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A Bare-Bones, Multiplayer Approach Leaves Single Players in the Cold,
This review is from: Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
With All For One, the series abandons its single-player roots and shoots for multiplayer action. You can play the game by yourself if you want, but the experience is definitely lacking. It's odd to play through a level with only Ratchet and an AI-controlled Clank and then in the ensuing cutscene see Qwark and Dr. Nefarious standing next to you as if they had been by your side the whole time. It's clear the game wasn't intended as merely a two or three player game: in order to get the "full effect", there should be four players. This is asking a bunch, for a couple of reasons: one, not everyone has three friends they can play with; and two, the many problems and glitches in Sony's online network make playing online impossible for some people. For example, I have a fast internet connection and all my devices work fine on it except my PS3, which for some odd reason gets extremely slow download speeds. It's so slow that there's no way I could play All For One online--the server would laugh in my face before I even got to the create-game screen.
Multiplayer issues aside, All For One is disappointing also for its bare-bones approach. Whereas previous games in the series were filled out with a rich story and multiple cutscenes, All For One shakes things down to simply "creating" a game and getting into the multiplayer action. The game's menu support system has also been drastically cut down. Forget about rereading all those help desk messages, move descriptions, item explanations, and the like. Nothing of the sort is offered in All For One.The game is simply about four people running around causing chaos and mayhem: that's it. Even the weapons are all just rehashses of previous weapons in the series. There's no sense of excitement when you obtain a new one, because you've had it before in previous games.
There is also no real sense of challenge in the game. Even on Hard difficulty, the game is mind-numbingly easy. Die and you simply respawn right where you were. Enemy design and variation are disappointing. Even the story doesn't make a whole lot of sense. In all the other Ratchet and Clank titles, there is at least one interesting female character that plays a major or semi-major role. In All for One, the feminine gender is conspicuously absent, except for the presence of a little girl named Susie who instantly wins your heart.
The AI-controlled Clank for the single player game is one of the worst AIs I've ever seen in a game. He is just so completely stupid. He constantly falls off ledges or into environmental hazards, and during the mini-games in which you attempt to unlock pieces of the RYNO armor by way of teamwork, he sometimes will not do what is required of him.
What it comes down to is that if you're looking for a great single player game, stick with Crack in Time or Tools of Destruction. All For One offers an entirely different experience, one that will be a disappointing one for many players.