The Next Hope For Fun 4-Player Gaming Is Ratchet & Clank

Are you, like me, still waiting for a great, modern four-player action game? I’m not talking about four-player shooters but more of a platformer. A colourful game that anyone can play?

There have been experiments:

Some people loved four-player riff on Super Mario Bros that Nintendo introduced in 2009’s New Super Mario Bros Wii. I didn’t. It was too chaotic. The other players got in the way. Griefing each other was fun for a time, briefly.

Some enjoyed the four-player of LittleBigPlanet, which preceded the Mario one and certainly was a marvel for player creativity. But those jumping controls… I preferred to play the game solo and not worry about players leaving each other behind.

Next from the laboratory of four-player action gaming is Ratchet & Clank a series that has long mixed Mario-style platforming with a most ridiculous arsenal of guns. This October’s Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One allows up to four people try to go through a Ratchet game together. Is that a constructive addition to the series? A dollop of chaos? Or, hopefully, the perfect balance of both?

At a Sony PlayStation showcase in New York City last week, I shot a video of four people playing the new Ratchet, to see how it’s coming along. Take a look… (click the video up top!)

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