Among the more ‘serious’ titles that we have seen this year’s PS5 hit, Ratchet and Clank: Separate Rift is fresh air breath. The beauty of a separate Rift, as with the title Ratchet and Clank before, is that it is not too serious, and is not afraid to inject some intelligence and silliness in a fast-paced adventure. This is a smart tactic, because it means when the emotional gut-blows are delivered, you are fully surprised.
This is a good line to walk, juggle a light-headed family adventure with an emotional depth, but the separate Rift does it very well, introducing new characters that balance their comic reliefs with a sense of charming vulnerabilities. It makes the introduction of protagonist rivets that can be played new which is much easier to digest – enough achievements when you think we are used to the Ratchet team and clank two people, the old hero series.
But it is a fast traversal option (almost nausea) which is the star of the show. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will see you skyrocketed through the desert, the train grinding through cracks and scaling walls through a variety of terrifying planetary environments. Dualsense support adds extra layers of dyeing to this environment, with haptic feedback lets you feel every bit of the field and the default speaker controller allows you to hear every pew-bench your gun.
But while Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is undoubtedly fun, and surely to pump adrenaline, sometimes feel like the developer insomniac game has played it a little safe with the latest duo sightseeing. Often, separate rifts can feel somewhat reminiscent of the ratchet and clank first, with one optional mission, especially the feeling of rehash. What’s more, the amazing rift order that we expected was not as often as we wanted, making separate cracks more than the game Ratchet and the standard clank than what we expected.
We only hope it will push the limit of a little more than what it does, considering this exclusive PS5, making the use of better PS5 audio, introducing more varied environments and completely hammering the order of cracks. We were also disappointed with the amount of bugs we encountered, which made a few more fluid cracks than we expected.