The Next Hope for Fun Four-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 colorful game that anyone can play?

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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.

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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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DISCUSSION

Is Ratchet and Clank even that good of a series? I played one of them back when it came out on the ps2 and it didn't seem like it was anything out of the ordinary. What is it that's kept it around at this point?