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Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time

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Game Reviewed: Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Insomniac Games
Reviewer: Matthew Scott
Platform: PS3
Category: Action
ESRB Rating: E10+
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Game Description:

A Crack in Time is the third Ratchet and Clank game to hit the PS3. In the first PS3 Ratchet and Clank game, Tools of Destruction, Clank is kidnapped at the end of the game by a robotic alien race called the Zoni. In the second PS3 R&C game, Quest for Booty, Ratchet discovers that Clank was actually kidnapped by the evil Doctor Nefarious (the villain from the PS2 R&C game, Up Your Arsenal.) A Crack in Time continues the story as Ratchet continues his search for Clank, discovers more about his Lombax heritage and of course winds up saving the universe from ultimate destruction.

A Crack in Time is played from a third person point of view. The gameplay is divided up into three different parts that are interwoven throughout the entire adventure. The main part of the game the player will play as Ratchet. Ratchet is a creature known as a Lombax, (the furry creature on the box cover.) While playing as Ratchet, the player will use various types of weapons to destroy enemies while progressing through each level. The second part consists of levels where the player plays as Clank (the robot on the box cover.) Clank has a rod that he will use to defeat some creatures, but the majority of Clank’s level focus on solving puzzles where the player must manipulate time in order to get from point A to point B. The third part of the game consists of piloting Ratchet’s ship through space in order to travel from planet to planet, where the game’s main levels take place at. While in ship mode, Ratchet will have to destroy enemy ships that are trying to stop him from completing his mission.

What Parents Need to Know

Violence

A Crack in Time is played from a third person point of view. Ratchet is able to obtain different types of weapons throughout the game. Some of these weapons are of the more traditional type, others have a more humorous nature to them such as a grenade that when thrown causes your enemies to start dancing disco. When an enemy or creature is destroyed they burst into nuts and bolts which Ratchet can then collect as currency to be used for purchasing more weapons or better armor.

Language

There is no bad language in A Crack in Time

Sexual Content

There is no inappropriate sexual content in A Crack in Time.

Spiritual Content

Some of the aliens you encounter in the game will at times say “Praise Orvus” or “Praise Nefarious.” Orvus is the creator of the Great Clock which is used to maintain time in the universe and Nefarious is the main villain in the game. The game never suggests that Orvus or Nefarious is a god, rather the aliens say “Praise” when referencing something good they feel Orvus or Nefarious has done for them.

Reviewer’s Thoughts

Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time continues the Ratchet and Clank tradition of both a fun game and a fun story. It is a great game for both kids and adults who are looking for an action game that is both fun and clean. For parents looking for a fun action game but who want to stay away from more of the realistic violent games, A Crack in Time would be a good purchase.



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