Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One Review
Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One Box Art
System: PS3
Dev: Insomniac Games
Pub: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release: October 18, 2011
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence, Language

Another distinctly cooperative feature emerges during the puzzle-solving portions of the game: most of these events are impossible to complete without your partner. Now, this might make you think that the single-player campaign is pointless, and you would be partially correct. In single-player, whenever you need a partner to pull a lever or toss a ball, Clank shows up. But the puzzles are far less difficult because Clank already seems to have a handle on how to complete them.

However, I must admit that this mechanic is actually quite refreshing. Most co-op games are simply single-player campaigns with the co-op tacked on, but All 4 One was designed from the ground up as a co-op title. So the roles have essentially been reversed; the single-player seems a bit tacked on.

Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One Screenshot

Sadly, even with all of the newfangled co-op features, All 4 One often seems like a humdrum imitation of the previous Ratchet titles. The boss battles are incredible and the rotating gameplay mechanics add interest, but there's often an underlying current of tediousness that creeps up during the standard grind.

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What's strange is that even as I write this, I'm not actually disappointed by any of the things that I've mentioned above. I'm just hoping that Insomniac uses Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One as a prototype for future games that are focused on cooperative play. Because, truthfully, Ratchet & Clank aren't far off from being the quintessential co-op duo. They just need a few of the wrinkles ironed out.

By Josh Engen
CCC Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.7
Graphics
Great graphics. I wish I were looking at them instead of writing this sentence.
4.8
Control
Easy and Intuitive.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
No Complaints, but nothing special.
3.7
Play Value
Gameplay was decent, but had several hiccups.
4.3
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • 4-Player Cooperative Mayhem. Play alone or with up to 3 other friends as Ratchet, Clank, Qwark, or Dr. Nefarious, each with their own unique skills and an arsenal of co-op weapons.
  • Play Together Side-by-Side or Online. Drop in and out of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One at anytime, playing alongside friends or family as you fight together in spectacular cooperative battles.
  • A Cinematic Experience 4 All. For the first time in the franchise, play together with friends through a sprawling high-definition Ratchet and Clank adventure filled with humor and unforgettable moments.

  • Videos / Game Trailers
    Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One - GC 2010: Debut Trailer - click to enlarge
    GC 2010: Debut Trailer
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    Weapons Trailer
    Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One - Official Trailer  - click to enlarge
    Official Trailer
    Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One - Story Preview Trailer  - click to enlarge
    Story Preview Trailer
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    Preorder Trailer

    Screenshots / Images
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