Is Ratchet & Clank: Rift apart from other games for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation5? In a word… Yes! The game is undoubtedly not a Portsmouth release – that’s a big hint right from the bat. There is quite obviously a reason why this game isn’t a Portsmouth release; the game developer has made a fairly significant commitment to delivering quality content regularly, and this one has absolutely nothing to do with it.
Now then, what is Ratchet & Clank: Rift apart from other first-person shooter games on the PS4 and PS5? The classic games of System Shock quite clearly influence the game, wherein you had to save the Earth from the invasion of the Slithereen menace. However, the difference here is that instead of the enormous space creatures, you have to zap them with a powerful, rapid-fire shotgun (yes, it’s that powerful). And instead of merely zapping the creatures, you have to blast them into oblivion, obliterating everything in your path. Sound simple?
So, let’s get down to the meat of the matter, shall we? Are there any mechanics within the game that will give you a feeling of accomplishment as you save the Earth from the evil Slithereen? Well, sure, there are. There is the aforementioned ‘gun’ you’ll use to blast your way through enemies, for starters. The shotgun has many uses, each of which serves a purpose in particular sections of the game, so by mastering the use of each weapon, you’ll be rewarded with some pretty nice bonuses.
For instance, you can boost your defenses, increase your armor or even increase your energy. But how do these things work? Find crates (also called stash rooms) throughout the levels and then carry them through the stage to their corresponding exit points. In Ratchet & Clank, you’ll find these stash rooms scattered all over the environment, so making them a pretty rewarding task to go for.
Now, let’s talk about the storyline of the game. Although it follows the same basic plot as the older games in the series, Ratchet & Clank: Rifts Aside has a few twists on the old formula. Firstly, you’ll have to rescue the planet from the clutches of the Slithereen menace using various weapons (a couple of which are not explained in any way). Secondly, the character you’re playing is bald. So, in other words, you have to kill every last enemy you run across, which often makes things rather tricky, especially when you don’t know what moves you have to make next.
Apart from the storyline, the one thing that this game has going for it is the excellent artwork. The style used for the backgrounds, the portraits, and the overall look and feel of the game is simply phenomenal. It’s not just the artwork that impresses you, but the little details that go into the making of each scene. For example, when an enemy is about to attack you, there will be a cut-out in the background that gives you an idea of what’s about to happen.
All in all, you can expect loads of co-op play between you and your friends. You can also expect an incredible variety of weapons, enemies, and vehicles to choose from, all of which make the game feel like a completely interactive experience. You can even mix your character, giving them different attributes such as healing, speed, or special moves. Also, it’s straightforward to replay levels, so there’s no need to keep buying remakes if you get bored with them.
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the graphics of the PS5 game Ratchet & Clank: Rifts Aside. It’s clear that the developers at SIE licensed the project and put lots of effort and love into making the best graphics they possibly could. If you’re looking for a Ratchet & Clank game with superb graphics, I would highly recommend checking out Rifts Apart.