A Must-Play Inter-Dimensional Adventure
HWM Singapore|July 2021
Ratchet & Clank: Rift apart
Tim Augustin

AT A GLANCE

DEVELOPER

Insomniac Games

PUBLISHER

Sony Interactive Entertainment

GENRE

Platformer, Action, Shooter

PLATFORM

PlayStation 5

PLAYERS

SINGLE

It took a lot of willpower to drag myself away from this game to write this review.

If you’ve played the franchise reboot Ratchet & Clank (2016) and happen to be confused on where this sequel rests in the new timeline, let me clear some things up. Rift Apart takes place quite a bit of time after the 2016 game. During this gap, the titular duo have gone on many adventures together - all of which seem to line up with the pre-reboot titles. Basically - everything is canon again. A sequence at the start of the game sees Ratchet & Clank celebrated as heroes as they move through a parade recapping their many adventures, so you’re caught up on everything that matters quickly.

Of course, no parade of heroes would be complete without a gate-crashing villain, which brings us to Dr. Nefarious. The franchise bad-die returns to nick a device that opens up portals to other dimensions, aptly named the Dimensionator - but subsequently breaks it, causing multiple dimensions to bleed into one another. Creatures and entire environments from other worlds fall into this one, causing mayhem across the board.

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