posted by shaffdaddymack (WEST DES MOINES, IA) Feb 22, 2012
Member since Feb 2012
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I have played every single Ratchet and Clank game made thus far and I must say this title is right in the middle of the pack as far as best of the series. It added a new flair with the multiplayer portion of the which I unfortunately never got to experience (not with a human player). I can definitely see where playing with another human player would make this game much more fun then the single player mode. The game has a great story and was surprisingly much longer then I had originally thought. The story length is on pair with Deadlocked and has a much deeper story then that game did though. The weapons were a lot of fun but this time around the variety seemed to be much less then the previous games. The camera angle is exteremely annoying this time around, no longer can you pan the camera around as you wish, you have a fixed camera angle which sometimes causes issues with being able to see characters or boxes easily. The mini game is pretty fun however it seemed a little to easy (for the RYNO parts). The replay value is definitely there however the fact you can't fast forward any cut scenes is a severe oversight in my opinion and the saves are on a level basis not checkpoint which makes it difficutl and annoying to try and gain the in game achievements. Overall if your a Ratchet fan you will enjoy this title a lot however if your new to the series, I would say probably skip it and play the other PS2/PS3 Ratchet games first before dabbling with this change of pace game.
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.