Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fusing action, humor, and planet-hopping in a fun romp.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

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Educational Value

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

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 & Representations

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.


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.


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 and 11-year-old Written byCharlotte O. January 30, 2017

Great for R&C fans, but not the best by far

Ratchet and clank is a cartoontype game with fun gameplay-story, and 'minimovies' in between stages. There are absolutely no profanities, and the lang... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byPlime March 20, 2014

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:... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 April 15, 2020

Instantly deserves a sequel or remaster!

Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus is a great spinoff title. Feels almost "Dead Space" but in a less horror, more light tone action.
Violence is... Continue reading

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?

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. 

Talk to your kids 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.

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