posted by CrisPBacon (CARSON CITY, NV) Feb 14, 2012
Member since Jul 2010
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There's two major differences between All 4 One and every other Ratchet and Clank game ever made. 1) All 4 one features 4-person coop. 2) All the other Ratchet and Clank games are fun
I would recommend playing all the other Ratchet and Clank games (especially <rack in Time), but not this one. Not to sound cliche, but this game didn't deserve to be called Ratchet and Clank. The shooting isn't fun, the weapons are boring, the enemies are too few, and the puzzles are effortless. Honestly, the whole game felt like it should have been a PSN download. I hope Insomniac get's their act together and gives us a R&C that we actually want.
Aside from being generally bad, two major issues I had with the game include the auto-save function and the auto-camera adjustments. It's impossible to know when your game is actually being saved. I thought it saved during each cinematic, and after defeating bosses, but it didn't and I still had to play sections of the game and defeat bosses more than once. Just because the auto-save icon appears doesn't mean your game is really being saved. The auto-camera is also annoying. I found myself practically yelling "just pick an angle already!" The auto adjustments were too many and too slow to keep up with the already slow pace of the game. Camera shifting during parts of the game also led to some cheep deaths from falling off ledges that were clipped by the angle.
Although I didn't play 4 player coop, the game board looked much too narrow to support 4 players. Playing with 4 people seems like it would be near impossible. I was having difficulty tracking my character with only 2 people playing.
An interesting new take, but I miss the old style.
posted by naporter (SALEM, WV) Nov 13, 2011
Member since Sep 2011
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I understand the general idea behind the major game play changes Insomniac incorporated into All 4 One, namely the first chance at multiplayer in the franchise's history, but I have found these greatly detract from the quality of the game.
If you have played "A Cr ack (sorry for spelling it like that but Gamefly is censoring me) in Time" you would remember that it gave you massive amounts of freedom with the camera allowing you to use traditional FPS style controls with a more enjoyable story line. In All 4 One, however to accommodate multiple players, you're locked in to only using 1 joy stick to move around with the other controlling your inventory. Often times I'd find myself frantically changing weapons as I tried to look around. Also some scenes where you jump across bouncy platforms give you no control, the game just moves you.
Another key element is also gone, the exploration. This is due partly to the locked in camera view, but a lack of imagination as well. If you've played any of the other games in the franchise you would know gold bolts (or titanium ones in older games) are difficult to find because they are often well hidden. In All 4 One even a novice would have no trouble finding them on the first run through.
The graphics are also another issue. In the more recent set (Tools of Destruction and A Cr ack in Time) the graphics had stunning detail. That great detail is lacking and is evidenced early on by the considerably lower native resolution. This lower native resolution detracts greatly, especially when played on a large TV or projection screen.
The bottom line is I feel this game would have been absolutely amazing if it were on the PSP instead of PS3. It just doesn't take advantage of the PS3's abilities like the previous titles. On the plus side it was interesting to have Dr. Nefarious as a "hero". I am just glad I rented it instead of buying it.
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This new age of gaming is really starting to suck for GameFly users. I don't know 3 friends interested in playing this so my only option for co-op is online but the game requires an online pass. The online pass isn't available at the playstation store yet so the only way is to buy the game.
The game is not really meant for single player and as a single player game it is below average. My advice is don't rent unless you have extra controllers and friends who want to spend a few hours over at your place.