Ratchet and Clank is one of the most popular Sony series. As a massive fan myself, I love hearing that a new Ratchet and Clank title is being released. Q-Force (or Full Frontal Assault in the US) is the new, bite-size PSN entry into the series (also available on disk in Europe). It is a tower defense style game and features both a short campaign and online multiplayer.

Ratchet and Clank games are usually fantastic. Insomniac Games have an excellent series and have not failed to deliver over the year of the franchise’s existence. Funny dialogue, expert story, excellent platforming and beautiful visuals have almost always been present in each entry in the series thus far. Q-Force is no exception to the rule.

While the game doesn’t feature excellent platforming, it does do a fantastic job of its new tower defense mechanics which are present in this new title. Q-Force could be considered a spin-off from the main series, a bit-sized filler between now and what I assume will be the next full Ratchet and Clank game – most likely on the next generation of consoles.

One of the series most important aspects is still fully present in Q-Force: the range of weaponry. While weaponry is not bought in Q-Force, but rather found, the range is great. A lot of the weapons have been carried forward from Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time, however, there are a couple of new additions to the game – which is good considering the low price of the title.

In each level, your job is to secure the planet’s defense system which has been deactivated by enemies, who, might I add, are guarding the re-activation switches which will allow the finishing of the level.

Your base is fueled by generations which are attacked by oncoming enemies. If these generators all get destroyed – you will have to start the level again. You can purchase a variety of turrets, shields, mines and more to protect your generators from destruction by the enemies.

Graphically, the game looks great and is certainly well designed. The online multiplayer mode adds so much value to this game that it remains playable for as long as a full length game. Online is fun, engaging and well designed, and, from the looks of it, is intended to be the main feature of the game.

If you are looking for a reasonably priced tower-defense game to play, or you like Ratchet and Clank, Q-Force is well worth the €15 it is available for on the PSN (also available for slightly more on disk). Match that with the fact it is a CROSS-BUY (PS3/VITA) title, and it really becomes nonsensical not to buy it! Here are our scores: