Too many crucial flaws
RATCHET AND Clank: Full Frontal Assault probably looked great on paper. More platforming, exploration and stupidly fun weapons coupled with the heroin-like addiction of tower defense gameplay couldn't possibly go wrong. Unfortunately it did go a little wrong, but for a one-off Playstation Network download as opposed to a fully-fledged Ratchet and Clank title - you get what you pay for.
The usual slapstick humour and cartoonish storyline that go hand-in-hand with the series are sadly all but abandoned, but the gameplay is what immediately distinguishes this offering from the rest of the Ratchet and Clank games. Full Frontal Assault features arena-like levels that have you start in a base with six generators and two bottlenecks that expose your base to the rest of the world. Your job is to reactivate your planet's defences by flipping a few switches while preventing waves of goons from destroying your generators.
It sounds simple but the switch flipping portion is constantly at odds with the defence bit. In order to reactivate the level's defence system you are required to venture out of your base and activate nodes in the surrounding area, while at the same time acquiring new weapons and collecting bolts. Those bolts can then be spent on defenses like mines, turrets, and barriers.
The problem is, no matter how many you purchase, those defenses absolutely cannot withstand an attack without you there to babysit them, which leaves you constantly sprinting back and forth between your base and your current objective. Since you never quite know when the next wave of base invaders will attack, you're constantly stressed and oddly conflicted.
Fortunately, multiplayer helps alleviate many of the game's issues. Taking on the campaign with a pal seriously helps much of the back-and-forth stressing that you will encounter when playing solo. The real saving grace, though, is the competitive multiplayer, which takes all of the game's core elements and puts an imaginative spin on them.
Unfortunately for every positive thing you can find in Full Frontal Assault, it still feels like a game that has a few too many crucial flaws that make it hard to reccommend. Try waiting for the next full Ratchet & Clank release before forking over your hard-earned cash.