Out in the last batch of PSPlus freebies, comes Ratchet & Clank All 4 One. Having never touched any of the previous entries into the series and having OCD that compels me to download any free full game I can get my hands on, I decided to ‘que it up to play casually. Much to my surprise, it’s actually a fun, solid platformer and kind of has me interested in the other games involving the two would-be heroes.
Throughout the game, you will be encountering a very comical art style, that very much evokes the whole childish aspect of the game, and gives it an almost Saturday morning cartoon sort of feel. And while there isn’t much of an adult aspect to the game, save possibly the cartoon violence involved during your travels, it never really insults your intelligence and also allows you to empathize with the main characters.
The game gives you the choice between 4 characters (hint: it’s in the title) Ratchet, Clank, Quark and Dr. Nefarious. Of course being who I am, I immediately went with the villain, though All 4 One being what it is, he really isn’t all that evil or even really that good at being bad. Apart from the characters and their various collectible skins, I don’t think there is a big difference. Everyone gets a melee attack and access to all the same weapons which are fun and offer a team attack when they are used in tandem.
Most of the bosses you encounter will take up the majority of the screen and have a mechanic that is pretty easy to grasp to take them down, but still offers a challenge as well as a rewarding feeling when you down them. The game also has a forever alone option for you single player only types, wherein regardless of the fact that you are online and offline, you will always have an NPC following you assisting with your team attacks as well as joining you in any of the two player puzzles or challenges. The AI functions well and usually isn’t too stupid when it comes to standing where it needs to stand, or automatically switching to the weapon you are using for the team detonation attacks, which is a big plus in my book.
So for a limited time, all you PSPlus subscribers can get this gem free of charge, and given that it’s still relatively new and still retails for a pretty decent price ($50 new) it’s well worth the subscription fee for the PSPlus given that you get multiple free games that are all pretty noteworthy every month. So give it a shot, you won’t regret it.
-See you back at the farm!