glorified and frantic tower defense game. Again, not bad on its own, but it was hard to wonder if Ratchet and Clank had lost its identity.
Worry no more.
Ratchet and Clank: Into The Nexus looks to be a promising return to what made Ratchet such a hit: insane customizable weaponry, a ridiculous story, crazy gadgets, and the ability to plow through a single player game. Additionally, the game has been announced as an official continuation of the Future series. Fans have every reason to be excited for Into The Nexus.
Seriously, turning enemies into snowmen is worth the price of admission alone.