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Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One Review

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Developer: Insomniac Games Publisher: SCEA
Release Date: October 18, 2011 Available On: PS3

Ratchet and Clank are back for another adventure and this time they’ve brought some friends. Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One is the latest in Insomniac’s platforming shooter franchise. While it isn’t the first time that Insomniac has toyed with multi-player in a Ratchet and Clank game, it is the only game in the series to allow for online co-op.

I recently had a chance to play a beta version of the game and can report on a few things about the game. The beta allows you to play as one of four characters: Ratchet and Clank, the original duo in the series; Qwark, the clumsy hero that likes to take credit for other people’s actions; and oddly enough Dr. Nefarious, a series villain that apparently is now aligned with Ratchet and Clank.

Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One is both competitive and co-operative at the same time. Health is displayed in the upper left corner of the screen while player score, calculated in bolts, is in the upper right. Players will try to reach common goals while at the same time bashing crates and killing enemies in a way that brings out a competitive spirit.

Players can join mid-game or you can have it closed to where no one joins but friends. Since you are playing with other people, you can’t control the camera angle and the range for which you can move is limited by the proximity of your allies. The right analog stick selects the weapons, acting as sort of an inventory wheel. Instead of ammo boxes like in past games there are now ammo pads where it gets replenished. Multiple allies targeting the same enemy results in a charged multiplier attack.

While a lot of Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One is promising, I did encounter some problems, including glitches that prevent you from moving forward and dropped games. Hopefully all of this will be fixed by the time the game launches in October. Minor issues aside, Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One looks to be an exciting new entry into the franchise.

Written by Kyle Bell