A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game’s focus on cooperative play promotes social gaming for small groups of players. The action centers around violence, but it is humorous and cartoonish, and far from the gritty, glamorized variety found in more adult games.
Positive Role Models
The game’s two main protagonists, Ratchet and Clank, are archetypal video game good guys; nice fellows who are drawn into a fight against evil. Their reluctant companions, Qwark and Dr. Nefarious, are something less than altruistic.
Ease of Play
Straightforward objectives and simple controls make this game highly accessible. Enemies become more difficult as the game progresses, but are never truly frustrating. When playing cooperatively, difficulty will depend on how well players work together to accomplish goals.
Violence & Scariness
Players fight cartoonish robots and odd looking aliens with an enormous assortment of weapons, including energy guns, rockets, grenades, and a wrench. Enemies explode and disappear when defeated.
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The word “ass” can be heard once in the game’s dialogue.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One is an action game suitable for tweens and up with a strong cooperative bent. Play centers on violence, but it is of a humorous, cartoonish variety that shouldn’t prove scary to most kids. Up to four players can play together locally, creating a fun and safe social gaming experience. Parents should note that online play exists as well, and that open voice communication via headset means players could engage in inappropriate discussions with strangers. Common Sense Media does not recommend open online play for pre-teens.
Is It Any Good?
It will be hard for most Ratchet & Clank fans not to be disappointed with the duo’s latest outing. While the focus on cooperative play can make for some great social gaming experiences, it has resulted in level design that feels simpler and less satisfying. There are fewer interesting ways for players to explore their environments and less in the way of interesting obstacles to overcome. The series’ reliably excellent narrative has suffered as well. Though still pocked with witty and memorable one-liners, the oddball circumstances that lead to the game’s four primary characters working together seem forced, resulting in a tale that never feels quite right.
It’s still fun, especially if you can play with friends -- Insomniac has come up with some clever ways of getting players to cooperate with one another -- but it’s a lesser experience than its predecessors. It would have been better imagined as a smaller undertaking; perhaps a bonus mode in a more traditional Ratchet & Clank adventure, or a downloadable game for a lower price.
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