Insomniac Games' Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time represents the ninth game in the series, which started back in 2002 on the PlayStation 2. That's nine games in seven years, folks. Wow.
Sure, that's not quite Guitar Hero status. Since that series was introduced in 2005, there have been one... two... hmmmm... okay. I lost count. A lot. Fortunately, Insomniac has been able to consistently provide enough advances in gameplay and delivered in bringing the fun that you might not have noticed that there have been (I repeat) nine related games released.
While A Crack in Time may not be the last time we see the duo in action, it does represent the end of a story arc. But about those advances in "gameplay" and "fun" -- does Insomniac deliver with its latest adventure?
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (PlayStation 3)
As the third and final installment of the Future trilogy which started with 2007's Tools of Destruction, A Crack in Time kicks off right where Insomniac's downloadable title Quest for Booty left off. Clank has been kidnapped by the evil Doctor Nefarious in a, uh, nefarious plot that has the evildoer attempting to control time and space. As the wrap-up to an overall story, A Crack in Time does a brilliant job of tying everything together, while at the same time adding more than enough backstory and history to characters that fans like myself have already come to love.
Score: 9 -- Superb (9s are a hallmark of excellence. There may be flaws, but they are negligible and won't cause massive damage to what is a supreme title.)
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