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Ratchet and Clank All 4 One
Reviewed by
James Wright
on
Ratchet and Clank All 4 One PS3 Review. In the end, Ratchet & Clank All 4 One may not be the best game in the series but it does offer some unique and mostly entertaining multiplayer fun as you blast enemies away into the ether.
Rating:
4.5

Gameplay 7.0
Graphics 7.4
Sound 7.5
Value 7.3
Publisher: Sony
Classification:
PG
Review Date:
Oct 2011
Reviewer:
James Wright

7.2


Ratchet & Clank All 4 One

The latest Ratchet & Clank game on the PS3 moves away from its classic arcade roots and lands in the arena of multiplayer gaming. At its core, Ratchet & Clank All 4 One is a multiplayer arcade platformer that allows gamers to join up with other gamers as they take on a variety of different enemies in the game, use vehicles and solve puzzles together.

Although the game does support single-player (AI joins in when real players are not available), it has been designed for up to three other players with support for local and online play. Best of all, the game uses a drop-in-system which means players can come and go as they like which does makes things more enjoyable. However, there is a price to be paid for all this multiplayer enjoyment!

Unfortunately Ratchet & Clank All 4 One is a little "ratchety" when it comes to the camera work in multiplayer due to the fixed nature of this system. With the fixed camera and like other multiplayer arcade games, it does cause a little bit of havoc, especially when your character is on the edges of the screen that does hamper the controls. Whether you're in combat or about to fall off a ledge, this is the problem.

Although this effects the gameplay, you just need to be aware of this limitation and fortunately with its ratchety camera angles, there is still something fun about the gameplay and even though you may get quite frustrated with countless deaths caused by others, younger gamers will definitely enjoy this new instalment of the series.

Storywise, Ratchet & Clank All 4 One is full of humour, especially when it brings together Ratchet, his sidekick Clank, the Captain Kirk-esq and bumbling idiot Captain Quark and last but not least, Dr. Nefarious, a Ratchet & Clank villain from past instalments.

I also loved the banter between these characters, especially with Ratchet and his former nemesis Dr. Nefarious with some great one-liners and jabs at each other. Captain Quark who has been elected as President is the fall guy here with many jokes revolving around him and will bring a smile to your face. It's very funny.

Enemies are quite assorted in the game as you shoot your way to the next gaming area and what is cool about the multiplayer aspect is that you really need to team up to take out certain bosses and enemies.

The targeting system works, however at times, the auto-lock will select the wrong enemies that do make for some annoying quick fixes from the player. Weapons can also be upgraded by collecting bolts, a staple of the Ratchet and Clank series and by visiting kiosks, this is where you purchase ammunition and power-ups.

There is also a new weapon called the Blitzer which basically transforms you into an alien or human bullet and does add an element of strategy to the gameplay. Apart from walking, running and fighting, there are a variety of vehicles that you can jump into that create a fast paced action scenario as you dodge blades and fly around with jetpacks for example. Sony should once again be commended on a very sturdy arcade game.

Graphics/Audio

Graphically, Ratchet & Clank All 4 One is nothing special for an arcade and appears a little stock standard as opposed to something spectacular or unique. It seems that the developers have rested on their laurels for this current instalment as everything looks a little Spartan, especially with the clearness of high definition TV's.

The soundtrack is reminiscent of previous Ratchet & Clank games that have this great arcade feel to it, filled with excitement and adventure. Add in a variety of arcade sound effects and some amusing voice acting and this game comes together rather well. The only issue with the voice acting is that at times, some of the characters one-liners are repeated a little too often.

Final Level

In the end, Ratchet & Clank All 4 One may not be the best game in the series but it does offer some unique and mostly entertaining multiplayer fun as you blast enemies away into the ether... more specifically spare parts. It's great how the developers have changed the character dynamics in the game, especially with the inclusion of villain turned "good guy", Dr. Nefarious and of course the loveable idiot, Captain Quark. Even with its sometimes ratchety gameplay, Ratchet & Clank All 4 One is still a good arcade game that will keep younger and some older gamers quite busy. Check it out if you loved the previous games!





 

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