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The Ratchet & Clank series is a series of action platform video games about Ratchet and his companion Clank. The original Ratchet & Clank game was designed and developed by Insomniac Games for Sony; they then released a further three Ratchet & Clank games in consecutive years for the PlayStation 2. Developer High Impact Games then designed two PlayStation Portable Ratchet & Clank games (later ported onto PlayStation 2), one of which was based on Clank's Secret Agent Clank persona.
With the release of the PlayStation 3 Insomniac Games soon released the first game of three entries to a new Ratchet & Clank Future saga, which was described as being the first game to deliver the experience of playing a Pixar movie. With the conclusion of the saga released in 2009, Insomniac Games' North Carolina studio produced Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One. With the franchise strong various other merchandise was released such as a Ratchet & Clank comic series.In 2012, to celebrate ten years of Ratchet & Clank, a high-definition PlayStation 3 re-release of the first three Ratchet & Clank games in The Ratchet & Clank Collection was released to be followed by a high-definition remake of Ratchet: Deadlocked and a new game in Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault.
The series is based around Ratchet, a Lombax mechanic, and Clank, his robotic companion. Ratchet is controlled by the player for the majority of the series, while Clank is also often playable. Captain Copernicus Leslie Qwark (better known as Captain Qwark) is an anti-hero character in the series also featuring as a major character. The series is known for its over-the-top weapons. The currency of the game's worlds are bolts and the technology is usually based around futuristic Nanotech. While predominantly an action platform series, other genres have been included such as racing, space combat, shooter gameplay, tower defense,and puzzle.
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Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault, called Ratchet & Clank: QForce in Europe and Australia (Japanese: ラチェット&クランク 銀河戦隊Qフォース Ratchet & Clank: Ginga Sentai QForce lit. Ratchet & Clank: QForce Squadron Galaxy), is an action game with tower defense and platform elements released as a 10th anniversary celebratory installment to the Ratchet & Clank series. It was released on November 27, 2012. It is a downloadable PlayStation Network title on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita and it is also available on Blu-ray Disc for PlayStation 3 only. It is a shorter adventure but features online and offline two player co-operative mode and online competitive multiplayer, as well as a significantly higher replay value than the previous short adventure, Quest for Booty. The game returns to the typical Ratchet & Clank classic control style with a third-person camera, but also features a twist on tower-defense gameplay. The game was developed by Insomniac Games North Carolina studio and the PlayStation Vita combatability was created in collaboration with Tin Giant.
For Ratchet & Clank's tenth anniversary, a worldwide special surprise was announced to celebrate the anniversary along with The Ratchet & Clank Collection. This worldwide surprise was revealed to be Full Frontal Assault on May 30, 2012
Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault involves the QForce defending the galaxy in intergalactic conflict, and revolves around the co-op and competitive mechanics of dropping into the battlefield, choosing your weapons and experiencing it with friends. Full Frontal Assault single-player features three playable characters: Captain Qwark, Ratchet and Clank.
There is a competitive and co-operative multiplayer mode in Full Frontal Assault. The mode works with two player splitscreen or on-line co-operative play in addition to an online-only competitive multiplayer mode. It features five levels set on three different planets with further levels and modes being available as a free download.
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Operation: DEATH VALLEY was the mission the Galactic Rangers were assigned at Outpost X12 on Aridia during Dr. Nefarious' invasion of planets in the Solana galaxy. Struggling to keep back the Tyhrranoids, they contacted Ratchet for help. Ratchet helped repel the Thyrranoid's from the Galactic Ranger's base before pushing them back into Red Rock Valley. After assassinating several Four-Eyed Tyhrranoid commanders and reclaiming the valley they assaulted the Tyhrranoid base defeating the invaders. The Galactic Rangers gave Ratchet a Warp Pad to thank him for his efforts.
Operation: DEATH VALLEY took place in five separate missions, with each missions having a separate objective with the overall goal of defeating the Tyhrranoid forces and reaching their base.
The mission started with the Tyhrranoid invasion of Aridia. The Galactic Rangers were assigned to repel the invaders, however they struggled to do so and were held back at their base with the Tyhrranoid forces emerging from the tunnels. Pinned down they contact Ratchet while he was exploring the Crash Site on Zeldrin, asking him if he wanted to hang out with them and they claimed it was H22's Birthday. Ratchet suspected it was actually a battle and the Rangers admitted they had tried to trick him. Ratchet told them to hang on and set out to help them.
When Ratchet and Clank first arrived at Outpost X12 the Galactic Rangers were pinned down at their base behind defensive barricades by the attacking Tyhrranoid forces that were emerging from the tunnels. After defeating the first Ultra Mecha-Tyhrranoids and Three-Eyed Robonoids Ratchet and Clank advanced into the tunnel to clear out more Tyhrranoid forces defending the other side of a small bridge.
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