Hey guys, before I go any further I should say that I am a huge ratchet and clank fan, I've played every game at least twice (bar All 4 One) and know the fundamentals of the series pretty well.
Ratchet and Clank Full Frontal Assault does not seem like a very good game. I won't write out a full review so here are some dot points:
- The campaign is essentially a tower defence game. You have a base and you protect generators while occasionally going out to destroy the enemy base. Each level is a rehash of the last, you go through the same process of building a few defences like turrets and barriers then scavenging for bolts before your base is attacked. There is little to no variety in these missions and lot of the level design elements are reused.
- The campaign is clearly meant to be played cooperatively, I struggled to complete the later missions because there are always two lanes into your base and you rarely have enough bolts to ensure your defences can secure one of the lanes. The last mission is brutal if you try to complete it on your own as one of the objectives involves a bomb that you have to defuse and the enemies soak up so much damage that it's hard to even get to the defusing site in time without help from another player. There is online and local co-op but I have no one at home to play with and I haven't had any luck finding people to play with online.
- Game looks pretty but the number of enemies that it throws at you coupled with the crazy particle effects means the framerate can get very dicey. The art style is similar to All 4 One, I'm not a fan of that particular Ratchet look but that's just taste.
- Enemy variety is almost non-existent. Insomniac do the Dead Space 1 thing where they introduce the enemies you'll be fighting early on then palette-swap them. The more brown the enemy = the more combustor rounds it soaks up. Kind of disappointing given that Ratchet and Clank was at its best when you touched down on a new planet and saw all the quirky enemies that were specific to that planet.
- No standout guns to speak of. Mr Zurkon is back and that's nice but everything I've seen is a rehash of guns in previous games. You also acquire guns by going up to a pod and play what amounts to the Bioshock 2 hacking minigame rather than having an arsenal guns from the start. Weapons also take ages to level up (but only to level 3) and low level guns are borderline useless against the late game baddies.
- The story is an afterthought although they do manage a good reveal for the villain which is a nice deep cut from previous games. Not many laughs to speak of and a serious dearth of Clank. I didn't time how long it took me to beat the game but I'd say about 4 to 5 hours at most given that it took me ages to complete the last level.
- Weird. Think MOBA but with the nodes from R&C 3's multiplayer. You have a recon phase where you go out and capture nodes, then a fortification-type phase where you purchase defences and creeps for your attack and then you assault the enemy team's base. There's a decent tutorial that explains all this which is good. Haven't managed to get a good feel of the multiplayer as it's hard to find a 2 vs 2 match, or any matches at all really.
- The games I have played have all been very short and mostly one-sided. Whoever nabs the most nodes can essentially railroad the other team although that could be a case of me just sucking at the game because my team tends to get massacred.
Of course these are just my experiences with the game so far. Personally I think this is competent and anyone who has played A Crack in Time or any previous Ratchet games will probably be okay with it. For someone who has played the best entries in the series everything about this game seems either misguided or half-arsed. I haven't had much fun with either mode despite the return to the old formula of third-person shooting that was so great about prior games and I doubt whether that's going to change.
The $20 price tag seems utterly ridiculous, there isn't enough content or quality in this package to justify it.
Anyone else playing this game? If so, thoughts?