Product Type: Sony PS3 games
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Another intergalactic adventure for Ratchet and Clank
Ratchet and Clank: All for One (PS3)
Member Name: doomichelle
Ratchet and Clank: All for One (PS3)
Advantages: weapon variety, 4 players, online play
Disadvantages: way too short, repetitive, samey
Network compatible: Yes
Age guide: Universal
Playtime: Under 10 hours
Ratchet and Clank return, (once again) for another intergalactic adventure. The universe once again finds itself in peril and its up to Ratchet and Clank who had quite happily retired from the hero business to save the day as usual. Dr. Nefarious and Captain (now president) Quark also come along for the ride but this time Nefarious is working with the heroes to save the day. Perhaps he isn't so bad after all. When a massive war ship looms it falls to the four to track down its creator and find a way to put a stop to it before its too late.
Created by Insomniac games, this is not the first outing for Ratchet and Clank. After many other outings on the PS3 for me the formula is becoming a little tired. Shoot some monsters, buy new weapons, shoot some more monsters with new weapons, travel to new planet, shoot some more monsters. What first attracted me to the franchise was the comedy aspect of it. Ratchet and Clank has always been a series that is able to raise a couple of easy laughs whether through slapstick or clever writing however this time around the jokes come sparsely and when they do, I found myself wishing they hadn't bothered. That's not to say the series has completely lost its charm. Every now and again I found myself tittering at a funny quip. However the series has done little since its beginnings to throw anything new into the mix. It all feels a bit samey and hence I found myself finishing it all too quickly.
One new addition though is the ability to choose between the four characters or to have others join in with you as you play through the levels. This makes a change from being stuck with Ratchet throughout the whole game but on the flip side if you choose one of the other characters they don't really have anything new to offer.
Its perhaps a blessing that you are given the option of playing with a friend as I found that the artificial intelligence here when playing on the single player campaign left much to be desired. Quite often I found myself standing around wondering where my companion had disappeared to only to find they had plummetted to their death down a chasm. Perhaps more frustratingly when needed to push a button I found Clank to be exceedingly unhelpful, twiddling his thumbs while I desperately jumped from one button to the next before the time ran out when in other instances Clank jumps on the buttons for you, as is the point.
The end of the game does offer a surprise twist which I won't ruin for you but needless to say, I didn't see it coming. At least the developers did put some effort in when putting pen to paper on this one. The main story campaign will at most take about ten hours to complete or less but there is more available to play online with others to drag it out a little more. Skill points are awared for completing certain objectives so there is reason to play through a level again but for me I found myself not really caring if I got them or not as there isn't really anything to gain. From collecting gold bolts in the levels and completing certain puzzles you are able to unlock new skins for your characters.
The ability to play in 3D also offers a new addition to the series graphically but that's only if you have a 3D capable TV to play it on.
My greatest annoyance while playing this game was the distance between save points while playing. In the past it has been clear where autosave was taking place and I always clearly knew where I would be starting off from again the next time. However in All 4 One I was never certain exactly when it was saving but it didn't seem to be that often.
The simplicity of the gameplay means that you can pretty much pick up this game and know straight away what it is you need to do, especially if you have played before. The furry lombax will certainly be popular with the young ones and the variety of weapons on offer with increasingly comical effects will be enough to keep them happy. My particular favourites were the critter strike which turns your enemies into little piggies and later on bloodthirsty warhogs and Mr. Zurkon who disposes of your enemies for you, leaving you free to take in the scenery.
Frankly, though the formula has worked in the past I think for the next installment, and I'm sure there will be one, Insomniac are going to have to try a little harder to pull something new out of the bag. The ability to control time in the last game A Crack in Time seems to have been completely disregared, however this was something that was quite different and brought a new dynamic to gameplay.
Summary: A game that offers little new to the series worth keeping
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