Games Review: Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart (PS5)

Go dimension-hopping with Ratchet, Clank and newcomer Rivet - a resistance fighter from another universe.
Ratchet

Synopsis: Go dimension-hopping with Ratchet, Clank and newcomer Rivet – a resistance fighter from another universe. Help them take on a maniacal robot emperor and stop a dimensional collapse!

 

The Story

While at the centre of a celebration in their honour. Ratchet and Clank find themselves under attack from the evil Dr Nefarious and his goons. Just as they think they have fought Nefarious’s goons off. They take some time so that Clank can present Ratchet with a newly built dimensionator. The device allows Clank to hop to different dimensions so he can find other Lombax like himself. However, when Nefarious shows up and snatches the device all hell breaks loose and when an accident happens with the dimensionator. Ratchet gets separated from his best buddy and must hope through the dimensional portals to find him. Luckily for Clank. He gets picked up Rivet. A Lombax resistance fighter from a universe where Nefarious always wins.

Celebrating nearly 20 years of history. Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart is a brilliant homage to what came before, but also remains accessible to newcomers. The addition of Rivet is worth the price of admission alone as she adds an additional spark to the game.

 

The Graphics

 

 

This is for my money. The best looking Playstation 5 game we have had to date. The graphics are awesome. Especially when it comes to Ratchet’s fur and how it moves with the wind is brilliant. His fur looks so soft that you almost want to reach in and stroke it. Even my cat was jealous. Furthermore, the ray-tracing effects are stunning. Particularly when you are seeing various lighting effects bounce off of Clanks dome-shaped head.

I can’t praise the visuals in this game enough. The cut scenes interlaced with the playable parts are almost up there with the standard of animation that you’d see in a Pixar movie. And all the different environments you get to see are mind-blowingly great.

I’ve only really been playing for a few hours and am using the default setup, which is the “fidelity mode”, which pumps out 4K visuals with ray-tracing, but drops the framerate to 30 frames per second. I have no doubt it will be as awesome at 60 FPS.

One of the early levels is a Cyberpunk style city, which really takes advantage of ray-tracing. As we see it flooded with neon lights and hover cars flying overhead. You can see the reflections of the various signage in the puddles on the floor. It’s bloody marvelous.

 

Gameplay & Playability

Having only played for a few hours. All I can say is the action is fast and furious and the controls are fairly easy to get the hang of. As with most games, you use your left stick to move and your right stick to look around and aim. It’s not too hard to get going. The Triangle is used to switch between your various weaponry, of which there is a nice selection. And the left shoulder button is used to aim while the right is used to fire. L1 is used to pass through rifts.

That said. There is an easier control set-up, which is very stripped back and much like the olden days when we were playing on Sega Megadrive and the like. However, because I opted for the default set-up. I can’t really comment on the more basic controls that are offered.

Overall. It’s pretty intuitive and easy to pick up and just start playing.

 

Voice Acting

The voice acting in this is brilliant. James Arnold Taylor oozes life into Ratchet and gives a really charismatic performance. The dialogue is witty throughout with a few fun in-jokes that fans of the previous games will very much appreciate. Jennifer Hale provides her voice for the role of newcomer Rivet who is instantly likable from the very first moment you see her, which is right at the start of the game. However, she only gets more likable when she is paired up with Clank, who is once again voiced by David Kaye. Both Hale and Kaye have some wonderful banter in their respective roles. I really hope we see Rivet again if Insomniac does further Ratchet and Clank games, which I am sure they will.

Rounding out the cast is none other than Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Armin Shimerman who does a wonderful job of the evil Dr. Nefarious. All the actors do a brilliant job with their roles and make an immediate impact as soon as they are introduced into the story.

 

Overall

For Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart should be a contender for game of the year. It does a brilliant job of illustrating what the PlayStation 5 is capable of and makes fantastic use of the SSD loading seamlessly between levels with no lag whatsoever. It’s is literally like you are at the very centre of an animated film, but with you controlling the key characters. Even after having only played for roughly 5 hours. I’m still psyched and looking forward to dipping back in to find out what happens next.

I’ve been playing on the Playstation since the very first console and I remember the original game being released back in 2002 and loving it back then. Ratchet and Clank are part of an original lineup of games from the Playstation 2 era that included Uncharted: Drakes Fortune, Crash Bandicoot and PaRappa the Rapper. It’s one of those legacy titles that evoke a lot of nostalgia for the older gamers but is also instantly assessable to the younger generation.

The addition of Rivet really adds a little extra to the game as she is every bit as fun to play as the titular characters. Even though her weaponry is pretty much the same as what Ratchet uses. But that is something that they can address in future titles.

Overall. This is a load of fun to play and I will be back at it as soon as time allows for me over the weekend. It well worth £69.99 and that is in spite of the fact that the whole game’s story being only 16 hours long. As I am sure I will likely play this one through a couple of times.

 

 

9.6
Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart (PS5)
  • STORY
    8.7
  • GRAPHICS
    10
  • GAMEPLAY & PLAYABILITY
    10
  • VOICE ACTING
    10
  • SOUNDTRACK AND SOUND EFFECTS
    9.5

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
2 Comments on this post.
  • Dominic Walsh
    12 June 2021 at 1:00 pm -

    Jennifer Hale also played Bastila in KOTOR!!!

    • Ian Cullen
      14 June 2021 at 10:33 pm -

      Not in the least bit surprised. She does a lot of animation.

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