Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus

Common Sense Media says

Fusing action, humor, and planet-hopping in a fun romp.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though it's a cartoony adventure, much of the game focuses on violence and therefore doesn't deliver a very positive message.

Positive role models

Ratchet and Clank, the two protagonists, are defending the universe from evil, but they're destroying enemies in the process.

Ease of play

This game is fairly easy to play, and a tutorial walks the player through the game controls.

Violence

There is no blood or gore, but the heroes of this game -- Ratchet, a bobcat of sorts, and Clank, his robotic sidekick -- fight through many alien and robotic minions to reach the main villain. Weapons include sci-fi guns such as laser blasters and freeze rays. Most defeated enemies disappear into nuts and bolts, which are then picked up by Ratchet and Clank.

Sex

Some minor sexual innuendos exist in the dialogue, including phrases such as "Glass Ball Buster" and "Clock Blockers."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There's a quick reference to the word sake (Japanese rice wine).

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus is a third-person action-adventure hybrid that has you fight against robotic and alien enemies using a variety of weapons. One gun is used from a first-person perspective for more realism. Enemies disappear into a small collection of nuts and bolts, which can be picked up by Ratchet and Clank. The game also has some minor sexual innuendo in the dialogue and a reference to alcohol.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Hobbies

  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • investigation
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • achieving goals

What Kids Can Learn

Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus wasn't created with educational intent, nor do we recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Hobbies

  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • investigation
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • achieving goals

Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus wasn't created with educational intent, nor do we recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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What's it about?

An intergalactic manhunt leads to the capture of the evil Vendra Prog, and so Ratchet and Clank are tasked with escorting the criminal mastermind to the Vartax Detention Center. But a daring jailbreak -- orchestrated by Vendra's twin brother Neftin Prog -- leaves our fearless duo scrambling to get him back behind bars. RATCHET & CLANK: INTO THE NEXUS is a single-player adventure that serves as an epilogue to previous games Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, and it fuses action, humor, and planet-hopping for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.

Is it any good?

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Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus is an entertaining, value-priced, and multiplatform game that should please fans of the franchise and those new to the series. As with its predecessors, the third-person game includes outrageous weapons and gadgets, tight and responsive controls, platforming elements, and plenty of humor, not to mention familiar faces from past games including Captain Qwark, Cronk, and others. Along with the single-player campaign is a tougher Challenge Mode for more seasoned players, yielding about 15 hours of total play. Although it's not one of the year's best, this Ratchet & Clank game entertains. 

Families can talk about...

  • Is it time Sony retires this aging duo, or do gamers still want to play as them? Is it cool to have the same game on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita?

  • Although it's brief, is the alcohol mention an issue for parents? Here's a video on tips to discussing alcohol in the media with kids.

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:November 19, 2013
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Robots, Space and aliens
ESRB rating:E10+ for Alcohol Reference, Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence (PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita)

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byPlime March 20, 2014
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LEARNING

A Blast from the Past

Honestly, I was playing Ratchet & Clank games since I was maybe 10 and even at that time even the violence wasn't a big issue for me or my parents: in fact, this is one of the few times that I agree with the Australian ratings board (who gave it a PG rating). While the game focuses on the use of many comical guns, there is no blood and the enemies are all just generic bad guys. I also think that Ratchet is actually a pretty decent role model (it's typical saving the universe stuff) and is quite sympathetic towards his enemies. The game itself is pretty simple, and honestly I died once the entire time I played the game and it was from accidentally falling off the map! This game is an amazing throwback to the PS2-era of action platformers, and is a much better option to get children than more recent (and violent) shooters like Uncharted and Infamous (except Infamous is a great option for teenagers!
Teen, 13 years old Written byDaCheezBoss March 12, 2015
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LEARNING

While not the best RAC game, very good

I don't understand why the age rating is so high for other people, but that aside this game isn't the best in the RAC series as it is short, runs on 30fps and just doesn't have the same sense of adventure as the other games. The thing I find most annoying though is how it tries to make you play more. If you complete the game, you can enter challenge mode where basically everything is harder, while also being able to get golden versions of weapons and levelling them up even higher. This is a poor excuse to make you play the game for longer. I'd much rather more time seeing something new rather than just playing the same game over again.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Kid, 12 years old March 10, 2015
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LEARNING

Great Game

I absolutely adore this game. Ratchet and clank are both kind and heroic. The storyline is rich, but you have to know the other five billion games to know that. Classic "Bad guy wants to destroy universe, good guy wants universe to stay in one piece" kind of thing, except that the only reason for the antagonists to be antagonists is because they want a friend! Great game, and a lot of fun.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

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