|System: PS3||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Insomniac Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SONY||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 27, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Controls-wise, nothing has really changed that much. As always, there's the different action buttons, plus the weapons, which can be mapped to the D-Pad for quick access, though they can also be picked from the menu the triangle button brings up. The controls in A Crack in Time are flawless and easy to learn for the most part, though it takes some getting used to walking with the gravity boots in certain areas, and some of the weapons employ the SIXAXIS motion controls, which wouldn't necessarily be my preference.
The entire presentation of A Crack in Time is almost to die for. The gorgeous, three-dimensional HD visuals are loaded with amazing details and textures that are on par with today's most ambitious animated movies. The characters look slick, and the cartoon-style commercials are charming and hilarious at the same time. For the most part, you won't find a single problem with the visuals, and camera issues are virtually non-existent, unless you try to do something silly to force awkward camera angles.
To round out the majestic presentation, the soundtrack is also splendid. The music, the voice acting, and the sound effects are all of movie quality and make this game even more desirable. Kids watching their parents play will probably get into it as much as if they were watching their favorite movie; a 12-14 hour long movie. But, whether you're playing or just watching, one should try to make the best out of this game, because it doesn't get much better than this in the action / platforming genre.
If you like extras and rewards, this game packs a bunch of them, from the typical costumes to turn Ratchet into characters like Mustachio Furioso (an Agorian Warrior), Alister Azimuth (once leader of the Lombax), etc. to cutscenes from the game, artwork, numerous cheats to modify gameplay, and Insomniac's skill points (in-game achievements) that complement the PS3 trophies.
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is a truly immersive and extremely enjoyable experience that fans of the franchise shouldn't miss. Its innovative gameplay elements and engaging conclusion to the trilogy make this one the definitive title in the Future series. If you haven't experienced the other two titles, don't be afraid to jump into this one, as it has lots to offer and really stands on its own.
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