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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon November 28, 2012
Format: Video Game
I am one of Insomniac's biggest fans (I even carved Ratchet and Clank jack o'lanterns for them a few years back), and RC is my favorite franchise of all time. Yet, I cannot rubber stamp any game with a lombax in it... and unfortunately, "Full Frontal Assault" (FFA) is a bit of a disappointment for this lifelong fan (although still enjoyable).

This game is fun, don't get me wrong. If you're an RC fan, it's well worth picking it up and checking it out. It's only $20, and the fact that you can play it on two consoles (PS3 AND Vita) makes it an incredible value. Qwark is here for his usual comic relief (and as a playable character!), and you just might love the different style of play, with its emphasis on turrets, mines, and resource management. If you're a tower defense fan, you should definitely check it out, as FFA provides a unique (and rather frantic) twist on the genre. But I do have some qualms with the title, which are as follows...

Admittedly, I can't be too harsh on FFA, since it was marketed as a tower defense game, and it only costs $20. Yet, this does not quite feel like an RC game... it's fun at times, but there is something off about it, and the running back and forth between my base to defend it creates a sense of anxiety that is completely at odds with the sense of wonderment and carefree exploration that RC games generally instill within me. Other things have been subtly altered as well, such as minor control button changes, and a slightly "fuzzy" graphical approach that does not look as sharp as the "Future" series (perhaps compromise was utilized to make it run on the Vita?). The story is minimal, and does not live up to the high standards established by previous RC entries.

Therefore, many RC fans, like me, will feel somewhat disappointed with FFA. As for gamers who are new to the series, I'm afraid that they might get the impression that FFA is what the RC series is typically like, and this is not accurate.

It's been three full years since RC fans have received the next installment in Ratchet and Clank's adventures ("A Crack in Time" was 2009). At best, we might get one next year, which would mean a minimum of four full years between titles. I'm not counting "All 4 One", because it was not a traditional RC game. Perhaps I was spoiled by the days of the PS2, when we were treated to a new, full fledged RC adventure every fall.

I truly hope that Insomniac gets back into supporting the RC adventures, and can give us new installments on a regular basis. I hope the lombax and robot don't go the way of other mascots, and simply release one spin off after the next. Insomniac has one of the greatest platforming formulas in the history of gaming, yet they seem to be reluctant to utilize it as of late, as they dabble in other projects. I can only hope they're working on something truly spectacular for next year... perhaps even a new RC adventure for the PS4... "IN-SOM-NI-AC we trust!"
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2012
Format: Video Game
I've played every R&C game and bought Full Frontal Assault on the first day that it came out.

The game is different from other R&C games but very interesting. You still collect bolts but use them to buy up defense turrets and mines to protect your base rather than to buy up weapons. You still get weapons that upgrade based on the number of enemies you've killed with them. You face an open world with "weapons drop boxes" and gold bolts scattered throughout the world. Every time you collect one of the weapons drop boxes, then you get a new weapon and the next wave of enemies is unleashed on your base. So you can control the pace of the onslaught if you want to explore and build up defenses by not collecting the weapons boxes.

The game is short. The time frame for earning the first time-bonus medal for planet 1 (Markazia) is 21 minutes. I spent 60 minutes smashing every tree/box/enemy in the place... Another medal offered for completing the level in under 13:30 minutes. Another medal offered for completing the level in under 10 minutes. To collect all time-bonus medals takes less than 73.5 minutes of game play: 10 minutes on Markazia, 15 minutes on Ebaro, 23 minutes on Proteus VII, and 22:30 minutes on Ebaro Snow Storm. You can only hit those time markers after playing through the levels to build up the weapons though. Still--all-in it's way less than 10 hours of game play without the online component.

Complaints:
1) the system for switching weapons is annoying because the game doesn't pause when you press the weapon select button. If you want to scan the weapon types for the weapon with the most ammo, then you either have to walk away from enemies while doing it or get hit. Pretty annoying, though I assume this is related to training you for the competitive play mode where you actions can't pause the actions of another live player.
2) the map system that tracks where the enemies are in relation to you doesn't zoom out far enough. You hear "Your base is under attack," teleport back to your base, and then don't know which way to go to defend your base because the enemies--while still approaching the base--are still too far from you to show up on your radar. I don't want to wait for the baddies to come to me, I want to go get those guys to build up my weapon experience points rather than rely on my placed turrets.

For $20 the game is definitely worth it if you plan on committing to the online competitive play. If you're not an online gamer, then I'd just rent the game and spend one night playing it through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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While this game takes on the different approach of a guard your base mentality it's still fun and enjoying to play as you revisit all of the endearing characters of the series as well as a quirky villain who seems an equal to Captain Quark(Which isn't saying much) The graphics and effects are nicely done and the comedic and quirky storyline is very hilarious in itself. So if you already have other games of the series for the price this is going for I'd say it's a bargain to add to your gaming collection...

Update 02-5-2013

After playing the game for a few of the first missions I sadly had to lower the rating of the game not due to the story or characters but as many other gamers have stated the dreaded castle defense play in it. Unlike previous Ratchet and Clank this one mainly seems to have the situation where you must protect your bases generators from attack while at the same time going out and attacking and trying to destroy the enemies base. I'm sorry but it got a little to monotonous when I had to keep running or rocket booting back to my base to protect the generators and set up defenses every five minutes. All I can say is hopefully the next game does not utilize this annoying scenario into the game.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2012
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Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault was described early on by developer Insomniac Games as classic Ratchet gameplay with a tower defense twist. While this is not entirely false, the game is, in practice, not much fun to play. Both classic Ratchet gameplay and tower defense are present to some extent, but with a heavy emphasis on the latter. The only classic elements present are the weapons system (even that isn't quite as deep as in past games) and some very light platforming. The graphical style of the characters has been changed, and quite frankly it is ugly. The game lacks much of the humor the series is known for, and while the gameplay isn't completely terrible, it quickly grows tedious and repetitive. Online modes add a bit more to the package but still, overall this game is not recommended for longtime fans of the series. The Insomniac logo on the box used to mean quality, but between this game and All 4 One it is clear that the developer doesn't quite know what to do with this series anymore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2012
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We have every R&C game from PS2 to PSP and PS3. Just got Collection to enjoy the first 3 games again. My grandson likes FFA but I find it boring. (Sorry Insomniac!) Very different in the way you acquire weapons (free!) and ammo, but too hard to target lock weapons and too much running around. Run out and whack some bots and then hurry back to defend the base. Not my kind of game, but I'm still a big R&C fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2013
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my kids love all the series
and i can say even i sometime enjoy it
and highly recommended
what else .......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2013
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Great game i love all the ratchet and clank games but this one was way to short wish there was more but hey i enjoyed it so its worth the money and am happy with it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2014
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Didn't think the Ratchet & Clank series could sink any lower after R&C: All 4 One... I was wrong. At least All 4 One had a traditional campaign with an actual story, R&C:FFA is pretty much one big mini game. Plus they changed the art style so Ratchet now looks like something designed to appeal to a 10-year-old. Really the only thing going for this game is classic R&C combat, but even that gets stale without any of the traditional platforming, puzzle solving or exploration to mix things up. Adding insult to injury, the framerate is extremely unstable. In the first 5 minutes of gameplay you'll see very noticeable drops in performance before the actual game even starts! You're literally just walking around the ship/lobby with no enemies or dynamic events in sight and you experience slowdowns. To make matters worse, the game completely froze during my first time playing it. I had to restart my console to get it working again and all my progress was gone. But on the PS Vita that's not even the half of it...

The Vita version is just awful. The framerate lies somewhere around 25fps on average and it makes gameplay feel incredibly sluggish. When things get chaotic it can slow down to the point where you're practically playing a slideshow. It's honestly borderline unplayable and if you think it's because of PS3 quality graphics on a handheld, think again. The graphics took a massive hit with the porting process. It looks bad compared to almost any other Vita game out there. Textures are bad, pop-ins galore, the list goes on and on.

The only thing that saves this mess of a game from being a total letdown is the inclusion of a free copy of Ratchet: Deadlocked HD. That game is incredible! Beautiful graphics running at 60fps with possibly the best combat of the entire series! If you can find this game for less then $9.99 you should buy it just for Deadlocked! It's without a doubt the silver lining of the package.

On a more somber note; it's sad that this mediocre title was released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of such an amazing series. It's severely lacking in the qualities that R&C fans around the world have enjoyed for over a decade now. Even with more polish it couldn't have noticeably improved on what turned out to be an entirely forgettable experience. I would only recommend this game to someone who was a huge fan of the series and just had to have every new title released. Otherwise it's really not worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2014
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I only bought this since i never had it before and ratchet and clank is my favorite series ever since the first game on ps2, but i couldnt finish this crappy excuse for a game. I knew it was like a tower defense sort of game, but didnt think it would suck as bad as it did. This game and all4one are not true ratchet games. If you are missing out on any of the ratchet games heres a list of all the good ones that go with the main story:

Ratchet and Clank
Going Commando
Up Your Arsenal
Size Matters(Same ratchet and clank, but this was only for psp and ps2 and you dont need it since insomniac didnt make it, but its decent and better than full frontal assault)
Deadlocked(you dont need it as its more of just doing a lot of minigames which i never really enjoyed, but i have it to complete the collection)
THe future Series: Consisting of Tools of Destruction, Quest for Booty, and A crack in time.
Into the Nexus(This came out after full fa and its an awesome traditional ratchet game that completes the future saga, IT ALSO COMES WITH A FREE COPY OF QUEST FOR BOOTY, IF YOU BUY IT AND U DONT GET A CODE, SEND ME A MESSAGE AND ILL GIVE YOU MINE)

So yea, not a good game but its main villian is mentioned in Into The Nexus, so maybe youll like it.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2012
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If you like tower defense games you're probably going to love this one but if you are someone who loved Future Tools or Crack in Time you're going to hate it. The Future Tools and Crank in Time are progression adventures with a balance of shooting and logic games. This version is nothing like those so save your money. Next time I'll wait until the reviews come out on the game before purchasing it.
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