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Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One

Actioner with mild violence promotes social, co-op play.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

The word “ass” can be heard once in the game’s dialogue.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

What's it about?

RATCHET & CLANK: ALL 4 ONE, the latest entry in Insomniac Games’ long-running action/platformer series, focuses on delivering a social gaming experience for up to four players, locally or online. After a lengthy opening cinema that shows heroes Ratchet and Clank accompanying Captain Qwark to an award ceremony that turns out to be a trap set by the evil Dr. Nefarious, these four disparate personalities find themselves forced to work together to battle a brand new menace. Players choose to play as one of these characters (if you play alone you’ll be accompanied by an ally controlled by the computer), then set out on a familiar-feeling adventure that involves amassing an arsenal of unusual weapons while traveling from one highly-stylized sci-fi setting to another.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about social gaming. Do you prefer to play games alone or with friends? Do you enjoy the pressure to perform well when playing with friends, or do you find it intimidating?

  • Families can also discuss online safety. What precautions do you take when encountering strangers online? What would you do if you thought you ran into a cyberbully?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:October 18, 2011
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Fantasy Violence, Crude Humor, Language

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Teen, 13 years old Written bywhippersnapper.com March 21, 2013

Its a fine game for 10 years old

Its not that bad because Ratchet and his friends save the day from evil and i like the graphics and it is not a bad game and its for kids 10 and up
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byDark Shadow5301 November 28, 2013

great

Awesome game. Nuff said
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byBrioCyrain May 6, 2012

All 4 Nobody

Disappointing and frustrating with a sub-standard story...the worst Rachet game in the series IMO. I'd rather have them continue the TOD/CIT line of storytelling.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing