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Scripted Gamer digs into some multiplayer Ratchet and Clank and finds things are not what they are supposed to be.
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Scene: Bob and Fred are sat on a sofa with two PS3 controllers .
Fred: Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to scripted gamer
Bob: Today weíre looking at the latest game in the gadget grinding, Lombax leaping, Robot Ravaging Ratchet and Clank series
Fred: umm yes we are
Bob: And let me start by saying that Ratchet and Clank All 4 One is a very different game to all that have gone before it
Fred: ....indeed, I agree
Bob: This game is best played co-operatively with a friend or online, but is also playable as a one player with an AI
Fred: Bob what are you..
Bob: Also as well as being able to play as Ratchet or Clank you can play as The idiotic captain Quark, or the Evil Dr Nefarious
Fred: Enough I cant take it anymore what is going on
Fred: What is going on
Bob: I dont understand??
Fred: Youíre...youíre being normal
Bob: Iím always normal
Fred: No youíre not, usually I open the show with my usual grace and flare and then you say something idiotic that takes us offtrack and I get angry and you get silly then we talk about the game and then we go home.
Bob: it doesnít have to always be that way, you see this co-op game play does come at a price
Fred: Go on say something stupid
Bob: Firstly the camera is locked so you cant look around and you are forced to follow a pre set path
Fred: You know you want to
Bob: secondly the weapon select has moved to the right thumb stick which is awkward.com
Fred: Seriously now
Bob: you cant use Clank as a helicopter, and saddest of all is thereís no arena battles which I flipping LOVED!!
Fred: YOUíRE MESSING WITH MY HEAD!!
Bob: Calm down
Fred:I WILL NOT! Not when youíre destroying the very foundation of my life
Bob: Thatís a bit over the top isnít it
Fred: I like my structure Bob, I like it a lot! It lets me know that everything is ok and as it should be
Bob: I think you need a lemsip
Fred: I do not have a cold you imbecile! Iím upset
Bob: Maybe a lie down and a paracetamol
Fred: Iím not ill you idiot
Bob: hows about a vaporub
Fred: Do you not listen to..hang on you said something stupid
Bob: a cup of Bovril and an episode of corrie yeah
Fred: Ha You know I hate Bovril and television soaps
Bob: Did you know that if robots did exist theyíd have killed us all by now
Fred: Robots do exist you...oh...oh yes thatís thats right, youíre the idiot, Iím the intellect
Bob: And just imagine how long it takes a Lombax to dry off after a bath
Fred: AHHHH and all is as it should be
Bob: You alright there now.
Fred: yyes, Iím fine
Bob: Good now can we talk about the flippin game please
Fred: Ok, well I agree with all your points but I found the sacrifices were worth it as the game we played felt fresh and reinvigorated. The new gadgets were fun, the old weapons felt familiar whilst new weapons and the incredibly fun test sections were funny and great to play.
Bob: However I like to think it was an interlude rather than a new direction and I hope the next one brings back some of the free roaming, and the older gadgets
Fred: Well it looks like weíve run out of time
Bob: But what is time? And how exactly do you run out of it
Fred: Oh do shut up, and next time, stupid from the start yes
Bob: I dont know you try to mix it up once and you never hear the end of it
Fred: Weíve been the scripted gamers goodnight.
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