Ratchet and Clank have been all over the place--and I’m not just talking about the different planets they’ve traveled to. After defending the universe from power-hungry fools and dabbling in a few different genres, the galactic duo is back doing what they do best: running around, cracking jokes, and blowing things up. Into the Nexus feels a lot like classic R&C game and brings the series back to its roots. It’s not very innovative nor does it leave a long-lasting impression, but it’s a nice reminder of what made the series so much fun to begin with.
Keeping things simple, Nexus focuses on the iconic duo's attempt at saving the galaxy via third-person platforming and shoot-outs, eliminating much of the extra fluff introduced in recent games. This stripped down version works in delivering a fast-paced experience that's in line with what you’d expect from the series. Combat sections are quick and enjoyable (a good thing, considering you'll be doing a lot of shooting), and even when you’re not hurling explosives at enemies, Ratchet never slows down. You’ll walk up walls in anti-gravity sections, zoom through swamps on hover boots, and fly around in your stylish jetpack. The varied movement is fun and keeps the action humming at a steady pace.
Ratchet’s arsenal also keeps things fresh, featuring both classic and new weapons that are as inventive as ever. The Winterizer, for example, plays a festive rendition of “Jingle Bells” as it turns enemies into Snowmen, which, as it turns out, are fun to unbuild by way of smashing them with the OmniWrench. Of course, classics like Mr. Zurkon are back but have received some nice new upgrades that provide even more options in battle.
Nexus occasionally shifts gears, featuring some neat 2D side-scrolling levels starring Clank. Gravity plays a big role here, as you need to change its flow to guide him in and out of interdimensional Netherverse mazes. These sections provide a nice breather amidst all the action, and offer a more puzzle-like approach gameplay. It’s a shame they aren’t that frequent, and there's not much variety to speak of. On top of all that, figuring them out is a cinch.