Product Type: Sony PS3 games
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Ratchet and Clank: All for One (PS3)
Member Name: loulou22
Ratchet and Clank: All for One (PS3)
Advantages: Good graphics and generally a good, enjoyable game to play.
Disadvantages: Too Short.
**Ratchet and Clank: All for One, PS3**
As a Playstation Plus member I often get to enjoy the benefits of this membership in the form of downloading free games each month, and we're not just talking demos or trial games here, these are full games! Sometimes the games are rubbish but other times they are great, back in November when I first joined Playstation Plus the free game of the month was Ratchet and Clank: All for One.
Ratchet and Clank: All for One was originally released on the PS3 in October 2011 and is available to buy both in the shops with the usual game disc, box and instructions or as a download from the Playstation Store through your PS3 console. Usually the disadvantage of the download version is that you don't get an instruction manual, however with Ratchet and Clank: All for One there is an option to view the manual on the game screen.
As I have the download version of the game I had to install this game before I could play, this was a simple process and the speed of your installation will depend on your internet speed. At the time when I downloaded this game our internet was stupidly slow and it took ages for the file to download, I remember getting rather frustrated as I simply wanted to play! Yes, I know, I'm a big kid! Once downloaded the game had to install its settings which took around another 5ish minutes to complete and then I was finally ready to play.
**Ratchet and Clank: All for One**
Meet Ratchet: A cute Lombax who is currently on his way to an awards ceremony with his sidekicks Clank and Qwark. Once at the ceremony they find out they have been tricked into coming to the ceremony and the city of Luminopolis is under attack from Z'Grute. Being the action superheroes that they are Ratchet and his team must fight their way through tons of minions and track down and defeat Z'Grute. This is where you, the player, come into it, you will need to jump into the game as either Ratchet or one of his team and work together to progress from the bright lights of the city through many dark and sometimes quite creepy lands to find and defeat the attacker. Along your way you will need to collect bolts which you can use to purchase and upgrade weapons. If you play the game as Ratchet you will always have your sidekick Clank with you to help you along the way. There are parts of the game which require you both to do an action, these parts can be frustrating as Clank often jumps in and kind of takes over but on the whole Clank is good to have as he will always be ready to defeat enemies and help out when under attack.
When the game first starts you are shown the usual title screens and then taken to the main menu. The main menu offers a variety of choices:
Offline or Online: Offline and Online modes are very similar to each other with regards to the layouts of the levels and the only difference really is whether you prefer to be playing alone or with other people. Personally I have tried both and I prefer offline as firstly it is quicker to begin playing as I don't need to wait for other people to join the game and also because I can take my time and feel no pressure of not to do something stupid, if I want to jump off a ledge then so be it! One thing I do like about the Online mode is that you cannot chat with other players, I think this is good as it lets younger players play safely without parents and guardians having to worry too much! With both online and offline modes you will play exactly the same game and the same levels.
Profile: In the Profile area you can check your progress on the games Trophies and how many skill points you have earned. In all honesty I never really used this area at all other than clicking on it to see what it is.
Options: This area is where you can change the settings of the game to suit your preferences, things like controls, sound effects and music can all be changed here.
Extras: As it sounds, this is all of the extra bits. If you feel like viewing the credits for the game, the cinematics or the concept art then this is the place you should go to. Personally I don't find viewing these kind of things that interesting so I haven't really spent a great deal of time in this area but some may enjoy it.
Ratchet and Clank: All for One has a multiplayer mode, both in the form of online multiplayer as I mentioned earlier and also offline multiplayer where you can play with your friends at home. In all multiplayer modes there is no split screen as you are working together, so you will all be within the same area. I like this as I often find split screens take away a lot of the fun as you cannot see what is coming. I've only played offline multiplayer a couple of times as my partner isn't really into games so I usually end up playing alone.
**Is It a Smooth Player which Sounds Good? **
The graphics in the game are very smooth and the game itself is very bright, colourful and crispy-clear. The loading time between levels and scenes isn't too long so I don't find myself getting frustrated between levels. The sound in the game is also very good, the background music is mainly a track which gives you an image of adventures, exploration and a hero mission, which is basically what this game is. The sounds effects are all suited to the game and I would say my only real complaint is that the catchphrases of the characters are quite limited and therefore they become very repetitive very quickly.
**Playstation Network Trophies**
Ratchet and Clank: All for One supports the Playstation Network Trophies. There are a total of 45 trophies to collect. The trophies vary in difficulty, a large amount of them are won by simply playing through the game whereas other require you to complete certain parts of a level perfectly or without taking any damage, these are quite hard and unless you are a games expert you will need to play through the levels a few times. There are a few trophies for collecting items, these will come as you progress through the game and replay certain areas so all in all there is a nice mix of easy and hard ones.
**Price & Availability**
When I downloaded this game it was free to Playstation Plus members however I think that it has now been taken off the download list and you will need to pay to download it. I'm not sure of the price as for download as it shows up as "purchased" when I click on it. The game can also be purchased in disc format and a quick online search tells me it is £17.50 on Amazon.
**A Hero Among Games? **
Ratchet and Clank: All for One is certainly one of my favourite games on my PS3, I had never played the Ratchet and Clank games before this so I didn't know what to expect, but as a result of playing this I have since bought the Trilogy and the newer release Q-Force as for me, Ratchet and Clank seems to be a very enjoyable game. I like the fact that it is light-hearted and fun but yet it is still a challenge and has a good story to the game as well.
I do have one complaint with Ratchet and Clank: All for One and that is that it is really short! I completed the main storyline of the game within a week so unless you are someone who wants to replay lots of areas in order to complete your trophy collection then this game may be a bit too short or repetitive for you. Personally I am happy to replay parts of the game so this isn't too much of a problem for me but at the same time I would have liked to have played a few more levels too.
The controls of the game are quite easy to pick up and in general the game is quite easy to really get into and enjoy.
I will be giving Ratchet and Clank: All for One 4 out of 5 stars with one being lost for how incredibly short the main game is.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: Ratchet and Clank: All for One
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