posted by officeninj (GAINESVILLE, FL) Jan 15, 2013
Member since Sep 2009
I'm a huge fan of the Ratchet & Clank franchise but this entry (like All 4 One) took a solid concept and tried to shoehorn a flash-in-the-pan style of game (tower defense in this case) where there wasn't room for one. Imagine you're in a typical R&C title, but instead of fighting your way through multiple beautiful alien worlds full of exotic baddies, you have one level that is relatively small and enclosed. You must find weapon caches on this world to survive (although you do not get to keep weapons between worlds, which is balls). Every 5-10 minutes of exploring this world, you must return to "home base" where waves of identical enemies come rushing at your various turrets/barricades/etc and you have to spend money to maintain them. It's a tedious bet-hedging between two otherwise solid styles of game, and it really is not enjoyable as a result.
The game play wasn't bad, but Somethings I didn't really like. the fact that sometimes I got a nearly endless wave after wave of destruction drones (What ever they were called) and mainly the shortness. I enjoyed the gameplay and storyline, I amazingly guessed who the bad guy was before he revealed his identity and I was glad he was brought up and also that I remembered him Lol. All in all I think this game should have been a downloadable game, but that is just my opinion
I'm a fan of the entire R&C franchise. I own all the games, and replay them regularly. Full Frontal Assault has been the most different thus far.
Gameplay mechanics are the same as the other games, so picking this up felt natural. Your weapons also still upgrade after repeated use.
The main difference in this game, is it's more of a strategy game than a platformer. The goal is to defend your home base against incoming baddies, while simultaneously venturing out to attack theirs. The bolts you collect go towards purchasing mines and turrets to help defend your base.
My complaint about this game was the length. There were only four planets, one of which you can beat in under 8 minutes. My wife (who is a complete novice to this and most video games) beat this game in about four hours. While there is mild replay value, having so few levels will get repetitive.
That being said, the game was a blast. I received this as a Christmas gift, so I didn't spend the money. But I wouldn't recommend buying it. However it is a solid renter.