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The [[Franchise/RatchetAndClank series']] first foray into the world of [[CoopMultiplayer co-op gameplay]], set after the [[ComicBook/RatchetAndClankComic comic book series]] and the ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Future]]'' [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime trilogy]].

Nefarious, eager to stir up trouble again, baits Galactic President Qwark out under the premise of an award ceremony where he will receive a 'Tool of Justice Award'. Qwark, being Qwark, drags Ratchet and Clank along with him. Eventually, Nefarious's plan to unleash a Light Eating Z'Grute goes pear-shaped as it draws the attention of the Creature Collector, which captures the four playable characters and strands them on planet Magnus.

''All 4 One'' was not as critically adored as the past Ratchet & Clank's, although the reviews were mostly positive: it has a score of only 70 on Metacritic, compared to 87 for ''A Crack in Time''. Many of the criticisms were toward the predictable and bland storyline, the auto-camera, and the focus on multiplayer, offline and online.


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!!This game contains examples of:
* AbandonedLaboratory: Not of the standard variety. There are several of Dr. Croid's labs scattered throughout the levels and, if you have enough creatures, you can enter them and complete challenges for RYNO parts.
** The [[spoiler: Exploratorium Power Station]] may count, as well.
* AllMythsAreTrue: [[spoiler: The fairy tale about the Loki and the Cragmite hero.]]
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: [[spoiler: The Loki.]] Interestingly, the BigBad goes on to ''subvert'' this where the [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Cragmites]] are concerned. During the final battle, he even laments the fact that they're gone. [[spoiler: He wanted to take revenge on them for the cragmite hero who sealed the Loki away in the first place.]]
* ApocalypticLog: The [[BuffySpeak egg-shaped... things]] are actually journal entries from Dr. Croid.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The [=RYNO=] IV. It's got a high rate of fire and does insane damage...but has an ammo capacity of 12.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Qwark and Nefarious get a moment like this late in the game. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that Nefarious is insulting Qwark even as the latter is apologizing... and throughout his own apology. [[spoiler: Possibly played straight by the very end, when Nefarious is thoughtfully looking at a photo of the group.]]
** There's also an instance in the ending cinematic. [[spoiler:After the Loki is expelled from the Z'Grute enhanced body of the Grivelnox, he desperately looks for a new host and finds Qwark. Nefarious bats the Loki away from him without any visible hesitation.]]
** Becomes a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming when you look back to to the time Qwark saved Nefarious from [[spoiler:[[DisneyVillainDeath falling to his death.]]]]
--> '''Nefarious:''' Why did you save me?
--> '''Qwark:''' I dunno. [[{{Foreshadowing}} You would’ve done the same for me, right?]]
--> '''Nefarious:''' [[BlatantLies Yeaaaaah!]]
* BaitAndSwitchBoss: Turns out that [[spoiler:the BigBad isn't Nevo. It's Mr. Dinkles, who's been using Nevo.]]
* {{BFG}}: The Warmonger.
* BlatantLies: Nefarious's trap for the heroes-- a ceremony for Qwark to receive the Tool of Justice Award.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:The entire first level is spent taking down a Z'Grute, and the final boss [[PowerCopying absorbs a Z'Grute's light-eating powers]], possibly even the same one that you fought.]]
* BreatherEpisode: This game's simpler, more light-hearted plot is in contrast to [[CerebusSyndrome Tools of Destruction and A Crack in Time.]]
* BrickJoke: Ratchet comments on how well Dr. Croid seems to be doing, after [[spoiler:being reunited with Nevo.]]
--> '''Ratchet''': Well, Dr. Croid seems to be doing better. Still keeps feeding me those treats... but otherwise, he seems surprisingly sane.
** In the same cutscene, Ratchet proceeds to snatch the bag of treats away from Croid.
** There's also the Octonok Bay Tharpod, as listed down in TemptingFate.
* BystanderSyndrome: There's a short instance of this, right after the group gets free of the Creature Collector. Fortunately, Ratchet decides that (true) retirement can be put off a little while longer.
* CallBack: There's an indirect one in one of the later cutscenes, when Susie (whose parents are missing or dead, thanks to Ephemeris) is about to 'lead an assault' on the station. Ratchet immediately seems to get what it's about and convinces her not to continue with the ill-advised attack.
--> '''Ratchet''': A few years ago, I'd be doing the same thing. [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction But running into something you're unprepared for isn't going to bring them back.]]
* CasualDangerDialogue: Happens a few times during combat, when characters will take the time to talk. Fairly common when the player characters are Ratchet and Clank.
** There are also one liners tossed about whenever a certain character achieves (or fails) something. For instance, every now and then you can hear Clank say "My father would be so proud" when he completes something first or kills ''x'' enemies. Once in a ''great'' while, Ratchet will tease Clank when he dies instead of shouting for him.
* CensoredTitle: Originally, it was supposed to be "Ratchet & Clank: 4-Play". This is referenced in the platinum trophy, "4-Play".
** If "4-Play" failed, Insomniac had planned "Bros b4 Foes", "Fiends With Benefits" and [[TheImmodestOrgasm "Multiple Organisms"]].
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Lawrence, who comes back after his ScrewThisImOuttaHere moment and helps Cronk and Zephyr down onto Magnus.]]
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Even after it's become obvious that the Tool of Justice award was a fake, Qwark still thinks it's real fairly late into the game.
** Then there's Dr. Croid. Oh boy. [[spoiler: Turns out that he's not entirely sane, and fancies himself a Lombax Whisperer. [[EpicFail This ends as well as one might expect]]. He translates Ratchet's request for help as "He's hungry".]]
* CommutingOnABus: Cronk and Zephyr make a reappearance.
* ContinuityNod: Some of the throwaway lines during gameplay make nods to earlier installments. Somebody in Luminopolis makes a comment about [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Stunderwear]], for instance, and then there are a few of the trophies or skill points. ([[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal Upping Your Arsenal]] and [[VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked Deadlocked]] [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando and Loaded]] stand out, in particular.)
** The arthopods from Sargasso make a reappearance in Terawatt Forest, too. There are even mentions of creatures whose habitats are scattered throughout Polaris (Reepor, Sargasso, etc)
** The escape pod used to leave Dr. Croid's lab is the same model used in [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Tools of Destruction]] to get from The Hall of Knowledge on Kortog to Fastoon. It, like the pod before it, [[spoiler: crashes]]. Much more spectacularly, though.
** When the group finds the first holo-journal you can clearly see ''Body By Qwark'' sitting in the background. What it was doing in the Deadgrove is anybody's guess...
* CoopMultiplayer: Though the game has been specifically designed to be playable with friends or alone.
* CoverDrop: In the "Memoirs of a Savior" shorts, Qwark declares the title of the game to be ''[[http://www.flickr.com/photos/playstationblog/5578382720/ Copernicus Qwark's Awesomely Epic 3D Adventure Through Time & Space (co starring, but not important in any way, Ratchet & Clank)]]'' before being alerted that the actual title is ''Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.'' However, look on the back of the cover jacket of your game, and you will find an alternate cover with that very title, scribbled awkwardly by [[TerribleArtist Qwark]] himself.
* CurseCutShort: Barely 3 minutes into the game.
-->'''Dr. Nefarious''': "Son of a- BAAAAAAGH!"
* CrypticallyUnhelpfulAnswer: Ratchet is puzzled by the lack of this when the Plumber makes [[OnceAnEpisode his appearance.]]
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: For those already used to the controls from the Future trilogy, this game may be a pain to re-adjust to, such as the Triangle button being used for the swingshot instead of selecting a weapon, as that's assigned to the Right Stick instead, and the game won't pause when you select a weapon (unless you're playing in Single-Player mode).
* DeadpanSnarker: Ratchet demonstrates this even in the trailer.
-->''"Ladies and gentlemen, your president!"''
** The act of sticking the playable characters in the same area is basically guaranteeing monumental levels of snark.
* DeflectorShields: The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Reflector]] and the Qwark-exclusive Quantum Deflector.
* DerelictGraveyard: The latter half of Octonok Cay.
* [[spoiler: TheDogWasTheMastermind: The true BigBad isn't Nevo, but Croid's pet Mr. Dinkles, who was posessed by the Loki Master.]]
* DramaticIrony: Qwark refers to Nefarious in "Memoirs of a Savior" as, "someone they'd ''never'' enter into a shaky alliance in a bout of desperation."
* DreamworksFace: Very noticeable on Nefarious in 'A Nefarious Affair' after Qwark asks "You would've done the same for me, right?" Quite interesting to see on a robot.
* DugTooDeep: The Access Shaft in the Deadgrove-- the Wigwump was not amused.
* EnemyMine: The basis of the game, with four 'enemies'. (Obviously averted in [[AdventureDuo Ratchet and Clank's cases]], [[TrueCompanions being friends and all.]])
** Especially notable with Ratchet and Nefarious, who, at one point, seem to bond through a mutual hatred of Qwark.
* FluffyTheTerrible: [[spoiler:Subverted. Mr. Dinkles himself isn't evil, he's just playing host to [[SealedEvilInACan the leader of the Loki]].]]
* ForegoneConclusion: We're shown the last of Dr. Croid's logs first. It's kind of sad to find the first of the lot, knowing what's going to happen in the end.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In one of Dr. Croid's logs, he mentions using a "vectomorphic tricilloscope" on his pet, Mr. Dinkles, and discovers a strange form of energy inside of him. [[spoiler: It's actually the Loki Master, the final boss of the game, possessing the pet for now.]]
* [[spoiler: FriendlyEnemy]]: Nefarious seems to be moving toward this. Particularly if TheStinger was anything to judge by.
* GenreSavvy: It really starts showing mid-way through the game that, after nine ([[CanonDiscontinuity ish]]) adventures, Ratchet's figured out how the games progress.
* GloryHound: Qwark's reason for setting out to collect the 'Tool of Justice Award'. [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready Actually a trap]].
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Nefarious. [[spoiler: First he's evil, then he's forced into being not-so-evil, then he's just there, then he's helping to defeat another galactic threat, then he's evil again. [[TheStinger And then maybe not]].]]
* HeyItsThatVoice: Creator/RichardStevenHorvitz is the voice actor for what seems like half of the Tharpods. Tropers may recognize him as [[VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}} Razputin]], [[InvaderZim Zim]], [[PlaystationMoveHeroes Lunk]] or even [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction the]] [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime Zoni]].
** For the Norwegians, Ratchet now has Erik Skøld as James Arnold Taylor's replacement, who also voiced Sly Cooper in all his appearances.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Light Eating Z'Grute's presence is what led the Creature Collector to Luminopolis. Well done, Nefarious.
* HypocriticalHumor: In the final cutscene, it sounds like Ratchet is complaining about the whole treats thing. Less than a minute later, he steals the bag of treats from Dr. Croid.
* KillItWithFire: The Pyroblaster
* KillItWithIce: The Frost Cannon
* LampshadeHanging: Ratchet's response to the Plumber's appearance. [[FridgeBrilliance Makes sense]] that it was ''Ratchet'' who was puzzled by the lack of "cryptic advice that will help us beat [[spoiler: Nevo]]", considering how that turned out [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime last time]].
** FridgeBrilliance: [[spoiler: Of course the Plumber doesn't have any advice for beating Nevo. You never fight Nevo.]]
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: When Clank convinces Nefarious to fix Spog, the bad doctor growls, "But speak of this to no one!"
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the PS3 games and the comic.
* LighthousePoint: The end of Octonok Cay
* TheLostWoods: The Deadgrove, Terawatt Forest
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: The Loki share a name with a Norse entity closely tied with mischief and mayhem.]]
* NoodleIncident: It turns out the Z'grute is only the latest in Qwark-related monster attacks.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: When you play as Qwark and Nefarious, if Qwark is killed, Nefarious will yell, "No one kills Qwark but me!" Also, [[spoiler:the ending cinematic where Nefarious backhands the Loki away from Qwark.]]
* OnlySaneMan: Doesn't show up often, but 'A Presidential Retreat' gives us Qwark, fantasizing about the eponymous retreat-slash-waterpark, Nefarious cajoling Ratchet to let him kill the Captain, Ratchet considering the plea and Clank trying to keep things moving along. Poor little guy.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Appears to be part of how Nefarious [[spoiler: repaired Commander Spog.]]
** Applies to Nefarious himself, as per usual. Qwark is beyond willing to give him a smack when he freezes up.
* PortTown: What the Tharpod Fishing Village in Octonok Cay was before the W.A.S.P messed everything up.
* PowerFist: The Blitzer seems to fall into this category.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: It doesn't show in the subtitles, but the emphasis on "This is the future!" squarely falls into this trope.
* {{Retirony}}: Subverted. The player is lead to believe they'll be doing this to Commander Spog, but [[spoiler: you end up fixing him after the boss fight.]]
* RewardingVandalism: As per usual.
* RussianReversal: One of the skill points is "On Planet Magnus, Vegetables Eat You"
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The very instant things go bad, Lawrence runs away . . . then again, this wouldn't be the first time he's done it.
* SecretWeapon: Dr. Croid's "Last Resort" project. The game doesn't even try to hide the fact that you're just assembling a new RYNO.
* ShoutOut: One of the first levels you play through is a training ground monitored by an AI. If you listen to her for more than five minutes, she'll start to remind you of another [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} passive-agressive AI.]] Once she realizes that the players aren't trainees, but "interlopers" she even tries to deter them by [[DamnedByFaintPraise damning them with faint praise]] and making mostly-useless threats. ("You remember those gold stars I gave you? They're gone now. Try hanging that on the fridge.") On a similar note, more than one villain asks if/how the heroes are "Still Alive"-- sometimes several times in a row.
** Also a different AI, at one point, lies about cake.
* ShockAndAwe: The Arc Lasher and Thundersmack
* SingleBiomePlanet: Magnus actually averts this-- it's where most of the game takes place (with the exception of one segment up above the planet's stratosphere), but still features [[VideogameSettings the usual array of themed levels.]]
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: The Polar Sea
* SplashDamage: Whenever overload occurs.
* StatusQuoIsGod: "Sometimes it feels like the universe just rights itself."
* StealthInsult: The "Intergalactic Tool of Justice" award Nefarious uses to lure Quark at the game's begnning.
* StrawmanNewsMedia: Kip Darling and Pepper Fairbanks make their return on the airways of Luminopolis, continuing the not-so-proud tradition set by Darla Gratch way back in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 Ratchet & Clank]]''.
* StylisticSuck: The "Memoirs of a Savior" videos, being written and animated by Qwark himself. [[TerribleArtist He's not very good at it]].
* TakeThat: See VoiceWithAnInternetConnection for one, but another comes up right away in Luminopolis:
--> '''Kip''': The depravity of this creature knows no bounds, folks. He just destroyed Rusty Pete's Healthy Hamburger Shack! His wheat grass and tree bark burger was a favorite of hipsters everywhere!
** Your reward skill point for beating the game in single player counts, too. [[spoiler: It's "Forever Alone"]]
* TechnoWreckage: Uzo City, the Exploratorium Power Station
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: The only ones who don't have some kind of issue with one another are Ratchet and Clank. Nefarious and Qwark butt heads, Ratchet and Nefarious briefly team up and entertain the idea of getting rid of Qwark (before being scolded by Clank) but end up on the same old footing once that fails, and even [[OnlySaneMan Clank]] [[NotSoAboveItAll scoffs at some of the dumber ideas or lines that come up.]]
* TenMinuteRetirement: Difficult to say where this falls into this trope. Apparently, Ratchet and Clank are still retired throughout the game... but it doesn't seem like much of a retirement. [[spoiler: By the ending, Ratchet comments on how it didn't exactly work out and the both of them agree that they prefer hero work.]] [[ZigZaggingTrope Still, they claimed to be retired throughout two separate adventures...]]
* TemptingFate: The Tharpod who steered the boat toward the lighthouse in Octonok Cay. Here's the gist of what he says:
-->'''Tharpod''': Well, I'm off to go live a life free of Sepiads and [[LampshadeHanging tragic irony!]]
** It will surprise nobody to hear that, roughly 30 seconds later, [[spoiler: the King Sepiad eats him. Subverted after the fight with it, when the Tharpod comes crawling out of its mouth, raving about the horrors he's seen inside the Sepiad.]]
* ToiletHumor: An example of Doctor Croid's [[spoiler:Lombax whispering skills]]
--> '''Ratchet:''' [[spoiler:Dr. Croid, we're going to stop Nevo from hurting anyone else but we could really use your help. Do you understand what I'm saying?]]
--> '''Croid:''' [[spoiler:I think he needs to poo! I'll go get a baggie.]]
--> '''Qwark:''' Hey doc, make it two. 'Been a looong trip.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Dr. Nefarious.
* TookALevelInBadAss: Captain Qwark thanks to the player.
* VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: Again, Uzo City
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: It's a co-op game, and you're handed vacuums that let you suck up your friends early on. People are going to go flying ''everywhere''. Including into the incinerator.[[labelnote:*]]And you get a skill point for it, if it's Clank or Nefarious you toss in.[[/labelnote]] Not to mention that if you turn "grief mode" on you can suck up other players whether they want to or not.[[labelnote:*]]Otherwise the sucker must stand still and the suckee must be in the air.[[/labelnote]]
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Played hilariously straight. You even get to hear Cronk subscribing to the Hall of Knowledge online database.
--> '''Cronk''': [[TakeThat No, I]] ''[[TakeThat don't]]'' [[TakeThat want to receive exciting offers from outside vendors!]]
* WeaponsThatSuck: The Vac-Us, which play a major role in gameplay.
* WhipItGood: The Arc Lasher, which is a spiritual successor to the Plasma Whip and Lightning Ravager.
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