As a longtime fan of the Ratchet & Clank series I had a nice amount of interest for Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, the latest installment in the franchise which is somewhat of a spin-off from the main R&C Future series. Over the years our favorite Lombax and robot may have made regular appearances on the PS3 and PSP, perhaps to the point of annoyance amongst some, but it was cool to see Insomniac Games and their new North Carolina studio bring some multiplayer action to the R&C franchise.
The one problem I soon found with Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One was that it was a bit too familiar for its own good. Outfitted with weapons we’ve seen in the past or those that seemed like slight deviations of what was offered already, it almost came across as All 4 One was a game that was cool but wasn’t extremely needed on the PS3 as of this moment. Just like the previous R&C games All 4 One was solid and was easy to get into, but the demo just didn’t wow me too much, even with the added bonus of Stereoscopic 3D support.
My somewhat lukewarm feelings on Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One are starting to change thanks to this new footage released for Gamescom. Going old-school a bit, the level revealed today takes place from a side-scrolling perspective but done R&C style thanks to the gorgeous art direction and heavy emphasis on blowing stuff up. Causing utter destruction isn’t the prime focus in this side-scrolling level as Ratchet and company also need to navigate some death traps, since it wouldn’t be a normal R&C game without massive cartoon style rotating gears or laser weapons to make things a tad bit difficult.
Eventually the footage switches over to a boss battle involving a giant bug that looks like it ought to belong in a Centipede game. At this point I guess all the boss battles in R&C: All 4 One will be of the big monster variety since it makes it easy for a group of four people to shoot at, thus limiting possible frustrations if an enemy is zipping around.
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One may still not look like a totally different game compared to past installments in the series but I do like what I see in this new gameplay vid. I don’t exactly know how many side-scrolling levels there will be in the game or if we’re sadly only getting one. It would be nice if Insomniac spiced up the variety a bit in how the levels were designed instead of it feeling like a stage from R&C: A Crack in Time changed up slightly to accommodate four players.
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One will be coming to the PlayStation 3 this October.