Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault

 
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Learning(i)

Fast-paced action romp with cartoony violence.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a sci-fi action game that pits cartoon-like characters against robotic and creature-like enemies, using a wide variety of bizarre weapons. Because you can play as either side of the conflict -- especially with the cross-platform multiplayer support between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita -- the game doesn't necessarily have a good or bad message.

 

Positive role models

You can play as various characters in the Ratchet & Clank universe, most of which are "good guys" who fight against evil -- but the game does support online multiplayer that pits players against one another on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions. Even if you could only play as good guys, which isn't the case, you're still destroying enemies using violence, which isn't good for a role model.

Ease of play

This game is easy to pick up and play and will not take long for players to get accustomed to the controls. Because the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita controls are virtually the same, once you play one version, the other should be natural and intuitive, too. 

Violence

The game is founded on cartoon-like fantasy violence. Played from a third-person perspective, gamers will use weapons -- mostly unrealistic in nature, such as energy blasters, silly rocket launchers, and a burp gun -- to destroy enemies. There is no blood or gore when the enemies are fired at and destroyed.

 

Sex

The game has some mild comic mischief in the dialogue sequences, such as “the malfunctioning crotch-etizers" and "You wrote some really disturbing fan fiction."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The game can be played online and with full voice support, if desired. Just like PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, you can play between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita gamers and the conversations are un-moderated, which means that kids could be exposed to undesired language and inappropriate conversations.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault is an "Everyone 10+"-rated action game built on comic violence. As with other Ratchet & Clank games, these games involve silly weapons (alien in nature) and zany enemies that are usually robotic or creature-like. There is also humor and mildly crude references in the game, too, and a gun that gives off a loud belch.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • time management

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This game is fun and engaging for players, especially as you can team up with a sibling or friend and play together.

 

Learning Approach

Players learn by playing through the game, tackling missions -- which include combat, light puzzle solving, collecting and upgrading items -- plus gamers can team up and play together in this virtual world.

 

Support

The game has a mandatory tutorial to familiarize players with the controls, objectives and combat strategies. Gamers can also pause the action to review the controller layout. A small manual covers some of these, too.

 

 

 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • time management

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault lets players sharpen collaboration skills, by taking advantage of the optional co-op (cooperative) option.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

What's it about?

RATCHET & CLANK: FULL FRONTAL ASSAULT is a third-person action game starring many familiar characters from previous Ratchet & Clank games -- including the pointy-eared alien Ratchet, the robotic Clank (in various forms, including Giant Clank), and Captain Qwark. The game dispenses with any meaningful story and dives right into the action, where players must defend their base from waves of aggressive E.T. intruders on three different planets. Players have access to a huge assortment of weapons, co-op and competitive play (both online and on the same console), various modes to choose from (player vs. player, base defense) and support for cross-platform play between the PlayStation 3 (PS3) and PlayStation Vita (PS Vita). Therefore, one gamer can be on one system and another player can be on another; saved games can also be accessed on either the PS3 or PS Vita. Those who buy this value-priced PS3 game also get the PS Vita version for free as a digital download.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault is good but not great. On one hand, as a $20 title -- and you get the handheld version, too -- there's a lot of value here. Plus, the action can be fun, frenetic, and as silly as previous games in the franchise. The environments in which you fight in are varied and the addition of a "tower defense" mechanism while protecting your base is a good idea. You have your choice of characters, weapons, and planets to fight in. But on the flipside, the action feels like deja vu compared to other Ratchet & Clank titles and the game lacks a lengthy single-player campaign, big story, and memorable scenes. As the price point reflects, this is more like a mini-game that, while fun, isn't going to be remembered as one of the better titles of 2012. It's a decent purchase, especially if you want to play against others online -- even on another platform.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether Sony's cross-platform play -- in games like this and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale -- is a trend we should see more in the future. Do PlayStation 3 (PS3) gamers want to play with PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) players and the other way around? Is it cool you get the PS Vita code for free if you buy the PS3 game?

  • Families can also talk about beloved video game characters such as Ratchet and Clank. Do you enjoy a game more when you are familiar with the characters?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:November 27, 2012
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Bugs, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Robots, Space and aliens
ESRB rating:E10+ for Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence (PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita)

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Parent Written byShugocharafan88 January 7, 2013
 
LEARNING

OH. I didn't know that. WAAAAH I THOUGHT I WAS MEGAS GOOD AT KEEPING SEKWITS! [enternyoronchuruyuasanreference]

[emoved by mod] There. It's in invisible text. JUST HELP ME OKAYYYY Last edited by Lightnin (2010-08-27 09:07:26)
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Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byDaCheezBoss March 29, 2015
 
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I've got this game, get another one in the series

Other games in the series are so much better then this one. I am not saying this game is bad, but the others are more worth it, like for example, Tools of Destruction. That's a game I would recommend. :P

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