If you’ve been playing video games for as long as I have (and hey, I had an Intellivision, so you do the math), you’re always on the lookout for something that can blow your mind. I want to be impressed by the visuals that’s are taking over my tv screen. I want to be constantly saying “holy crap, I can’t believe I’m experiencing this”. Ultimately, I want to have a reaction when I’m playing a game.
Let me say, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart on the PlayStation 5 definitely gave me a reaction, and that was one of total amazement.
I was going into this game totally blind, as it were. I never played any of the previous titles in the franchise, but I wasn’t particularly worried about not knowing the characters or history. Built from the ground up for the PS5, I just wanted to see what the game was going to deliver visually. Anything else was going to be an extra.
The story, in a nutshell, is pretty simple:
Go dimension-hopping with Ratchet and Clank as they take on an evil emperor from another reality. Jump between action-packed worlds, and beyond at mind-blowing speeds – complete with dazzling visuals and an insane arsenal – as the intergalactic adventurers blast onto the PS5™ console.
Dazzling is the right word. From the moment you start playing, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart feels like you’re taking part in a Pixar film. There are no obvious transitions between what would be considered cut scenes and the actual game – everything is so seamless ands gorgeous. The controls are relatively simply to master; switching between weapons in fairly intuitive, while traversing walls and landscapes is easily understood and undeniably fun. so being able to pick up and play Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is not an issue. That’s a good thing, since I guarantee that you’ll be so captivated by what’s on the screen, that your focus may wander at times from playing to watching.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is the game you want to use to show off the absolute power of the PlayStation 5. I’ve got many PS5 games, whether they be net-new titles or the enhanced/upgraded editions of various PS4 titles, and while the majority of them have their merits, none of them have blown my mind the way that this one did. It makes sense that Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a PS5 exclusive, as I can’t image even a PS4 Pro having the muscle to make it shine the way it does.
Fans will no doubt find much to love with the game, but Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is an essential PlayStation 5 purchase, whether you’re familiar with the franchise or not.