The ninth (canon) game in the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series and second downloadable title, celebrating the series' tenth anniversary. Much like [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankAll4One its predecessor]], it can be played solo or [[CoOpMultiplayer with a friend]]. Though advertised as going back to the core gameplay, a new twist has been added in the form of TowerDefense elements. The plot centers around a series of [[ContinuityNod Planetary]] [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Defense Centers]] across the galaxy that have been breached by a terrible [[ChekhovsGunman foe from the]] [[CallBack 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 PlayStationVita (as well).

Not to be confused with FullFrontalAssault, an entirely different matter.

!! This game contains examples of:
* AscendedExtra: [[spoiler:The Qwark Fanboy of Going Commando.]]
* BottomlessMagazines: The cheat that you get for earning 105 Skill Points. It applies to the story as well as multiplayer, so have fun tearing through the enemies with your weapon of choice.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: When the BigBad appears to tell the heroes that he's deactivated the Planetary Defense Centers, Qwark is busy wondering what he wants. He comes up with money, power, or money and power.
* TheCameo: Several supporting characters and villains from the series return as multiplayer skins, including [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 (Supreme Executive) Chairman Drek]], [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal a Qwark-bot]], [[VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked Alpha Clank]], [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Emperor Percival Tachyon]], [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime Sigmund, Azimuth]], and more.
* ContinuityNod:
** The arsenal consists almost solely of weapons introduced in previous titles-- mostly ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Tools of Destruction]]'', ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime A Crack in Time]],'' and ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankAll4One All 4 One]]''-- like the Buzz Blades, Groovitron, and Thundersmack.
** Giant Clank also makes a reappearance for the first time since ''VideoGame/SecretAgentClank''.
** The Planetary Defense Center was originally part of a one-off gag in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Tools of Destruction]]''.
** The main villain of the game turns out to be [[spoiler: the overzealous Qwark fanboy from ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando'', an easily skippable NPC from a near-decade old game]]
** The game's hub is the [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal Starship Phoenix]] II.
** At the end of the game, [[spoiler:Zurgo claims that he got some explosive charges from]] the [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando Thugs-4-Less Jamming Array]].
* ColorCodedMultiplayer: There are two teams in versus mode, the red team and the blue team. The red team's players have more red costumes, bolts they collect have a red hue around them, nodes they capture are red, allied Grungarians are red, heck, even the health and ammo crates in their base are red (and the blue team can't interact with them), and the inverse can be said for the blue team. Uncaptured nodes and unallied enemies are green.
* CoOpMultiplayer: As in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankAll4One All 4 One]]'', the game is playable alone or with a friend.
* [[spoiler: DisneyVillainDeath: Zurgo apparently falls to his death after Qwark accidently lets him go during the "Whoa, Q-FORCE" chant at the end of the game.]]
** [[spoiler: ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankIntoTheNexus Into the Nexus]]'' states that he survived with several broken bones. He was sentenced to 50 years of house arrest with his mother Lucille.]]
* EscortMission: The Hidden City of Balkai [[spoiler: Snow Storm]] gets one at the end of the mission of the NitroExpress variant.
* FailedAttemptAtDrama: [[spoiler: 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:
-->[[spoiler: '''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 [[spoiler: Zurgo's takeover]] you can hear two [=NPCs=] wondering if [[spoiler: somebody has a holo-guise active]].
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The title, as expected from the series.
* HoverSkates: Ratchet uses a pair of hoverboots to speed around and jump off ramps
* HumongousMecha: It doesn't rival most anime examples, but if a Grungarian Tank enters your base, it will attack your generators by turning into a robot that stands taller than the tank and shooting at the generators.
* ItsPersonal: The BigBad is, in fact, [[spoiler: Stuart Zurgo, otherwise known as the Qwark Fanboy from ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando Going Commando]]''. His motive is actually [[NotSoDifferent very similar to Ratchet's response to]] [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 the first game's]] [[TheReveal reveal]] about [[FakeUltimateHero Qwark]].]]
* MagikarpPower: If you stick with the Combuster until Level 3, it gets a [[SpreadShot spread shot]] that makes it more effective. Once it gets to Level 5, it'll have a fire rate and damage that allows you to decimate pretty much anything at close range. Combine that with some BottomlessMagazines and you can make the Combuster the only weapon you need.
* MarketBasedTitle: "Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force" in Europe.
* [[spoiler:TheMole]]: [[spoiler: The Plumber on board the Starship Phoenix II isn't the real one. He's actually Zurgo using a holo-guise.]]
* NoDamageRun: The Skill Point "The Bully" is earned by defeating the final boss in this fashion.
* OhCrap: Ratchet's reaction after [[spoiler:he helps the Plumber fix his broken ship near the Korgon Refinery, where he claimed to be stuck all morning, and then realizes that the Plumber has been on the Phoenix II all morning]].
* RealMenWearPink: Early in the game, Qwark is shown wearing a fluffy pink bathrobe. On top of his regular costume.
* RemixedLevel: [[spoiler:The Hidden City of Balkai, Snow Storm, which is exactly what it sounds like. In addition, the mission is changed too; you now have to destroy the 10 weather beacons, defend your base while it assembles a bomb to destroy the Planetary Defense Center, escort the bomb there, and then protect it from an attack until it can explode.]]
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/RatchetAndClank Check them out here.]]
* {{Speedrun}}:
** You can unlock medals for meeting three different conditions. One of them is a challenge time that you have to beat the level in.
** There are skill points for beating each of the three non-medal times in each level. One of those times is the developer time, and you get a trophy for beating three of them.
* SpreadShot: Once you upgrade the Combuster to Level 3.
* TowerDefense: Though the game goes back to the series' classic gameplay style, it also incorporates tower-defense-style gameplay.
* UnstableEquilibrium: The online mode can become this. Owning nodes will generate money for you, and capturing a node you haven't had in the game yet will let you acquire a new weapon. However, it's possible to shut the other player out by killing them when they try to get nodes and taking them for yourself. This will allow you to get new weapons and more money, which will let you put up barriers over the nodes you own and capture the other nodes faster due to being able to kill the enemies that spawn near them quicker. By doing this, you can leave the other player stuck with their starting Combuster (pistol), and no money to buy base defenses, player upgrades, or an invasion force to attack the enemy base.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight:
** 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.
** The description for the Psychedelic game filter tells you to turn it on when your friend walks into the room and act like nothing's changed.
* WeatherControlMachine: Qwark used one for his presidential events [[spoiler:and Zurgo later uses it to cover Balkai in a snowstorm]].