Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
PlayStation 3, PS Vita
Alcohol Reference, Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence
This is an action platformer in which players help a bobcat-like creature (Ratchet) and his robotic sidekick (Clank) stop a comical villain. Players traverse colorful levels and use an assortment of “cartoony” weapons (e.g., oversized laser blasters, rocket launchers, freeze rays) to defeat alien creatures and robots. One weapon (e.g., plasma slayer) allows players to shoot enemies from a first-person view. Battle sequences are fast-paced and frenetic, highlighted by cries of pain and large explosions; though enemies generally disappear amid scattered nuts and bolts. The game includes several tongue-in-cheek remarks and innuendo in the text/dialogue (e.g., “Clock Blockers”; “Glass Ball Buster”; “Up Your Arsenal”; “Hey! Thug! You smell like dung of War Grok”; and “…the economy's in the sh–”). There is also a brief reference to sake in dialogue.