Ratchet and Clank: Before The Nexus Review

Ratchet and Clank: Before The Nexus Review

Jan 6, 2014

Ratchet and Clank are an energetic duo that have their own game series, usually released on PlayStation. Their universe is a crazy futuristic mix of aliens, robots and awesomeness beyond imaginable proportions. Ratchet And Clank games always stand out as having consistently high quality and incredibly joyous gameplay. Unfortunately, Before the Nexus is dull and lacking. Got you! It’s just as awesome as I expected it to be.

The story can only be properly processed by the fans of the series, and for everyone else: the bad guys kidnapped Dr. Brainiac and some other aliens, and the Ratchet and Clank BTN 4player needs to seek them out. The story isn’t important, as it’s an infinite runner – but what a runner it is! It’s parts runner, parts shooter, and all incredible. Ratchet is rolling down the rails, suspended an unspecified number of feet in the air, and tries to evade various obstacles by jumping, switching rails, or using special power-ups. After a round of rail-gliding, the player has to fight off various robots and monsters that are attacking many at once. Ratchet is no stranger to heavy weaponry, though, so the player can tap at the screen and Ratchet will shoot there, spending ammo that can be replenished by spending a bit of bolts that serve as the in-game currency. There are plenty of different mechanics like swinging, different enemies, weapons, and power-ups that can be unlocked and upgraded. Listing the numerous mechanics of Ratchet and Clank would be too lengthy, so just download it and try – it’s really good.

Among the game’s advantages are great graphics – and I do mean great. Watching the scenery pass by, only to be followed by even more beautiful scenery actually made me lose several runs, and the characters are all memorable and fun. The power-ups are numerous and the upgrades don’t require spending an eternity in grinding. The weapons actually have different firing mechanics, like the shotgun’s blast range increasing the longer the player holds his finger on the screen, and the power-ups are a lot more than just invincibility/coin doubling. I really can’t believe that this game is free-to-play. To say the truth, it’s one of the most enjoyable and high-quality infinite runners I’ve played, and I feel that it may very well be in my top lists for 2014.

Ratchet and Clank: Before The Nexus Review Rundown

9
Graphics/Sound - It's not perfect, but it's damn close.
7.5
Controls - My only issue. Swiping for shooting + swiping for moving makes for a bad combination.
8.5
Gameplay - It's just a bit repetitive, but really good.
9
Replay Value - The game is really captivating.
9
Overall - I honestly waited for some ugly sides to show up somewhere, but nope - I had an awesome time, playing the game.

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