Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

77 critics

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Josh WiseJun 08, 2021
In vesting each weapon with the click and whir of a plaything, it gives you a way into the texture of its landscape, and before long you’re swept up.
Andrew ReinerJun 08, 2021
It steals your eye with its stunning vistas, makes you care about the characters, and is loaded to the hilt with fan service (especially in the alternate dimension and a weapon you have to assemble). Insomniac clearly had a blast working on this game and leaves us with a tease for an even bigger adventure right before the credits roll.
Dan HastingsJun 08, 2021
The combat is rock solid and it is all wrapped up in a bow with one of the more Hollywood action style stories we have seen in a Ratchet & Clank game. It is a real shame that there is next to nothing to do outside of the main story but it doesn't stop this from being one of the best games in the series and a stellar title to add to the lineup of first-party PS5 exclusives.
Darryn BonthuysJun 08, 2021
A beefy shotgun has more subtle layers of resistance to help you decide whether you want to unleash or or all barrels of destruction, a mini-gun that spews tiny black holes sends the controller into a vibrating fit, and a grenade launcher allows you to use the aiming trigger resistance to gauge how far you want to hurl an explosive. It’s just pure haptic bliss, right there in your hands.
Lexuzze TablanteJun 08, 2021
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is another exciting PS5 exclusive that showcases the console’s spectacular power. Backed with impressive voice actors, an entertaining narrative, and marvelous weapons and combat, Rift Apart is still a system seller despite the underwhelming Rivet gameplay.
Steve WattsJun 08, 2021
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is flashy and technically impressive without feeling self-important. It's just as silly, sweet, and earnest as the Ratchet & Clank series tends to be, while the new generation of hardware makes this entry look and play better than ever.
Logan MooreJun 08, 2021
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is absolutely worth adding to your library if you own a PS5. Not only is it likely the best installment in Insomniac's action-platformer series so far, but it also gives you one of our best looks so far at what next-gen games have the potential to do. Whether this is your first foray into Ratchet & Clank or you have been playing these games since the PS2 days, Rift Apart shouldn't be missed.
GrayshadowJun 13, 2021
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is a prime example of what next-generation gaming should be like. The technical quality is out of this world and the added features provided by the PS5 controller adds to the experience. Even with these technical advantages Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart provides another amazing adventure and maybe one of the best games in the long-running series.
Paul SullivanJun 08, 2021
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart has something for almost everyone. Fast and satisfying combat and gameplay, absolutely jaw-dropping good looks, a fantastic score, and narrative design, writing, and acting that could be plugged right in as the next Pixar film. I felt some feels, grinned constantly, and yes, I’m going to go back and play it again. Right now.
Andrew ThorntonJun 17, 2021
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart doesn’t try to teach an old Lombax too many new tricks. The core of the series still works and is a ton of fun to play.
Richard SeagraveJun 08, 2021
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is easily the best game in the series by far. Though surprisingly, it isn’t the fact that it looks jaw-droppingly gorgeous that impresses the most. Instead, it’s the sheer variety of gameplay that Insomniac Games has managed to cram into its running time, with each and every aspect of it flawlessly complementing the others.
Jonathon DornbushJun 08, 2021
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is a fantastic PS5 exclusive showpiece for the console’s power, and a delightful adventure in its own right.
Marshall BSep 20, 2021
The game is an incredible audiovisual experience, ridiculously fun and a perfect showcase of the Playstation 5’s capabilities.
Mack AshworthJun 08, 2021
Players should find 20-30 hours of enjoyment here with side content and the Platinum Trophy considered. I feel that most players will want to invest those hours and claim the 100% Trophy award across multiple playthroughs, as Rift Apart’s story, gameplay, and presentation is a triumphant trifecta that Insomniac Games has made almost perfect.
Chandler WoodJun 08, 2021
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is proof that some series are timeless. It celebrates and retains the classic gameplay first created nearly 20 years ago, while simultaneously feeling completely at home as a showcase PS5 title. It tells a heartfelt story that explores beyond Ratchet and Clank, bringing in new characters that stand tall in their own right.
Michael GoroffJun 08, 2021
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is the first game I’ve played since the ninth-generation consoles launched that feels like a true next-gen title. Insomniac Games has done everything that it needed to do in making both a sequel to its longest-running franchise and a true next-gen exclusive. While it might not technically be a PlayStation 5 launch title, it feels like one—a real preview of the console’s capabilities. But beyond that, Rift Apart is just an absolute blast to play.
Kyle KnightJun 08, 2021
There’s no doubt in my mind that Rift Apart has got the potential to be one of the biggest games of the year. Not only is it visually phenomenal, but the combat is fluid and the story is gripping. It’s everything you could want from a Ratchet & Clank game, plus more.
Matt LorriganJun 08, 2021
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is an incredibly tight, well-paced, spirited action-platformer, wrapped up in the eye-popping visual spectacle afforded by the PlayStation 5. It may make few changes to the core Ratchet & Clank formula, but, to be honest, it doesn’t need to.
Rachel WeberJun 08, 2021
It feels as though Insomniac's writers have taken their cues from more recent Marvel movies, managing the tricky balancing act of cartoon mayhem and emotional payoffs. It made me, a casual lombax fancier, more invested in the series than ever before, and hoping we get to see a lot more of the fabulous foursome soon.
Todd EgglestonJul 02, 2021
Insomniac did something great in reminding us that the best of games can still just be fun. That doesn’t mean to toss away narrative or to do without seriousness, but that a game doesn’t need to rely on them. PlayStation has been knocking them out of the park this gen, yet somehow Ratchet & Clank finds itself standing a Rift Apart of the competition.
Tom ChickAug 04, 2021
These days, it’s all on offer in a hundred different games. But without the magic or at least the competence, it’s just a flurry of sloppy colors and shapes, a whirlwind of ineffectual nostalgia, absent any innovation, creativity, confidence, or finesse. It took many years, but now that it’s being used to prop up a piece of hardware, Ratchet & Clank finally feels like the soulless corporate property it’s become.
Gabriel MossJun 17, 2021
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a masterful game in every right. It pulls out every stop to deliver a memorable and deeply enjoyable experience from start to finish, featuring dynamic and diverse combat, exhilarating platforming, an emotive and relatable cast of characters with tons of chemistry, and some of the wildest level design I've ever seen in a game.
Ozzie MejiaJun 08, 2021
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a masterpiece. It would have been enough for Insomniac to keep the series' core spirit alive and add a few new ideas that take advantage of the PS5 hardware. This game certainly does do that.
Chris PenwellJun 08, 2021
To conclude, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a must-buy for PS5 owners and fans of the 3D platformer genre. Its story is endearing, the weapons are satisfying to use, the gorgeous worlds and detailed animations will make you feel like you’ve teleported to another dimension, and the combat is better than ever with the new dash and portal tether mechanics.
Michael HuberJun 08, 2021
David MorganJun 08, 2021
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a technical showcase, but it's also one of the finest 3D action platformers since Jak and Daxter. Insomniac consistently prove that the Ratchet & Clank series is a wellspring of potential, and they've delivered a complete experience that's as full of heart as it is surprises.
Shubhankar ParijatJun 08, 2021
With an incredible arsenal of weapons, thrilling combat, a charming story full of loveable characters, and visuals to make your eyes pop, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart might just be the best game in the series to date.
ROBERT DE WITJun 08, 2021
Overall, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart not only exemplifies what the PS5 is capable of, but it's also everything that a video game should be: fun. The story has been masterfully crafted to engage with new audiences, as well as long-standing fans that have been with Ratchet and Clank through the past 19 years without having to beat the nostalgia-machine to death. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart perfectly balances its legacy while paving a new direction for the franchise in a beautiful homage that pays tribute to everything we love about Ratchet & Clank, while unapologetically forging ahead in a bold new direction, and I am so excited to follow the adventures of Ratchet, Clank, and friends.
Chris WrayJun 08, 2021
So let me finish by saying one simple thing: it may not be cool to love a game, but I love Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. I'm well known as a cynical curmudgeon. I want to like games, but the industry manages to grind the optimism out of me by releasing grey rubbish (in a literal and metaphorical sense), often packed with predatory tactics.
Stacey HenleyJun 08, 2021
Combat is sparkling and only gets better as you unlock more guns - since each gun improves as it levels up, the game pushes you to try them all, and as as soon as you think you've settled on a favourite, you’re handed a new one to try. Getting around is fluid and forgiving, even if rifts aren't as important as we've been led to believe, and the franchise should be applauded for shooting the moon with the narrative, even if it falls short and gets over ambitious in places. Rift Apart is a magnificent game, one that sets the series on a clear path forward. Wherever it goes next, Rivet has to be there.
Redmond CarolipioJun 08, 2021
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart could be one of the first true all-encompassing showcases for the PS5. Every time I sat down to play it, I felt like I was about to start a really long episode of a good show. If there's one small nitpick, it's that I felt that some of the larger confrontations got slightly repetitive — I mean, how many versions of "juggernauts" am I supposed to fight?
Chris CarterJun 08, 2021
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart isn’t afraid to revel in its mascot-platformer roots, but it manages to knock so many of its competitors completely out of the water. The secret sauce? Insomniac knows that a strong presentation goes a long way, and they’ve stretched this formula about as far as it can go with plenty of customization and a compelling world to play around in. While it’s uneven at times, it’ll suck you into the universe of Ratchet & Clank all over again.
Ken McKownJun 08, 2021
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is one of the best entries in the series to date. It really showcases the power of Sony’s new console, especially with the SSD loading times and switching between dimensions. Outside of a few minor hitches which I assume will be cleaned up by launch this was easily one of my favorite experiences early in this generation of hardware.
Sammy BarkerJun 08, 2021
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is the best game in the series since Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time, which franchise fans will recognise as high praise. The familiar combat is elevated by outstanding DualSense implementation, while Insomniac Games’ imaginative gameplay design keeps each planet interesting and engaging.
Diego PerezJun 08, 2021
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is an absolute blast from start to finish. I loved every second of it, and I was sad when it was over. Even though I’ve already platinumed the game, I’m still probably going to go back through for another playthrough on Challenge Mode. Not only is it an amazing game at its core, but it’s also the first true taste of next-gen.
Rob Gordon Jun 13, 2021
In short, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is simply brilliant. Between its thrilling gameplay, fantastic graphics, and charming story, it's a must-have for PS5 players everywhere. There haven't been many games to justify a step into the new console generation as of yet, but this is definitely one of them.
Kevin DunsmoreJun 08, 2021
An outstanding roster of fun weapons mixed with great gameplay helps mitigate the disappointing enemy variety. As a marquee PS5 title, the presentation excellently showcases the system’s power and flexibility. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart may not stray too far from the franchise’s established formula, but Insomniac Games has crafted a fantastic game that builds on its legacy and charts a new path forward.
Matthew ByrdJun 08, 2021
While I would love to see what the developers at Insomniac Games can do once they’ve really figured out the power of the PS5 and perhaps the direction they want to take this franchise in, Rift Apart is, at the very least, a very good time that occasionally flirts with greatness.
Ben LyonsJun 08, 2021
The new features, the utilisation of the PS5 and the DualSense, and the new cast, including Rivet make me even more excited for the future of this franchise. Platforming fans will struggle to not become charmed by Rift Apart and anyone who is lucky enough to own a PS5 and is looking for a way to put it through the ringer, will find this as a great way to see what the future of the console and this generation holds.
GameCentralJun 08, 2021
That’s not to suggest that Rift Apart isn’t entertaining, because it is, and not just in terms of wanting to see what the graphics are like on the next planet. But despite all the amazing visuals this is a surprisingly forgettable video game experience, with disappointingly low ambitions.
Adam KerrAug 16, 2021
A brilliant return to the old-age of PlayStation. Unapologetically fun, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, is relentless with the charm and the action. A must-play for anyone who’s managed to beat a scalper to get a PlayStation 5.
Chris WhiteJun 08, 2021
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart sets a new bar for platformers. It’s hard to believe we are where we are with this level of technology. It makes great use of the hardware on offer, and constantly impresses in every department. It features a great story, excellent gameplay, and there are tons of collectibles for those that love to 100% games. Insomniac Games has once again made something you’ll be honoured to spend your time playing. This is the future of gaming, people.
TuffcubJun 08, 2021
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is the PlayStation 5 showcase you have been waiting for. Instantaneous travel to worlds thanks to the SSD, thumping 3D audio, ray tracing through the gorgeous levels, and clever use of the DualSense bring the many locations to life. Paired with classic Ratchet & Clank gameplay, this game is a riotous feast of explosions, platforming, and fast paced action.
A.J. MaciejewskiJun 09, 2021
Once Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart's credits rolled, I was impressed by the adventure that I just went on. With that being said, I couldn't help but want to dive into the original games again to have a more visceral and challenging experience.
Joe ApseyJun 08, 2021
Although combat is fun, the narrative of Rift Apart really drags down the experience, not treating its characters with respect and not meaningfully progressing the story for long time fans and leaving newcomers confused. Rift Apart is a fun ride, but ultimately not one you will be talking about for years to come.
Kosta AndreadisJun 09, 2021
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart features a number of literal on-rails sections that are exactly that. That said, roller coasters are awesome and the more elaborate they look the more inviting they can be. As far as PlayStation 5 exclusives go, Rift Apart is a head turner. A milestone release in terms of visuals, making it one of the most impressive digital roller coasters we’ve seen to date.
Matt GosperJun 09, 2021
Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart is a powerhouse demonstration of what the PS5 can do. A rich, vibrantly-lit world stuffed with things to find as you enjoy an engaging story, all of which sets the stage for future games. Brought together by some truly brain-tripping visual effects, this probably stands as my favourite celebration of the console’s power to date.
Kieron VerbruggeJun 08, 2021
Some minor missed opportunities aside this Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart is an unforgettable, unbelievably gorgeous and downright addictive game and easily the best entry in the fan-favourite franchise. For all of its jaw-dropping visuals, industry-leading design and writing packed with heart and humour it succeeds on first and foremost being a really good time.
Salva FernándezJun 08, 2021
Ratchet and Clank: Una Dimensión Aparte no viene a revolucionar la serie ni tampoco lo pretende. Simplemente, y no es poco, busca impulsar la fórmula a nuevas cotas de calidad. Y eso lo consigue con creces. Acción a raudales con una gran variedad de armas y de enemigos, que a su vez está bien equilibrado con dosis de plataformas, exploración y algunos rompecabezas.
Alejandro PascualJun 08, 2021
El combate sigue siendo familiar, aunque el escenario favorece aún más el movimiento y la toma de distancias. Puede que, en términos de narrativos, no haya logrado ir un paso más allá, como parecía, pero es fácil dejarse llevar por el raíl de acción y aventura que nos presenta, convirtiéndose en “ese” primer juego que presenta mejor que ninguno los valores de la nueva generación.