The ninth (canon) game in the Ratchet & Clank
series and second downloadable title, celebrating the series' tenth anniversary. Much like its predecessor
, it can be played solo or with a friend
. Though advertised as going back to the core gameplay, a new twist has been added in the form of Tower Defense
elements. The plot centers around a series of Planetary Defense Centers
across the galaxy that have been breached by a terrible foe from the series' past
, putting said galaxy— and its inhabitants— in danger.
While, like Quest for Booty, the game was originally set to be download-only in North America, it's been set to receive a physical release as well as its original digital release in all regions. This is the first title in the franchise to be released on Play Station Vita
Not to be confused with Full-Frontal Assault
, an entirely different matter.
This game contains examples of:
- Ascended Extra: The Qwark Fanboy of Going Commando.
- The Cameo/Continuity Nod: Several supporting characters and villains from the series return... as multiplayer skins.
- Continuity Nod: The arsenal consists almost solely of weapons introduced in previous titles— mostly the Future Trilogy— like the Buzz Blades and Groovitron.
- Co-Op Multiplayer: As in All 4 One, the game is playable alone or with a friend.
- Disney Villain Death: Zurgo apparently falls to his death after Qwark accidently lets him go during the "Whoa, Q-FORCE" chant at the end of the game.
- Into the Nexus states that he survived with several broken bones. He was sentenced to 50 years of house arrest with his mother Lucille.
- Escort Mission: The Hidden City of Balkai Snow Storm gets one at the end of the mission of the Nitro Express variant.
- Failed Attempt at Drama: Zurgo is full of them. He usually foils his own efforts at drama by spouting internet memes. Qwark also gets a moment in his half of this exchange:
Zurgo: What are you?
Qwark: I'm the guy who doesn't live in his mother's basement!
- Foreshadowing: If you're just hanging around the Phoenix II prior to Zurgo's takeover you can hear two NPCs wondering if somebody has a holo-guise active.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The title, as expected from the series.
- It's Personal: The Big Bad is, in fact, Stuart Zurgo, otherwise known as the Qwark Fanboy from Going Commando. His motive is actually very similar to Ratchet's response to the first game's reveal about Qwark.
- Market-Based Title: "Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force" in Europe.
- The Mole: The Plumber on board the Starship Phoenix II isn't the real one. He's actually Zurgo using a holo-guise.
- Real Men Wear Pink: At one point in the trailer, Qwark is shown wearing a fluffy pink bathrobe. On top of his regular costume.
- Shout-Out: The very first line is a rather obvious one to Star Trek.
Qwark: Captain's log. Stardate... uh, let's call it Wednesday.
- When the Starship Phoenix II gets hacked, what plays over the speakers? The Trololo song.
- The final boss's Groovitron dances are from Gangnam Style.
- Tower Defense: Though the game goes back to the series' classic gameplay style, it also incorporates tower-defense-style gameplay.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The Plumber has become this, to the point that the characters don't even question the fact that he's hanging around the Phoenix doing maintenance work.
- Weather Control Machine: Qwark used one for his presidential events and Zurgo later uses it to cover Balkai in a snowstorm