So, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One came and went. I’ve had the opportunity to play with several different people at this point, and there’s no doubt the multiplayer is great when you have at least two players. I’m thinking three is probably the minimum you want for the game, but that comment is entirely my own speculation.

The “Most Wanted” screens at milestones throughout the levels are probably better tuned for three to four players, as the more skilled or experienced a player, the more obvious their contribution to the success of the encounters, and their corresponding rewards. An additional player or two would make that significantly less obvious.

Playing the game largely alone isn’t impossible but there are certain sections of the game which are much more difficult without another player watching your back. The final boss required me to time my deaths so I was never dead at the same time the computer-controlled player was also dead. That was a new experience.

Both cookiemonger and I enjoyed the blatant FoeYay between Qwark and Nefarious, despite knowing little to nothing of their relationship beforehand. Beyond that, well, I think it would be nice if scenes could be skipped. Especially now that I’ve beaten the game. I imagine I’ll see them all over and over in the future… and over and over.

There are a number of things I think All 4 One does well. I like the idea of the increased speed and damage players get when they focus fire. It encourages the players to work together to take down one target at a time, sometimes risking other danger to get at the target, and emphasizing use of the target-lock feature.

There’s also a subtle nudge to coordinate weapon purchases. Maybe not upgrade purchases exactly, but there is a certain amount of incentive to choose the same weapons in order to take advantage of the damage bonus to coordinated attacks. There’s also enough variety in weapons to make you want to diversify.

So, All 4 One delivers a reasonable amount of gameplay for a game that gets bundled with an extra controller. Or bundled with the Playstation 3, I don’t remember. It’s a fun, light-hearted romp and it was put together by people who know how to make a decent game. I’m sure I’d be shinier toward it if I had more opportunities for multiplayer.