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POSTED 4/11/11


RATCHET & CLANK: ALL 4 ONE

Sony
PS3

Where’s the ‘FNARR!’? There’s supposed to be an earth-shattering ‘FNARR!’. After tool, booty, crack – and that’s just from this generation - where’s the shonky pun that’d have Benny Hill grinning from finger-in-ear to finger-in-ear?

Has Insomniac plost the lot? No, but fans of previous PS3 Lombax ‘n’ robot outings may be miffededed. Still, this isn’t part of the ‘Future’ trilogy. Insomniac ain’t Douglas Adams...

Regardless, there’s much fun and funny writing in what’s intended more as multiplayer mayhem than solo sensation. Pick Ratchet, Clank, President Qwark (come back Dubbya, some is forgiven) or spindly Dr Nefarious and questeroonie. Solo up, pair up, triple up or even quadruple up, either locally or via teh internetz (well, save for solo). You could quintuple up, but somebody’s gonna be going sloppy seconds. Drop in, turn out, tune on or something; you don’t have to go the long haul, but flibbertigibbets are penalised.

Hang on, rewind. Goodies and baddie intermingling? Well, the latter fucked up, so cooperation’s necessitous to escape some stupid machine that could spell curtains for all. But nice ones, well-stitched with lining that keeps that nasty sun’s harmful rays out.

It’s all rather kiddie, something we couldn’t pointy-pointy-accuse previous outings of, despite them also starring a cuddly creature and robot. Hell, there’s even a cute kid introduced – NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

The series’ renowned weapons don’t disappoint, although the camera’s an utter arse pain – partly because we’re inured to the right stick looking around whereas now it selects those shooty-blammo implements of doominess, partly because it’s often too distant and locks in all the wrong places.

All 4 One doesn’t deserve the shameful mark of the frowny face, as at least it bestows salient tips on avoiding the homicidal tendencies of loofah sponges, but fan’s may find it feels NQR.

it really needed an earth-shattering ‘FNARR!’.

take me back to the start...

 



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