Ratchet and Clank: All 4 one is a change from the usual for the Ratchet and Clank series as it is the first ever Ratchet and Clank game with 4 player Co-Op and a complete storyline based around it rather than the massive Single player Experience of other Ratchet and Clank Games. It still contains all the light humour and crazy weapons that we have come to know and love but now it has co-op too, but don’t let that fool you. It is still a fully-fledged game complete with all the hilarious antics, witty dialogue and beautiful cartoony visuals that have been around since the beginning.
All 4 one picks up where after the events of A crack in Time and the Ratchet and Clank Comic Book series and somehow Captain Qwark has managed to become President and is travelling to accept the Prestigious Intergalactic Tool Of Justice award, long time fans of the series will know that he definitely deserves it. However all is not as it seems and the award turns out to be a trap set by the Evil Dr Nefarious.
Things go downhill from there as a malevolent force called the collector interrupts the attack by Nefarious by unleashing a Beast into the city. This is where as the players come in When Ratchet, Clank, Nefarious and Qwark have to team up to take down the beast and discover why the Creature Collector is harvesting creatures around the galaxy and ultimately bring it to an end.
All 4 one is a game that you can tell is crafted with the co-op experience in mind, aside from all levels being 4 player co-op that is. As you get deeper into the game you discover new game play mechanics that add a whole new dimension to the game and in turn create a whole new experience that is best shared with 4 people. There is still a single player campaign for those who want to go solo and an AI takes the place of your friends but the game just isn’t the same when played Singleplayer, because the game focuses less on exploration and more on blasting everything and solving puzzles which is far more enjoyable with a Buddy.
The only downside of All 4 one is that you can tell it is a game that has been designed with all gamers in mind as some of the mechanics have been kept relatively simple so that gamers of all ages can understand them. There is also a problem in some of the latter stages of the game where you come to an incredibly hard boss fight that is hard to overcome which takes away some of the pacing and enjoyment of the game.
All in all I think that All 4 one is a brilliant addition to the Ratchet and Clank Franchise and one well worth of a purchase, more so if you can get 3 friends to purchase it as well. The Witty dialogue, varied game play mechanics and creative weaponry make this a game experience to remember. It’s just a shame that there’s the odd few bugs and problems which let it down.
Ratchet and Clank All 4 One is released on the 21st October 2011. It is available from eBay.co.uk (£28.99 at time of posting), Amazon UK (£39.69), Play.com (£39.69), TheHut.com (£38.85), Sainsbury’s Entertainment (£37.99), Gamestation (£39.99), GAME (£39.99) Blockbuster (£39.99), GameStop UK (£41.97), base.com (£41.99), and Very.co.uk (£45.00)
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