I'll admit it, I was never actually all that interested in the Ratchet & Clank series when it was on the PlayStation 2. It wasn't that I had any particular reason to avoid it, it was just that the franchise did little to entice me.

When I snagged a PlayStation 3, however, one of the first things I did was purchase Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. Since then, this franchise has stood as one of my favorites to visit. I've gone back and played the best from the PS2 and PSP offerings (Size Matters is great, by the way), and have found the humor, gameplay, cutscenes and characters to be top-notch.

That's why I'm excited for what All 4 One has to offer. Insomniac is introducing cooperative play to the series, and that's a point that's had me cautiously optimistic about the game.

However, with that in mind, watching the boss battle trailer above puts a lot of those fears at ease. Insomniac seems to have come up with creative ways to both interact with the environment as well as defeat large enemies with mechanics that make sense to the multiplayer combat. Moments like tilting the hover cab in order to steer it by having your group stand to one side makes it seem like All 4 One may have the smarts where it counts.

The trailer was posted on PlayStation.Blog by James Stevenson, Senior Community Manager at Insomniac Games. In the story, for those interested, Stevenson offered up some logic concerning Dr. Nefarious' presence:

One of the frequent questions we get is how the evil Dr. Nefarious ended up with Ratchet, Clank, and President Qwark. We actually explain this at the beginning of the game: Ratchet, Clank and Qwark have arrived on the planet of Luminopolis so that now-Galactic President Qwark can pick up an Intergalactic Tool of Justice Award. Of course, there is no such award as it's all an elaborate ruse by Dr. Nefarious to lure our heroes into a trap. Dr. Nefarious's plan goes awry — and when your plan that involves a giant light-eating Z'Grute goes bad, it's going to get ugly. Nefarious realizes he has no choice but to begrudgingly help our heroes in order save his own skin.

It may not be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3, Elder Scrolls V or Assassin's Creed: Revelations, but Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One should still garner its own group of fans. Hopefully the production is just as strong as Insomniac's other recent efforts.

All 4 One will launch exclusively for the PlayStation 3 on October 18th.

[via PlayStation.Blog]