Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time

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a game by Insomniac Games
Platform: Playstation 3
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Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time

Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time is a third-person action shooter game and the seventh overall entry in the Ratchet and Clank franchise. The story takes place after the events of Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty, continuing the story of mechanic-turned-hero Ratchet and his robotic pal Clank. Outfitted with a wide array of wacky and bombastic weapons, Ratchet and Clank fight to save the universe from the evil Dr. Nefarious. When it comes to third-person shooters, there are few games that are as gleefully explosive as the Ratchet and Clank series. A Crack in Time simply amps up that explosive factor to eleven, resulting in one of the best games in the entire series.

Main Game Features

  • Platforming and shooter-based action
  • 18 interesting and wacky weapons
  • Time-travel based puzzles

Story

A Crack in Time is the third entry in the “Future” saga of the Ratchet and Clank franchise, continuing a story with numerous characters, events, and locations. Luckily, if you're new to the series, A Crack in Time has a quick catch-up sequence to fill you in on the story so far. Following the events of the previous two games, Clank continues to plot his escape from Dr. Nefarious' capture. Held in the Great Clock, Clank attempts to fix the emerging problems with the universe's timeline from within.

Elsewhere, Ratchet and fan-favorite character Captain Qwark do their best to rescue Clank. Unfortunately, the pair lose control of their ship and crash on a nearby planet, forcing them to search for help. During their journey, Ratchet will discover the long-hidden truth of his species' decline. Throughout the game, the narrative is split between both Ratchet and Clank, as both characters experience a personal journey of redemption and adventure.

Gameplay

As a great sequel should, Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time keeps the core gameplay formula the same as previous games while innovating with new mechanics and better features. As always, you'll control Ratchet as he explores open-ended levels, destroying enemies with his ever-growing arsenal of weapons. In addition to 15 guns with incredibly cool abilities, there are 3 customizable weapons available through the new Constructo System. You can also employ the use of 7 different gadgets, which can be utilized to disorient and damage your opponents. Destroying enemies grants you experience points which can be spent to further upgrade your weapons, adding extra firepower to truly demolish anything that stands in your way.

During the sections where you play as Clank, the gameplay is more focused on puzzle-solving and light platforming than action. Using his signature weapon called the Chronoscepter, Clank is able to alter the stream of time to his liking. In order to complete puzzles, you'll need to think outside-the-box, using a variety of mind-bending mechanics. For example, Clank can make clones of himself using time-pads, resulting in some tough but satisfying puzzles. The combination of action and puzzle-solving in both Ratchet and Clank's independent sections make the game a consistently entertaining and refreshing experience.

9

The Ratchet and Clank series has always been tons of fun, and A Crack in Time is no different. In fact, thanks to a flurry of cool visual effects, eternally-entertaining combat and level design, and an imaginative selection of weapons, this entry might just be the best of the bunch. The story is packed with characters and rich sci-fi lore, sure to please any fan of space-themed fantasy. It's super funny as well, so both kids and adults will absolutely get a chuckle or two while playing. When the action gets going, things can become exceptionally challenging, but that's half the fun. Provided you've got the skill to see it through to the end, Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time is one of the best action games of the past generation.

Pros

  • Inventive arsenal of weapons
  • Colorful and impressive visuals
  • Funny dialogue and story

Cons

  • Action can be overwhelming at points
  • Challenging difficulty spikes

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Playstation 3

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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