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Ratchet and Clank Expose Themselves In 'Full Frontal Assault'

by Jason Cipriano   December 01, 2012 at 10:00AM  |  Views:

The dynamic duo of Ratchet and Clank has returned for their eleventh game, Full Frontal Assault for the PlayStation 3 and the PS Vita (coming soon). This release celebrates the ten-year anniversary of one of Sony's most successful franchises, as well as another step in the evolution of Insomniac Games' most recognizable anthropomorphic characters. Blending different kinds of gameplay from previous games in the series, Full Frontal offers up an entirely new experience for R&C fans.

Who:
Sony and Insomniac Games – Having churned out some of the best third-person action platformers on the PS2 and PS3, Insomniac have been using Ratchet and Clank to try new things for the last few releases. Full Frontal seems to be an amalgamation of a lot of those games, and another notch in the belt of everyone's favorite Lombax and his robot friend.

What:
If you've ever played a Ratchet and Clank game then you know what kind of crazy, over-the-top gameplay the series can offer, and Full Frontal lives up to the series' reputation. Returning to the classic third-person, fixed-camera perspective, this release follows Ratchet, Clank, and Captain Quark through an all-new story that will, once again, take them to multiple planets chasing down evil. As if that wasn’t enough, Insomniac have worked in some basic tower defense elements to keep the guys busy during their moments of free time on the battlefield. Share the adventure with your friends via splitscreen or online co-op, and then take your skills online for some competitive matches.

Where:
Full Frontal Assault is available at retail and on the PlayStation Network for both the PS3, so there's really no excuse for you to not pick it up. As an added bonus, anyone that purchases the PS3 version also gets a digital version for their Vita (which includes Cross-Play and Cross-Save functionality) when the portable version is released this January, thanks to Sony's Cross-Buy promotion. At $19.99 that's a pretty solid deal.

Why:
Ratchet and Clank (and to a lesser degree Captain Quark) are some of Sony's most beloved and respected characters, and Full Fontal Assault is another example of why they are held in such high regard. Never ones to shy away from trying something new, the tower defense gameplay elements mix well with the classic battlefield madness to feel fresh, while still retaining the essence of a solid Ratchet and Clank game. If you couldn’t get enough of the HD re-releases, or their appearance in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Full Frontal Assault should serve as a nice reminder as to why this franchise has endured the last decade when so many others have fallen to the wayside.

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