Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One Review
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A decent attempt at a co-op experience in the Ratchet & Clank universe, All 4 One falls a bit short on providing a truly engaging and satisfying co-op offering.
- Best experienced with a friend
- Stellar graphics and witty dialogue
- Great boss encounters
- Lack of co-op depth
- A.I. controlled co-op occasionally faulty
- A bit too basic for the R&C series
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The game shines in two key areas: boss battles and environment. Each level is crafted extremely well, and the gameplay will vary from riding rails or killing fish, to fighting massive mechanical bosses. The bosses are once again a treat and offer some exhilarating action. You’ll likely notice some framerate issues, which is a shame considering this is when you need to see everything running smoothly. The environments you fight these big bosses in are eye-popping as usual, and the use of color and depth is terrific.
In many ways I found myself bored playing this game, and that’s saying a lot considering how much I enjoyed A Crack in Time. It gets quite repetitive, despite the varied level layout. I mostly found myself frustrated with how the game handles local co-op. The game saves characters to your specific profile, so if you have a buddy hop in and play as Ratchet while you leveled up Clank, your buddy is starting quite gimped. It’s almost like the game is begging you to play online, but couch-co-op is what we really want from All 4 One, and while it delivers, it does so with a crutch.
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One makes co-op fun, but it’s not exactly what we were expecting from this rich series. Yes, the levels are designed quite well, the graphics are adorable, the banter is pretty funny, and the combat is just satisfying enough to hold our attention. But the game lacks that real co-op punch we wanted. Instead, we get a game that’s jammed with basic ideas that never truly grew to their potential. This is definitely worth picking up if you are fan of the series, or have kids and want to teach them the ways of da’ Clank, but if you are expecting a really ripe co-op experience, look elsewhere.
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