Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart review


What is it? A former PS5 exclusive action-adventure game about multiversal chaos in an alien galaxy.
Release date July 26, 2023
Expect to pay £50 / $60
Developer Insomniac Games, Nixxes Software
Publisher PlayStation PC LLC
Reviewed on AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, 32GB RAM, Nvidia Geforce RTX 3080
Steam Deck Verified
 Official site

This colourful action-adventure is the quintessential console exclusive. Released for the PlayStation 5 in 2021, it takes a beloved duo of Sony mascots and sends them on a journey designed to show off the specific capabilities of that hardware—particularly its fast-loading SSD, showcased with a story all about hopping seamlessly between different universes. All of which makes it a bit of an oddity to be reviewing on PC in 2023.  

Let’s start with the simple stuff. Even if you have no familiarity with the Ratchet & Clank series—which, if you’re a dedicated PC player, you almost certainly don’t—Rift Apart is an accessible introduction. Set in a bright and cartoony sci-fi galaxy, the game follows Ratchet, a furry alien space hero, and his robot sidekick Clank, as they attempt to solve an interdimensional crisis set off by one of their old foes. Though there’s a weight of history here, with tons of references for long-time fans and the pair almost playing the role of retired veterans after their many adventures across the series’ 20 years of games, it’s all easy enough to understand. Clank wants to help Ratchet find his lost people, Ratchet is trepidatious about it, they both want to save the universe—simple. 

(Image credit: Insomniac Games, Nixxes Software)

Said interdimensional crisis provides sufficient excuse for yet another multiverse-hopping story—and for the introduction of Rivet and Kit. These two are essentially female versions of the leads, but fully-realised and compelling in their own right, and as totally new heroes provide an even easier lead into the game for newcomers. As you progress through the story, you alternate between playing Ratchet and Rivet, who share all the same abilities and equipment, but have very different outlooks on the world. 

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