Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One Review – Four Is A Charm

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One is the latest thrilling title in the Ratchet & Clank series to emerge out of Insomniac Games newly relocated North Carolina HQ for fans everywhere waiting to play an adventure that is cooperative entertainment realized. “Mayhem” is hardly the word when it comes to Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, which combines beautiful scenery and over-the-top boss battles to bring together rivals and friends alike. Despite the length of the game as relatively short, there is a lot of fun to be had fighting baddies or latching onto your cooperative partner to save your life. Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One is an exciting adventure that any fans of Ratchet & Clank will find enjoyable.

President Quark is accepting his Intergalactic Tool of Justice Award, looking better than ever when Dr. Nefarious interrupts the Ratchet & Clank ensemble. This lasts only momentarily, however, as The Collector storms them by unleashing a giant monster on the city. Our heroes have to fight together to defeat the The Collector and his army, starting the journey of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One. The storyline is definitely imaginative, and comes with its fair share of twists and turns, along with the classical sense of humor for which the series is known. The dialogue is excellent and really streamlines the action to online cooperative play and single-player play in general.

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One allows gameplay through offline cooperative mode and online mode. You can choose any hero you want, each with his/her special abilities and ways to attack. The weaponry itself is combined with a great sense of gameplay design, which provides different weapons for different scenarios of gameplay. It is not a simple run and shoot adventure. There are a lot of elements that keep the adventure exciting, moreover entertaining in the bounds of hilarity. All of this provides an excellent opportunity for gameplay. Sadly, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One’s weird cooperative joining mechanics is what prevents it from being excellent. Replayability itself in Ratchet & Clank is moderate, and once the storyline is over, this fades quickly. Cooperative gameplay through local play is terribly designed, preventing saves of friends who acquire bolts offline. If they choose to come into the game at a later time, they start with the basic shooter weapon, having to collect enough bolts to advance to newer weaponry. To ease this would have been as simple as allowing an online login system which is tracked on the PlayStation servers, but the bolts are just lost which removes incentive for playing locally which can be so exciting if it were not for the caveat.

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One is a terrific title for fans of the series and anyone who loves a solid game with great gameplay mechanics. While the title has its share of problems in the technical workings of the online/offline cooperative system, it provides a welcome adventure to the series as an extraordinarily entertaining CG experience.

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