The latest addition to the “Ratchet & Clank” franchise is finally here, in the form of “Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One”. What makes this game different from the others in the franchise is its multiplayer roots. Players head online (or local play with AI enemies or up to 4 players) to solve puzzles, use vehicles and generally kick some multiplayer ass.
The multiplayer aspect works well because it operates a drop-in system whereby players can join and leave at will and it doesn’t overly affect the gameplay. There’s a lot of fun to be had here, though you really need to be into these cutesy, fixed camera multiplayer titles to find it. For me untimely death by being forced off a ledge was a real shame and certainly dented the overall experience.
Gameplay though is pretty cool, other than that annoying camera issue and untimely death thing, overall it works as a multiplayer experience. You can also upgrade weapons and of course team-up to dispatch enemies.
Graphically this is a “Ratchet & Clank” game, so environments and character models are as cute as ever, though there’s nothing really new here, not to say it’s bad, just don’t be expecting some sort of new dynamic, as there isn’t any. The sound is familiar to fans of the series, the only real negative that could be thrown at this title is slightly repetitive voice-acting lines. The story too has the usual humor interwoven, which is always welcome in this game series.
Overall “Ratchett & Clank: All 4 One” is a good, but not great game. There are better games in the series, though if you are a fan of multiplayer, this is probably going to be the one for you. If you’ve got a few youngsters in your family and you’re looking for something you can play with them, you could give this a try. Oh and for those of you with a 3D system, the game is 3D compatible.